Calendar of Events

May 5-11, 2019

In honor of National Small Business Week, we are bringing you a number of free events online and in person to connect small business owners with resources that will help their businesses thrive. 

Tuesday May 7, 2019

Twitter Chat: Top Tips and Resources to Become Loan Ready

2:00pm ET/1:00pm CT/11:00am PT

Join Venturize (@VenturizeOrg) and America's SBDCs (@ASBDC) will be hosting a Twitter Chat on how to get loan ready. Small Business Majority (@smlbizmajority) will be offering up our tips and tricks and you can follow along starting at 2:00pm ET using #SmallbizChat.

Spanish Webinar: Preparandote para encontrar inversores con tu producto tecnologico

2:00pm ET/1:00pm CT/11:00am PT

Small Business Majority y la Camara Hispana de Comercio de California los invita a participar en nuestro webinar durante la semana de reconocimiento de pequeñas empresas: Preparándote para encontrar inversores con tu producto tecnológico

Para empresarios, obtener un préstamo podría significar la diferencia entre el éxito y el fracaso, ya sea para la renovación o la compra de equipo. Sin embargo, uno de los mayores retos que enfrentan las pequeñas empresas ha sido y sigue siendo la incapacidad de acceder a crédito y capital suficientes. Si un banco te ha rechazado, no te sientas mal: no estas solo.

Congressional Reception Honoring House and Senate Small Business Committees

Dirksen Senate Office Building, 50 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC

5:00 pm ET

Please join Small Business Majority and Thumbtack on Capitol Hill for a reception in honor of National Small Business Week. The event will recognize Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Chairman Marco Rubio, Ranking Members Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steve Chabot, as well as other members of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business and U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Local small business owners, representatives from business organizations and other stakeholders will also be in attendance.

The two-hour reception will provide networking opportunities for attendees to connect with local small business owners and business leaders. Those in attendance will also have the chance to interact with members and staff of the House and Senate Small Business Committees and engage around important small business topics and policies.

Wednesday May 8, 2019

Strictly Business: An FTC Forum on Small Business Financing

Constitution Hall, 400 7th St SW, Washington, DC

8:30 AM ET

Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer will participate in a panel at "Strictly Business: An FTC Forum on Small Business Financing." The forum will examine trends and consumer protection issues in this marketplace, including the recent proliferation of online loans and alternative financing products. John's panel will focus on consumer protection risks and efforts to mitigate those risks in the small business financing marketplace.

Retirement Made Easy for Inland Empire Small Businesses

10:00 AM PT

Join Small Business Majority and United Ways Inland Valleys for a webinar that covers the state’s new CalSavers Retirement Savings Program. This program will be a portable workplace retirement savings account for private-sector workers whose employers are unable to offer a retirement program. The program will be operated by a private third party administrator overseen by the state and the accounts will be funded entirely by modest employee contributions. This means small businesses will be able to help their employees access a retirement savings program at no added cost to their business.

Silicon Valley Chamber Business XPO 2019

San Jose State University, Student Union, 211 S 9th St, San Jose, CA

5:30pm PT

Please join Small Business Majority at the Silicon Valley Chamber Business XPO where you can meet local small business resources and network with over 600 attendees from various chambers throughout Silicon Valley.  Hosted by the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce along with The Silicon Valley OrganizationSunnyvale Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.

Visit Small Business Majority's table to meet our Northern California Outreach Manager, Bianca Blomquist, and obtain resources and information on CalSavers, Covered California, access to capital options and much more!

Thursday May 9, 2019

Business Leader Briefing Webinar: How to Spot a Predatory Loan

1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT/10:00am PT 

Please join Small Business Majority’s Entrepreneurship Manager Debi Roder for a free webinar in honor of National Small Business Week. Small business owners face significant hurdles accessing capital, including a complex marketplace and lenders that don’t always work in the best interest of small business borrowers. This webinar will cover how to navigate the current small business funding landscape, the dangers of predatory lending practices and how you can access secure and trustworthy resources on, our free online resource hub for small businesses owners.

Diamond Bar City Spring Corporate Showcase

1600 Grand Ave, Diamond Bar, CA

11:00am PT

You are invited to attend the Spring Corporate Showcase to enjoy a free lunch while learning about the many benefits the Diamond Bar Center has to offer for business events. The Diamond Bar Center is an ideal venue for executive retreats, seminars and trainings, networking receptions, annual employee appreciation or holiday celebrations. 

With the help of our partners, we will also host a series of presentations on pertinent information that may be affecting your business today. Network with colleagues and friends as you visit with our vendors to help plan your next event or make a new business connection. 

Small Business Majority will present on CalSavers, the state's new portable workplace retirement savings account for private-sector workers whose employers are unable to facilitate a retirement program. 

Friday May 10, 2019

SBA Twitter Chat: How to start or grow a business​

12:00pm ET/11:00am CT/9:00am PT

Small Business Majority (@smlbizmajority) and Venturize (@VenturizeOrg) will be joining the SBA (@SBAgov) and other industry experts for a Twitter Chat on Friday on how to start and grow a small business. We’ll be sharing tips and tricks to help you along your business journey. Follow along with #SmallBusinessWeek.

Join the Crowd: Basics of Crowdfunding for Small Business

10900 E 183rd St, Cerritos, CA

2:00pm PT

Thinking about starting a crowdfunding campaign to fund your venture or your next great idea?

Crowdfunding is an innovative fundraising alternative that marries social media and finance opening up new options for entrepreneurs to raise capital for their businesses.

Join the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board and Small Business Majority for a presentation during National Small Business Week 2019 to learn how small businesses and entrepreneurs can utilize crowdfunding to fund their ventures. If you are considering whether crowdfunding is right for your business, attend this presentation to learn the nuts and bolts of building an effective campaign.