In less than a month, San Francisco will celebrate Small Business Week, and if you’re in business for yourself or if you’re a leader in any small business endeavor, you owe it to yourself and the success of your company to attend.
Being your own boss can get lonely. I go to this event every year to meet my fellow small business owners because smart, savvy San Francisco small business people come out for this event and share their knowledge and enthusiasm generously.
According to the SF Small Business Week Committee, San Francisco’s is the largest local Small Business Week in the country with more than 4,000 attendees throughout the week. Thriving small businesses pump the heart of this great city, where, according to this month’s issue of 7×7 Magazine, 99% of our registered businesses have fewer than 100 employees.
So which events should you attend? Here’s my run-down:
Flavors of San Francisco $10 Admission
Monday, May 14, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm – Metreon
San Francisco Small Business Week kicks off with a gala reception in the City View Room at the newly remodeled Metreon and features small bites from more than 30 local restaurants. Hot tip: I’ll see you there early. The food always runs out.
Board of Supervisors Small Business Award Ceremony FREE!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 3:30pm – City Hall
This is the sweetest awards ceremony ever! Go cheer for your local favorites while the Small Business Commission, the Mayor, and the Board of Supervisors honor one exceptional small business from each of San Francisco’s 11 districts.
San Francisco Small Business Conference FREE!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 8am-5pm – SFSU Downtown Campus
Leaders, mentors, and innovators from our city’s incredible Small Business community offer more than 50 free workshops at San Francisco State’s Downtown Campus above the Westfield Mall. This event teems with people you need to meet, from the friendly and approachable presenters to your small business peers and competitors.
Hot tip: Take an inspiration break on the grand and secret rooftop terrace, above the mall’s massive glass and steal dome, where the city view should get your blood pumping.
I always make new friends at this event, and this year I’ll be live tweeting from the workshops. I’ve already signed up for these two:
Supercharge Your Facebook Marketing from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Tapping into Tourism from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Hot tip: See a workshop you’d like to attend but can’t? Leave a comment, and I’ll find another attendee to live tweet it for you!
MEGA Make Contact LGBT Mixer FREE!
Thursday, May 17 – SF LGBT Center
The Golden Gate Business Association, San Francisco’s LGBT business networking organization, throws this annual networking affair featuring the city’s fine food and wine.
Hot tip: This is always a good party. Put on your drinking shoes.
SFEDA & San Francisco Small Business Week Mixer
Friday, May 18, – 5:30PM – 7:30PM, Boothby Center
I’m glad to see this new Small Business Week event on the roster, hosted by the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance.
Hot tip: No host bar. Bring cash.
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