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SF Small Business Week. Celebrate Small Business.


Thank you to all of our 2017 Sponsors for making this event possible!


Presenting Sponsor:

Bank of America

Bank of America® is committed to making the financial lives of our 3 million small business clients better, as well as strengthening the local communities we serve. Our small business bankers, client managers and Practice Solutions specialists provide banking, credit and cash management solutions to meet the unique needs of small business owners. Our Small Business group primarily focuses on businesses with up to $5 million in annual sales For more information, go to

Flavors Host:

Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, fiber-based network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing provider of Ethernet services.
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Forum Hosts:

Nasdaq Entrepreneurship Center

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate, and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs. Established in 2014 with support from the Nasdaq Education Foundation, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center serves the greater Bay Area community through differentiated events, meaningful entrepreneurial education, and a strong commitment to mentorship. For more information, go to

Office of Small Business

The Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business function as the City’s central point of information and assistance to small businesses in San Francisco. The office provides direct services through customized one-on-one assistance, collaborations with other City agencies and referrals to various small business resources. By championing “business friendly” policies, the Small Business Commission and its Office of Small Business work to support and enhance an environment where small businesses can succeed and flourish. For more information, go to

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

In 1976, PG&E became one of the first utilities in the nation to offer energy efficiency programs to our customers. And we’ve been a leader ever since. Using energy more efficiently is more than simply the right thing to do – it saves our customers money on their energy bills. It is also the fastest, most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change. In fact, over the past 30 years, PG&E and our customers have kept over 125 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere.For more information, go to or

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is the city’s mobility manager and operates the entire surface transportation network encompassing pedestrians, bicycling, transit, traffic and parking. The agency also regulates the taxi industry. With a workforce of nearly 6,000, the SFMTA is in motion 24 hours a day, every day of the year, ensuring that the streets of San Francisco are safe and sustainable for current and future generations of residents and visitors. For more information, go to

U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $446 billion in assets as of December 31, 2016, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. The Company operates 3,106 banking offices in 25 states and 4,842 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions.

Workshop Hosts:

Bay Area Development Company

Founded in 1981, Bay Area Development Company is licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a “Certified Development Company” or “CDC” and 504 lender. This enables Bay Area Development Company to provide commercial real estate financing with below-market, fixed-rates, low-down payments, and long-terms to growing companies throughout Northern California. Over our history we have provided over 2,000 California companies with over $4 Billion of 504 project financing. For more information, go to

Bar Association of San Francisco Lawyer Referral and Information Service

Serving San Francisco and Marin County, The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service provides the public with referrals to qualified, experienced attorneys. Multilingual interviewers screen each call and email inquiry, finding the appropriate attorney or legal agency referral for the client. Referrals made in over 100 areas of the law. Small businesses can gain assistance with a variety of matters including: Business Formation, Contracts, and more. For more information, visit or call (415) 989-1616 and follow:
Twitter: @SFLawyerRef

Capital Access Group

Capital Access Group is a Certified Development Company that offers 90% financing at below-market, fixed interest rates through the SBA 504 loan program for growing businesses to purchase commercial real estate. We have funded in excess of $1 billion dollars of real estate transactions and helped thousands of business owners achieve their dreams of owning their own buildings. Our expertise in financing commercial real estate combined with our personalized service from start to finish gives our clients an advantage in a competitive real estate market. For more information, go to

CDC Small Business Finance

CDC Small Business Finance is a non-profit lender that provides low-interest financing to small businesses so they can expand, grow and create jobs in San Diego and throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. The company specializes in SBA lending, including the SBA-504 loan for purchasing commercial/industrial buildings. CDC also offers smaller loans, including the Community Advantage loan for working capital, equipment, inventory, tenant improvements and business acquisition. SBA Microloans are also in CDC’s financing arsenal. In 37 years, CDC has helped more than 10,000 small businesses grow, many of them owned by minorities, women and military veterans. Through small business expansion, CDC has been a catalyst for the creation of over 165,000 jobs. For more information, go to

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team in the NBA’s Western Conference. They were one of the NBA’s original eleven teams founded in 1946. When they left Philadelphia for California in 1962, they became the San Francisco Warriors. From 1971 on, they’ve been the Golden State Warriors, because they represent the entire Bay Area instead of just one city. The team has won four NBA Championships—1947, 1956, 1975, 2015—and out of the thirty teams in the NBA, there are only four others who have won at least four titles. For more information, go to

Main Street Launch

Since 1979, we have empowered small business owners in the Bay Area, beginning in Oakland and expanding to serve San Francisco and veteran-owned businesses in California. Through our core services of business advising and loans up to $250,000 to new and existing businesses, we help small businesses expand in size, increase their profits, and reach their goals. We are honored to work with successful, innovative, and community-oriented entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities. In the last 10 years we closed 629 loans that totaled more than $46.5 million. Our clients have created thousands of new jobs in the Bay Area. For more information, go to

Potluck Consulting

Potluck Consulting is a women-owned digital marketing company that specializes in strategy and implementation for social media, e-mail marketing, content development and search engine optimization (SEO). The Bay Area company is passionate about helping businesses grow their digital presence and reach online goals through consulting, marketing services and interactive workshops. For more information, go to


Recology is a national leader in recycling and composting collection programs. We see a world without waste. Our goal is to help the city of San Francisco achieve Zero Waste by 2020 by making recycling and composting convenient for residents and businesses. San Francisco’s current diversion rate is 80%, the highest of any major city in North America. Recology’s operating companies provide collection, recycling and disposal services for everything from residential food scraps to construction and demolition debris. Recology is 100% employee-owned and supports Bay Area businesses by purchasing goods and services locally. For more information, go to

Sterling Bank and Trust

As a key part of Bay Area neighborhoods, the bank has 14 neighborhood branches in San Francisco and one in Burlingame, San Rafael and San Mateo, California, with an additional branch in the main office in Southfield. Our mission is to create exceptional value for customers, employees, investors and the community through innovative and creative products, services and activities; and to profitably grow as an independent, national company by providing superior financial solutions that exceed customer expectations. For more information, go to

Straus Events

We help your small business achieve success through special events and project management. By coupling your goals with our expertise, we enhance your capacity to do and think big and ultimately achieve measurable success. Special events and projects are effective tools in reaching your goals – but are often stressful and unsuccessful without the needed resources or capacity. We are proud to support the San Francisco Small Business Week Committee and look forward to engaging you at the many special events throughout the week! For more information, go to

TMC Financing

Own the business? Own the building. With as low as 10% down, small business owners like you can control rising rent costs and secure a strong financial future for your brand and your family. Occupancy costs are a small business’ largest expense after labor. Owning your facilities controls those costs, builds equity and allows you to make improvements that make your business run better. The SBA 504 program offers below-market interest rates, long terms and much lower down payments than conventional financing. Most for-profit companies qualify and TMC Financing can help you make the most of this federal program. TMC is the #1 CDC in Northern California and has ranked in the top five CDCs nationwide for two decades, funding projects totaling over $9 billion across California and Nevada. Nearly 5,000 businesses have benefited from this financing, resulting in the creation or retention of an estimated 60,000 jobs. For more information on SBA 504 loans and the Bay Area businesses they support, visit

Small Business Supporters:

Bank of the West

Bank of the West is a regional financial services company headquartered in San Francisco. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 branches and offices in 23 states and digital channels. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 74 countries with more than 190,000 employees. Bank of the West is the nation’s 2nd largest SBA 504 lender and has been the fastest growing small business bank for the past five years. For more information, go to


HSBC Bank USA, National Association (HSBC Bank USA, N.A.), with total assets of US$203.7bn as of 30 September 2016 (US GAAP), serves 2.4 million customers through retail banking and wealth management, commercial banking, private banking, asset management, and global banking and markets segments. It operates more than 229 bank branches throughout the United States. There are over 145 in New York as well as branches in: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Florida; Maryland; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Virginia; and Washington. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a Member of the FDIC. For more information, go to

San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the Bay Area’s airport of choice, serving more than 50 million passengers annually. With 45 airlines, travelers have access to 115+ global and 75+ domestic destinations, nonstop. SFO’s mission is “to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities,” and working with small, local businesses is a key element in achieving this goal. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, go to .

Media Sponsors:

San Francisco Business Times

Each week, the San Francisco Business Times provides important breaking news on Bay Area business. The Business Times’ pages are packed with strategies and insights that will help you grow, and tips and leads that will bring you more business. The San Francisco Business Times is the region’s leading business news publication and leading source for local business news. For more information, go to