Networking in Sacramento

Schedule of Events

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Day 1

Monday, May 2


Kickoff Mixer: "Coffee Talk" with Maestro Coffee House

Why did you decide to open a small business? What challenges have you faced as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome them?
Grab your coffee and take a deep dive into the stories behind the small businesses that make Sacramento thrive–including yours!–during this interactive, virtual mixer celebrating the start of Small Business Week.
Meet business leaders from across the region, get a behind-the-scenes look at the coffee industry from the owner of Maestro Coffee House, and share your business story. 
Day 2

Tuesday, May 3


Airport Rental Car Supplier Diversity Outreach
& Business Resource Day

10am -12pm | Discover business opportunities with Sacramento International Airport car rental companies. Pitch your products and services to buyers from AVIS, Hertz and Enterprise. 

They are looking for vendors specializing in car detailing, auto body, office supplies, janitorial services, and more. Learn how you can qualify and apply for the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Certification and explore other business resources to help you grow your business!

This is an in-person event; capacity is limited to 100 people and registration is required. 

LOCATION: Sacramento International Airport, Terminal A, Media Room 


BizX: Minding Your Business & the Future of Technology

11:30am - 1pm | BizX is back with an overview of Influencer Marketing along with Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence Information Technology.

Innovation makes businesses run more efficiently, increases value, protects intellectual properties, and boosts productivity. It allows organizations to make better decisions, improving core business processes by increasing both the speed and accuracy of strategic decision-making processes. Staying competitive means remaining future-focused.

Day 3

Wednesday, May 4


Small Business Tax Panel

9am - 12pm | A panel of Federal and State tax agencies will discuss your tax rights and responsibilities as a small business owner during this free, virtual event.


Mentor Sacramento Sprint

12pm-1:30pm | Mentor Sacramento Sprint is an opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs to receive expert advice. The format is similar to speed dating but the match-ups are between entrepreneurs and mentors. During Office Hours Sprint, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to meet with three expert mentors, investors, advisors, subject matter experts, and experienced entrepreneurs in 15-minute sprint sessions. Sign up to be mentored or to be a mentor! Hosted by StartUpSac and Sacramento State Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 


Better Business Bureau Small Business Mixer

5:30pm - 7:30pm | Come see the new Torch Business Center powered by the Sacramento Better Business Bureau with some drinks and appetizers as we celebrate National Small Business Week.

LOCATION: Torch Business Center, 10399 Old Placerville Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827

Day 4

Thursday, May 5


Capital Summit

1pm- 3pm | Are you an entrepreneurs seeking startup funds to jump start your business venture; or are you looking for capital to expand your business?  Join us for an in-person event to have all your access-to-capital questions answered.

Get insider guidance and get your questions answered with help from local bankers, alternative lenders, and business financing experts.

Presented by NorCal SBDC Finance Center, Sacramento Valley SBDC, and California Capital FDC. 

LOCATION: Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo, Golden State C & D Rooms, 1782 Tribute Road, 95815  


Presentation: Importing & Exporting for Small Business

2pm - 3:30pm| Learn from the U.S. Commercial Service about U.S. Government assistance for exporting and tips for importing into the U.S. 

Day 5

Friday, May 6


May Mixer

1pm- 4pm | Hosted by the California Capital Women's Business Center.

- Shop small from local business pop-ups
- Enjoy light refreshments
- Meet & network with the Capital Region's small business leaders

LOCATION: Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento, California, 95825

Also happening during Small Business Week


1 Million Cups Sacramento | Wednesday, May 4 ,8:45am | Every Wednesday morning, two founders present their companies in 6-minute presentations and then get feedback and advice from an audience of their peers. Presenters: Etheia helps small family lawyers settle high conflict divorces by processing discovery documents. XeroHome makes it easy for homeowners to decarbonize their homes.  Learn More

Sacramento Valley SBDC Business Plan Writing Labs Series – Financial Projections | Wednesday, May 4, 4:00pm | These writing labs offer a virtual small group setting led by a business consultant with each session being 60 minutes in length. Our goal is to equip our participants with the tools needed to successfully complete their own business plan. Learn More

Access to Capital Summit with California Hispanic SBDC and City of Rancho Cordova | Friday, May 6, 9:00am | This event takes place in-person at the Rancho Cordova City Hall. Learn More

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