Small Biz Owners took advantage of the FREE workshops held at S.F. State Downtown Campus

The San Francisco Small Business Week conference was held last week and the City by the Bay did not disappoint!  As a resource and advocate for small businesses, I want to share with you some fun and fascinating highlights of the event.

The FREE workshops and networking events should become a model for small business conferences. Edith Yeung of BizTechDay gave a workshop on “How to Engage or Build a Community for Your Business.” No one knows better than Edith on how to bring small business owners together. She is the founder of the largest Small Business MeetUp group in San Francisco called SF Entrepreneur.  I spoke with Edith after her workshop and she invited me to attend the Women Innovators reception held later that evening at the Julia Morgan Ballroom where the First Lady of San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom was hosting a panel discussion on women leaders.  Jennifer is currently working on a film called MissRepresentation. The film explores the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America and how the media plays a role in perpetuating negative images of women.  The trailer for the film left me sitting on the edge of my seat. As a business woman myself and one who understands the value of having strong female role models in a girl’s life, I was most intrigued by this upcoming film and look forward to watching it upon its release.

S.F. Small Business Week: Grand Expo 2010 AT&T Park Views from the 6th level

The business after hours Grand Expo 2010 was held at the AT&T Park Club level and what a perfect venue to host a party!  The stunning views of the Bay set the tone for a fabulous festive evening of networking. While noshing our way through all the hors d’ oeuvres and  sipping on California wines, I came across BLineMarketing, an all inclusive marketing firm that offers internet marketing services. Brooke Spilberg, director of search marketing for BLineMarketing is a wealth of knowledge and expertise on growing your business online.

Mashable's MashMeet SF

Brenda Horton and Anna Anisin at Mashable's MashMeet SF

Later that evening, I made a short visit to Mashable’s MashMeet SF at the Roe Lounge where I met up with Pete Cashmore and friends.  The hip and trendy lounge was over flowing with tech-lovers of all sorts by the time I arrived. Of course, what’s an evening out in San Francisco without saying good-night to my long-time friends, world renown chef, Roland Passot and his sommelier brother, George Passot of La Folie French restaurant?

Check out more photos of The San Francisco Small Business Week Conference and Mashable’s MashMeetup SF party at Brenda Horton’s Flickr site.

Brenda Horton & Chef Roland Passot make a Toast to San Francisco and Bay Area Small Businesses

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