Celebrate Small Business Week in San Leandro – April 29-May 5
In the City Council meeting on Monday, April 2, Mayor Cutter proclaimed the week of April 29th through May 5, 2018 as Small Business Week in the city of San Leandro. With 28 million small employers nationwide, small businesses constitute two out of three jobs in America. In San Leandro there are more than 2,700 businesses employing 25 or fewer people, and many of these are minority- and women-owned.
During this meeting, the City honored four innovative San Leandro businesses whose work builds upon San Leandro’s strong history in hardware and food production. Those honored were creative small-batch brewery Cleophus Quealy, groundbreaking bio-tech company Geltor, clean energy innovator FreeWire Technologies, and environmental graphic design firm Shannon Leigh Associates, whose owner, Shannon Hackley, will soon be opening “Station SL” – the first coworking space in Downtown San Leandro.
San Leandro’s Small Business Week aligns with the national celebration, and there are a number of free activities for businesses to participate in to help them grow and improve.
The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce is hosting a number of free and public workshops:
- Monday, April 30th, 9 AM – 11 AM
Social Media Monday – Angel Moore, Marketing Manager, the Alameda County Fair
- Tuesday, May 1st, 9 AM – 11 AM
Learn Quickbooks From a Quickbooks Pro – Diana Cohn, Certified Quickbooks Pro, Corner Office
- Wednesday, May 2nd, 9 AM – 11 AM
Constant Contact (Email Marketing) – Wil Hart, Co-founder, Smart Simple Marketing
- Wednesday, May 2nd, 1 PM – 3 PM
Crime Free Business – San Leandro Police Department
- Thursday, May 3rd, 9 AM – 9 AM – 10 AM
How to Invest For Your Future As a Small Business Owner – Riza Hernandez, Vice President, Wells Fargo Advisors
- Thursday, May 3rd, 10:15 AM – 11 AM
Microloans – What They Are and How to Get One – Naima McQueen, Business Development Consultant, Working Solutions
- Thursday, May 3rd, 1PM – 3 PM
City of San Leandro Forgivable Loan Program for Small Businesses – Mariana Garcia, Economic Development Specialist, City of San Leandro
- Friday, May 4th, 9 AM – 11 AM
Where Do Ideas Come From? – Miguel Colon, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business, Chabot College
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance will host a panel discussion – Building Blocks of Export Success – on Wednesday, May 2 from 10:45 AM until noon at 375 11th Street, 2nd Floor Board Room in Oakland, CA. Panelists include Tom Neff of RINA Accountancy Corporation, Ken Rosenberg of the Bridge Bank International Banking Group, and Jeff Deiss of the US Small Business Administration. Click HERE to learn more and to register for this panel.
Additionally, the Small Business Administration is hosting a free virtual conference, on May 1 -3, including online seminars on changing consumer behavior, creating a strong social presence, managing finances in the “cloud,” cyber-security, and more. Click HERE to learn more about the virtual conference.
Remember to Shop Local this Small Business Week!
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