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SF Small Business Week. Celebrate Small Business.
 

Sponsors

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors for making this event possible!

 

Presenting Sponsor:

Bank of America

More than 11 million business-owner clients rely on Bank of America® to provide industry-leading guidance, access to capital, and financial and investment solutions to grow and manage their businesses, and to pursue their life priorities. Our award-winning Business Advantage group primarily focuses on businesses with up to $5 million in annual sales. For more information, go to bankofamerica.com/smallbusiness.

InspireSF Sponsor:

Comcast Business

Comcast Business offers technology solutions ranging from Ethernet, internet, and WiFi connectivity to voice, television, and managed Enterprise solutions to power businesses of all sizes to perform better. From small businesses to mid-market and large Enterprise organizations, Comcast Business serves business customers across the country. Powered by an advanced, Gig-speed network and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. The organization is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market, recognized by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing provider of Ethernet services. For more information, go to business.comcast.com/local/california/san-francisco.

Forum Hosts:

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 sfosb.org.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 24,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visti pge.com or pge.com/news.

Postmates

Postmates helps people unlock the best of their cities – and their lives, with a reliable on-demand “anything” delivery network. Launched in 2011, Postmates pioneered the on-demand delivery movement in the US by offering delivery from restaurants and stores previously only available offline. The company now operates in about 3,000 US cities, as well as Mexico City and provides access to over 320,000 merchants. By creating an alternative infrastructure for local and small businesses to compete against online e-commerce giants, Postmates’ technologies boosted local brick and mortar retail sales by 4X in 2017. Postmates is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, go to postmates.com/impact.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is the department of the City and County of San Francisco responsible for the management of all ground transportation in the city. Whether you take Muni, walk, bike or drive, the SFMTA gets you where you need to go and keep your communities connected. For more information, go to sfmta.com.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo serves approximately 3 million small business owners across the United States and loans more money to America’s small businesses than any other bank (2002-2015 CRA government data). To help more small businesses achieve financial success, in 2014 Wells Fargo introduced Wells Fargo Works for Small Business® – a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services for business owners. For more information, go to your local branch or visit wellsfargoworks.com.

InspireSF Venue:

City View at Metreon

Centrally located in San Francisco, City View at METREON is a newly renovated event venue capable of hosting receptions, conferences, and everything in between. Remodeled to be more flexible and upscale than ever before, City View boasts over 31,000 square feet of divisible space that can accommodate 200 or 2,000. Floor to ceiling windows offer an unobstructed view of San Francisco’s magnificent skyline, and the expansive outdoor terrace provides an open-air experience unlike any other venue in the Bay Area. For more information, go to cityviewmetreon.com.

Business Innovators:

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 sfbar.org/lris or call (415) 989-1616 and follow:
Facebook: facebook.com/sflawyerreferral
Twitter: @SFLawyerRef
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sflawyerreferral

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 baydevco.com.

Facebook

We give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Visit us at facebook.com.

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors organization, currently in its 73rd season, is a charter member of the National Basketball Association. Founded in 1946, the Warriors called the city of Philadelphia home for 16 memorable years before moving to the West Coast in 1962 to become the San Francisco Warriors and ultimately, in 1971,the Golden State Warriors when the team moved across the Bay to its current home in Oakland. The team’s storied history includes six NBA Championships, an NBA-record 73 wins during the 2015-16 season, six of the NBA’s50 Greatest Players and 26 members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hal lof Fame. For more information, go to warriors.com.

Potluck Consulting

Potluck Consulting is a woman-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 potluckconsulting.com/

Recology

Recology is San Francisco’s recycling and composting collection company. Our goal is to provide the best customer service possible and make recycling and composting easy and convenient for all San Franciscans. We provide collection, recycling and disposal services for everything from residential food scraps to construction and demolition debris. Recology is 100 percent employee-owned and supports Bay Area businesses by purchasing goods and services locally. For more information, go to RecologySF.com or call us at (415) 330-1300.

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 sterlingbank.com.

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 strausevents.com.

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 tmcfinancing.com.

Small Business Supporter:

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 capitalaccess.com.

USF Gellert Family Business Resource Center

The University of San Francisco’s Gellert Family Business Center provides family-owned businesses with access to networking, an open exchange of strategic and practical family business information and advances in the field of family business research, education, and scholarship.For more information, visit usfca.edu/management/gellert.

Media Sponsor:

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 bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco.