Entrepreneur Training Program

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s Entrepreneur Training Program is a 9-week program where 6-8 entrepreneurs from the leather community will work as a cohort to learn the know-how to build their businesses from the ground up.

In this program, they will learn about different aspects of starting and running a business:  customer discovery, marketing, finance, operations, strategizing, and business presentation. Through Zoom-based group sessions and one-on-one consultations, they will also learn about how to formalize and register their business in San Francisco, locate permit and licensing requirements, and access useful resources.  At the end of the 9 weeks, they will be invited to present their business plan to a panel of local business leaders, experts, and potential funders.

We are looking for entrepreneurs who have a strong connection with the Leather Community and SOMA. They should:
1. Plan to set up a storefront in the SOMA area or start a business catering to the Leather Community,
Plan to sell their products or provide their services in SOMA either at a permanent location or through popup locations such as a street fair, or
3. Plan to sell their products or provide their services through other existing stores in SOMA that cater to the Leather Community. 

All participants who complete the program will receive a $500 grant to help with their startup costs.

Apply here!

The program is led by Eddie Tang, a seasoned business consultant in San Francisco. Being a business owner running a  consulting company for the last 8 years, Eddie has supported hundreds of small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently also manages the entrepreneurship program for the SF LGBT Center and works on a few other training programs in the City such as Kickstart Your Business at 50+ program. Eddie received his MBA from the University of San Francisco and worked in the financial industry for about 10 years before he started his own business.

We invite you to attend a 30-minute introductory session, on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at either 1 pm or 7 pm.  Zoom in at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87273634835.

Facebook Events:
1 pm www.facebook.com/events/849406696462275
7 pm www.facebook.com/events/1214731605957532

Questions?  Please write to business@sflcd.org.