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San Francisco Small Business Week is a partnership that honors and supports San Francisco’s small businesses through a series of educational and networking events that inspire, educate and connect the business community. This event is part of a national celebration of the contribution of small businesses and entrepreneurs. San Francisco takes great pride in being the home to over 85,000 small and new startup businesses.

The 15th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week is presented by Bank of America and produced in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, Bunker Labs, Golden Gate Business Association, Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Main Street Launch, MEDA, NAWBO, Office of Small Business, OEWD, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Council of District Merchants Association, San Francisco Economic Development Alliance & Uptima Business Bootcamp, San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Travel Association, Small Business Development Center, Straus Events, USF Gellert Family Business Resource Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration


Greetings from Bank of America Division Executive, Northwest Small Business Banking, Roger Forman

Welcome to San Francisco Small Business Week! Bank of America is proud to serve as presenting sponsor for the sixth consecutive year.

We serve small business owners in San Francisco and across the country through what we call Bank of America Business Advantage. The name Business Advantage reflects our commitment to meet your evolving needs, giving small business owners a competitive advantage – with people, technology and solutions that help you achieve smart growth that lasts. Our Business Advantage comes to life across California through:

  • Lending – We offer a wide variety of flexible funding options for small businesses, including our Business Advantage Term Loan and Business Advantage Credit Line. The latter offers amounts from $10,000 to $100,000 with no interest until the funds are used to help small business owners manage larger expenses. In 2018, Bank of America provided nearly $4.5 billion in lending to small businesses in California.
  • Local partnerships – Bank of America understands the power of local connections and is dedicated to partnering with neighborhoods and communities across the country. Bank of America is the largest investor in community development financial institutions (CDFIs), with more than $1.5 billion in investments to more than 260 CDFIs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Expertise and guidance – We continue to expand our commitment to provide local expertise and guidance for small business owners across California. Currently, there are approximately 650 Bank of America small business bankers throughout the state.

We look forward to another great San Francisco Small Business Week. We hope you take full advantage of the many opportunities to connect with and be inspired by other successful small business owners.

Roger Forman
Division Executive. Northwest Small Business Banking
Bank of America

Greetings from San Francisco Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rodney Fong

Dear Friends,

As a third generation San Francisco small business owner, it is my honor to welcome you to San Francisco Small Business Week.

No one works harder than our small business community and this week we celebrate you for the vitality, diversity and innovation you bring to our city. With more than 85,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs calling San Francisco home, you are essential to our thriving economy.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to being a resource for small businesses. With more than 250 programs and events, we deliver a robust roster of opportunities for you to make connections and build business relationships throughout the year. The Chamber provides leadership on key local, state and federal issues important to the business community, and takes collective action to advance sustainable economic growth and a better San Francisco.

Small business is the heart of the San Francisco business community and I encourage you to engage and connect with us.

Thank you for helping make San Francisco a leader in business.

Rodney Fong
President & CEO
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce