It’s the Mother-of-All-Weeks for small business and startups! There are two series of events going on in our region, both in celebration of National Small Business Week. Plus there is some of the “regular ‘ol startup stuff.” Jeff and I have listed the events we feel are most beneficial to the tech startup community. To see everything that is going on (19 events!), visit the these sites: Capital Region Small Business Week and Sacramento Small Business Festival. There may be something that interests you that we have not included here.

Instead of “Best Bets this Week,” I’m going to share with you where Jeff and I will be. If you attend any of these events, look for us!

MondaySmall Business Festival Kick Off at McClellan Park. I’m attending and really looking forward to the Equity Crowdfunding talk at 2 pm from Manny Fernandez, cofounder and CEO of

Tuesday — We’re both attending City of Sacramento’s BizX event. at the Crocker Art Museum. Speakers include founders Bri James/Scrumpt and Mariah Lichtenstern/CINESHARES. Jay Sales, Mark Haney and Tina Reynolds will also be in the house!  We’re also going to the StartupSac meetup, Perfecting Your Pitch, at Capsity in the evening.

Wednesday — It’s a TWOFER at Impact Venture Capital! We’ll be at 1 Million Cups from 9-10am featuring presentations from GymHit and Tapp That App. Immediately following is Let’s Startup Sacramento. The highlight for me is guest Matt Thompson, CEO of SeatNinja.

Thursday — It’s the Big Day of Giving! I’ve already scheduled my donations to favorite charities. Consider supporting Code for Sac! I will mostly be hanging out at Big Day of Giving events but if time allows, I’m heading over to Shriner’s Hospital for Children to see the Showcase of Med Tech Companies at from 1-3pm.

Friday — Happy Cinco de Mayo! I’m not sure I’ll make it to Friday, but if I do, the place to be is the Small Business Festival Wrap Up Celebration at Haney Biz Ventures in Rocklin from 5-7! Free margaritas and tacos!

Saturday — Jeff will be speaking on a panel about accelerating tech in Sacramento at the Accelerate Tech Summit at Epic Bible College in Sacramento from 1-4 pm. The conference is free and is organized by the apiNXT Tech Council.


Application Deadlines

Wednesday, May 5 is the deadline to apply for the Spring 2017 cohort of Hacker Lab’s Startup Hustle. If you’re on the fence, attend the Startup Hustle Meetup on Tues, 5/2, at Hacker Lab in Rocklin. Eric and Dan will be on hand to answer your questions and you’ll also hear a great talk on Lean Startup and Design Thinking from Jake Elia, Hacker Lab’s new Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

There’s lots of great stuff going on in the tech startup community–check out the details in this week’s Startup Digest. If you’d like to receive the digest in your inbox every Monday morning, sign up for free here. If you’ve organized (or know about) an event we have not included, please submit it here for consideration. And for even more startup information, happenings and resources, visit the StartupSac Website.