San Francisco: SBA Classes May 16-23

May 15th, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes May 16-23

San Francisco Small Business Week 2009 Join us, along with the San Francisco Office of Small Business, Small Business Commission, Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Wells Fargo and many more as we celebrate Small Business Week in San Francisco and turn our outlook from survive to thrive! For more information on events citywide including sidewalk sales in 18 different neighborhoods, free workshops and seminars on everything from business finance to branding to finance to green business to twitter, networking events and our kick-off gala, Flavors of San Francisco at City Hall, check our website at www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com

Small Business Week events Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/170525380?s=1159022

Flavors of San Francisco San Francisco City Hall Monday, May 18 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM A great opportunity for networking with other entrepreneurs, corporations and organizations. Come meet new customers and find plenty of leads. We’ll also be featuring Flavors of San Francisco, with tastings from outstanding local restaurants, and a Resource Fair for you to connect with the wealth of assistance available to your business. SBA will also be presenting our awards for Small Business Week 2008. If you’re in business, this is an evening not to be missed.

Lean and Green: How Sustainable Business Practices Can Help In the Downturn SBA Entrepreneur Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor Tuesday, May 19 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM This conference can help you build the marketplace for your business, connect with like-minded business visionaries, and learn how and why green businesses succeed. If you’re not already a green business or want to take your company to the next level, this is the place to start. This is no ordinary business conference but rather a hands-on experience in the green business revolution. Green businesses operate in ways that solve, rather than cause, both environmental and social problems. These businesses adopt principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, their employees, communities, and the environment.

Mine Your Own Business: Generating Leads from Bay Area Business News SBA Entrepreneur Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor Tuesday May 19 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. An expert from the SF Business Times will discuss how tapping into a news source such as the Times, with its weekly collection of leads and other business information, can greatly minimize your sales strategy time. In this workshop, you will learn techniques for finding the business information you need to help you achieve your sales goals, how to recognize sales leads in news stories and features, and how to develop specific actions to warm up cold leads. Online Marketing & Social Media for Small Businesses Koret Auditorium 100 Larkin Street Tuesday, May 19 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Have you ever wondered how to create a buzz around your business online? Or how you can you more strategically and effectively use the Internet, and online social media, to promote your business? At this event, we will introduce powerful tools for marketing and promoting your business on the web. Come and learn how to successfully use websites like Yelp and Twitter with guided demonstrations in a workshop setting.

Market Your Business Koret Auditorium 100 Larkin Street Tuesday, May 19 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM At HP’s Market Your Business Workshop you’ll learn how to Save over 50% by printing your marketing materials in-house! Our HP Experts will show you how to create your own, professional-quality marketing materials, make eye-catching brochures, flyers, newsletters, postcards, direct mail, letterhead, business cards and more! Our goal is to help you look like a big business without the big cost by utilizing affordable design solutions. With our help, you will be able to maximize your marketing investment with HP tools designed to help you customize, print and manage your marketing materials!

Low Cost, Big Return Marketing for Your Small Business; Six Mini-Marketing Workshops to Help You Grow Your Business San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market Street Tuesday, May 19 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PR Specialist David Perry will show you the difference between Marketing, PR & Advertising; Marketing guru Mark J Murphy will show you how to find your target customers; Russell Hamilton will teach you all about business networking on Facebook; Eventbrite Marketing Director Jack Mardack will show you on-line, do-it-yourself event management and Edith Yeung, creator of BizTechDay will show you how to leverage Linkedin & Twitter.

How to Start a Small Business Bayanihan Community Center 1010 Mission Street, Suite B Tuesday, May 19 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Learn how to avoid many of the pitfalls small business owners face when starting new business. Tips for startups of all sizes.

Make Contact Networking Event San Francisco LGBT Community Center 1800 Market St. Tuesday, May 19 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Please join Wells Fargo, SBA, and the Golden Gate Business Association to celebrate and award small business in the LGBT community.

South Beach/Mission Bay Business Association Business Mixer Tres Agaves Tequila Lounge and Mexican Restaurant 130 Townsend St @ 2nd Street Tuesday, May 19, 5:30 PM The South Beach/Mission Bay Business Association welcomes its local and other neighboring merchants/businesses to join them for a business mixer at Tres Agaves Tequila Lounge and Mexican Restaurant. Please RSVP’s for this event at:

Small Business Cash Flow Management SBA Entrepreneur Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM This seminar will introduce strategies for managing small business cash flow and leveraging credit by using the Visa Business Card as a tool. The seminar will be followed by a hands-on workshop.

Brand Building 101 SBA Entrepreneur Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor Wednesday, May 20, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM An informative, entertaining two-hour session covering the do’s and don’ts of building your brand. You’ll also receive a useful Marketing and Branding Calendar with strategic tips on how to build your brand today.

5 Steps to building a spectacular website SBA Entrepreneur Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor Wednesday, May 20, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM Don’t limit the reach of your small business by neglecting your presence online. In this workshop, you will learn the key steps to creating and maintaining a Website that sets your business apart, as well as how to promote it. With experts to guide you and helpful, hands-on small group activities, leave armed with the knowledge on building a professional Web site for free, that competitors and corporations pay thousands for.

How to Start and Finance a Small Business San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 235 Montgomery Street. 12th floor Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 PM– 8:00 PM Discover the right way to seek financing for your business. We will discuss loan proposal, financing options and programs for your company’s financial health.

How to Navigate the FX Markets in a Turbulent Global Economy SBA Entrepreneur Center 455 Market Street, 6th Floor Thursday, May 21 May 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Do you send or receive payments from overseas? Are you concerned about the risks associated with changing currency values? Please join Carine Gursky from Wells Fargo Foreign Exchange as she provides her insights into the world currency markets and discusses the best solutions for your business to minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities associated with currency fluctuations.

2009 Business After Hours Grand Expo AT&T Park, Club Level 24 Willie Mays Plaza Thursday, May 21, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Join the Chamber and our sponsors in celebrating Small Business Week at our largest networking event of the year – Business After Hours Grand Expo. This event features more than 150 exhibitors, as well as live music, catered hors d’oeuvres from Bay Area top restaurants and complimentary wine from California premier wineries. This year’s event will take place at the San Francisco landmark – AT&T Park. For more information on the Grand Expo visit www.sfchamber.com

Access to Capital Workshop Wells Fargo, Bayview 3801 3rd Street, Suite 116 Thursday, May 21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Learn how to raise capital to start or grow your business

Where’s the Money? Access to Capital Business Expo Hyatt Regency Five Embarcadero Center Saturday, May 23 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM This day long business resource expo includes keynote speakers including Mark Quinn from the SBA. Panel discussions will include Understanding Procurement & Contracts, Financial Management Tactics during Tough Times, Strategies for Business Growth, & Applying for Business Loans. Learn from the experts!