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Dear Reader,

Happy New Year!  As the Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business continue on our mission to foster, promote and retain San Francisco small businesses, we look forward to this new year of opportunities to serve you. 

Beginning January 1, 2013, there are two new laws of note.  The first is a local law that establishes Disability Access Improvements and Notice Obligations for commercial property owners.  The second is a State law that allows certain types of food businesses to prepare and/or package their food products in a private home kitchen. There are of course regulations that businesses must follow in order to become a "Cottage Food Operation."

We would like to remind you once again that new Minimum Wage and Health Care Expenditure rates increased on January 1, 2013.  Be on the lookout for your 2013 San Francisco Labor Law Posters sent by the Office of Labor Standard and Enforcement to notify you of these changes, and to post at all workplaces or job site locations.  Click here to learn more. 


Sincerely,

Regina Dick-Endrizzi,
Executive Director, Office of Small Business

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection  Small Business  Commission Corner

NEW Commercial Landlord Disability Access Improvements & Notification Obligations, SF Ordinance 187-12

Small Business Tax Incentives in the Fiscal Cliff Deal

New State Law Allows "Cottage Food Operations" to Prepare and/or Package Certain Non-Potentially Hazardous Foods in Private Home Kitchens

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New '628' Area Code Could Affect Businesses in Current '415' Zone by 2015
  
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• Eight SF Nail Salons Recognized for Healthy Products and Practices

 

New CA Disability Access Law Adds $1 to Business Registration & Renewal Fees

Reminder: New 2013 Minimum Wage & Health Care Expenditure Rates

Reminder: New 2013 State Sales Tax Rate Increases by 0.25%

Business Funding Factory: Intensive Program Helping Motivated Entrepreneurs Capitalize and Actualize Their Business

SBA.gov Launches New Tool to Help Build Your Business Plan

• OSB Regular Office Hours

• Small Business Financing Resources

• Small Business Resources & Workshops
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• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 1/14, 5:30pm, Room 400; 1/28, 2:00pm, Room 400

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 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

MON. 1/14, 1/28 - Small Business Commission Meetings

THU. 1/3, 1/17 - Understanding Disability Access Requirements

MON. 1/7 - Legal Entity Choices for Our New Economy

TUE. 1/8 - Airport Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program Informational Meeting

WED. 1/9 - Starting a Business in San Francisco

WED. 1/9 - Financing Your Business

SUN. 1/9 - Business Law Basics

TUE. 1/22 - Business Funding Factory

FRI. 1/25, 2/1, 2/8 - Kick Starting Success


WED. 12/26 - Free Legal Help for Small Businesses (Assistance Available in English and Chinese) 免費小商業法律諮詢服務
 

NEW! Doing Business with SFO: Airport Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program Informational Meeting

• DPW
Contracting Opportunities


• SFO Concessions and Leases

SFPUC Contracts and Bids: Various Opportunities with the SF Public Utilities Commission

Learn How To Do Business with the City of SF! Free Weekly Workshops Presented by the SF Human Rights Commission

City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities

City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program

Mobile Food Facilities Locations- Public Works Code

Mobile Food Facilities- Selling or Distributing from a Vehicle Restrictions

Mobile Food Facilities at Certain Institutions in Specified Districts

Administrative Code - Contractor Prompt Payment for Public Works Construction and Professional Services Contracts

Expanding Public Utilities Commission Local Business Enterprise Contracting Opportunities

Business and Tax Regulations, Police Codes - Parking Stations - Revenue Control Equipment; License Regulations; Parking Tax Bonds; Administrative Citation Process

Healthy Food Retailer Incentive Program

Establishing the Divisadero Street Neighborhood Commercial District

Establishing the Fillmore Street Neighborhood Commercial District

Transit Impact Development Fee Increase

News & Announcements

NEW Commercial Landlord Disability Access Improvements & Notification Obligations, SF Ordinance 187-12
Effective January 1, 2013, commercial property landlords have the obligation of making disability access improvements and providing required notifications when entering into or amending a lease of a property up to 5,000 square feet of space.  Effective June 1, 2013, the requirement is expanded to properties up to 7,500 square feet of space.

The landlord can fulfill the access improvement obligation by 1)making existing public restroom, ground floor entrances and ground floor exits accessible by removing all architectural barriers to disability access, to the extent the improvements are required by and “readily achievable” within the meaning of any applicable provisions of Title 28, Section 36.304 and 36.305, of the Code of Federal Regulations; or 2) providing a written notice to any prospective tenant that the property may not meet all applicable construction-related accessible standards.  

In either case, before entering into or amending a commercial lease, the landlord is also required to provide a written “Disability Access Obligations Notice,” which has established language the landlord must use.  In addition, the landlord must provide an “Accessible Information Notice” obtained through the Office of Small Business. 

Click here for full details of SF Ordinance 187-12.

Small Business Tax Incentives in the Fiscal Cliff Deal
America’s 28 million small businesses are a crucial part of our economy and the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 delivered them some really good news. The solution reached by the President and Congress included extensions of several small business tax incentives designed to spur innovation, support capital investment, and make it easier to hire new workers.

Below are some of the key tax incentive extensions your business could be using today. Whether you’ve made R&D or equipment investments or hired veteran employees, you stand to benefit from one or more of the extended tax incentives. What’s more, small businesses looking for investors can benefit from the 100 percent exclusion of gain on small business stock.

R&D Tax Credit: The law extends the research and experimentation tax credit (popularly known as the R&D credit), which had officially expired at the end of 2011, through 2013. In addition the law allows businesses to apply the credit retroactively to investments made in 2012.

Section 179 Deduction: Section 179 of the tax code permits small businesses to deduct the cost of certain new and used property placed in service for the year rather than depreciate those costs over time. The new law extends the maximum deduction to $500,000 for the 2012 and 2013 tax years for companies with under $2 million in qualifying capital expenditures.

Bonus Depreciation: The bonus depreciation provision enables small businesses to recover the costs of qualified new equipment faster than the ordinary schedule, by permitting the depreciation of 50 percent of the cost in the first year. The provision was set to expire at the end of 2012, but has been extended through the end of 2013 (and 2014 for certain types of property).

Work Opportunity Tax Credit: The new law extends through 2013 the tax credits for employers who hire military veterans or individuals from underserved communities that have faced barriers to employment.

Other Small Business Tax Credits: There are a handful of other targeted tax credits that were extended for 2012 and 2013, including: the new markets tax credit for businesses that invest in certain community development entities and other qualified investments; a reduction in the recognition period for S-corporation built-in gains tax; and a reduction in the time from 39 years to 15 over which a business can recover the cost of certain leasehold improvements and restaurant and retail property; among other targeted provisions.

Click here for details.

New State Law Allows "Cottage Food Operations" to Prepare and/or Package Certain Non-Potentially Hazardous Foods in Private Home Kitchens
In September 2012, the California Homemade Food Act (AB1616), also known as the Cottage Food Act, was signed into law. This law allows small food businesses that produce "low-risk foods" (such as bake goods, candies, jam/jellies, desserts, and nuts) to operate out of a private home with limited regulatory oversight, as long as certain criteria are met.

This new law became effective January 1, 2013. The law requires numerous implementations that will be set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). CDPH will provide food processor training and has posted an approved cottage foods list on its website. CDPH will also establish a process for adding and removing foods from the approved cottage food list. At this time, it is unclear if all jurisdictions will be able to implement the new program prior to the completion of this requirement.

A Frequently Asked Questions document has been developed by CDPH to assist local jurisdictions in implementing this new law. Additional information on the Cottage Food Law including operational and labeling requirements can be found on the CDPH website.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) will release their applications and fee schedule shortly. If you have further questions, please call SFDPH at (415) 252-3850.  The Office of Small Business will provide an update when more information is available.

New '628' Area Code Could Affect Businesses in Current '415' Zone by 2015
The 415 area code, serving primarily San Francisco and Marin, is expected to use up all the available prefixes (the first three numbers after the area code in a phone number) by October 2015. To ensure that new numbers are available for customers and technology expansion, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has begun the process to introduce a new area code, 628, to the geographical areas now served by 415. At this time, it has not been determined whether the new code will overlay with the current 415 area code or if a geographic area of the 415 area code will split off into the new 628 area code. 

Industry consensus, made up of phone service providers in the 415 area code, is to implement the overlay option where the 628 area code will occupy the same geographic area as the 415 area code. In this situation, both the 415 and 628 codes will operate in San Francisco. An additional option under consideration is to split off a geographic part of the 415 area code and create a new geographic area with a 628 area code. This was done in the past when San Mateo and Alameda counties who previously were a part of 415 were split off and assigned their own area codes, 650 and 510, respectively.

The Small Business Commission (SBC) wants to know what you think! Many would consider the 415 area code somewhat iconic as it has been a part of the San Francisco "brand" for so many years. How would the impending changes affect your business? We encourage you to express your opinion on this matter by taking this brief survey so that the Small Business Commission can advocate on your behalf to the CPUC.

The CPUC has scheduled a pair of meetings on January 16, 2013 to seek jurisdictional and public input on the options for expansion into the 628 area code.  These meetings are an important opportunity for the business community to provide feedback to the CPUC. 

Local Jurisdiction Meeting (for local and elected officials; open to the public):
Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 2 p.m. CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

Public Meeting: Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 7 p.m. CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

Public comment may also be made during these CPUC meeting by using this web form.


Eight SF Nail Salons Recognized for Healthy Products and Practices
Eight San Francisco nail salons that have committed to using nontoxic products and other practices to protect the health of workers and clients were honored on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
 
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who authored legislation to create the optional “Healthy Nail Salon” program, handed out the awards alongside Department of Environment Director Melanie Nutter.  The salons being recognized have agreed to use safer nail polish removers and nail polish that are free of toxic chemicals.  They have also implemented safety measures such as having their workers use gloves and installing better ventilation systems inside the salons.  The chemicals in some nail polish have been linked to birth defects, cancer and fertility problem.
 
According to the SF Department of Environment, there are about 250 nail salons in San Francisco employing 1,800 workers, most of them immigrant women of child-bearing age. The city’s program retrains workers, helps guide salon owners toward healthier products and practices and helps promote participating businesses.
 
The recognized salons are:
 - Nails by Linda, 2013 Taraval St.
 - H&M Nail Spa, 1545 Polk St.
 - Jaime & Ivis Beauty Salon, 2859 A Mission St.
 - New York Hair & Nail, 3483 Mission St.
 - Salon Belle Linda, 4448 California St.
 - Lombard Heights Nail Salon, 3288 Steiner St.
 - T&T Nails, 405 Arguello Blvd. #100
 - Two Sisters, 2266 Union St.

For more information about the regulations and how nail salons can participate, please click here or contact the Department of Environment at (415) 355-5005.



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SBAC Connection

New CA Disability Access Law Adds $1 to Business Registration & Renewal Fees
Beginning January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2018, Senate Bill 1186 adds a state fee of one dollar ($1) to any business license application or renewal throughout California. The purpose of this fee is to help businesses increase disability access and compliance with construction-related accessibility requirements.  The money will also be used to develop educational resources to help businesses understand what it means to be in compliance with federal and state disability laws.  Under existing federal and state laws, compliance with disability access is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and business owners in buildings open to the public.  Click here for more information on SB 1186.  Click here for more information on accessibility laws and your small business.

Reminder: New 2013 Minimum Wage & Health Care Expenditure Rates
The 2013 Minimum Wage rate is $10.55/hour. The 2013 Health Care Expenditure Rate for medium-sized employers (20-99 employees) is $1.55/hour, and for large employers (100+ employees), $2.33/hour. Small employers (1-19 employees) are exempt. All rate increases became effective on January 1, 2013.  Please visit the Office of Labor Standard Enforcement's website for more details.


Reminder: New 2013 State Sales Tax Rate Increases by 0.25%
California's state sales tax rate increased by one quarter of one percent (0.25%) on January 1, 2013, due to the passage of Proposition 30.  This means San Francisco's sales tax rate increased from 8.5% to 8.75% on January 1, 2013.  Merchants should remember to adjust your point of sale (POS) registers to reflect this change if you haven't already done so.

For a complete list of City and County tax rates, visit the State Board of Equalization website.  This higher tax rate is set to expire on December 31, 2016.


Business Funding Factory: Intensive Program Helping Motivated Entrepreneurs Capitalize and Actualize Their Business
The Business Funding Factory is a six week series that guides entrepreneurs through the landscape of business funding and helps them tailor their business plan to support the type of financing they are seeking.  It features experts who will advise on topics such as debt financing, legal issues, equity investment, financial management and loan packaging.  Qualifying participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a mock panel that includes business experts, microlenders, angel investors and commercial lenders.  Further loan packaging, mentor matching and post-loan technical assistance will be provided at no cost.  Classes can be taken individually or as a series and are offered weekly starting Tuesday, January 22nd.  All are welcome! 

Learn more and register at http://businessfundingfactory.eventbrite.com/

SBA.gov Launches New Tool to Help Build Your Business Plan
Are you interested in starting a business? Creating a business plan is one of the most important steps you will take because the plan serves as your road map for the early years of your business. The business plan generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to reach its yearly milestones including revenue projections. A well thought out plan also helps you to step-back and think objectively about the key elements of your business venture and informs your decision-making on a regular basis.
 
SBA's Business Plan Tool provides you with a step-by-step guide to help you get started. Not only can you save your plan as a PDF file, you can also update it at any time, making this a living plan to which you can often refer. You can also use your completed business plan to discuss next steps with a mentor or counselor from an SBA resource partner such as SCORE, a Small Business Development Center or a Women's Business Center.

Complete each section of SBA's Business Plan Tool at your own pace. Save your work at any time and pick up where you left off the next time you log into the tool. Your information will be saved for up to six months after your last login date.
 
During the step-by-step process, this tool will update the status of your business plan. Once you save your information and move to a new section in the business plan, a checkmark will appear in the numbered section menu at the top of the screen denoting when each section is complete.

Get started now by logging in or registering for a new account.

• Office of Small Business Regular Office Hours
Services are available by appointment, phone and walk-in, Monday - Friday, 8AM-5PM. Click HERE for details.

• Small Business Financing Resources
Please click HERE for a list of nonprofit small business lenders.

• Small Business Resources & Workshops
Please click HERE for a list of small business resources and workshops.



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Small Business Commission Legislative Liaison

For more information on ALL of the ordinances below, go to our Legislation for Small Business Commission Review Page. We appreciate your comments.

Mobile Food Facilities Locations- Public Works Code
Introduced by Supervisor Wiener, this proposed ordinance makes a number of changes to the Public Works Code, which governs Mobile Food Facilities (MFF) that locate on the public right of way, including on streets and sidewalks.  MFF’s include both food trucks and food carts.  Changes include:

· No MFF may operate within 50 feet of any restaurant as measured from the edges of the restaurants street frontage unless written consent is received by the restaurant owner.  Currently there are no distance restrictions in place.
· Reduces the number of feet that a MFF can operate within a Middle or Junior High School from 1,500 feet to 500 feet.
· Reduces the number of feet that a MFF can operate within a High School from 1,500 feet to 750 feet or 1000 feet, depending on the school location.
· Formula Retail MFF’s are prohibited in districts where Formula Retail is banned and a Conditional Use Authorization is required in districts that require a CU for Formula Retail.
· Modifies the noticing requirements to require that ground floor commercial tenants be notified of MFF applications.
· MFF’s shall be limited to serving one location for no more than three days per week. 

The Small Business Commission heard this ordinance at a hearing on November 26, 2012 and recommend approval of the ordinance by a 6-0 vote.  The Commission recommended that Formula Retail MFF’s be prohibited in all zoning districts.  The Commission also provided guidance to the Supervisor requesting that he work with the Entertainment Commission on policies to allow MFF’s to operate within 50 feet of restaurants that are in the vicinity of nightlife establishments and are closed after certain hours.  This ordinance will be heard at the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee in January.

Mobile Food Facilities- Selling or Distributing from a Vehicle Restrictions
Supervisor Scott Wiener has introduced this legislation which will 1) Permit Mobile Food Facility food trucks to park in commercial districts, provided that they display a valid permit issued by the Department of Public Works for the parking spot that they are located in and 2) Prohibit a Mobile Food Facility from parking in a residential district unless displaying a valid permit issued by the Department of Public Works.  This ordinance will also enable the SFMTA to be an enforcing agency in the locating of food trucks in the City of San Francisco.  This ordinance was heard at the Small Business Commissions November 26, 2012 meeting and the Commission recommended approval by a vote of 6-0.  Next, the ordinance will be before the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee in January.   


Mobile Food Facilities at Certain Institutions in Specified Districts
This ordinance, introduced by Supervisor Wiener as part of the above package of ordinances related to Mobile Food Facilities (MFF), will allow MFF’s to locate in residential districts when they are locating in a parcel that contains or is part of a medical institution or a post-secondary educational institution.  Hours are limited to operating between 7:00am and 10:00pm.  This ordinance was also heard at the Small Business Commission’s November 26, 2012 meeting and was recommended for approval by a vote of 6-0.  As with the above ordinances, it will be heard in January at the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee.       

Administrative Code - Contractor Prompt Payment for Public Works Construction and Professional Services Contracts
Section 6.22 of the San Francisco Administrative Code specifies the minimum terms and conditions that all public works construction contracts awarded by the City shall contain.  Section 6.42 of the San Francisco Administrative code similarly specifies the minimum terms and conditions for all public works professional services contracts.  Both codes are proposed to be amended to require that all public works construction and professional services contracts include a provision that requires prime contractors to pay its subcontractors within seven calendar days after the receipt of payment from the City.   Penalties will apply to the contractors for non-compliance.  Board of Supervisors File No.  121200 is scheduled to be heard by the Small Business Commission at its January 14, 2013 meeting.    


Expanding Public Utilities Commission Local Business Enterprise Contracting Opportunities
Under current law, small businesses located outside of San Francisco but within the San Francisco Public Utilities (SFPUC) water system may be certified as LBE’s and receive LBE prime contractor discounts for projects connected with the SFPUC’s “Capital Improvement Program.”  This proposed ordinance, sponsored by Board President Chiu, amends the current law to expand the applicable projects to all projects which are 1) costs are shared with regional water customers or 2) all Water, Power and Sewer projects that will be performed exclusively 70 miles or more beyond the San Francisco border.  This ordinance is scheduled to be heard at the Small Business Commission on January 14, 2013.

Business and Tax Regulations, Police Codes - Parking Stations - Revenue Control Equipment; License Regulations; Parking Tax Bonds; Administrative Citation Process
This proposed ordinance affects parking lot and garage operators. Parking lot operators are required to obtain a bond in conjunction with collecting parking taxes. The bond amount is based on gross receipts and there are a number of increments that get progressively larger as a business’s gross receipts increase. Under this ordinance, the number of increments will increase. For example, currently a parking operator with $1.25 million in revenue is required to hold a $400,000 dollar bond, the same as an operator with $2.0 million in revenue. Under this proposal, with the increased level of tiers, the operator with $1.25 million in revenue will only be required to hold a $300,000 bond versus $400,000 for an operator with $2.0 million in revenue. Additionally, operators who demonstrate continued compliance with parking tax law may apply for a reduced bond amount, at the discretion of the Tax Collector. Other proposed changes include the notification procedures to the Police Department (the regulating agency for parking operators) and changes to the Tax and Treasurer Offices appeal process. This ordinance was heard at the Small Business Commissions November 26, 2012 meeting and was recommended for approval by a 6-0 vote. It has passed first reading at the Board of Supervisors and will be scheduled for a final consent vote on January 15, 2013.     
 

• Healthy Food Retailer Incentive Program
Supervisor Eric Mar, along with Supervisor Olague, have proposed legislation that will establish a Healthy Food Retailer Incentives Program to oversee and coordinate the City’s incentive and assistance programs for “Healthy Food Retailers.” A Healthy Food Retailer will need to meet established parameters and limit the percentage of area devoted to alcohol and tobacco and meet percentage requirements for space dedicated to fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products. For businesses that meet established requirements, the City will provide incentives and technical assistance to these businesses. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development will also promote the expansion of Healthy Food Retailers in areas that lack access to healthy food. The Commission is tentatively scheduled to hear this ordinance at a meeting date to be determined.


• Establishing the Divisadero Street Neighborhood Commercial District
This proposed legislation will create a new Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) along Divisadero Street between Haight Street and O’Farrell Streets. In addition to building on the neighborhood's identity, this new NCD will allow for customized zoning controls on the Divisadero corridor. The current Divisadero Alcohol Restricted Use District will be abolished and most of the controls that apply to this district will revert to the NCD. Second floor commercial uses will be permitted under specified circumstances and philanthropic services will be permitted on the second floor. A five-foot height bonus for active ground floor uses will be permitted for buildings located in the 40-x height district. Minimum parking requirements for new developments are eliminated and maximum permitted parking for residential and non-residential uses are reduced to Neighborhood Commercial Transit district thresholds.  The Commission heard this ordinance at the November 26, 2012 Commission meeting and recommended approval to the Board of Supervisors by a 6-0 vote.  The Planning Commission recommended approval at the November 29 meeting and this item is now before the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Committee. 


Establishing the Fillmore Street Neighborhood Commercial District
Similar to the proposal to create a new NCD on Divisadero Street, this legislation is also proposing to create a new NCD on Fillmore Street, between McAllister and Bush Streets. As with the Divisadero ordinance, minimum parking requirements for new developments are eliminated and maximum permitted parking for residential and non-residential uses are reduced to Neighborhood Commercial Transit district thresholds. The five-foot height bonus for active ground floor uses will also apply in 40-x and 50-x zoned parcels. Additionally, residential conversions will be prohibited above the ground floor. The Small Business Commission heard this ordinance at the September 10, 2012 meeting and while generally supportive, Commissioners continued the item and requested additional outreach with the community. This ordinance will be re-heard by the Small Business Commission at a date to be determined.

 Transit Impact Development Fee Increase 
 
Proposed by the Mayor and co-sponsored by Supervisors Wiener and Olague, BOS File No. 120523 will make changes the city’s Transit Impact Development Fee. Currently this impact fee applies to new developments or certain conversions of existing spaces that are over 3,000 gross square feet. For example, if a former retail space converts to a childcare center, then this fee may apply. Credits are available for prior uses that have operated within the previous five years. Under the proposal, the square footage threshold will be reduced to 800 gross square feet and the number of years that a credit is available will be reduced from five to three years. Also, some uses that were previously exempt from the fee will now see the fee applied to them. These uses include charitable organizations, automotive services, and wholesale storage of materials and equipment, as defined. Additionally, following an updated nexus study that took place in 2011, the impact fees are being revised, and depending on the use the fees are being adjusted both upwards and downwards. Please note that the City is currently proposing to replace this fee in the upcoming years with a “Transit Sustainability Fee.” The Transit Sustainability Fee includes a small business exemption policy credit for commercial spaces less than 5,000 square feet.

This ordinance was heard at the Commissions June 11, 2012 meeting and the Commission recommended approval with modification. The Commission recommends that both the square footage and use credit remain at 3,000 square feet and 5 years respectively, or that the small business policy credit proposed in the Transit Sustainability Fee be implemented in this ordinance. The small business policy credit will waive the TIDF fee for small businesses under 5,000 square feet under specified conditions.  The ordinance was heard at the Planning Commission and the Commission adopted the SBC recommendation to add the small business policy credit to this ordinance and to retain the 5 year prior use credit time frame. This ordinance passed the Board of Supervisors on December 11, 2012 and was signed into law by the Mayor on December 18, 2012.


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Small Business Commission Corner

• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 1/14, 5:30pm, Room 400; 1/28, 2:00pm, Room 400
The Small Business Commission will meet on Monday, January 14 at 5:30PM in Room 400.  The Commission meets again on Monday, January 28 at 2:00PM in Room 400. Agendas will be available on the Commission website by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.



*Please contact Chris Schulman, Small Business Commission Secretary by email at chris.schulman@sfgov.org, or by phone at 415.554.6408 with questions, comments, or feedback regarding legislations and how they affect your small business.
 

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RFPs & Contracting Opportunities

NEW! Doing Business with SFO: Airport Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program Informational Meeting
On January 8, 2013, SFO will provide an introduction to contactors on how the Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program works, and the upcoming construction projects to be completed through an initial $2 million Job Order Contract, bidding in February 2013. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Terminal 2 Lobby Presentations Room. Click here for details.

DPW Contracting Opportunities

The Department of Public Works (DPW) announced the launch of a one-stop shop on its website that will make it easier for contractors to search for contracts, bid on projects, find project information, access documentation and track their payments for DPW’s construction projects and professional services. Please click here for details.

SFO Concessions and Leases

Below is the San Francisco International Airport’s list of upcoming contracts and concession leases for the fiscal year 2012-2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013).  These contracts and leases will be advertised on the Airport’s and City & County of San Francisco’s Office of Contract Administration’s websites:
               
                SFO:  http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/about/b2b/conces/
 
                CITY:  http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/ReviewBids.aspx
 
We encourage you to review these websites periodically for the contracts and leases that interest you, and to attend the pre-bid/pre-proposal meetings to learn more about the various opportunities.


SFPUC Contracts and Bids: Various Opportunities with the SF Public Utilities Commission
Click here for details.

• Learn How To Do Business with the City of SF! Free Weekly Workshops Presented by the SF Human Rights Commission
The workshops are FREE and held EACH WEDNESDAY of the month at 1485 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended. Click here for details.

City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities
Visit www.sfgov.org/oca and click on Bids and Contracts Database and Required Vendor Forms.

City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program
For more information, contact: Nancy Owens, Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services, 417 Montgomery Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94104. Phone:  415 986-3999 www.imwis.com

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Upcoming Events

• MON. 1/14, 1/28 - Small Business Commission Meetings
1/14 at 5:30 PM, and 1/28 at 2:00PM, City Hall, Room 400. Click here for the Meeting Agendas
 
THU. 1/3, 1/17 - Understanding Disability Access Requirements

The Office of Small Business and Noe Valley Merchants jointly host a bi-weekly drop-in meeting to educate and assist businesses in understanding disability access requirements, the steps to take to prevent a lawsuit, and steps to take upon receiving a lawsuit.

Meetings take place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Contact: Regina Dick-Endrizzi 415-554-6481 or Gwen Sanderson 415-509-6261

MON. 1/7 - Legal Entity Choices for Our New Economy
Sole proprietorships, general partnerships, LLC’s, many different types of corporations, newer alternatives like co-ops and triple bottom line entities for socially responsible businesses:  how do you make a good legal entity choice for your business?  Did you know that the legal protection of corporations and LLC’s is NOT automatic? If they don’t pass certain tests, you may end up with nothing but a cool business name and a false sense of security.  This workshop walks you through a decision process to help you decide what legal entity choice is best for your business plans.  Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.  Presented by the San Francisco Community Business Law Center.

455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Click here to register.


TUE. 1/8 - Airport Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program Informational Meeting
On January 8, 2013, SFO will provide an introduction to contactors on how the Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program works, and the upcoming construction projects to be completed through an initial $2 million Job Order Contract, bidding in February 2013. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Terminal 2 Lobby Presentations Room. Click here for details.


WED. 1/9 - Starting a Business in San Francisco
Hear directly from the Office of Small Business.  How do you obtain permits?  How do you register your business name?  Learn what the City can do for you in this one-stop seminar.

455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Click here to register.

WED. 1/9 - Financing Your Business

Discover the right way to seek financing for your business. We will discuss loan proposal requirements, financing options and SBA programs.

455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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SUN. 1/9 - Business Law Basics
An experienced business lawyer will discuss Choice of Legal Entity (corporations, LLC, partnership, etc.); Intellectual Property; Employee issues; and Real Estate issues.  This class does not constitute legal advice.

455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
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TUE. 1/22 - Business Funding Factory
The Business Funding Factory is a six week series that guides entrepreneurs through the landscape of business funding and helps them tailor their business plan to support the type of financing they are seeking.  It features experts who will advise on topics such as debt financing, legal issues, equity investment, financial management and loan packaging.  Qualifying participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a mock panel that includes business experts, microlenders, angel investors and commercial lenders.  Further loan packaging, mentor matching and post-loan technical assistance will be provided at no cost.  Classes can be taken individually or as a series and are offered weekly starting Tuesday, January 22nd.  All are welcome! 

Learn more and register at http://businessfundingfactory.eventbrite.com/

FRI. 1/25, 2/1, 2/8 - Kick Starting Success 
Great Opportunity for Service, Retail and Restaurant Entrepreneurs!
Kimco Realty, the nation's largest owner and operator of neighborhood and community shopping centers, has partnered with the San Francisco SBDC to offer a business program to assist entrepreneurs to develop detailed business goals and plans, source adequate funding, and articulate their steps to success.
Participants who attend all three classes and complete a business plan will be eligible for consideration to the Keys (KIMCO Entrepreneurs Year Start) Program, which places qualified applicants into existing KIMCO shopping centers with one year free rent and other benefits through the critical startup years.

Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm

Location: SBA Entrepreneur Center
455 Market Street, 6th Floor, corner of 1st Street (near Embarcadero BART Station) SF. CA 94105

Registration Fee: $50 for the entire series.  Lunch will be served each day.
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WED. 1/23 - Free Legal Help for Small Businesses (Assistance Available in English and Chinese) 免費小商業法律諮詢服務
FREE legal assistance in English and Chinese available for any business related matter except litigation and bankruptcy. 4th Wednesday of every month, 5:30 pm to 7:30pm. SF Small Business Development Center, 300 Montgomery Street, Suite 789, San Francisco, CA 94104. For appointments, please contact Lawrence Liu, lliu_sfsbdc@yahoo.com, 415-841-4056 or 650-296-0480.


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