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JULY 2016

Dear Reader,

After a long hiatus, we are delighted to be able to produce and bring to you once again our monthly newsletter.  Our monthly newsletter features business related news, events, upcoming workshops, and special announcements.  The OSB team continues to provide outstanding service and support to small business owners and entrepreneurs.  When you are not able to engage with the Office of Small Business one-on-one, the award winning San Francisco Business Portal is there to assist you. 

I want to take a moment to honor and acknowledge Carla Johnson, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Disability who passed away June 12, 2016.  Carla worked for the City and County of San Francisco for more than 23 years and was a Certified Building Official (CBO) and CASp inspector.  Many in our community remember her as an inspector who looked out for our safety first.  San Francisco can be a challenge for individuals with disabilities but it is far less of a challenge due to Carla’s work and advocacy.  Carla was also a big supporter of San Francisco’s small businesses. I would often see her in our local shops and cafés enjoying herself with family, friends and colleagues. Carla was always there to provide wise counsel and an open ear.  I am so very grateful that I was able to work with Carla and Supervisor Tang in developing a ground breaking approach and passed a law to mandate the entrances of commercial buildings be accessible.  This law is the bridge that has long been needed to preserve our small businesses and expand the City’s obligation to uphold the Civil Rights of individuals with disabilities.  For every non-accessible doorway you encounter that becomes accessible I hope you will take a moment and say “Thank you Carla!”


Sincerely,

Regina Dick-Endrizzi,
Director, Office of Small Business

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection Small Business Commission Corner

San Francisco Minimum Wage Increases to $13.00 on July 1, 2016

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Mayor Lee's Update on Mission Fire Aid & Recovery

• Treasurer Jose Cisneros Extends Deadline for Drivers of Transportation Network Companies to Register Without Penalty

• Treasurer Jose Cisneros Launches Online Registration for New Businesses

Paid Parental Leave Ordinance to begin on January 1, 2017

Apply to the Community Advisory Group for the Community Benefits Study in the Eastern Neighborhoods

Richard Kurylo - New Legacy Business Program Manager

• San Francisco Business Portal - Our City's Primary Online Business Resource

Fictitious Business Name Filing Fee Will Increase to $50.00 Starting July 1, 2016

• Small Business Disaster Relief Fund

• Small Business Week and Honorees

Shop & Dine in the 49

Invest in Neighborhood

Small Business Commission Honors the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collectors

Menaka Mahajan - New Senior Policy Analyst / Commission Secretary

• Legacy Business Registry

Mayor Lee Announces Over $2.5 Million in New Funding to Support San Francisco's Legacy Businesses

Meet Our Small Business Commissioners

 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

MON. 7/11, 7/25 - Small Business Commission Meetings

THU. 7/7 – RSI - Checklist for Starting a Restaurant

THU. 7/7 – QuickBooks Make Easy

TUE. 7/12 – Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

TUE. 7/12 - Maintaining Tax Records

TUE. 7/12 - LinkedIn: Leverage to Grow Your Business!

WED. 7/13 - Weebly: The Easiest Way to Make a Website!

WED. 7/13 – Starting a Business in San Francisco

WED. 7/13 – Financing Your Small Business

WED. 7/13 – Business Law Basics

• THU 7/14 – HUBZone and Women Owned Small Business Program Certifications 

• THU. 7/14 – SBA 8(a) Business Development Certification Workshop

• TUE. 7/19 - Hiring and Retention of Employees

• TUE. 7/19 - Small Business Taxes

THU. 7/21 - Small Business Bookkeeping

TUE. 7/26 - Corporations and LLCs Offer Different Options

WED. 7/27 - Introduction to Intellectual Property

City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities

DPW Contracting Opportunities

SFMTA Contracting Opportunities

Doing Business at SFO

SFPUC Contracting Opportunities

City and County of San Francisco Local Business Enterprise Certification

City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program

Legislation not yet heard by the Commission:

Medical Service Use – Sacramento Street Neighborhood Commercial District (BOS File No. 160656)

Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase for Transportation (BOS File No. 160670)

• Street Space Occupancy Permits (BOS File No. 160590)
 
Signs – Exemptions and General Advertising Sign Penalties (BOS File No. 160553)

 

Heard by the Commission and before the Board of Supervisors:

Three-Quarter Cent Sales Tax Increase (File No. 160639)

Prohibiting Formula Retail in Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District (File No. 160102)

Paid Parental Leave for Bonding with New Child (File No. 160065)

Mandatory Disability Access Improvements (File No. 150732)

All Gender Toilet Facilities (File No. 160024)

Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction (File No. 160383)

News & Announcements

• Minimum Wage ordinance (MWO) - San Francisco Minimum Wage Increases to $13.00 on July 1, 2016

On November 4, 2014, San Francisco voters passed Proposition J, raising the minimum wage to $15.00 by 2018. The San Francisco minimum wage will increase according to the following schedule:
 
 Effective Date  Minimum Wage Rate
 5/1/2015  $12.25
 7/1/2016  $13.00
 7/1/2017  $14.00
 7/1/2018  $15.00
 July 1st Each Following Year  CPI Increase
 
Required Minimum Wage Poster: All covered employers must post the required PDF icon2016 San Francisco Minimum Wage Poster at each workplace or jobsite as of July 1, 2016. The Poster should be printed on 8.5x14"paper. 

Click here for more information.


 Mayor Lee’s Update on Mission Fire Aid & Recovery
On June 20, 2016, Mayor Ed Lee updated on the efforts to provide support and aid for the residents and businesses impacted by the five-alarm fire on the 3300 block of Mission Street on June 18th:

“On behalf of City and County of San Francisco, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to all the victims of Saturday’s five-alarm fire in the Mission.

Fifty-eight residents were left without homes. The City and the Red Cross are working closely with displaced residents, and I thank the nearby Salvation Army for providing food, shelter and support during this catastrophic time in their lives. The City is providing a variety of services including mental health support through the Department of Public Health.

Our impacted residents need housing, and the Human Services Agency is exploring long-term housing options. I am strongly encouraging property owners and landlords to use the Good Samaritan Temporary Occupancy Residential Rent Ordinance to help house those displaced so that they can more easily find temporary housing.

The outpouring of support from the community has been incredible, and once again shows what an amazing City we live in. I encourage those that want to help should provide a donation to either the Red Cross Bay Area or to the Salvation Army.

Click here to read more.


• Treasurer José Cisneros Extends Deadline For Drivers of Transportation Network Companies to Register Without Penalty
On June 6, 2016, the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector issued a statement that drivers have until August 31, 2016 to register without penalty. Drivers who already paid penalties and interest will receive a refund.

In April 2016, the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector mailed 37,000 notices to people identified as drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in San Francisco, and required action within 30 days. The Office is extending the deadline for drivers to respond until August 31st, 2016 and will not impose penalties or interest for drivers who register before that date. Drivers who already registered and paid penalties and interest will receive a refund within 30 days.


“It is my duty to fairly implement the business tax regulations in San Francisco,” said Treasurer Cisneros. “The ongoing litigation regarding the employment status of TNC drivers has resulted in significant confusion about business registration requirements in San Francisco. In consultation with the City Attorney, given this lack of clarity, we are allowing drivers to register without penalty for prior periods if they take action before August 31st, 2016.”

Click here to read more.


• Treasurer José Cisneros Launches Online Registration for New Businesses
On March 2, 2016, Treasurer José Cisneros launched Online Business Registration, a user-friendly city website that enables new businesses in San Francisco to apply, pay, and immediately begin operations.

“New businesses in San Francisco can now register with the City online in minutes. Contractors seeking a building permit, hairdressers renting their first stall in San Francisco, or neighborhood groups incorporating as a nonprofit are now able to register without stepping foot in City Hall, or waiting for a mail-in process,” said Treasurer Cisneros. “Over the past five years, my office has focused on bringing all of our business tax payments and filings online to improve the experience for taxpayers. Helping businesses succeed is essential to our City’s economy.”

Until today, businesses had to register using a paper form that could either be mailed in for a three week-turnaround, or brought in person to City Hall for same day assistance. The online system incorporates the application, digital signature and payment processes. The site automatically calculates the business registration fee and state fee as well as any applicable penalties, interest, and administrative fees. Online registration completes the Treasurer’s Office’s five year effort to bring all tax filings and payments online.

Click here to read more.



• Paid Parental Leave Ordinance – Beginning January 1, 2017
The Paid Parental Leave for Bonding with New Child Ordinance ("Paid Parental Leave Ordinance" or "PPLO") was passed on the second reading by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2016 and signed by Mayor Lee on April 21, 2016. It becomes operative on January 1, 2017.

The Paid Parental Leave Ordinance amends the San Francisco Police Code to require employers to provide supplemental compensation to employees who are receiving California Paid Family Leave for purposes of bonding with a new child. 

Employer phase in: 

  • Employers with 50 or more employees are required to comply beginning on January 1, 2017.
  • Employers with 35 or more employees are required to comply beginning on July 1, 2017. 
  • Employers with 20 or more employees are required to comply beginning on January 1, 2018. 
Covered Employees  
A “Covered Employee” entitled to Supplemental Compensation under the PPLO is an employee:
  1. who began employment with the Covered Employer at least 180 days prior to the start of the leave period; 
  2. who performs at least eight hours of work per week for the employer in San Francisco;
  3. at least 40% of whose total weekly hours worked for the employer are in San Francisco; and
  4. who is eligible to receive paid family leave compensation under the California Paid Family Leave law for the purpose of bonding with a new child.
Click here to read more.


• Apply to the Community Advisory Group for the Community Benefits Study in the Eastern Neighborhoods

The Community Benefits Study in the Eastern Neighborhoods is a study led by San Francisco Planning and conducted by consultants Van Meter Williams Pollack and Keyser Marston.


This study will evaluate added heights and additional community benefits on up to ten specific sites located in the Eastern Neighborhoods area (the communities of the Mission District, South of Market, Central Waterfront, and Potrero Hill). 


The Community Advisory Group will provide input in this process including but not limited to:  

  • Helping in selection of sites to be studied;
  • Evaluating community benefits to be incorporated in exchange for added heights; and
  • Reviewing consultant work and deliverables at different steps in the process. 

The Group will meet approximately once a month for approximately six months, starting in August 2016.  Accepting applications through July 29, 2016. 

For more information and to download an application, click here.



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SBAC Connection

• Richard Kurylo - Legacy Business Program Manager
Please join us in welcoming Richard Kurylo as the new Manager of the Legacy Business Program in the Office of Small Business.

In this role, Rick will oversee the Legacy Business Program, including establishing and maintaining a registry of Legacy Businesses in San Francisco, providing educational and promotional assistance to Legacy Businesses to encourage their continued viability and success and managing grants to business owners and landlords through the Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund.

Rick joins the Office of Small Business with extensive experience in neighborhood revitalization and program management. Rick has been with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development since 2013, working with Community Benefit Districts, the Invest in Neighborhoods program, contracts and finances. Prior to OEWD, he was with the Controller’s Office for 5 years, working on the City budget, contracts and procurement. From 1996-2007, Rick worked with Business Improvement Districts in San Diego most notably with the North Park business district for 9 years, which was recently voted the best neighborhood in the city in a San Diego survey. Rick played an active role in preserving historic buildings and retaining existing businesses through innovative projects and efforts.

Rick graduated from San Diego State University, earning a Master’s Degree in Geography. He lives in Duboce Triangle in San Francisco. Rick will remain in room 443 in City Hall for the time being and can be reached at richard.kurylo@sfgov.org or (415) 554-6680, or through the Legacy Business Program at legacybusiness@sfgov.org.

Click here to meet the Office of Small Business staff.

• San Francisco Business Portal
The Office of Small Business in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Department of Technology launched The San Francisco Business Portal, the city’s premier online business resource. Our new Business Portal helps users easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business.  It provides comprehensive information and tailored tools, including a permits and licenses section allowing users to select a business type and get a list of the required permits and licenses.  The Portal allows users to quickly learn what it takes to plan a business, be compliant, and access a myriad of business resources along the way.   The Business Portal is accessible to the public world-wide and has enhanced the way we deliver services. It’s a great starting point for anyone, anywhere, at any hour, to access information online on starting, managing, and growing a business in San Francisco. Visit the San Francisco Business Portal for more information.



• Fictitious Business Name Filing Fee Will Increase to $50.00 Starting July 1, 2016
The Fictitious Business Name filing fee along with some other City fees will be increasing by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 3.18% starting July 1, 2016.  Not all fees increases by the CPI rate, some are based on cost recovery and enacting legislation.  Please check with the local agencies and departments.

Click here for more information on Fictitious Business Name filing.



• Small Business Disaster Relief Fund
When a disaster occurs, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development works with individual businesses to determine what resources they might need by doing an assessment. This assessment includes assistance is procuring City permits and licenses, assistance with employee needs and access to capital. Furthermore, OEWD works closely with other city departments to coordinate and connect recovery response between impacted businesses and city departments.  The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has a team of staff dedicated to supporting and assisting merchants and businesses as they work to recover and eventually re-open for business.  Click here for more information.


 Small Business Week and Honorees
May was Small Business Month.  We celebrated the 12th annual San Francisco Small Business Week which this year was from May 21-28, 2016.  San Francisco Small Business Week is produced in partnership with the US Small Business Administration, The City and County of San Francisco, the Office of the Mayor, Office of Small Business, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center & San Francisco Economic Development Alliance, San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, Council of District Merchants Association, San Francisco Small Business Development Center, USF Gellert Family Business Resource Center, the Golden Gate Business Association, sf.citi and Straus Events. 

It is a week of events honoring and celebrating San Francisco small businesses, including Flavors of San Francisco, a kick-off gala, which brought together more than 1,200 small business owners and community members to mingle and connect with 70 small business resources at the Metreon; the Small Business Conference featuring more than 40 free workshops, an expo, and a network mixer.  The events were a huge success.  For more information on Small Business Week, visit
www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com.  We look forward to celebrating with you next year.

Click here to view the Small Business Honorees by Mayor Lee and the Board of Supervisors.


 Shop & Dine in the 49
In November 2014, Mayor Ed Lee launched the Shop & Dine in the 49 initiative, encouraging residents to do all their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of San Francisco.  Shop & Dine in the 49 is an initiative developed by the Mayor’s Office with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Office of Small Business in partnership with local business groups including: SF Travel, SF Made, Golden Gate Restaurant Association, SF Chamber of Commerce, the Council of District Merchants, and San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance. Every dollar spent at local businesses in San Francisco directly support jobs and our economy. By shopping, eating, drinking, and playing in our neighborhoods, we ensure our unique corridors remain thriving, successful, and vibrant.  Click here for more information.


• Invest in Neighborhoods
The Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative, one of the 17 points of Mayor Lee’s plan for jobs and economic opportunity, provides focused, customized assistance to meet the specific needs of San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial corridors. Invest in Neighborhoods aims to strengthen and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts around the City by marshaling and deploying resources from across multiple departments and nonprofit partners. These include economic development services such as loan programs, facade improvement grants, and technical assistance for small businesses. Invest in Neighborhoods is also leveraging other City services – from the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, Municipal Transportation Agency, and other departments – that help small businesses thrive, increase quality of life, improve physical conditions, and build community capacity. Every neighborhood commercial district has its own unique needs, opportunities and challenges. Invest in Neighborhoods aims to deploy the specific services and resources that are most needed in each district. Click here for more information. 

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Small Business Commission Legislative Liaison

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

THE FULL-TEXT LEGISLATION AND VARIOUS SUMMARIES ARE AVAILABLE ON OSB'S Legislation Impacting Small Business page.

Legislation not yet heard by the Commission:


ITEMS IN THIS SECTION WILL BE LISTED BY TITLE ONLY.

•  Medical Service Use – Sacramento Street Neighborhood Commercial District (BOS File No. 160656)

•  Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase for Transportation (BOS File No. 160670)

•  Street Space Occupancy Permits (BOS File No. 160590)

•  Signs – Exemptions and General Advertising Sign Penalties (BOS File No. 160553)


Heard by the Commission and before the Board of Supervisors:

•  Three-Quarter Cent Sales Tax Increase (File No. 160639)
The Small Business Commission heard this item on June 13, 2016, and voted 6-0 (1 absent)  to make no recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

Sponsor(s): Mayor, Avalos, Farrell, Wiener

•  Prohibiting Formula Retail in Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District (File No. 160102)
The Small Business Commission heard this item on June 13, 2016, and voted 6-0 (1 absent) to recommend approval with one condition to the Board of Supervisors.

Sponsor(s): Peskin

•  Paid Parental Leave for Bonding with New Child (File No. 160065)
The Small Business Commission heard this item on March 14, March 28, and April 11, 2016, and voted 6-1 to recommend disapproval to the Board of Supervisors. 

Sponsor(s): Wiener

•  Mandatory Disability Access Improvements (File No. 150732)
The Small Business Commission heard this item on July 27, 2015, and voted 7-0 to recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors.

Sponsor(s): Tang

•  All Gender Toilet Facilities (File No. 160024)

The Small Business Commission heard these items on January 11, 2016, and voted 7-0 to recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors.  

Sponsor(s): Campos

•  Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction (File No. 160383)
The Small Business Commission heard this item on May 9, 2016, and voted 6-0 (1 absent) to recommend approval with modifications to the Board of Supervisors.

Sponsor(s): Breed, Peskin
 

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Small Business Commission Corner

Small Business Commission Honors the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector
The Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector has made significant accomplishments utilizing technology to streamline the process for businesses to register their business, pay their taxes and renew their licenses. The Small Business Commission has determined that these accomplishment merit recognition during Small Business Week. Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector was honored and recognized for the accomplishments and commitment to the San Francisco’s small businesses at the Small Business Week 2016 Awards Ceremony.

Click here to view the Small Business Commission with Honoree at the Small Business Week 2016 Awards Ceremony. 

Menaka Mahajan - New Senior Policy Analyst / Commission Secretary
Please join us in welcoming Menaka Mahajan, the new Senior Policy Analyst/Commission Secretary in the Office of Small Business.

Menaka Mahajan joined the Office of Small Business in April 2016. She earned her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in 2015, specializing in Political Economy and International Relations. Her doctoral research explored factors that drive policy-making, particularly the interaction between government, business, and civil society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, Irvine.

Menaka previously worked as an Analyst with the City of San Francisco’s Ethics Commission, a Researcher for a media analytics consultancy, and has experience teaching students from the elementary to undergraduate levels in subjects ranging from mathematics to political economy. 


• Legacy Business Registry
The Legacy Business Registry is authorized by Section 2A.242 of the San Francisco Administrative Code. The purpose of the Legacy Business Registry is to recognize that longstanding businesses can be valuable cultural assets to the City.  The Small Business Commission and its Office of Small Business are excited to highlight the hundreds of businesses in San Francisco that for 30+ years have retained the core element of their business and contributed to a neighborhood's history and/or the identity of a particular neighborhood or community.  

To be placed on the Registry the business must be nominated by a member of the Board of Supervisors or the Mayor and submit a written historical narrative of the business.  The application receives an advisory recommendation from the Historical Preservation Commission, and approval of the Small Business Commission.  In addition, the City intends that the Registry be a tool for providing promotional and educational assistance to Legacy Businesses to encourage their continued viability and success. Businesses on Legacy Businesses Registry are eligible to participate in the Legacy Business Preservation Fund.  Nominations for the Registry shall be limited to a total of 300 per year.  (July 1 to June 30).

Click here for more information on the Legacy Business Registry.


Mayor Lee Announces Over $2.5 Million in New Funding to Support San Francisco’s Legacy Businesses
On May 19, 2016, Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced more than $2.5 million in new funding in his proposed Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18 budget to create, develop and implement the San Francisco Legacy Business Program, which was approved by voters last November. The goals of the San Francisco Legacy Business Program are to stabilize, strengthen and sustain longtime San Francisco small businesses, especially those which have played a big part in the City’s local economy, diversity and history.

“Our longtime businesses are a vital part of what makes our neighborhoods unique and vibrant,” said Mayor Lee. “I am proud to invest over $2.5 million in new funding through my budget to help San Francisco legacy businesses succeed.”

“I created the Legacy Business program because the time is now for the City to provide some relief to small historic businesses that are struggling in our increasingly expensive City,” said Supervisor David Campos. “These businesses are the heart of our neighborhoods and commercial corridors. By overwhelmingly approving Prop J, the voters of San Francisco sent a clear message that preservation of the bars, restaurants, arts venues, non-profits and corner stores where we spend so much of our time is a priority. I am thrilled we were able to work with the Mayor to fully implement the will of the voters.”

“Last November, the voters recognized that the City has a responsibility to help preserve our legacy businesses and its past time to give them the help they need to stay competitive during an affordability crisis,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin. “I’m optimistic that our board committee hearing, combined with the Mayor’s renewed commitment to the Legacy Business Preservation Fund, will ensure that we not only start administering relief immediately but that the program sustains itself for the long haul.”

“We support the Mayor’s initiative to assist some of San Francisco's most iconic small businesses which are challenged by the unprecedented recent increases in operating expenses,” said Small Business Commission President Mark Dwight.

Click here to read more.

•  Meet our current Small Business Commissioners
Our Commissioners have been supporting and advocating for small businesses throughout the city.  Click here to view the current list of Small Business Commissioners.


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RFPs & Contracting Opportunities

• City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities
The Office of Contract Administration is the city’s Purchasing Department.  In order for the city to do business with a business, the entity must first be qualified.  For information on the city’s purchasing process, including ‘How to Qualify to Do Business with the City’, access the required forms, and access the online city-wide Bids and Contracts Database, visit the City and County of San Francisco Office of Contract Administration website.


• DPW Contracting Opportunities
The Department of Public Works (DPW) has launched 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. Click here for DPW contracting opportunities.


SFMTA Contracting Opportunities
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) offers various bid and contract opportunities and implements three small business programs for the participation of small businesses in contracting opportunities.  For more information visit the SFMTA’s ‘Selling to the SFMTA’ webpage.  For upcoming bids, see Bid and Contract Database at SFgov.


• Doing Business at SFO
SFO is an exciting and interesting place with various business opportunities, from construction and facility maintenance to retail concessions and advertising. These opportunities are awarded to companies through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process or competitive bid process.  For a listing of SFO’s Current Opportunities for Concession & Leases, Professional Services, and Ground Transportation click here.  Detailed information about construction opportunities can be found on SFO’s Construction Bids and Contracts website.


• SFPUC Contracting Opportunities
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has various contracting opportunities, including Construction Bid Opportunities, Professional Service Agreements, and Design Build Opportunities.  SFPUC also has a new Contractors Assistance Center, a place where local and small business owners can collaborate, share and learn to establish or grow their business.  For more information visit the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Contracts and Bids website.


• City and County of San Francisco Local Business Enterprise Certification
The Contract Monitoring Division (CMD) administers the city’s Local Business Enterprise Certification program (LBE).  For information on how to obtain LBE Certification, PUC LBE Certification, and Non-Profit Entity Certification, please visit the City and County of San Francisco Contract Monitoring Division website.

CMD also holds a FREE WORKSHOP SERIES each Wednesday of the month at 30 Van Ness, Suite 200 designed to help you “Learn Everything You Need to Know about Contracting with the City and County of San Francisco”.  Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended. Click here for additional details, including title and date of workshops.


• City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program
The City’s Surety Bond & Financing Assistance Program is designed to help certified Small or Micro LBE contractors who are participating in City construction projects obtain and/or increase their bonding and financing capacity.

For information, contact Nancy Owens of Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services at 417 Montgomery Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94104, or by phone at (415) 986-3999.

 

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Upcoming Events

• MON. 7/11, 7/25 - Small Business Commission Meetings
7/11 at 5:30 PM, and 7/25 at 2 PM, City Hall, Room 400.

Click here for Meeting Agendas.  Attend in-person or watch online with SFGOV TV.

 

THU. 7/7 – RSI – Checklist for Starting a Restaurant
This workshop takes new and budding restaurateurs through the basics of opening a new restaurant. Topics include business plan development, sources and uses of funds, financial modeling, jurisdictional compliance, location and lease feasibility, pre-opening marketing strategies, HR fundamentals, POS and bookkeeping, vendor relationships and cash-flow management. Register online at http://nc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26447


THU. 7/7 – QuickBooks Make Easy
Learn how to use QuickBooks via an overhead presentation seminar, and a take-home handout which greatly simplifies the learning process. No computer or prerequisites are required. Works with Windows, Mac, or on-line. Learn how to link QuickBooks to your bank account and download transactions instead of typing them in manually. Learn how to create invoices, balance accounts, run reports, manage accounts receivable, etc. All in an easy to understand format that will have you up and running very quickly. Register online at www.sanfranciscoscore.eventbrite.com


TUE. 7/12 – Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar
This seminar guides participants through the basis of that preparation.  Subjects include determining independent contractor versus employee, withholding taxes, deposits and completing the proper forms.  Presented by an IRS Representative and the California EDD Tax Office.  Register online at http://edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ or call 866-873-6083.


TUE. 7/12 – Maintaining Tax Records
Learn the money-saving tax strategies of the pros, in this fun interactive course, and how to effectively create the tax records necessary for proper IRS reporting.  Receive a valuable overview of how to use technology to simplify your life with online banking and QuickBooks. Register online at www.sanfranciscoscore.eventbrite.com


TUE. 7/12 – LinkedIn: Leverage to Grow Your Business!
LinkedIn is the most overlooked FREE online Professional Networking tool for small business marketing! At last count there were 400 million users growing by 2 per second! This means there is a high probability your customers and decision makers are in this easily accessible online database! For more information, click here.



• WED. 7/13 – Weebly: The Easiest Way to Make a Website!
A hands-on three hour workshop introducing Weebly: The Easiest Way to Create Your Own Website or Blog!  Trusted by 30 Million people worldwide!  If you are in business or about to be, chances are you need to create a web presence. A website is your business window to the world.  You do not need to know coding to build a beautiful website! Bring your vision to life with Weebly and get your business online.  In this three hour workshop, for beginners or pros, you will learn how you can plan, create, publish, and grow your business website, using Weebly, one of the top and surprisingly easy yet powerful website builders of today.  For more information, click here.


• WED. 7/13 – Starting a Business in San Francisco
Learn how to register your business, file a fictitious business name, and obtain other permits and license.  You will also receive information on city programs and resources, including small business loans, tax credits and incentives, and technical assistance providers.  Register online at http://sbatrainings.eventbrite.com


• WED. 7/13 – Financing Your Small Business
A panel of experts representing SBA, a microlender, an SBA Community Advantage lender, a bank or credit union, and an alternative lender, will discuss financing options, what lenders are looking for, credit requirements, and the importance of a relationship with a financial institution. Eligibility guidelines and loan application procedures will also be covered. Register online at http://sbatrainings.eventbrite.com



• WED. 7/13 – Business Law Basics
Current and prospective business owners will get an overview of important legal issues faced by small businesses including choosing the right legal entity, contract drafting and negotiation, intellectual property, hiring employees, and commercial leases, presented by an experienced business lawyer. This class does not constitute legal advice. Register online at http://sbatrainings.eventbrite.com


• THU. 7/14 – HUBZone and Women Owned Small Business Program Certifications
This workshop will explain provisions of the HUBZone Program and the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.  Eligibility requirements, application and certification will be explained.  Register online at http://sbatrainings.eventbrite.com


• THU. 7/14 – SBA 8(a) Business Development Certification Workshop
This workshop is for small firms owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals interested in being certified for SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program. Register online at: http://sbatrainings.eventbrite.com


• TUE. 7/19 – Hiring and Retention of Employees
Improve your chances of hiring someone that’s well suited for your organization and learn ways to retain excellent employees. Presented by SF SCORE. For more information, contact San Francisco SCORE Chapter 10 at 415-744-6827 or www.sanfranciscoscore.eventbrite.com


• TUE. 7/19 – Small Business Taxes
Save money on your taxes by learning the IRS rules and regulations that apply to small-business owners, and get answers to your tax questions in this informative, interactive live seminar covering tax deductions, incorporations, LLCs, and commonly used tax strategies. For more information, contact San Francisco SCORE Chapter 10 at 415-744-6827 or www.sanfranciscoscore.eventbrite.com

 

• THU. 7/21 – Small Business Bookkeeping
Topics include cash vs. accrual accounting, proper accounting data flow processes, budgeting, the purpose of different financial reports, differences in computer accounting systems, cash management and much more.  Registration required.  To registration, visit http://nc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26448.  Presented by the San Francisco Small Business Development Center.


• TUE. 7/26 – Corporations and LLCs Offer Different Options
Learn how to make the best use of your corporation or LLC to save money and shield yourself from liabilities.  Learn the compliance details of when and how to properly set up your entity, including medical insurance plans, compensation strategies for tax planning, records management, and banking.  For more information, contact San Francisco SCORE Chapter 10 at 415-744-6827 or www.sanfranciscoscore.eventbrite.com


• WED. 7/27 – Introduction to Intellectual Property
You may have the right to protect your unique business name, ideas, or creations from being tarnished or knocked off by a competitor…but how do you do that affordably on a tight budget?  This workshop will introduce you to different types of intellectual property (focused primarily on copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets), and will provide you with self-help resource information to start building a simple but solid foundation of protection through rights searches, NDA’s, registrations, licenses and other tools.  Registration required.  Register online at http://sbatrainings.eventbrite.com.  Presented by the San Francisco Community Business Law Center.



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