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Once again the city by the Bay will host the largest Small Business Week celebration in 2016. We are excited to open registration for the 12th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week! This event will connect you with the larger small business community and organizations dedicated to your success.

Join with us, dozens of city organizations and small business resources that are dedicated to your success. Stand with our chambers, merchant associations, and engage the small business development organizations and city, state and federal agencies that want to help you. They share knowledge, provide support and help small businesses learn the ropes and grow into successful thriving members of the San Francisco community. These resources are available year round, and you can meet them all in person during San Francisco Small Business Week. Together, we’ll keep San Francisco a great place to do business!

Below is an overview of our 2016 program. We hope to see you during the events on May 21st – 28th to celebrate and connect with our small business community.
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Saturday, May 21, 2016
Neighborhood Sidewalk Sales
Visit select neighborhoods for special shopping experiences!Bilingual Small Business Resources Fair
City College of SF, Mission Campus • 1125 Valencia Street • 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Educational workshops, resources to grow your business, access to capital & social media training. Free. Hosted by MEDAMonday, May 23, 2016
Flavors of San Francisco
City View at Metreon, 135 4th Street, Fourth Floor • 5:30 – 8:30PM
Gala kick-off to San Francisco Small Business Week gathers 1,200 Small Business Owners and Community members to celebrate. Mingle and connect with more than 70 small business resources.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Awards
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place • 3:30 – 4:30PM
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will honor and recognize an exceptional small business from each of San Francisco’s 11 districts citywide.

African American Entrepreneurs: Innovators of the Local Economy
1300 on Fillmore, 1300 Fillmore Street • 5:30 – 8:30PM
Join us to meet African American founders, entrepreneurs, and business owners who are transforming our local economy. Network and enjoy one of SF’s finest African American restaurants.
Co-hosted by: SF African American Chamber of Commerce, Urban Solutions & Wells Fargo
Sponsored by: Main Street Launch

AAPI: How to Succeed as an Asian-American Business Owner
NerdWallet, 901 Market Street • 5:30 – 8:30PM
Hear from successful Asian business owners and entrepreneurs on how they started and grew their businesses. Meet and mingle with other business owners, community leaders and lenders at the networking event. Reception to follow.
Sponsored by: East West Bank

USF Gellert Family Business Center Awards
Turk & Parker Street, Handlery Room • 6:00 – 7:30PM
The Gellert Family Business Center recognizes two family businesses who have been established for more than 15 years and who have made a difference in the way our neighborhoods work. Join the Gellert Foundation, Gellert Advisory Board, USF President Fitzgerald and local legislators in recognizing our 2015 winners and introducing our 2016 awardees.

Latino Entrepreneurs: Their Visions and Journeys
Impact Hub, 925 Mission Street • 6:00 – 9:00PM
Join a group of Latino entrepreneurs in conversation with LAM. Listen to their success stories, their journeys and find out how they have dramatically reshaped the business landscape through their innovative ideas. This is a must attend event for anyone interested in hearing from the nation’s leading Latino business leaders.
Hosted by: LAM & Impact Hub

GGBA MEGA Make Contact
The Market, 1355 Market Street • 6:00 – 8:00PM
MEGA Make Contact is happening at “The Market,” last year’s SFSBW Mayor’s Honoree and recipient of Congressional and Senate Recognition. Join the GGBA, regional LGBT Chambers, Castro Merchants Association and local growers, purveyors and artisans from The Market for a vibrant networking event!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
SF Biz Connect
12:00 – 1:30PM
A private opportunity for large tech companies to connect with small San Francisco businesses in the food and snack space. SF Biz Connect provides a way for purchasers to easily meet and work with small local businesses when fulfilling company orders.
Invitation Only to SF Biz Connect members.

Small Business Awards
6:00 – 8:00PM
A special awards ceremony honoring small businesses from the US Small Business Administration, the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance. Invitation Only.
Sponsored by: Bank of America

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Small Business Conference
City College of SF, Chinatown Campus, 808 Kearny Street • 9:00AM – 5:00PM
The Small Business Conference will feature a Small Business Expo, more than 40 free workshops for Small Business owners, raffle prizes and a networking mixer at the end of the event!
These sessions are free and available to all.

Small Business Conference Reception
City College of SF, Chinatown Campus, 808 Kearny Street • 4:30 – 6:30PM
Join us for a mixer after the conference in Expo.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Operation Opportunity and Service to Success: Building Veteran-owned Businesses
San Francisco War Memorial • 8:30AM-12:30PM
We look to honor and support those who have served by helping veterans build for their future as entrepreneurs. Topics covered will include how to access capital to grow your business, getting certified as a veteran-owned business, and understanding the importance of cybersecurity.
Targeted to veterans but all small businesses are welcome to attend.
Sponsored by: Veterans Matchmaking

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Neighborhood Sidewalk Sales
Visit select neighborhoods who are hosting special shopping experiences for you!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, announcements, and interviews with City Resources that are here to help you! And if you’re posting anything relevant to SF Small Business Week on your pages, make sure to use the hashtag #SFSBW2016 so we can all connect back to your pages!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, announcements, and interviews with City Resources that are here to help you! And if you’re posting anything relevant to SF Small Business Week on your pages, make sure to use the hashtag #SFSBW2016 so we can all connect back to your pages!