Capital Region Small Business Week Cannot be Missed

Next week, the small business resource centers of Sacramento combine their efforts to provide a full week of workshops, networking, and consulting. While most of these resources hold events like this throughout the year, Small Business Week events are different - they combine the efforts of knowledge centers in the region and provide an easy to follow, easy to follow-up on, bank of presentations and information that any small business owner can use to grow.

So what is happening next week and why does it matter? We've compiled a list of the small business week events and what you are sure to walk away with by attending. Get more event details at the small business week website here:

May 6: Multi-Chamber Mixer (The Kick-Off)

Everyone loves a good kick-off party but this one is more than that. For one night, meet every single chamber of commerce (including us), small business resource center, and government small business assistance program designed to serve our region in addition to small business owners looking for some guidance.

Why does this matter? Its a unique opportunity to compare the types of assistance you get from each of these entities and meet the people who you would be working with from each organization.

What you'll walk away with:

  • A new network

  • An understanding of each chamber

  • An understanding of what types of assistance is available for businesses like yours

May 7: Small Business Seminar: Knowing Your State & Federal Resources (Taxes & Resources)

The Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, CDTFA, SBDC, Score and Better Business Bureau are highlighting several resources to help small business owners and self-employed individuals understand and meet their tax obligations.

The new tax law changes enacted in December 2017 make it especially important for these groups to know about new provisions affecting them. During this seminar, these agencies are going to give you the breakdown of what they do, how to contact them, and how they can help.

What you'll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the Federal and State resources available to you

  • Contact information for individuals at each of these resources

  • Information about tax reform and your obligations as a business owner (not fun, but very important!)

May 7: BizX: Leading Like A Boss (aka Leadership 101)

BizX is a huge opportunity to network, first and foremost. The panelists every year are always incredibly knowledgeable and take the time to speak with anyone after the panel ends. But more than that, this year's topic is what can turn a stagnant business into a growing one: leadership.

Most small businesses fail within the first five years and after that it takes great leadership to stay open, let alone stay growing. Learn from some of the biggest names in Sacramento, from Tina Reynolds at Uptown Studios to Cassandra Walker-Pye of 3.14 Communications, Darryl Carter of DDI Consulting, Francine Vorhees of Moss Adams, and Donte and Dominic Morris of Hoop Maps.

What you'll walk away with:

  • Killer marketing insight

  • Leadership tips and tricks

  • Success stories

May 8: Capital Connection ($$$)

Meet bankers and lenders that offer loan programs for small businesses while learning what these lenders are looking for! Access to capital is difficult to navigate with the wealth of options and details that each bank and lender is looking for. Cut through the noise and hear directly from lenders looking to assist businesses like yours.

What you'll walk away with:

  • A list of contacts from local banks and lenders

  • An understanding of what lenders expect when you apply for a loan

  • Guidelines for documentation

May 9: Small Business Awards Lunch (The Who's Who)

SBA and the Sacramento Business Journal host this luncheon every year to honor the best of the best of small businesses here in the region. Hear their stories and what made them stand out while networking with like-minded individuals.

What you'll walk away with:

  • Vision for what can be achieved

  • Success stories

  • A network

May 9: May Marketplace: Small Business Pop Up Shop (Shopping)

Support over 70 local small businesses as they showcase their products. It's just that. Local businesses support local businesses - make some connections and gain a few lifelong connections!

What you'll walk away with:

  • Some awesome Sacramento-grown products

  • New connections

  • An appreciation for the local small business economy

May 10: Small Business Start Up Guide: Things to Consider When Starting a Business (Start Ups 101)

Even if you are off the ground already - its always good to double check that you have the fundamentals covered. For new or existing entrepreneurs, panels like these offer a broad range of resources and tools that can reinforce the foundations of your business.

What you'll walk away with:

  • Insight on start-up strategies and marketing

  • Thoughts on business organization structure

  • Resources to help with permits and business licensing

  • An idea of possible funding sources

May 10: Mark Tank (Pitches & Market Research)

Is your business scalable? Is it profitable? Can you attract investors? You may not know, it may be intimidating to pursue, but investment is a great tool to grow and strengthen your business. This event is centered around market research and determining what steps you need to take to attract investors. But the most exciting part - you can pitch right then and there with investors, so be sure to bring a business plan.

What you'll walk away with:

  • Guidelines on how to bring a product to market

  • Tools and resources for market research

  • Feedback on your pitch

  • An idea of what firms in Sacramento invest in small business

We hope to see all our members attend Small Business Week. It is a fantastic resource for information and connections. Be sure to share your experience on social media by using the hashtag #CapitalRegionSmallBusinessWeek!

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