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 SMALL BUSINESS BULLETIN

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Dear Reader,

As we send out this month's Small Business Bulletin, the Bay Area is still dealing with the impacts of the BART strike. Many of our small businesses have been negatively affected by disruptions to employees' commutes, vendor deliveries, client visits, and overall losses of revenue in retail and food and drink businesses located near BART stations. Below, you will find some suggestions to help small businesses mitigate these losses through planning ahead. We hope that the strike will quickly come to end so that everyone can get back to business as usual.

Supervisor David Chiu, along with Supervisors Malia Cohen and Eric Mar, have proposed a new employer mandate, which if passed by the Board of Supervisors will be placed on the November 2013 ballot. The “Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance” will provide employees with the right to request a flexible work schedule to care for children and dependents, and will also require predictability in scheduling. Click here for more information and to learn more about how this ordinance may affect your business.

Beginning July 1, 2013, the State of California requires owners of commercial property to state on every lease form or rental agreement whether the property leased has undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp). The Office of Small Business strongly encourages commercial property owners and tenants to become familiar of these legal requirements. In addition to the state, there is also a local San Francisco requirement for disability access improvements and notifications on commercial properties. Read below to learn more


Happy 4th of July!

Sincerely,

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

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection  Small Business  Commission Corner

BART Strike: Ways to Minimize Impact on Your Small Business

Supervisor David Chiu Proposes a “Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance” to be Placed on the November 2013 Ballot

New CA Disability Access Law Imposes Notification Requirements for Commercial Leases

 CASp

Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Delayed

Register for the FREE Emergency Ride Home Program

Economic Development Training for Merchant and Neighborhood Groups

CA State Board of Equalization Small Business Tax Guides by Industry

• OSB Regular Office Hours

• Small Business Financing Resources

• Small Business Resources & Workshops

Invest In Neighborhoods Highlights

• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 7/8, 5:30pm, Room 400; 7/22, 2:00pm, Room 400

• Recommend a City Employee Who Demonstrates Commitment to the Success of Small Businesses


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 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

MON. 7/8, 7/22 - Small Business Commission Meetings

TUE. 7/9 - State Payroll Tax Workshop

WED. 7/10 - Starting a Business in San Francisco

WED. 7/10 - Business Law Basics

MON. 7/22 - Networking - Ten Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Next Networking Event


WED. 7/24 - Free Legal Help for Small Businesses (Assistance Available in English and Chinese) 免費小商業法律諮詢服務

TUE. 7/29 - Mobile Marketing and the Mobile Web

SAT. 8/17 - Save the Date: 5th Annual SF Street Food Festival

NEW! Airport Pop-Up Retail Concession Program

• DPW
Contracting Opportunities


• SFO Concessions and Leases

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

Learn Everything You Need to Know About Contracting with the City and County of San Francisco (FREE WORKSHOP SERIES)

City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities

City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program

Planning Code - Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use District and Valencia Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit District

Administrative Code - Healthy Food Retailer Incentives Program

Mobile Food Facilities Legislation

Health Code - Massage Practitioners

Health, Business and Tax Regulations Codes - Safe Body Art

Police, Administrative Codes - Alcohol Regulation

Planning Code, Zoning Map - Third Street Formula Retail Restricted Use District

Planning Code - Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District Use Size Limits

Police, Administrative Codes - Entertainment-Related Permits

Planning Code - Establishing Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District

News & Announcements

BART Strike: Ways to Minimize Impact on Your Small Business
BART's unions have gone on strike as of Monday, July 1, with great impact on the entire Bay Area region. The City and County of San Francisco and Office of Small Business remain open for business at regular operating hours during this time, and local City agencies are coordinating to ensure vital public services are not interrupted.

To help minimize the impacts from this strike, we are encouraging small business owners to plan ahead. The BART strike could delay deliveries, client visits, and make employees late for work, even if they don’t ride BART. Advance planning will help your business minimize these disruptions. Download a PDF of tips for businesses and employers

A special BART strike website at alert.511.org includes updates on BART’s service status, alternative transit and ridesharing options, real-time traffic and transit information, and other trip-planning tools. Visit the Employers Tips tab for additional information to help businesses and employers.

BART information can be found at www.bart.gov.  Commuters should check back regularly for updates.  For real-time Muni updates during the week, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and special events, follow the SFMTA on www.twitter.com/sfmta_muni or visit www.nextmuni.com/myNextBus to sign up for real-time text messages or email alerts.

Supervisor David Chiu Proposes a “Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance” to be Placed on the November 2013 Ballot

Supervisor David Chiu has introduced a proposed ballot measure (co-sponsored by Supervisors Malia Cohen and Eric Mar), which if passed by a majority of the Board of Supervisors and voters, will enact a “Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance.” Amendments are expected to be introduced prior to consideration at the Board of Supervisors.

The Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance provides employees with the right to request a flexible work schedule to care for children and dependents with a serious medical condition, along with additional employment rights that are not currently conveyed to employees through current local, state, or federal statutes. This ordinance will apply to employees working for an employer with 10 or more employees. The caregiver may request a Flexible Working Agreement, which will allow the employee flexibility in their work schedule in order to care for a child or dependent. To be eligible for a Flexible Working Agreement, an employee must be employed for at least six months before making such a request. A qualified dependent under the ordinance is a person who is related to the caregiver by blood, legal custody, marriage, or to a domestic partner, or to a person with whom the caregiver lives in a familial relationship.

Under the ordinance, Caregivers may seek changes in their employment that include, but are not limited to, part-time employment, a modified work schedule, flexible start and/or end times for work, job sharing arrangements, working from home, telecommuting, reduction in work duties, and part-year employment.

An employer who receives a request for a Flexible Working Arrangement is not required to approve the request and may deny the request based on an undue hardship. Undue hardship may include, but is not limited to, certain business reasons, such as identifiable cost of the arrangement, detrimental effect on the employer’s ability to meet customer or client demands, inability to organize work among other employees, or insufficiency of work to be performed during the time the employee proposes to work.  

The ordinance also requires employers to give at least two weeks’ notice of change of ahy employee’s work schedule. Employers must also post a notice at the place of employment outlining the rights that an employee has under the ordinance.  Additionally, specific documentation requirements also apply. 

The proposed law creates a process that the employer and employee must follow and the employee may appeal a denial of a request to the employer if an initial request for a flexible work schedule is appealed. The ordinance includes employee protections and restricts employers from taking adverse employment actions against the employee because he or she is a caregiver or, in retaliation for exercising his or her rights under the ordinance.

The City’s Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement is the agency tasked with implementing and enforcing this ordinance. The Agency is charged with investigating complaints under the ordinance and may assess fines and violations.  

The Small Business Commission will be receiving a presentation by Supervisor David Chiu and holding a hearing on this proposed ballot measure at its July 8, 2013 regular meeting at 5:30pm in City Hall room 400. Public Comment can be provided in person or in writing by sending emails to the Commission to Chris.Schulman@sfgov.org

For the most recent version of the proposed ballot measure, visit our Legislation for Small Business Commission Review Page.

New CA Disability Access Law Imposes Notification Requirements for Commercial Leases
Beginning July 1, 2013, owners of commercial property must state on every lease form or rental agreement whether the property leased has undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (commonly referred to as a “CASp” or "CASp Inspector"). This is required by California Civil Code Section 1938, which was enacted as a part of Senate Bill 1186. If the property has undergone a CASp Inspection, the property owner must state whether the property has or has not been determined to meet all applicable construction-related accessibility standards pursuant to California Civil Code Section 55.53. Click here for a detailed explanation and summary of these laws.
 
If a commercial property has not been inspected by a CASp Inspector, the new statute does not require such an inspection; it merely requires disclosure of whether or not an inspection has been performed and the results of any such inspection. The intent is to provide a mechanism for commercial property owners to reduce their exposure to liability in ADA lawsuits by encouraging owners to obtain a CASp inspection.
 
In San Francisco, commercial property owners of 7,500 square feet or less (beginning June 1, 2013), must also comply with Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code in addition to the California Civil Code Section 1938. Click here for details of San Francisco's requirements.

The Office of Small Business encourages landlords and tenants to take this opportunity to become familiar with the legal requirements of business and property owners in order to ensure equal access to their premises for persons with disabilities.  For more disability access requirements and resources, visit the ADA Requirements & Your Small Business page of the Office of Small Business website.

Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Delayed
The Obama administration announced recently it is delaying until 2015 the requirement that businesses with more than 50 employees provide health insurance to their workers or pay a penalty. More details about this change will become available in the next few weeks and the Office of Small Business will keep you apprised.


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SBAC Connection

Register for the FREE Emergency Ride Home Program
Emergency Ride Home is a free City program that provides a 'safety net' for San Francisco commuters who walk, bike, take transit or rideshare. Once your business is registered, CommuteSmart will reimburse your employees for qualifying trips if they have a personal or family emergency on a day when they used one of these modes to travel to work.
  - Registration is fast, easy and FREE
  - Online reimbursement requests
  - Once registered, employees are immediately eligible to use the program until June 30,  2014

Register your business today by completing this registration form.
Learn more at www.SFERH.org or contact CommuteSmart with questions.

Economic Development Training for Merchant and Neighborhood Groups
Attention merchant associations, resident associations, neighborhood groups, nonprofits with neighborhood-specific programming, etc. Bay Area LISC and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development are offereing a two-day workshop series. Topics include: Twelve Steps for Economic Success, Alternatives for Commercial Corridor Revitalization:
Popup stores; food trucks; art walks
, and Measuring the Impacts of Your Revitalization Work. Click on the course titles for details.


CA State Board of Equalization Small Business Tax Guides by Industry
The California State Board of Equalization recognizes that understanding tax issues related to your industry can be time-consuming and complicated, and wants to help small business owners get the information they need so that they can focus on starting and growing their business.

Click on an industry below to better understand the tax obligations specific to that industry.

Tax Practitioners Guide
Liquor Store Operators Guide
Restaurant Owners Guide
Construction Contractors Guide
Caterers Guide
Mobile Phone Vendors Guide
Nonprofit Organizations Guide


• 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.

Invest In Neighborhoods Highlights
Invest in Neighborhoods (IIN) provides focused & customized services for San Francisco's neighborhood commercial districts. Learn more on the IIN website, follow IIN on Twitter@InvestSF, and sign up for the newsletter here.



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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.

Planning Code - Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use District and Valencia Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit District
The Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use District, enacted in 1987 is one of the most strict restricted use districts in place in the Planning Code.  A key component of the district is that it does not allow transferability of licenses between locations.  Under this proposed ordinance, a number of legislative changes are being proposed for the SUD, including allowing transferability of licenses.  Additionally, it will allow for grocery stores of any size to obtain new beer and wine liquor license, whereas currently only large grocery stores are allowed this privilege.

In addition to modifying the SUD, this ordinance will amend the Valencia Street Neighborhood Commercial District and require a conditional use authorization in order to convert a retail space in the Valencia Street NCD into a restaurant.

The Small Business Commission is scheduled to hear this ordinance at its July 8, 2013 meeting.

Administrative Code - Healthy Food Retailer Incentives Program
The proposal would amend the Administrative Code to create a “Healthy Food Retailer Incentives Program.” The proposal would require the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to coordinate and centralize City government incentives and technical assistance to promote the establishment and expansion of Healthy Food Retailers in areas that lack access to healthy food. The proposal would require the Department to coordinate efforts to promote and support Healthy Food Retailers with other public agencies in the City and with community based organizations, schools and others  The Department will also be required to identify “underserved areas” of the City that lack access to Healthy Food Retailers and identify obstacles deterring new and existing retailers from offering fresh, healthy foods and locating in underserved areas, and develop strategies to address them. 

Additionally, the Department will coordinate existing incentives and develop new incentives, such as technical support, training, assistance with permits and licensing, store redesign assistance, retail assessment, façade improvement, and access to grants and loans, to recruit, maintain, and develop new Healthy Food Retailers in underserved areas.  The Department will also create, by December 1, 2013, a centralized resource center to provide information and technical assistance to persons or entities seeking to become Health Food Retailers.  The Small Business Commission heard this ordinance at our June 24, 2013 meeting and recommended approval by a 5-0 vote.  The ordinance will next be before the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee on a date to be determined.


Mobile Food Facilities Legislation
The Board of Supervisors recently passed, and the Mayor signed, three ordinances relating to Mobile Food Facilities (MFF’s.)  These ordinances address the Public Works Code, Planning Code, and Transportation Code.  Introduced by Supervisor Wiener, together, they make significant changes to our City’s permitting of MFF’s.  Please visit our Legislation for Small Business Commission review link for more information.  The key change to the permitting is that MFF’s will not be permitted within 75 feet of brick and mortar restaurants.  Notification changes have been made as well.  Additionally, the buffer zone around schools has been reduced, which will open up additional parts of the City to MFF opportunities.  All permits that were issued prior to July 1, 2013 will be grandfathered in under the old rules and regulations.  New permits issued after July 1, 2013 will be held to the new standards.


Health Code - Massage Practitioners
Under current City code, all massage practitioners are required to obtain local permits from the Department of Public Health.  This is not consistent with state law passed in 2011 which created an optional state licensing program for massage practitioners and exempts state licensed practitioners from local permitting. Under this proposed law, an individual who is certified as a massage practitioner by the State of California pursuant to the California Business and Professions Code is not required to obtain a permit from the Department. However, any practitioner who is not certified by the State must still obtain a permit from the Department.

Massage establishments that employ only massage practitioners who are certified by the state must provide copies of those certificates to the Health Department for all massage practitioners employed by the establishment, and must update this information annually. The operator of a massage establishment, solo practitioner massage establishment, or outcall massage service must maintain a register of all individuals employed as massage practitioners and their State of California certificate or Department permit numbers. Such register shall be available for inspection by the Department at all times during regular business hours.

All massage establishments, whether state-certified or not, must comply with reasonable health and safety operating requirements. Every person certified as a massage practitioner or therapist by the State of California pursuant to the California Business and Professions Code or holding a massage establishment, solo practitioner massage establishment, or outcall massage service permit issued by the Department shall pay an annual license fee to the Tax Collector.  The annual license fee for a massage establishment will be $1,173 under the proposed ordinance.

The Small Business Commission heard this ordinance at its June 10, 2013 Commission meeting and recommended approval by a 7-0 vote.  The ordinance will now be before the Board of Supervisors Rules committee, tentatively scheduled for July 11, 2013.

Health, Business and Tax Regulations Codes - Safe Body Art
The California Safe Body Art Act (AB 300) became effective July 1, 2012, and set statewide health and safety standards for practitioners of piercing, tattooing, branding and the application of permanent cosmetics, This proposed ordinance, which amends the San Francisco Health Code, conforms to the new state law.

The Act defines body art to include piercing, tattooing, branding and the application of permanent cosmetics, and requires body art practitioners to comply with specified requirements, including, client information and questionnaires, vaccination, blood borne pathogen training, and sanitation. The new law would require body art practitioners to register with DPH and renew this registration annually; it also requires all body art facilities to obtain a permit from DPH and renew this permit annually. All body art practitioners and facilities, including mobile facilities, temporary demonstration booths, and mechanical piercing facilities, must pay annual fees, subject to yearly adjustment. Permits and registrations would be subject to suspension or revocation, following a hearing, upon a showing satisfactory to the Director that the practitioner violated state or local law. Imminent health hazards may require immediate suspension, with a hearing to follow.

The annual license fee for a body art facility is proposed to be $1,372 per year, the annual license fee for a body art practitioner is proposed to be $175. 

The Small Business Commission heard this ordinance at its June 10, 2013 Commission meeting and recommended approval by a 7-0 vote.  The ordinance will now be before the Board of Supervisors Rules committee, tentatively scheduled for July 11, 2013.

Police, Administrative Codes - Alcohol Regulation
This Ordinance would amend Section 21 of the Police Code to prohibit possession of an open alcohol container at an ABC licensed off-sale premises. It would require licensees to post a visible sign at the premises giving notice to the public of this prohibition.

This Ordinance would amend Section 1298 of the Police Code to authorize the Chief of Police to draft and propose that the Board of Supervisors approve Resolutions of Public Convenience or Necessity ("PCN") pursuant to California Business and Professions Code Section 23958.4. Under state law, PCN findings from the local legislative bodies (in this case, the Board of Supervisors) or its designee are required to obtain a liquor license in areas of overconcentration of liquor licenses, such as much of San Francisco. The Ordinance provides that the Board of Supervisors shall not approve a Resolution of PCN unless the proposed licensee agrees, in writing, that if the ABC issues an off-sale the license, it will be subject to some conditions. The Ordinance lists some minimum required conditions, and other potentially applicable conditions. Among the first, it establishes minimum volume requirements for distilled spirits and wine, and a prohibition on sale of single-serve containers of beer or coolers. Among the latter, it includes, for example, a requirement that ice be sold only in quantities of no less than 7 pounds per sale, and a restriction on the sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.

The Small Business Commission is scheduled to hear this ordinance at an upcoming meeting, exact date to be determined.

Planning Code, Zoning Map - Third Street Formula Retail Restricted Use District
This legislation would require that any new formula retail use on Third Street between Williams Avenue and Egbert Avenue seek conditional use authorization to operate. If any existing formula retail use has not already procured a conditional use permit to operate as a formula retail use, any alteration permits for a new formula retail use would require conditional use authorization. Any expansion or intensification of an existing formula retail use would also require conditional use authorization.  The Small Business Commission heard this item at its June 10, 2013 meeting and recommended approval by a 7-0 vote.   This item will next be before the Planning Commission on July 26, 2013.
 

Planning Code - Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District Use Size Limits
The Planning Code establishes use size limits in all zoning districts.  There is typically a use size that is permitted by right, a use size that is permitted by conditional use, and then a maximum use size that may not be exceeded.  The Planning code establishes a 2,000 square foot size limit for permitted uses in the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District. The code further allows a use size between 2,000 and 3,999 square feet by Conditional Use Authorization and prohibits use sizes 4,000 square feet and above. Under this proposed ordinance, the Planning Code will be amended to allow a large neighborhood serving non-profit institution to exceed the 4,000 square foot limit through a Conditional Use Authorization.  The intent of the amendments is to allow for carefully-vetted and community-supported larger institutional uses within the Neighborhood Commercial District in order to provide services closer to resident populations.  The Small Business Commission heard this item at its May 20, 2013 meeting and recommended approval by a 7-0 vote.  It passed the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee with positive recommendations.  It is now before the full Board of Supervisors for consideration.

Police, Administrative Codes - Entertainment-Related Permits
This ordinance updates various Police Codes that are under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission.  First, it expands the definition of Limited Live Performance to include DJ’s and outdoor plazas, courtyards, and similar outdoor spaces.   Next, it increases the enforcement powers of the Commission to give the Commission authority to approve longer permit suspensions and, for the first time allows the Commission to enforce against persons that do not obtain permits.  Additionally, the Commission will now be permitted to pursue civil penalties against permit violators.  Next, if a Place of Entertainment does not have an event taking place on a given night, no security guard will be required to be present, unless required by the Commission.  Additional powers granted to the Commission include the authority to issue temporary permits in cases of ownership changes, and various clarifications and updates to the code.  The Small Business Commission voted 6-0 on March 25, 2013 to recommend approval of this ordinance.  It passed the Board of Supervisors and was signed into law by Mayor Lee on June 6, 2013.

Planning Code - Establishing Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District
This ordinance proposes to add the Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) to the list of named NCD’s in the City of San Francisco and to provide zoning controls for the area along Mission Street in the Excelsior District that is currently primarily zoned NC-3.  The zoning will keep intact most NC-3 zoning characteristics, while adding some customizations, such as incorporating the controls of the Excelsior Alcohol Restricted use District.  Additionally, a Medical Cannabis Dispensary will not be permitted within 500 feet of another Medical Cannabis Dispensary.  Other minor modifications to the zoning table are made.  This zoning change will also allow for future customizable changes to the zoning along this part of Mission Street, whereas currently the general NC-3 zoning prohibits this flexibility.   The Small Business Commission heard this ordinance on March 11, 2013 and recommended approval with modification.  The modification is the addition of hours of operation restrictions and a requirement for Conditional Use Authorization for operating between 2:00am and 6:00am.   Supervisor Avalos has indicated that he is accepting this modification.  The ordinance passed the Planning Commission and is pending before the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee on a date to be determined.


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Small Business Commission Corner

• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 7/8, 5:30pm, Room 400; 7/22, 2:00pm, Room 400
The Small Business Commission will meet on Monday, June 10 at 5:30PM in Room 400. The Commission meets again on Monday, June 24 at 2:00PM in Room 400.
Agendas will be available on the Commission website by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

At the Small Business Commission’s July 8, 2013 meeting, the Commission will hold hearings on Supervisor David Chiu’s proposed “Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance” and the proposed revisions to the Mission Alcohol Restricted Use District.  Public Comment will be taken on these ordinances and your feedback is appreciated.  Public comment is accepted in person and by email at chris.schulman@sfgov.org. Visit our Legislation for Small Business Commission Review page for details on each piece of legislation.


Recommend a City Employee Who Demonstrates Commitment to the Success of Small Businesses
The Small Business Commission (SBC) has established a recognition program for recognizing City employees who demonstrate commitment to the success of small businesses. The Commission is accepting nominations by members of the business community on an on-going basis. The SBC's Outreach Committee will review nominations and select an honoree to be recognized at our monthly Commission meetings. Visit the Commission website for the program criteria and to submit nominations.



*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! Airport Pop-Up Retail Concession Program
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 Everything You Need to Know About Contracting with the City and County of San Francisco (FREE WORKSHOP SERIES)
FREE workshops held EACH WEDNESDAY of the month at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 200. 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.  Click here to learn how to become a registered vendor and certified Local Business Enterprise.

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. 7/8, 7/22 - Small Business Commission Meetings
6/10 at 5:30 PM, Room 400, and 6/24 at 2:00PM, City Hall, Room 400. Click here for Meeting Agendas


TUE. 7/9 - State Payroll Tax Workshop
This workshop provides participants with hands practice on how to calculate state taxes and complete state payroll tax forms. The workshop is recommended for those who have previously attended a Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar or for those familiar with state payroll tax reporting but who would like additional practice.  Presented by the California EDD Tax Office.  Call  866 873-6083 for more information. Click here for details.

WED. 7/10 - 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. 7/10 - Business Law Basics
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105

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. Click here to register.

MON. 7/22 - Networking - Ten Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Next Networking Event
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105 
Volunteer Instructor, Tony Wilkins – www.blogtalkradio.com/tonywilkins, will share with you tips on what works and what doesn’t during networking  and how to get prospects to start calling you following a networking event. Click here to register.


WED. 7/24 - 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.

TUE. 7/29 - Mobile Marketing and the Mobile Web
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105 
Mobile Web use is exploding!  iPhones, Androids and other always-online devices are everywhere. Discover what you need to know about this exciting new medium. Volunteer Instructor, Aaron Maxwell – Hilomath Mobile Web Development, will provide an overview of: critical factors your website must  have; avoidable pitfalls that send customers running; understanding the vast sea of handheld devices; tremendous mobile marketing opportunities; and low cost ways to get started now. Click here to register.


SAT. 8/17 - Save the Date: 5th Annual SF Street Food Festival
The 5th Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival is coming! www.sfstreetfoodfest.com


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