Workshop Series

Business development through a progressive lens

We curate workshops, offered to the SBAN members and larger business community, providing a wide range of learning opportunities to enrich us all.

  • Learn specific new skills to grow your business from social media to copywriting to financial planning
  • Develop your skills as an entrepreneur
  • Connect with a community of like minded business people
  • Learn more about the relationship between your business and your value system

Last Thursdays of the month. If you’re interested in leading a workshop, let’s talk!


1/26 | Risk management for the small-business owner

You’ve built or are building your business, and it’s a full-time job. Considering all that you’ve accomplished and still want to accomplish; who will run your business and manage your personal financial affairs if you’re temporarily incapacitated? How will you protect your income during a time of illness or crisis?

While earning her L.LM in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration at Golden Gate University, Patricia De Fonte established De Fonte Law in 2016 to work with families and individuals to provide the much needed stability and peace of mind that comes from knowing an estate is in order.

She has since been busy raising two wonderful boys. In her free time, she spends time with family and friends, prepares for the zombie apocalypse, supports causes that are important to her and reads the New Yorker cover to cover. Naturally warm and relatable, she will treat you as one of her own, until Cards Against Humanity comes out, when all bets are off.

2/22 | Values Integration 101: Align your values with your business

Bring your values to life in your small business! This workshop focuses on how small businesses can begin integrate their progressive values into their business operations. This is important because when we combine our own authenticity (who we are) with what we feel most passionate about (what we do), our potential is at it’s highest and our businesses are at their best.

Stephanie Hibbert works with small-business owners to integrate their personal value system into their businesses. She consults businesses on developing and implementing a progressive company culture and she offers ongoing coaching services. She advocates for all business people to use their platform to make the world a better place.

3/29 | How to start a podcast: from concept to broadcast

Alison Mountford will condense months of research and trial-and-error into a step-by-step guide to the release of your first episode and onward! We’ll discuss audience, story-arc, equipment, best practices, editing, where/how to publish, and of course, how to get ad revenue.

Podcasting is a fun way to share your unique knowledge or hobbies, promote a business or expand your platform. Join us and get podcasting!

Alison Mountford is the co-host of the Friend You Need Podcast. She is a San Francisco based chef and entrepreneur working to limit household food waste and make busy dinnertime easier through a meal planning program called She's been a chef for 14 years. Alison loves the outdoors—especially tropical islands—reading, and making new friends.

4/26 | Financial coaching: When it’s hard to look at your finances…and how to do it anyway

This workshop is for small-business owners who recognize it's important to face their finances but find it hard to sit down and do it.  If that's you, in this workshop, you'll get support in looking at what that's about for you, how you would like things to go, and to actually take some practical steps toward having a more pro-active relationship with your money. 

Adam Koren has been coaching for more than 15 years, and serves his clients as a "financial handholder," bringing compassion and candor to the sometimes intimidating world of personal finance. He's grateful he's gotten to help many people face their fears and create much more ease and freedom in their lives. As a client recently said: “I don’t have to be anxious about my finances anymore!

Volunteer opportunities

12/2 | Friends of the Urban Forest

Join the Friends of the Urban Forest for a planting day in the Mission district Saturday, December 2, 9 am – 1 pm.

Friends of the Urban Forest helps individuals and neighborhood groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens in San Francisco. This "green infrastructure" improves the city by beautifying neighborhoods, cleaning the air, raising property values and reducing polluted stormwater runoff. Since 1981, FUF has planted more than 50,000 trees, totaling 47% of the city's street tree canopy. 


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