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 SMALL BUSINESS BULLETIN

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Dear Reader,

Did you do your part by shopping at a local small business last Saturday?  President Obama did by taking his daughters to an independent bookstore in Arlington, VA. to do some of their holiday shopping.  The Mayor proclaimed November 24 as Small Business Saturday in San Francisco and the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of this important day!  Several supervisors also shopped at small businesses in their districts to promote the event.  Small Business Saturday was a great success in San Francisco and across the country.  We hope December will be even bigger as we build off of the national momentum of "shopping small!" 

This week, Mayor Lee and Supervisor Chu launched a new Invest in Neighborhoods pilot program called the Americans with Disabilities Act Small Business Assessment Program. The pilot will begin in District Four and will provide small businesses with an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) assessment report, a plan for compliance and access to new grant funding and loan programs to make upgrades.  Click here to learn more.

We would also like to remind you that new Minimum Wage and Health Care Expenditure rates will increase 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. 

Happy Holidays from the Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business.

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Sincerely,

Regina Dick-Endrizzi, Martha Yanez, Jane Gong, Chris Schulman, and Christian Murdock,
Office of Small Business Staff

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection  Small Business  Commission Corner

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Chu Launch Invest In Neighborhoods Pilot to Protect Small Businesses & Increase Access
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Mayor Lee Launches Enterprise Zone Web App to Help City Businesses Access Tax Credits

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• SFMTA to Enforce Parking Meters on Sundays

Maria Cordero Appointed as Director of Contract Monitoring Division (CMD)

Record Number of San Francisco Commuters Enrolled in Emergency Ride Home Program

New Minimum Wage & Health Care Expenditure Rates Take Effect on January 1, 2013

Business License Renewal: Health, Police, Fire Departments Due 12/31/12

State Sales Tax Rate will Increase by 0.25% on January 1, 2013 Due to Passage of Proposition 30

New Years Eve Parties and Permits

Office of Small Business Client Spotlight: Hearth Coffee Roasters

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OSB Holiday Office Hours

• OSB Regular Office Hours

• Small Business Financing Resources

• Small Business Resources & Workshops
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• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 12/10, 5:30pm, Room 400; 12/24, 2:00pm, Room 400

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• Update: Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion for Small Business Net New Payroll



 

 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

MON. 12/10, 12/24 - Small Business Commission Meetings

MON. 12/3 - Managing the Legal Risk of a Multiple Owner Small Business

THU. 12/6, 12/20 - Understanding Disability Access Requirements

THU. 12/6 - Learn What the Affordable Care Act Means to You and Your Small Business

FRI. 12/7 - La Cocina Gift Bazaar

SUN. 12/9 - SF Made Holiday Gift Fair

TUE. 12/11 - Business Valuation 101

WED. 12/12 - Starting a Business in San Francisco


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! Request for Proposals to Provide Technical Consultant Services for the San Francisco Parking Pricing and Regulation Study (RFP 12/13-03)

• 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

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

Expanding Public Utilities Commission Local Business Enterprise Contracting Opportunities

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

Mayor Lee & Supervisor Chu Launch Invest In Neighborhoods Pilot to Protect Small Businesses & Increase Access
Mayor Edwin M. Lee and District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu recently announced the launch of a new Invest in Neighborhoods pilot program called the Americans with Disabilities Act Small Business Assessment Program. The pilot will begin in District Four and will provide small businesses with an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) assessment report, a plan for compliance, and access to new grant funding and loan programs to make upgrades.

The assessment program will provide a small business with a report and plan toward compliance. The goals of the program also include educating small businesses about how to identify and prioritize ADA improvements. A significant concern from small business has been a lack of understanding of ADA requirements and misconceptions about the law. The education that the assessment program provides will empower small businesses to prepare their stores and make them accessible.

The Office of Small Business (OSB) has assisted many San Francisco small businesses dealing with ADA related issues over the past four years.  Many businesses have requested assistance only after receiving lawsuits for not being ADA compliant.  For the ADA Small Business Assessment Program, OSB partnered with City agencies including Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), City Administrator’s Office, Mayor’s Office on Disability, Planning Department, Department of Building Inspections, and Department of Public Works, and with nonprofit organization Asian Neighborhood Design (AND). AND has been instrumental to the successful SF Shines Façade and Tenant Improvement program. AND has multilingual staff members who are already working closely with small businesses along San Francisco neighborhood commercial corridors including Leland Avenue, Mission Street in the Excelsior, Third Street in the Bayview, Ocean Avenue and Sixth Street in SoMa. 

The new ADA Small Business Assessment Program will pilot in District 4. Small business owners can fill out a simple two-page assessment application form, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and eligible businesses/property owners will be notified on a first come first served basis.

For more information about the ADA Business Assessment Program, go to: http://www.oewd.org/ADAAssessments.aspx 

For more information on ADA compliance for your small business, visit the Office of Small Business website.

Mayor Lee Launches Enterprise Zone Web App to Help City Businesses Access Tax Credits
Mayor Edwin M. Lee recently announced the launch of the San Francisco Enterprise Zone Web App, a web-based tool that allows San Francisco businesses to apply online for the City’s popular Enterprise Zone hiring tax credit program. The Enterprise Zone Web App will replace a completely paper-based process with a web based tool that increases government efficiency and makes it easier for businesses to utilize the program.

The Enterprise Zone is a State of California program which provides tax credits and other incentives to encourage business investment and promote the creation of new jobs. In place since 1997, the San Francisco Enterprise Zone is one of 42 Enterprise Zones in the state and is administered locally by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). The San Francisco Enterprise Zone areas include the following areas: Bay View Hunters Point/ South Bayshore; Chinatown; the Mission; Mission Bay Project Area; Potrero Hill; south of Market; the Tenderloin; and the Western Addition and some portions of North Beach and Financial District.

The tool was developed using Firmstep’s AchieveForms software. The switch to an on-line app will not only decrease costs in paper and postage, but will also speed up the processing time getting businesses approved for tax credits more quickly and efficiently.

The San Francisco Enterprise Zone Web App can be found at http://sfezapp.oewd.org

For a list of all Local, State and Federal Tax Credits and Incentives, visit the Office of Small Business website.


SFMTA to Enforce Parking Meters on Sundays
Beginning January 6, 2013 all SFMTA parking meters in San Francisco will be enforced on Sundays from noon to 6:00p.m., with 4 hour time limits. 

Parking has been traditionally fee on Sundays since parking meters were first installed in the 1940’s.  Businesses were typically closed on Sundays so there was no need to use parking meters to create parking availability.   Over the years however, demand for parking on Sundays has increased and demand is now the same as Saturdays, therefore San Francisco is updating its parking management needs to help businesses and motorists.

Parking will cost the same amount as Saturday rates.  In addition, as part of the Sunday meter roll out, the remaining one hour time limits in San Francisco on Mondays through Saturdays will be converted to two hour limits throughout the city.

As part of an outreach program, SFMTA will be taking a number of steps to help inform drivers of this change.  Outreach plans include PCO (Parking Control Officer) flyering, media events, ads on busses, social media, and radio spots.  There will also be flyers and posters made available to businesses to provide customers. 

Please note that Fisherman’s Wharf meters run on different hours and operate from 7:00am to 7pm Monday through Sunday.  Meters in the Port of San Francisco (along the waterfront and some side streets) will continue to operate from 7a.m. to 11p.m. Monday through Sunday.  

For more information, please read the FAQ on SFMTA's website about Sunday meters.


Maria Cordero Appointed as Director of Contract Monitoring Division (CMD)
City Administrator Naomi M. Kelly recently announced that Maria Cordero will be appointed Director of the Contract Monitoring Division effective December 10, 2012.

This is a new position created as a result of the transfer by Mayor Edwin M. Lee of some duties and functions of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to the City Administrator.

Ms. Cordero brings a rich and varied background to the position.  She has worked for the City since 1990, most recently at SFMTA in contract compliance.  Previously, she served at HRC for many years where she improved administrative and operational systems.  Her long and unflagging commitment to inclusivity in City contracting and to outreach to all stakeholders in the contracting process will be beneficial to the small business community.

The Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business congratulate Ms. Cordero on her new appointment.

Record Number of San Francisco Commuters Enrolled in Emergency Ride Home Program

Many commuters worry about being able to get home quickly for any number of personal emergencies. Thanks to the Emergency Ride Home program, those concerns no longer stand in the way of a more sustainable commute! If you share a ride, take transit, bike or walk to work, you can participate in the City’s no-cost program, which provides a free ride home in case of an emergency.

According to a recent report done by SF Environment’s CommuteSmart Team, participation in Emergency Ride Home is at an all-time high since the program began in 2005. More than 90 percent of businesses participating in the Emergency Ride Home program are small businesses with fewer than 100 employees. In total, 478 San Francisco employers are registered for Emergency Ride Home, engaging over 90,000 employees with the program. This increased participation demonstrates how this program is bolstering commuters’ confidence in sustainable transportation choices.

Enroll your business now to ensure that you and your employees have access to this easy and free program.  Click here for the full report. 


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SBAC Connection

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


Business License Renewal: Health, Police, Fire Departments Due 12/31/12
Effective December 13, 2011, Ordinance 238-11 changed the annual renewal of certain business licenses to March 31.  Licenses with previous expiration dates of 6/30, 8/31, 9/30 and 12/31 will expire on 3/31/2013.  Businesses may have recently received a Business License Bill that represents the prorated annual fee through 3/31/2013.  Business license(s) will be valid through 3/31/2013.

Beginning with the period starting 4/1/2013, all license renewals associated to each Business Registration Certificate Number will be listed on a single bill with payment due on 3/31. The consolidated annual license bill enables more efficient administration and allows businesses to pay in a single transaction. Click here for more information, and to pay license fees.

For small business owners with multiple licenses that used to be spread apart throughout the year, please plan ahead because now all your licenses will be due on March 31 of every year.  The Treasurer and Tax Collector's office will not accept any installments.

State Sales Tax Rate will Increase by 0.25% on January 1, 2013 Due to Passage of Proposition 30
California will raise its state sales tax rate 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 will increase from 8.5% to 8.75% beginning January 1, 2013.  Merchants should remember to adjust your point of sale (POS) registers to reflect this change.

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.


New Years Eve Parties and Permits
As you know, New Years Eve is a very, very busy night in San Francisco.  As you begin making plans, please keep in mind the necessary permits you may need through the Entertainment Commission.  If your event will be out of the ordinary in any way, may include some outdoor amplification, may go later than your regular hours, or anything else, PLEASE get in touch with the Entertainment Commission and begin filling out permit applications ASAP!

Most applications are now online and may be submitted online: http://www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=340   You may also fax forms or drop them off directly between the hours of 10am and 3:30pm.   Application fees must be paid regardless of how they are submitted. You may pay online here: https://paydirect.link2gov.com/SFEnterCommPermits/ItemSelection/SelectItems.

Please also make sure that you submit ALL attachments that are required.   In many cases, you must submit a Security Plan with your application, and sometimes venue contracts.  Please read all the instructions as carefully as possible.   Unpaid or incomplete applications will delay processing.   Late applications (those submitted after Dec 7) are not guaranteed to be approved.

The San Francisco Police Department is an important part of the equation, and they also need as much time as possible to consider staffing needs all over the city.


Office of Small Business Client Spotlight: Hearth Coffee Roasters
OSB client Ariana Akbar was born and raised in San Francisco but lived abroad in Europe for ten years. During this time, she grew an appreciation for the great coffeehouses that focused on keeping things small and at a very high quality.  Ariana sits down with us for our December "Client Spotlight"...

Q: What type of business do you own and what makes you unique?
A: Hearth Coffee Roasters is a dedicated, craft coffee roasters.  Our strengths are our selections of fine single origins and our dedication to coffee roasting and preparation techniques that bring out the best flavors of a fine bean. We began as home roasters, and we continue with that home-grown passion today when cupping and selecting coffees with characteristics we find to be genuinely special — coffees with distinctive, unique appeal that do justice to the uncompromising hand of the grower and the skill and dedication of the roaster and barista.

Q: How was the Office of Small Business involved in assisting you?
A: Martha and her gang at the Office of Small Business have single-handedly been our guiding star. She has offered prompt attention to numerous email questions on everything from zoning to ADA to ABC. If you need an answer from any City department, she knows the right person and the right question to ask. She has saved us countless hours of research and has helped us to smoothly navigate through all of the regulations of running a small business in San Francisco. 

Q: Top 3 reasons for being a small business owner in SF?
A: Born and raised in San Francisco, this city is truly our hearth and home. Local appreciation for quality of life, detail to craft, food, and especially coffee makes running a small local business in San Francisco distinctly pleasurable.

Hearth Coffee Roasters
www.hearthcoffee.com
@hearthcoffee


If you are a client of the Office of Small Business and would like to be considered for this section of our future Bulletins, please contact Jane Gong, jane.gong@sfgov.org, 415-554-6489.

Office of Small Business Holiday Hours
Due to the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector's reduced holiday services, the Office of Small Business will observe the following holiday schedule:

- Monday, December 24: Open for pre-scheduled appointments, phone calls and emails; no walk-ins
- Tuesday, December 25: Closed
- Wednesday - Friday, December 26-28: Open for pre-scheduled appointments, phone calls and emails; no walk-ins
- Monday, December 31: Open for pre-scheduled appointments, phone calls and emails; no walk-ins
- Tuesday, January 1: Closed

Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.


• Office of Small Business Regular Office Hours
Services are available by appointment, phone and walk-in, Monday - Thursday, 8AM-5PM, and by appointment only on Fridays.

• 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.       

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 is tentatively scheduled to be before the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on December 5, 2012.    


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 at a date to be determined.    

• 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 in January.


• Establishing the Divisadero Street Neighborhood Commercial District
Supervisor Christina Olague is proposing to create a new Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) along Divisadero Street between Haight Street and O’Farrell Streets. In addition to building on the neighborhoods identify, 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 Board of Supervisors File No. is 120796. The Commission heard this ordinance at our September 10, 2012 meeting and while generally supportive, Commissioners continued to the item until their November 26, 2012 Commission meeting and at that time recommended approval to the Board of Supervisors by a 6-0 vote.  The Planning Commission recommended approval at their 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, Supervisor Christina Olague 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 Board of Supervisors File No. is 120814. The Small Business Commission heard this ordinance at our September 10, 2012 meeting and while generally supportive, Commissioners continued to the item until their December 10, 2012 meeting and requested that the Supervisor perform additional outreach with the community. This ordinance will also be heard by the Planning Commission on December 13, 2012 before being considered at the Board of Supervisors

 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 a small business policy credit proposed in the Transit Sustainability Fee be implemented immediately in this ordinance. 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 is currently before the Board of Supervisors for consideration and the current version reflects the above recommendations.


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Small Business Commission Corner

• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 12/10, 5:30pm, Room 400; 12/24, 2:00pm, Room 400
The Small Business Commission will meet on Monday, December 10 at 5:30PM in Room 400.  The Commission meets again on Monday, December 24 at 2:00PM in Room 400. Agendas will be available on the Commission website by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

• Update: Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion for Small Business Net New Payroll

Earlier this year, legislation was passed by the Board of Supervisors that will provide a tax exclusion for net new payroll for small businesses. Under the law, small businesses (less than $500,000 in payroll) will be able to exclude net new payroll over their base year, which is 2011, or the first year a business incurs the payroll tax. The total amount that may be excluded may not exceed $250,000.  Businesses do not have to file any additional paperwork beyond their tax return to claim the exclusion. The exclusion will be automatically calculated as part of the business tax filing for tax year 2012 that is due February 28, 2013. The exclusion will continue to be calculated automatically as part of the payroll expense tax filing for the life of the exclusion.  More details will be available in the January 2013 edition of the Small Business Bulletin. 


*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! Request for Proposals to Provide Technical Consultant Services for the San Francisco Parking Pricing and Regulation Study (RFP 12/13-03)
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. 12/10, 12/24 - Small Business Commission Meetings
12/10 at 5:30 PM, and 12/24 at 2:00PM, City Hall, Room 400. Click here for the Meeting Agendas
 
MON. 12/3 - Managing the Legal Risk of a Multiple Owner Small Business

Going into business with partners or other types of co-owners can be rewarding, even life-saving.  It can also be one of the riskiest business and legal moves you ever make.  Disputes among co-owners of closely-held small businesses, whether partnerships, LLC's, or corporations, can irreparably harm the value of the business you have worked so hard to build.  Even without disputes, how do you prevent one owner's death, medical disability, family leave, divorce and community property battle, personal financial woes, or decision to leave the business from shutting you down?  Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this program does not constitute legal advice.

455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Click here to register.


THU. 12/6, 12/20 - 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

THU. 12/6 - Learn What the Affordable Care Act Means to You and Your Small Business
Time: 6-8pm
Location: 451 Galvez St, on the Hunters Point Shipyard (The Frog Building)
Find out what options are available to you as a small business owner.  Learn about the :
  - Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)
  - The Covered California Health Insurance Marketplace

RSVP to Terry Mitchel: Terry.Mitchell@Lennar.com

FRI. 12/7 - La Cocina Gift Bazaar

The 2012 Gift Bazaar is coming! It is the ideal place to get all of your holiday shopping done while supporting local businesses. There will be over 20 vendors selling gifts that are sure to please you and all of your food lovin’ friends.
 
There will be live music, drinks and a fun, festive atmosphere and you can shop for Clairesquares’ famous brandy butter, chocolate babka from Wise Sons, all while eating  Onigilly’s Japanese ‘tamales.’
 
Time: 1-7 pm
Location: Crocker Galleria
Click here for more information.


SUN. 12/9 - SF Made Holiday Gift Fair
TheSFMade Holiday Gift Fair is here!  With over 80 vendors all selling unique goods that are all Made In San Francisco!

Time: 10AM - 6PM
Location: Herbst Pavilion,
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, 94123, United States
Click here for more information.

TUE. 12/11 - Business Valuation 101
You’ve heard of the importance of the value assigned to your company. But where do you start to understand what valuation means and how it’s derived? This workshop will provide details on several different valuation approaches, including:
  - Asset-based valuation
  - The earnings multiplier method
  - Adjusted book valuation methods
  - And more
We will hear from entrepreneurs who recently went through the valuation process and there will be a discussion around which method will give the most attractive outcome. Finally, we will explore how you can use your company valuation to access capital.
Panelists:
Bibby Gignilliat, Parties that Cook
Chris Anderson, Atlas Capital Strategies
Before you join us, catch up on a few brief valuation articles in Inc.com, highlighting valuation methods and seller financing strategies.
 
Register today: http://businessvaluation101.eventbrite.com/

When: 8:30am to 10:00am
Where: Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105


WED. 12/12 - 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. 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
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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