Celebrate National Small Business Week – April 30 – May 6
With National Small Business Week next week (April 30-May 6), the City of San Leandro would like to highlight how important small businesses and entrepreneurs are to the local community. Small Business Week is an opportunity for San Leandro to salute the diverse business owners, entrepreneurs and employees for all they do to shape our local economy. We encourage all residents to join in celebrating the ingenuity of San Leandro’s small business owners and continue to support the development of new small businesses in our community by shopping local. When you shop local you not only enjoy a more distinctive and personal experience, but each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to San Leandro’s local economy than one spent at a chain.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business with small businesses creating two out of every three new jobs in the United States. Small businesses are the engine of San Leandro’s economy. Small businesses employing 50 or fewer people make up 90% of businesses in San Leandro and nationwide make up 99.7% of U.S. employer firms. In keeping with the City’s diverse population, San Leandro businesses are owned by people with a wide range of races and ethnicities. Around 64% of businesses are minority owned, as compared to 41% in the Bay Area overall.
Local small businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the many free resources available next week and throughout the year. The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a series of different events aimed at small businesses throughout the week. There are also a number of other organizations, communities and businesses hosting their own National Small Business Week 2017.
The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce is also committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed by establishing and implementing initiatives that support the growth and success of San Leandro’s small business community, such as the Entrepreneurs Business Forum. For more information about local business organizations, resources, and incentives please visit San Leandro’s Economic Development Website.
The list below includes some of many events scheduled for this year’s National Small Business Week.
Score East Bay will be addressing many of the legal issues of critical importance to the formation and success of new and existing small businesses. The topics covered include: How to choose the best type of legal entity for your business; How to deal with government regulations affecting your business; How to determine whether your workers are employees or independent contractors and the types of insurance you should have for your business.
People no longer “go” online, they live online. More than ever, it’s important for businesses to show up in the critical moments when potential customers search for answers, products, and services they need. The session will introduce the basics of connecting with customers online, including reaching local customers with a free business listing, search engine optimization tips to help your website be found, and an introduction to online advertising.
Struggling to find the words, images and the right calls-to-action that make the biggest impact with your email marketing? With just about 15 minutes and an easy-to-follow formula, you can kick writer’s block to the curb and be confident that you’ll know exactly what to say to create an effective email marketing message.
In this webinar, best-selling author, Nely Galán, gives advice on how and where to pursue the hidden money in America. You will learn about; the importance of having your own money, how entrepreneurship provides a path to empowerment, and taking advantage of hidden opportunities.
Are you seeking money to expand your business? You will learn about different financing options including, conventional loans, SBA guaranteed loans, micro loans and other alternative financing sources.
¿Estás buscando dinero para expander su negocio? Aprenderás sobre distintas opciones de financiamiento incluyendo, prestamos convencionales, préstamos garantizados por SBA, micro prestamos y otras fuentes alternativas de financiamiento.