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Capital Region Small Business Week 2021

Capital Region Small Business Week, the annual event that brings together small business experts from across the Sacramento region, will return virtually on May 18th and 19th. Sponsored by Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD).

Day 1 (May 18th) features presentations geared towards entrepreneurs and start-ups. Day 2 (May 19th) is designed for existing businesses, particularly those that have pivoted or closed and are looking to reopen. Attendees are welcome to stay for all presentations, or drop in for the topics they’re most passionate about. Read below for each day’s full agenda. 


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May 18th | Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups | 8:30am – 11:00am

Opening Remarks

8:30-8:33 | Sophia Kanaan, Director, California Capital Women’s Business Center

8:33-8:37 | Michelle Radmand, Acting Deputy Director and Northern Regional  Advisor, Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA)

8:37-8:41 | Heather Luzzi, District Director, Sacramento District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration  

8:41-8:45 | Suzanne Dizon, Manager of Economic Development and Partnerships, SMUD

8:45-8:55Top 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs, Charles Thomas and Natasha Palumbo, California Capital WBC Business Counselors

  

Recordkeeping & Tax Resources

8:55-9:10 | Recordkeeping for Start-Ups | Christella Sanchez, C & L Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 

Financing Opportunities for your Business

9:10-9:25 | SBA Financial Services | Heather Luzzi, District Director, SBA Sacramento District Office

9:25-9:40 | Bank Financing for Start-Ups | Carol Landry, Senior Vice President/Yolo- Solano Commercial Loan Team Leader, First Northern Bank

9:40-9:55 | California Capital Financial Services | Judy Fletcher, Chief Lending Officer

9:55-10:10 | How to Prepare for a Loan | Sunita Maharaj, Director, NorCal SBDC Finance Center  

Small Business Resources

10:10-10:25 | Cost Effective DIY Marketing | Gina Lujan, on behalf of the City of Sacramento Office of Innovation and ED and the County of Sacramento

10:25-10:35 | Social Media Marketing Tips | Lauren Taber, Communications Coordinator, California Capital

10:35-10:50 | Hiring Employees | Gregory Williams Sr., Workforce Development Program Supervisor, SETA/SacramentoWorks

10:50-11:00 | California Capital’s Online Marketplace | Joanne Roberts, Co-Founder, What Now  What Next  

May 19th | Existing Businesses | 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Opening Remarks  

1:30-1:33 | Sophia KanaanDirector, California Capital’s Women’s Business Center

1:33-1:37 | Michelle Radmand, Acting Deputy Director and- Northern Regional  Advisor, Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA)  

1:37-1:41 | Heather Luzzi, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Sacramento District Office   

1:41-1:45 | Rosanna Herber, Director, SMUD Board of Directors

Business Taxes: Your Rights & Responsibilities  

1:45-2:00 | Your Rights & Responsibilities If You Have Closed Your Business | Christella Sanchez, C & L Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service

Financing Opportunities & Managing Business Growth

2:00-2:15 | SBA Financial Services | Heather Luzzi, District Director Sacramento District Office  

2:15-2:30 | East West Bank Resources | Bronia Leung, FVP-SBA Regional Sales Manager, East West Bank  

2:30-2:45 | Bank Lending For Growth |  Carol Landry, Senior Vice President/Yolo- Solano Commercial Loan Team Leader  

2:45-3:00 | California Capital Financial Services | Judy Fletcher, Chief Lending Officer, California Capital  

3:00-3:15 | How to Prepare for a Loan | Sunita Maharaj, Director, NorCal SBDC Finance Center  

3:15- 3:30 | Managing Business Growth | Evren Eryilmaz, Ph.D., College of Business Administration California  State University, Sacramento

3:30-3:40: 10 Minute Break

    

Government Contracting & Procurement Opportunities

3:40-3:55 | What is a Procurement Technical Assistance Center? | Ivor Newman, Director, California Capital Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

3:55-4:10 | Doing Business with SMUD | Jeannie Robinson, Economic Development Representative, SMUD  

4:10-4:25 | What Retailers Are Looking For | Renee Ellis, Local Sundries Buyer, Marshall Retail Group 

4:25-4:40 | Pursuing Procurement Opportunities | Jon Jew, Co-Founder & CEO, The Truthful Kernel  

Small Business Resources

4:40-4:50 | Social Media Marketing Tips | Lauren Taber, Communications Coordinator, California Capital    

4:50-5:00 | Doing Business in the Capital Region & Beyond | Rachael Brown, Economic Development Manager, the City of Elk Grove Office of Economic Development