- Mission Cheese
- Kika’s Treats
- Urban Bazaar
If you spend any time in San Francisco, you probably know and love some of these small companies that burnish the unique identity our city by the Bay enjoys.
May is small business month, and San Francisco dedicates an entire week of festivities – May 14-20 – to celebrate local, independent companies. The 8th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week, dubbed “Saluting the Heroes of Our Economy,” not only honors small businesses, but also recognizes that it takes a whole village of nonprofits to position these small businesses for success.
And it’s a super hero’s story more like The Avengers than Captain America – a group of remarkable organizations working together to keep the economic engine of our city humming. There’s a web of nonprofits collaborating to ensure that small businesses get the support they need to thrive.
Enter the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance (SFEDA), a network of 10 organizations that works with small businesses, providing financial support, business training and technical assistance. The nonprofits of the SFEDA, share resources, knowledge and, often, share clients.
“Each nonprofit in the SFEDA brings specialties and strengths to provide the best service possible for entrepreneurs,” says Nicole Levine, chair of the SFEDA and executive director of Women’s Initiative for Self Employment in San Francisco. “Working together, our alliance delivers a powerhouse of support for small businesses so that they may launch and grow, creating and retaining thousands of jobs in our community.”
While the SFEDA usually works behind the scenes, for Small Business Week it will take a higher profile as the Alliance presents its first Small Business Week reception on Friday May 18th, 5:30pm at the Boothby Center, 1161 Mission Street.
But don’t come just for the fabulous wine and cheese. The SFEDA will announce its inaugural Micro Enterprise Award to a business that was helped by a number of SFEDA organizations, including Women’s Initiative, SFMade, Pacific Community Ventures, Working Solutions and the San Francisco Small Business Development Center. The winning business boasts 5 stars on Yelp with 38 reviews, is a woman-owned gift shop, created three new jobs in 2011 and … I’ve said enough already.
Come find out next week and meet some hard-working nonprofit leaders behind the small businesses you know and love.