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U.S. Small Business Administration Announces 10th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week Celebration

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Release Number: 
SFDO 14-08
Advisory Date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Marlow Schindler, 415-744-6771, marlow.schindler@sba.gov

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Small Business Administration, San Francisco Small Business Commission, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Francisco Council of District Merchant Associations, San Francisco Economic Development Alliance, Golden Gate Business Association, sf.citi  and presenting sponsor Bank of America announce the Tenth Annual San Francisco Small Business Week (www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com) taking place from May 12-17, 2014.

San Francisco Small Business Week consists of a week-long program of achievement, recognition, education, networking events, and seminars for the small business community.

The Gala Kick-Off event, Flavors of San Francisco, will feature more than 20 local restaurants and a wide range of small business resource providers. The Kick-Off is expected to attract over 1,000 San Francisco small business leaders.

Additional events and celebrations include: an expanded Small Business Conference with a keynote by Mayor Ed Lee and remarks by Mark Quinn, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration; TED-Style Talks; success panels and procurement opportunities from City, State and Federal organizations.

The following overview provides information about the major events of the week. Visit http://www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com/events/ for a more detailed schedule and information about how to register.

Monday, May 12, 2014

National Small Business Week 2014 Kick-Off — This year the National Small Business Week Celebration will kick off in San Francisco at Twitter’s headquarters. Click here for details.

Twitter HQ, 1355 Market Street

7:30AM-12:00 PM

Flavors of San Francisco, the Kick-Off to San Francisco Small Business Week, takes place this year at Square’s Headquarters. Join hundreds of small business owners, sample food and drinks from more than 20 of San Francisco’s fabulous local restaurants, bars, and food entrepreneurs.

Square HQ, 1455 Market Street


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Workshops @ the U.S. Small Business Administration – There will be workshops being held at the U.S. Small Business Administration office.  The workshops are: Starting a Business in San Francisco, Who’s Your Jenny?  How to Identify Your Target Market, Alternative Financing for Your Business, Be the Boss! Franchise Ownership Options and Resources, and 12 BIG Mistakes Small Employers Make.

455 Market Street, Suite 60


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

San Francisco Small Business Conference—The Fourth Annual, day-long Small Business Conference will bring together leaders in the Small Business community to offer dozens of free workshops for small business owners to learn new things and take home tips and tools they can put into effect right away.  

Golden Gate Holiday Inn, 1500 Van Ness Ave.


Small Business Conference Reception—After the Small Business Conference join us for a no-host reception in the expo area.  Meet and mingle with small business owners, educators and small business resources.

Golden Gate Holiday Inn, 1500 Van Ness Ave.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Workshops @ the U.S. Small Business Administration—There will be additional workshops at the U.S. Small Business Administration office.  The workshops are: How to Start a Mobile Food Venture, How to Make a Living Making Food, Creating and Using Your “Elevator Pitch”, Hospitality: A Business Philosophy, Will Your Business Idea Work?

455 Market Street, Suite 600


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