July brings updates to two San Francisco specific labor laws, both effective July 1, 2017.
- The Minimum Wage will increase to $14.00 an hour.
- Paid Parental Leave applies to all employers with 35 or more employees are required to comply beginning July 1, 2017.
May was Small Business Month. Congratulations to all of the Small Business honorees and awardees who were recognized by Mayor Ed Lee, Board of Supervisors, Small Business Administration, and San Francisco Economic Development Alliance.
Local Hire - Duc Loi's Pantry
Community Leadership - Two Jack's Seafood
Community Impact - Ferment.Drink.Repeat
Community Innovation - Dog Earred Books
Business Strengthening - Capital Restaurant
Heritage - Navarro's Kenpo and Karate Studio
Board of Supervisors Honorees:
District 1 - The Plough & Stars, Inc.
District 2 - Simply Cuts
District 3 - Cole Hardware
District 4 - Kingdom of Dumpling
District 5 - Madrone Art Bar
District 6 - The Butler and the Chef Bistro
District 7 - Java on Ocean
District 8 - Noe Valley Law
District 9 - Ruth's Children Shoppe
District 10 - Hazel's Kitchen
District 11 - Calabria Brothers
San Francisco Economic Development Alliance Awardee:
SBA Northern California Exporter of the Year:
LECHAT Nail Care Products
SBA Northern California Small Business of the Year:
Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours
Director, Office of Small Business
News & Announcements
- San Francisco Minimum Wage Increases to $14.00 Effective July 1, 2017
On November 4, 2014, San Francisco voters passed Proposition J, raising the minimum wage to $15.00 by 2018. The San Francisco minimum wage is increasing according to the following schedule:
All employers must post the required San Francisco July 2017 Minimum Wage Poster at each work place or job site as of July 1, 2017. The Poster should be printed on 8.5 X 14" paper. For more information, click here.
| Effective Date
|| Minimum Wage Rate
| July 1st Each Following Year
|| CPI Increase
- Employers with 35 or More Employees are Required to Comply with Paid Parental Leave Ordinance Beginning July 1, 2017
The Paid Parental Leave for Bonding with New Child Ordinance ("Paid Parental Leave Ordinance" or "PPLO") was passed by the SF Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2016 and signed by Mayor Lee on April 21, 2016. 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.
Legacy Business Program
- City Funded Free Business Advice Offered by Pacific Community Ventures
San Francisco small business owners can now access free expert advising and coaching on almost any topic. The City has built a partnership with local nonprofit Pacific Community Ventures to offer their small business advising program for free to all eligible businesses located in San Francisco. According to the SBA, small businesses that work with a mentor thrive at twice the rate of other businesses. The actual day-to-day needs of growing a business are tough: how do you hire new people, manage increasingly complicated finances, or drive more sales? This is where having an advisor is crucial. In 2016, small businesses who worked with these pro bono advisors grew their revenues by 20% on average – comparable California small businesses only grew their revenues 7% on average last year. Learn more and see if you’re eligible by visiting businessadvising.org/san-francisco.
- SF Arts Commission Launches Street Artist Online Payment System
The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Street Artist Program recently launched its online payment system. This allows new applicants and existing artists to pay for their application and/or quarterly or yearly license without coming into the office in person. The online process frees up some administrative staff time, allowing the program to limit office hours. Now staff spend more time on the street monitoring vendors and investing in the Street Artists community, an important part of the ongoing Arts Commission strategic plan. To access the online payment system for existing street artists needing to renew click here. New Street Artist Program applicants may click here to access the online application payment system and use code “SFACSAP”. Please note, Street Artist Program office hours have changed and are now M-F, 9am-12pm and 12:30pm-2pm.
- Small Business Week 2017
May was Small Business Month. As always, San Francisco held one of the biggest celebrations in the nation. More than 3,400 small business and community leaders from across the Bay Area joined together from May 15 - 20, 2017 to celebrate the 13th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week. Together, with a wide range of partners and sponsors, we achieved our goals of honoring, educating, connecting and inspiring small business owners in our community.
Small Business Commission
- 17 Businesses Placed on the Legacy Business Registry
In April, May and June 2017, the Small Business Commission placed 17 businesses on the Legacy Business Registry: Beep's Burgers, BrainWash, Cal’s Automotive Center, Canessa Gallery, Chinese Historical Society of America, Elbo Room, Gino and Carlo, Great American Music Hall, Long Boat Jewelry, Noriega Produce, Perry’s San Francisco (Union Street), Red and White Fleet, Ruby Sailing, Russian Hill Bookstore, San Francisco Eagle Bar, Shanti Project, and Spectacles of Union Square. The Legacy Business Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses as valuable cultural assets to the city and provides educational and promotional assistance to encourage their continued viability and success in San Francisco.
For a complete list of the businesses placed on the Legacy Business Registry, please visit http://sfosb.org/legacy-business/registry.
For a map of the businesses placed on the Legacy Business Registry, please visit https://drive.google.com/open?id=1frl3u5gtCKQYycK-hgkaQ45_nlo&usp=sharing.
- Legacy Business Program Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016-17 Issued
On June 1, the Office of Small Business issued the first annual report on the Legacy Business Program of the City and County of San Francisco. The report summarizes activities of the Legacy Business Program through March 31, 2017, including: major accomplishments, the Legacy Business Registry, business assistance services, the Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund, the Program budget and major upcoming activities. For a copy of the report, please visit http://sfosb.org/legacy-business/reports.
- Upcoming Small Business Commission Meetings
Please join us at the upcoming Small Business Commission meetings in City Hall, Room 400.
- July 10, 2017 at 5:30 PM
- July 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM
- August 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Click here for Meeting Agendas. Attend in-person or watch online with SFGOV TV.
- Legislative Updates
Legislation the Small Business Commission Recommended the Board of Supervisors (BOS) Not To Approve:
- Flavored Tobacco Products Ban
Amends the Health Code to prohibit San Francisco tobacco retailers from selling flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. SBC Legislative Background.
BOS Approved: 6/27/2017 Operative Date: April 1, 2018
Legislation the Small Business Commission Recommended the Board of Supervisors (BOS) To Approve:
- Lactation in the Workplace
Requires employers to provide employees with lactation breaks and a location, and to have a policy regarding lactation in the workplace. SBC Legislative Background.
BOS Approved: 6/20/2017 Operative Date: January 1, 2018
- Employer Consideration of Applicant's Salary History
Ordinance amending the Police Code to ban employers from considering current or past salary of an applicant, and from asking applicants about their current or past salary. SBC Legislative Background.
BOS Final Hearing: 7/11/2017 Operative Date: July 1, 2018 (Upon BOS Approval)
- Outdoor Amplified Sound Permits
Modifies Entertainment Commissions’ permitting scheme to deal with outdoor amplified sound equipment.
BOS Hearing: 7/11/2017 Operative Date: 30 Days After the Mayor Signs the Ordinance
- Conditional Use Authorization in the Noriega, Irving, Taraval, and Judah NCDs
Amends Planning Code to require Conditional Use authorization for Bars, Liquor Stores, Personal Services, and Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in the Noriega, Irving, Taraval, and Judah NCDs.
Mayor Signed: 5/19/2017 Operative Date: 6/18/2017
- Commercial Uses in Polk St. and Pacific Ave. NCDs
Makes various amendments to the Planning Code, including lot size limits, use size limits, off-street parking requirements for dwellings, non-conforming use discontinuation, concentration of eating and drinking uses, replacement of a Legacy Business, storefront mergers, and prohibited uses. SBC Legislative Background.
Pending BOS committee action.
- Commercial Uses in North Beach
Makes various amendments to the Planning Code, including Conditional Use abatement, Planned Unit Developments, replacement of a Legacy Business, parking garage approval requirements, lot size limits, and certain definitions related to restaurants and the retail food industry. SBC Legislative Background.
Pending BOS committee action.
To be scheduled at the Small Business Commission:
- HUBZone and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program Certifications Explained - July 11, 2017, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
This workshop is beneficial to existing small businesses who are interested in learning about the provisions of the SBA's HUBZone and the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) programs. Eligibility requirements, application and certification will be explained. Registration required. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hubzone-and-women-owned-small-business-wosb-program-certifications-tickets-34838689458.
- Starting a Business in San Francisco - July 12, 2017, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
In this informative class you will hear directly from the San Francisco Office of Small Business on rules, regulations, and important considerations for starting a business in San Francisco. Learn how to register your business, file a fictitious business name, and obtain other permits and licenses. You will also receive information on city programs and resources, including small business loans, tax credits and incentives, and technical assistance providers. Registration required. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starting-a-business-in-san-francisco-tickets-34838754653.
- Business Law Basics - July 12, 2017, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
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. Registration required. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-law-basics-tickets-34838781734.
- Success with Facebook Ads - Intermediate Class - July 19, 2017, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
During this workshop you will learn the best practices when achieving success and creating leads through Facebook Ads. This class is designed for intermediate Facebook Ad users. In order to attend this class and fully benefit from its teachings you must meet the following requirements:
- Facebook Pixel installed in website
- Have an Ad manager account opened with Facebook
- Have ran at least one ad in past for more than 3 days
- Currently have an email client list (first name, last name & email)
- Must bring 5-10 Images and/or video
- Must bring laptop to class
Registration required. For more information, visit www.sfsbdc.org or https://www.sba.gov/event/1578258.
- Hire Safe, Hire Right - July 25, 2017, 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Learn the key components of a safe hiring program and why it is so important that you do. We will discuss the 25-step safe Hiring Audit details and best practices, such as company-wide hiring and procedures, legal compliance, verifying employer education and education, use of criminal records, and use of other screening tools. This workshop is ideal for business owners and anyone responsible for hiring responsibility. Registration required. For more information, visit www.sfsbdc.org or https://www.sba.gov/event/1578260.
- Upcoming SBA, SBDC, and SCORE Workshops
Business Spotlight - NEW!
- Request for Proposals & 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 business 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.
- 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 WORSHOP 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 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.
- 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.
- Doing Business at SFO (San Francisco International Airport)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Additional Classes & Workshops
The City contracts with a number of local non-profits to provide technical assistance, training, loan packaging, and legal services for small businesses. Through this vast network of business support organizations, individuals can access classes, workshops and trainings, and one-on-one assistance on a variety of topics, including business planning, financial management, marketing, human resources, legal services, and more. Below are links to some of these partner organizations for more info on their specific programs and classes.
Legal Services for Entrepreneurs
Mission Economic Development Agency
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
San Francisco Small Business Development Center
San Francisco SCORE Chapter
Small Business Administration Calendar of Events
Southeast Asian Community Center
- The Business Spotlight is a new feature in our newsletter. Every month, we will feature a small business in San Francisco. In the spotlight for this issue is Señora Maritza Catering.
Office of Small Business assisted client, Maritza Hurtado, in launching her catering business. Originally from Colombia, Maritza came to the US in the 1980s to pursue an education. After years of planning and saving, Maritza opened up her very own cafe and deli in Oakland. It was an instant hit. Neighbors and tourists flocked to the doors for Maritza’s heart-warming empanadas and homemade sauces. Unfortunately the banking crisis of 2010 put a stop to this growing business. Since then, Maritza has been running her catering business in San Francisco.
Señora Maritza, LLC is a catering business that specializes in Colombian fusion cuisine. She has been cooking all of her life, and wanted to create a business using her passion for food and cooking. Señora Maritza, LLC launched several years ago and now caters to local businesses, schools, offices, churches and people from her community that love her food. The business is all about fresh herbs, great vegetables, and using a more natural way of cooking. Instead of using condiments like salt and other flavor enhancements, Maritza wants the natural flavor of her food to come out through the juices she created from vegetables and herbs. She has created over 3,000 food recipes and made 478 special recipes for sauces and dressings that she uses in most of her recipes.
Maritza would like expand her business and take her food creations and special sauces to stores all across the Bay Area.