SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Content, events, and tools for small businesses owners.

Looking to grow your business? We’re here to help. Here you’ll find educational content, free monthly workshops, networking opportunities, and more.

What we're talking about

With no previous entrepreneurship training or experience, the free Centro app can help you with: Define your business model Create a budget for it Compose a basic business plan and send it toy our email Discover and connect with a growing network of local micro-lenders (including interest-free Kiva-loans for up to $15,000) and other small business support resources Download the app and complete a series of simple activities with what you know about your business idea or your early-stage venture.
Start Small Think Big provides free legal, finance, and marketing support and resources to small business owners nationwide; we’re intentionally focused on serving small business owners from marginalized communities. The last couple of years have reminded us of just how critical it is to center equity, especially racial equity, across all of our work. Our goal is to create opportunities for small business owners to succeed while prioritizing those most impacted by structural inequities.  

Upcoming Events

Get to Know Start Small Think Big! / ¡Familiarícese con Start Small Think Big!

December 6, 2021, 3:30 pm

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Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!

This is a weekly meeting where you can meet with someone from our Client Relationship team to understand our services and ask questions.

 

¡Gracias por su interés en Start Small Think Big!

Fueling Success & Sales With Social Media

December 9, 2021, 3:00 pm

During this 60 minute introductory workshop, our partners at Current Global will give small business owners strategic and tactical tips for leveraging social media to drive sales.

This workshop will focus on Facebook and Instagram. Attendees will learn

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In this one hour workshop, our partners at BVA will show small business owners best practices for setting up their Google Analytics.
During this 60 minute introductory workshop, our partners at Current Global will give small business owners strategic and tactical tips for leveraging social media to drive sales.
social media
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
Join us and the amazing Dennine Dyer for our "Ask an Entrepreneur" series!
Join the U.S. Commercial Service and Start Small Think Big for this webinar.
This event is part of DC Startup Week 2021. To register, use the Eventbrite link and select "Virtual Content Pass."
En este taller, guiaremos a emprendedores por el proceso de conseguir fondos para sus empresas. Los temas del taller incluyen:
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
(en español abajo) Thank you for your interest in Start Small Think Big!
This workshop includes discussions about the special vocabulary of commercial leases and the rights of a commercial tenant, with a focus on retail and food-space leases.
lease
Join us for this Ask an Entrepreneur Panel in which three Start Small Think Big small business owners will share their experiences working toward making community changes with a racial equity lens
CA and Start Small Think Big are excited to invite you to participate in their Fall Marketing Bootcamp !
This workshop will walk entrepreneurs through the process of raising capital for their businesses. Subject matter will include: - Preparing your business for financing
Learn how to build financial projections for your business and gain important business insight.
DC has one of the most expansive paid leave laws in the country. Do your DC workers qualify for paid family leave? What are your obligations as an employer? Who pays for the leave?
Durante este evento, nuestra panelista Diana Ramírez estará contestando preguntas de la audiencia de emprendedores.
*** Join us for the next in our leadership series, Owning Your Pitch & Public Speaking with SSTB Client & Public Speaking Professor, Vincent Cuccia! ***
Join Start Small Think Big along with Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) for a workshop on workers' comp and unemployment insurance.
This workshop, hosted by the City of Oakland and Start Small Think Big, will provide an overview of primary legal considerations to consider while operating a small business, including the benefits
Join us for a networking event for all different types of food business. Talk with one another, network and share tips and tricks for running your business. 4pm ET / 1pm PT
Join us for a discussion of legal aspects of doing business online as a small business owner.
You know you need a website for your business. But, how do you set it up for online success? First, you need to have a solid plan in place. Fortunately, this webinar will help with exactly that! This webinar, presented by co-founder of Cardsetter, Jessica Baldwin, will share a comprehensive plan for your business's website. You'll learn how to...
Governor Cuomo of New York issued Executive Order 202.6 on March 20, 2020, which requires "non-essential" businesses to close. This short webinar will help you determine the differences between "non-essential" and "essential" businesses under the order to confirm what restrictions or rules may apply to how you operate your business during the current crisis.
Covid-19
This workshop included discussions about the special vocabulary of commercial leases and the rights of a commercial tenant in CA, with a focus on office leases and on retail leases.
lease / Covid-19
During these difficult times, it’s important now more than ever, to have a clear and consistent communication strategy in order to effectively engage customers with your business. In order to maintain awareness to your brand and generate some sales, consider the following strategies.
promotion / Online Advertising
Únete a esta presentación mientras discutimos los contratos de arrendamiento mercantiles y las opciones que tienen lxs dueñxs de negocios pequeños en reacción durante crisis como COVID-19.
Espanol / Contratos de Arrendamiento Mercantil
Únete a esta presentación mientras discutimos los contratos de arrendamiento mercantiles y las opciones que tienen lxs dueñxs de negocios pequeños en reacción durante crisis como COVID-19.
Espanol / Negocio en Línea
As companies get employees back to work and settle into the new covid-19 workplace, it is important to develop the necessary policies and protocols to deal with the new workplace challenges.
Covid-19
Whether you have limited inventory left, launched a new product/ service, or want to promote pre-orders or pre-bookings on your reopening date, below are four free (or low cost) online advertising resources small businesses can take advantage of right now
Online Advertising
When starting a business, the abundance of online advertising choices for business owners can be overwhelming. One marketing campaign or post is unlikely to get your prospective customer to purchase, so developing a solid marketing funnel for your business is key to driving purchases. Learn more...
Online Advertising
Covid19 has been an unexpected and overwhelming challenge for us all. But customers are eager to get back to a more “normal” world. Read more...
Covid-19
Facilitated by a lawyer, this workshop is designed to give you an overview of the various legal structures that are available to you as a small business owner
Limited Liability / Covid-19
It’s important the businesses they’re supporting are doing this, as well – and being transparent how they’re going about it. This will allow customers to trust that their safety is your number one priority. Learn more...
Covid-19
Aprenda más sobre el acceso a capital a través de Kiva y Opportunity Fund. Esta sesión fue presentada por Veronica Gutierrez de Centro Community Partners, hablando sobre Kiva y Mayra Contreras con Opportunity Fund.
Espanol / Acceso de Capital
Esta sesión será abierta para preguntas y respuestas. Presentado por Gladys Turpo de Grameen y Natalia Carrasco de Pacific Community Ventures.
Espanol / Acceso de Capital
This webinar includes discussions about the special vocabulary of commercial leases and the rights of a commercial tenant in CA, with a focus on office leases and on retail leases. Attorneys were available to answer questions about breaking leases, negotiation options, access to space, and other COVID-19 related concerns.
lease / Covid-19
Esta presentación fue hecha en colaboración con la Ciudad de San José, entre otras organizaciones como Centro Community Partners, Prosperity Lab y Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. A través de un diálogo abierto, los participantes aprenderán más sobre los recursos de estas organizaciones.
Espanol / Acceso de Capital
Join Start Small Think Big, Small Business Majority, SF LGBT Center, Immigrants Rising and Opportunity for our Small Biz Pro Tip Series where we offered free legal expertise to growing business owners in California.
worker's classifications
Contracts can be a key tool for risk mitigation and management for small business owners. In this first workshop of a two-part series on commercial contracts, attorneys from Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP provided an overview of key issues, vocabulary, rights and obligations as they relate to the negotiation of and compliance with confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements in New York. The attorneys also discussed relevant provisions of these types of agreements, followed by a Q&A.
non-disclosure agreements
The importance of legal entity choice has never been more important when structuring your small business. We paid special attention to child care providers although this webinar is applicable to all business owners.
Legal Entity