Square Supports Local Small Businesses with Scholarships and Webinars
Cathy Niland | 10.26.2021
Following the challenges of the last two years, The Crucible is committed to hosting an equitable and inclusive 2021 GIFTY Craft Show and Open House. A minimum 20% of vendor spaces have been reserved for BIPOC vendors, with priority going to those who live or work in West Oakland and the surrounding area.
Thanks to Square, the financial services and mobile payment company, The Crucible is also offering up to $5,000 in GIFTY vendor scholarships for the first time. These scholarship awards will be prioritized for BIPOC and low-income participants. Each scholarship will cover some or all of a vendor’s booth fees.
Square is thrilled to support The Crucible’s annual GIFTY craft show and open house with $5,000 in scholarships for BIPOC, low-income, and other qualifying participants. Partnerships like these are critical in ensuring small business opportunities remain equitable and accessible to all. Square has been an enthusiastic supporter of The Crucible since 2019. We are proud to support local organizations like The Crucible and the Bay Area maker community.
– Martin Guerrero
Small Business and Community Advocacy, Square
This is just one of the ways Square is supporting the small business community this fall. You can now register for two free webinars—Accepting Payments with Square and Building an eCommerce Website—as well as Ask the Expert: Office Hours with Martin Guerrero. These are great opportunities to ensure your business is set up for the holiday season.
Learn more about these upcoming events below and register to save your seat. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for GIFTY, Saturday and Sunday, December 4 & 5.
Accepting Payments with Square
Wed, Nov. 15th 2021 @ 9:00AM & @ 5:00PM PST
Square has the tools to run your business — even when it’s not business as usual. Our solutions help any business make the shifts it needs, whether that’s selling online or safely in-person.
Square is partnering with Mastercard to provide free technical assistance workshops and additional resources to run and grow your business this holiday season. Join Square eCommerce specialist Martin Guerrero to learn about the many ways you can safely take payments, including in-person contactless and online payment options.
Building an eCommerce Website
Tue, Nov. 16th 2021 @ 9:00AM & 5:00PM
Having a website for your business is critical. As soon as people hear about a brand they’ll typically hop online and search for your business or brand — do you have the presence you’re hoping they will find?
Square is partnering with Mastercard to provide technical assistance workshops and additional resources to run and grow your business this holiday season. Join Square eCommerce specialist Martin Guerrero to walk you through how to build an online shopping page for your business using Square Online. Leaving the webinar you’ll be able to create a fully functional website that will be ready to sell products, process credit cards, offer various fulfillment capabilities, and market your website.
En Espaõl: Building an eCommerce Website
Miércoles 11/17 a las 9:00am o 5:00pm PST
Tener una página web para su empresa es fundamental. Cuando las personas se enteran de una marca, normalmente se conectan a internet y buscan a su empresa o marca. ¿Tiene usted la presencia en línea deseada?
Square y Mastercard se están asociando para brindarle seminarios web y recursos para hacer crecer su negocio. Únase al especialista en comercio electrónico de Square, Martin Guerrero, para mostrarle cómo crear una página de compras en línea para su empresa con Square Online. Cuando haya terminado el seminario web, podrá crear un sitio web completamente funcional que estará listo para vender productos, procesar tarjetas de crédito, ofrecer diversas capacidades de envío y comercializar su sitio web.
Ask the Expert: Office Hours with Martin Guerrero
Thu, Nov. 18th 2021 @ 9:00AM & @ 5:00PM
Square is partnering with Mastercard to provide technical assistance workshops and additional resources to run and grow your business this holiday season. Join our virtual office hours session after the webinars to ask any follow-up questions or to request more in-depth demonstrations from the Square support team.
En Español: Ask the Expert: Office Hours with Martin Guerrero
Jueves 11/18 a las 10:00am o 4:00pm PST
Square y Mastercard se están asociando para brindarle seminarios web y recursos para hacer crecer su negocio. Únase a nuestra sesión de oficina virtual después de los seminarios web para hacer cualquier pregunta o para pedir demostraciones más detalladas del equipo de apoyo de Square.
Don’t Miss GIFTY This December
Shop dozens of Bay Area vendors in categories like Bath & Body, Ceramics, Textiles, Jewelry, Metal Sculpture, and more. Plus enjoy live demonstrations by our expert faculty, family-friendly hands-on activities, $25 off classes, and more.
GIFTY Craft Show and Open House
Satirday, Dec. 4 & Sunday, Dec. 5
Member preview night: Friday, Dec. 3
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