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March 2014

Dear Mary,

March, April, and May are important months of financial engagement for both local and federal filings and payments.  March is the time to renew your annual licenses with the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector (TTX) by March 31, 2014.  By April 1, you need to file your Business Personal Property Statement (Form 571-L) with the Office of Assessor-Recorder.  The good news is that you can do it online and do not need to come to City Hall to conduct these transactions.

Make sure you take advantage of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit on your Federal Tax filing.  The IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate Service has created the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Estimator to help you find out whether you're eligible for this credit and how much you might receive.  There is more State and Federal tax credit information throughout this month's bulletin.

Please notice also that business tax changes are ahead in May with your business registration renewal.  All business registration fees are increasing, so make sure you are prepared.  View your new business registration fee for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 on the TTX's website (scroll down to the heading "Business Registration Fees in Effect July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015").  

Once tax and renewal season has passed, we hope you will look forward to celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Small Business Week from May 12-17, 2014.  Save these dates as we have exciting things planned for the anniversary celebration!


Sincerely,

Regina Dick-Endrizzi,
Director, Office of Small Business

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection Small Business Commission Corner

• Mayor Lee's Friday Tour Visits OSB Client "Mozzeria"
Mayor Lee baking pizza at Mozzeria

• MUNI Needs Your Input

• Workshop on Accessing "California Competes" Tax Credit

SBA Loan Fee Reductions Help Small Business Owners Nationwide

• SmartBiz: SBA Loans Made Easy

• Assistance Center Supervisor Martha Yañez Recognized for Small Business Advocacy

Awardee Martha Yanez with City Administrator and Head of Contract Monitoring Division

Important: SF Annual Business Licenses Due March 31

• Important: Business Property Statement Filing (Form 571-L) Due April 1

Client Spotlight: Polis
Photo of Mary Finn

OSB Quarterly Dashboard: Oct - December 2013

5 Federal Payroll Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Important State and Federal Tax Info for Small Businesses

Save the Date: San Francisco Small Business Week, May 12-18, 2014

Small Business Resources & Workshops

Invest In Neighborhoods Highlights

• Office of Small Business Regular Office Hours

Former Commissioner Luke O’Brien Recognized for More Than Four Years of Service
Commissioner O'Brien holding Certificate of Honor with other Small Business Commissioners

Commission Develops Strategy for 2014-2015 at Annual Retreat

 

Legislation Enacted:

Police, Administrative Codes - Considering Criminal History in Employment and Housing Decisions (File No. 131192)

• Bottled Water (File No. 131207)

 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

MON. 3/10 (CANCELLED), 3/24 - Small Business Commission Meetings

TUE. 3/11 – Seminario de Impuestos

WED. 3/12 – Free Legal Office Hours

WED. 3/19 – Merchant Cash Advances: How to Avoid One and Get Out of One

WED. 3/19 – Making Returns

THU. 3/27 – How to Manufacture Locally for Food and Beverage Makers

FRI. 3/28 – Workshop on Accessing "California Competes" Tax Credit

NEW!  Subcontractors Meeting for SFO Water Treatment Plant Project

City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities

City and County of San Francisco Local Business Enterprise Certification

City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program


DPW Contracting Opportunities

Doing Business at SFO

SFMTA Contracting Opportunities

SFPUC Contracting Opportunities

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


 

Legislation not yet heard by the Commission:

• Fee Waiver Program - Small Business Month, May 2014 (File No. 140122)

• Initiative Ordinance - Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Fund Food and Health Programs (File No. 140098)

• Medical Cannabis Dispensaries - Ocean Avenue Neighborhood Commercial Transit District (File No. 140097)

• Broadway Alcohol Restricted Use District (File No. 131120)

• Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA): Equity Analysis, Supplemental Appropriation to the Transportation Fund, MTA Inspector General, Limits on Fare Increases, Free Muni for Youth, Transit Impact Fee (File No. 131117)

• Definition of Bona Fide Eating Place (File No. 131064)


Heard by the Commission and before the Board of Supervisors:

Restrictions on Sale and Use of Electronic Cigarettes (File No. 131208)

Production, Distribution, and Repair Zoning (File No. 131205)

Amending the Third Street Alcohol Restricted Use District (File No. 131121)

Reporting Information About Employees of Private Parking Garages and Parking Lots (File No. 131062)

News & Announcements

• Mayor Lee's Friday Tour Visits OSB Client "Mozzeria"
Mayor Lee regularly meets with small business owners and their employees, and on February 14, he visited two of the Office of Small Business’s clients, Melody and Russell Stein.  The Steins own "Mozzeria," a popular and tasty restaurant in the Mission District on 16th Street.  Mozzeria has the important distinction of being the only restaurant in San Francisco (and likely California) where the owners and the entire staff are deaf.

The visit provided the Mayor an opportunity to learn about the benefits and challenges of running a business in San Francisco.  It also provided the Mayor with an opportunity to make Mozzeria’s famous Peking Duck pizza!

3228 16th Street (at Guerrero Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 489-0963 | http://www.mozzeria.com

Mayor Lee with Melody and Russ Stein
 

• MUNI Needs Your Input
Muni is considering proposed service and route changes as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP).  Developed with extensive analysis and community input, the TEP proposals will modernize Muni for its 700,000 daily passengers.  To provide input or learn more, attend a community meeting.  Visit www.tellmuni.com to give feedback and sign up for updates.  In March, the SFMTA Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed service changes and all community input received.

For more information about upcoming meetings, take a look at the Muni Needs Your Input flyer, visit www.sfmta.com/tepinput, call (415) 701-4599, or email tep@sfmta.com.


• Workshop on Accessing "California Competes" Tax Credit
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is co-hosting a workshop with the Chamber of Commerce, Center for Economic Development, and City government, on the new "California Competes" Tax Credit.  Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instruction on how to apply for this new tax credit program available from the State.

Tax credit opportunities are available over the next two years for businesses of all sizes that want to expand or relocate to California.

Come to this free workshop to learn how your business can apply.  The workshop will be held from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM on Friday, March 28, at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's downtown office:

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
235 Montgomery St., Suite 760
San Francisco, CA 94104

To reserve a spot, visit the event reservation page.


• SBA Loan Fee Reductions Help Small Business Owners Nationwide
The SBA recently introduced two initiatives aimed at eliminating certain borrower fees, thus making it cheaper and easier for small businesses to obtain much needed financing. One of the initiatives, launched at the end of fiscal year 2013, set borrower fees to zero (0) on all 7(a) loans $150,000 and under originated on or after Oct. 1, 2013.  This initiative is among SBA’s latest efforts to make sure small businesses remain viable in a recovering economy.  In just three months after its implementation, fee elimination on loans $150,000 and under have saved small businesses nationwide more than $5 million.  A small business obtaining a $150,000 loan now saves more than $2,500 in fees, which can be used for other business expenses.

For more information about SBA loan programs and services or to find an SBA lender, visit www.sba.gov, or the SBA District Office nearest you.


• SmartBiz: SBA Loans Made Easy

SmartBiz provides SBA loans for small businesses for $5K to $25K, and will soon be offering higher amounts.  SmartBiz makes it easier for businesses to obtain the affordable funding they need to grow with an SBA loan. Unlike the normal SBA loan process that can take as long as 90 days to complete, businesses can complete the process in only 30 minutes and get funding within 2 to 5 days after the application is completed.

For more information and to apply for an SBA loan online click here.

•  Assistance Center Supervisor Martha Yañez Recognized for Small Business Advocacy
On March 10, 2014, the Contract Monitoring Division (CMD) of the City Administrator’s Office awarded the San Francisco Public Employee Local Business Enterprise (LBE) “Advocate of the Year” Award to Martha Yañez.  Yañez, the Small Business Assistance Center supervisor, was recognized for her support, education and training of small businesses regarding the CMD’s Business Development Program.

The Business Development Program provides certified local businesses with technical assistance to enhance their ability to compete for City contracts.  For more information on LBE and other types of certification, visit the CMD’s certification page.

Please join the Office of Small Business in congratulating Martha Yañez!


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SBAC Connection

 Important: SF Annual Business Licenses Due March 31
All business licenses administered by the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector (TTX), including Police Department, Fire Department, Health Department, and Entertainment Commission licenses, are due on March 31 of each year.  The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector handles the annual business license renewal. In order to renew your regulatory license, you will need to know your six-digit Business Registration Certificate number.  When all license fees are paid in full, the license certificate(s) is issued. Please note, that some businesses who do not hold a current Business Registration Certificate will not receive licenses until all business tax matters are resolved.

License fees can be paid online, in person at the City Payment Center, City Hall, Room 140, by check, cash, or money order, or by mail using check or money order. Penalties are added to the license fee due, beginning one month after the license expiration date.  Online payments are subject to convenience fees which are added to the total amount due.  Click here for additional payment information, or call (415) 701-2311.


• Important: Business Property Statement Filing (Form 571-L) Due April 1
The Office of the Assessor-Recorder launched a more convenient way to file the Form 571-L Business Property Statement.  Business owners are encouraged to file their statements directly online at www.sfassessor.org/efile.  The deadline to file is April 1, 2014.  Late filing penalties will apply beginning on May 8.  For more information click here, or to attend a “How to fill out a 571-L Statement” workshop, contact the Office of the Assessor-Recorder at (415) 554-5531 or askbpp@sfgov.org

• Client Spotlight: Polis
OSB client Mary Finn recently visited the Office of Small Business for assistance with her business start-up. Mary sits down with us for our March "Client Spotlight"...


Q: What type of business do you own and what makes you unique?

A: Your life is busy, but is it full?  The idea for Polis started with this simple but provocative question.  We believe that a vibrant adult community and an active life of the mind are the ingredients of a life well lived. Yet, it can be difficult for the busy adult to find the time and space to cultivate community and dive deeply into learning something new.

Polis is in the business of intentionally building a thriving adult community in San Francisco through high-quality education experiences designed for the busy adult. We offer seminar style classes focused on a wide variety of works of literature, art, science, history, and philosophy. We seek to make engaging with the liberal arts and sciences fun, easy, and flexible. Our instructors are experts in their fields but they are, first and foremost, expert teachers and facilitators. All Polis courses meet from 7:00-8:30 PM, our classes are centrally located in the Mission District close to BART and MUNI, and we offer one time classes as well as multi-session courses. Polis courses are inexpensive and accessible to adults from all walks of life and education backgrounds.  Best of all, at Polis there are no tests or papers due!

 

Q: How was the Office of Small Business involved in assisting you?

A:  I am so fortunate that I found the Office of Small Business just as I was starting Polis.  I have taken advantage of so many of the services that the Office suggested for me as a new small business owner.  Specifically, I have taken courses and sought one- on-one advice from the SF SCORE program, I have consulted the Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, and I was accepted as a client into the SBDC small business coaching program. Through the SBDC coaching program I have the ongoing opportunity to work with a business development coach who has helped me to make decisions about the direction of the business along the way. I have benefitted tremendously from the support I have received and I am so thankful to the Office of Small Business for the advice and recommendations for services.

Q: Top 3 reasons for being a small business owner in SF?

A:   1) Unlimited opportunity for creativity

2) Polis is a community-focused business and as a resident of San Francisco it is important to me that the business be rooted where I live and work.

3) When I created Polis I set out to “scratch an itch”. I could not find a business in San Francisco that was able to fulfill my needs for both in-person community and meaningful, high-quality, accessible learning opportunities in the liberal arts and sciences. I created Polis to build the type of community that I want to be a part of in San Francisco.

Polis courses are held at BART accessible locations throughout San Francisco. The majority of classes are held at the Women’s Building located at 3543 18th St., San Francisco. 

(202) 746-8807 | http://sfpolis.com/


If you are a client of the Office of Small Business and would like to be considered for this section of future Bulletins, please contact the office, sbac@sfgov.org, (415) 554-6134.


•  OSB Quarterly Dashboard: October - December 2013
The Office of Small Business publishes Quarterly Dashboards tracking data related to the services we provide.  Whether it's the number of clients we serve or which industries and districts they are from, the OSB Quarterly Dashboard is a place where you can quickly see the results of our work.  Click here for the October – December 2013 Dashboard.

• 5 Federal Payroll Tax Mistakes to Avoid
If you have at least one employee, you’re responsible for payroll taxes.  These include withholding federal (and, where appropriate, state) income taxes and FICA tax from employees’ wages as well as paying the employer share of FICA tax and federal and state unemployment taxes. The responsibility is great and the penalties for missteps make it essential that you do things right. Click here to learn more about the 5 Payroll Tax Mistakes to Avoid.

• Important State and Federal Tax Info for Small Businesses
As the tax filing deadline quickly approaches, there are many online resources available to help small business owners.  Whether it's tax credits and deductions, or an online resource center, both the State and Federal government have information that could be useful for your small business.

California Franchise Tax Board Business Resources: Forms, Tax Law Changes, etc.

State of California Business Tax Credits: Enterprise Zone Credits, New Jobs Tax Credit, etc.

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center: Deducting Expenses, Forms, etc.

IRS Small Business Tax Credits: Disability Access Credit, Work Opportunity Credit, etc.

Small Business Health Care Tax Credit: Eligibility, Claiming the Credit, Forms, etc.

• Save the Date: San Francisco Small Business Week, May 12-18, 2014
San Francisco Small Business Week is an opportunity to celebrate the innovation and impact small businesses make in San Francisco every day.  This year marks the 10 year anniversary of San Francisco Small Business Week.  Be sure to save the date and join us for multiple networking events, educational events, citywide neighborhood sidewalk sales, and awards to honor the impact of small businesses in San Francisco.  For more information visit the San Francisco Small Business Week website, and click here to sign up for news and information about Small Business Week.

 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, and sign up for the newsletter here.

• AnchorOffice of Small Business Regular Office Hours
Services are available by appointment, phone and walk-in, Monday - Friday, 8AM-5PM.  City Hall Room 110.

Click HERE for details.


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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.
 

THE FULL-TEXT LEGISLATION AND VARIOUS SUMMARIES ARE AVAILABLE ON OSB'S LEGISLATIVE LIAISON PAGE.

Legislation not yet heard by the Commission:


ITEMS IN THIS SECTION WILL BE LISTED BY TITLE ONLY.

•  Fee Waiver Program - Small Business Month, May 2014 (File No. 140122); Sponsor(s): Tang

•  Initiative Ordinance - Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Fund Food and Health Programs (File No. 140098); Sponsor(s): Mar, Wiener, Avalos, Campos, Chiu, Cohen

•  Medical Cannabis Dispensaries - Ocean Avenue Neighborhood Commercial Transit District (File No. 140097); Sponsor(s): Yee

•  Broadway Alcohol Restricted Use District (File No. 131120); Sponsor(s): Chiu

•  Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA): Equity Analysis, Supplemental Appropriation to the Transportation Fund, MTA Inspector General, Limits on Fare Increases, Free Muni for Youth, Transit Impact Fee (File No. 131117); Sponsor(s): Avalos, Mar, Campos, Kim, Yee

•  Definition of Bona Fide Eating Place (File No. 131064); Sponsor(s): Wiener


Heard by the Commission and before the Board of Supervisors:

•  Restrictions on Sale and Use of Electronic Cigarettes (File No. 131208)
Introduced December 17, 2013, this legislation would subject electronic cigarette sales and use to the same restrictions currently imposed on tobacco products.  Such restrictions would include requiring a Tobacco Sales Permit issued by the Department of Public Health, and prohibiting electronic cigarette use in all locations where smoking of tobacco products is banned.

The Small Business Commission heard this item on February 24, 2014, and voted 6-0 to recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors.  The Commission encouraged the legislative sponsor to ensure a robust education and outreach campaign for consumers and businesses.

The Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee voted on March 6 to advance this legislation to the full Board.  It will be heard at an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting (BOS agendas online).

Sponsor(s): Mar, Avalos, Chiu


•  Production, Distribution, and Repair Zoning (File No. 131205)
Introduced December 17, 2013, this legislation would amend various development standards to incentivize creation and preservation of light industrial land uses in certain parts of the city.

The Small Business Commission heard this item and recommended approval with modifications by a vote of 6-0 on 2/10/2014.  Specifically, the Commission suggested the legislative sponsor consider eliminating the requirement for proportionate allocation of accessory retail space in multi-business PDR buildings.

This legislation was reintroduced on March 4 with the Commission’s recommendation regarding shared PDR space incorporated in the new version.  Also incorporated was a staff recommendation to protect the PDR portion of mixed-use developments from complaints arising from trucking and noise generation.  The legislation is assigned to the Land Use and Economic Development Committee for further review.

Sponsor(s): Mayor, Cohen, Campos, Chiu
 

•  Amending the Third Street Alcohol Restricted Use District (File No. 131121)
Introduced on November 19, 2013, this legislation would amend the Third Street Alcohol Restricted Use District (RUD) created in 2011 to allow the issuance of Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Type 2 "Winegrower” licenses.  Existing provisions in the Third Street Alcohol RUD prohibit new on- and off-sale liquor establishments, with certain exceptions.

Type 2 licenses pertain to wine and brandy production and sales, and grant a number of privileges.  Notably, they allow wholesale to licensed wine and brandy retailers; retail sale for off-site consumption; retail sale for on-site consumption in conjunction with a bona fide eating place; and, winetastings.  Minors are allowed on the premises.

The Small Business Commission heard this item at a special meeting on 12/20/2013, voting 5-0 to recommend approval with modifications.  Specifically, the Commission suggested the legislative sponsor consider the suitability of also including ABC Type 1 "Beer Manufacturer" and Type 4 "Distilled Spirits Manufacturer" licenses in the list of exemptions from RUD provisions.  The Commission noted that local, craft production of alcoholic beverages is growing in popularity, and is not often associated with the negative neighborhood effects of other alcohol uses.  This legislation will be heard next by the Land Use and Economic Development Committee at a date to be determined.

Sponsor(s): Cohen

•  Reporting Information About Employees of Private Parking Garages and Parking Lots (File No. 131062)
Introduced October 29, 2013, this legislation would amend the list of information required to be provided on applications by new and renewing commercial parking operators.  Commercial parking permits are reviewed and approved by the Chief of Police.  A commercial parking permit applicant already must provide a variety of information about its owner(s), facility layout and operating characteristics, and insurance coverage, among other items.  Additionally, an applicant must submit a list of all employees or other individuals working or proposed to work at a parking facility, along with their hours and duties of employment, and an owner declaration of whether those employees or individuals have been convicted, pled guilty, or pled no contest to a covered crime within the preceding 10 years.  Covered crimes are defined in Police Code Section 1215(a).

To the list of information required to be provided regarding employees or individuals working at a commercial parking facility, this legislation proposes to add the following:

     1) How long the individual has been employed by the applicant;

     2) A list of the residential ZIP codes of the individuals, along with number of individuals residing within each ZIP code, without identifying by-name an individual’s ZIP code;

     3) The total number of males and total number of females working or proposed to work at the parking facility.

The Small Business Commission heard this item on January 27, 2014, and voted 5-0 to recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors.  The item was finally passed by the Board of Supervisors on March 4, and is within the 10-day Mayoral review period.

Sponsor(s): Wiener, Cohen, Campos, Mar

 

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Small Business Commission Corner

• Former Commissioner Luke O’Brien Recognized for More Than Four Years of Service 
Former Commissioner Luke O’Brien was recognized on February 24 for more than four years of service on the Small Business Commission.  During his tenure, which began in September 2009, O’Brien served as both President and Vice President of the Commission, and weighed in on over 277 legislative and policy matters.

Among his most notable achievements was O’Brien’s successful effort to realign the payment of San Francisco Unified School District Impact Fees with other impact fees at the Department of Building Inspection.  Making this change has saved countless hours for contractors seeking to obtain permits in the city.

•  Commission Develops Strategy for 2014-2015 at Annual Retreat
The Small Business Commission conducted its annual retreat on March 5 at the City’s EPICENTER collaborative learning space.  The Commission was warmly hosted at the earthquake information center by staff from the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP).

Office of Small Business staff provided information on Commission and staff achievements during the prior year, and outlined recommendations on how to best address continuing and emerging small business issues in the coming year.  Commissioners engaged in dialogue sharing their visions for helping small businesses in fiscal year (FY) 2014-2015, and provided direction to staff.  Major focus areas included addressing business affordability and compliance with local and federal health care mandates.

Staff will consolidate Commission input in the coming weeks and present a draft action plan at a future Commission meeting.  Business owner and community input is always welcome, and may be directed to staff by e-mail at sbac@sfgov.org, by phone at (415) 554-6134, or by attending a Commission meeting (agendas online).


Legislation Enacted:

•  Police, Administrative Codes - Considering Criminal History in Employment and Housing Decisions (File No. 131192)
This ordinance is lengthy and has many provisions.  Review the Legislative Digest for a summary, and contact the Office of Small Business should you have additional questions.

Sponsor(s): Kim, Cohen, Avalos, Campos, Chiu, Mar

 

•  Bottled Water (File No. 131207)
Introduced December 17, 2013, substituted February 11, and amended February 24, this legislation would prohibit sales and distribution of bottled water in containers with volumes less than 21 ounces on City property.  It would also prohibit the use of City funds for the purchase of bottled water.  It provides for certain exemptions, including for athletic events, and allows City departments to grant for undue hardship or practical difficulty, or in circumstances otherwise warranted granting of a waiver.  Finally, it encourages the installation of public drinking water infrastructure whenever the City performs a capital project in a high-use public area.

The Small Business Commission heard this item on February 10, 2014, but took no action on the item.  Commissioners expressed many concerns about the legislation, including compliance challenges for mobile food facilities (MFFs), generation of plastic cup waste, lack of regulation of similarly packaged soda and juice beverages, and waste disposal of glass and metal containers.

It was amended during review by the Board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee to delay implementation for MFFs by two years.  The item finally passed at the full Board on March 11, and is before Mayor Lee for review.

Sponsor(s): Chiu, Mar


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RFPs & Contracting Opportunities

 NEW!  Subcontractors Meeting for SFO Water Treatment Plant Project
Subcontractors are invited to attend a pre-bid conference held by prime contractor Shimmick Construction to identify and answer questions related to work opportunities on the Mel Leong Treatment Plant project.  A wide range of opportunities are available, including but not limited to demolition, concrete and foundation work, utilities, vertical construction, finishing work, and landscaping.

WHEN: Friday, March 14, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
WHERE: 
Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum (directions)

For a full scope of work, or if you have other questions, contact cschneider@shimmick.com or SFO.ASBAO@flysfo.com.

 City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities
For information on the city’s purchasing process and ‘How to Qualify to Do Business with the City’, including access to the required forms; and to access the online city-wide Bids and Contracts Database, please visit the City and County of San Francisco Office of Contract Administration website.


• City and County of San Francisco Local Business Enterprise Certification
For information on how to certify your Local Business and obtain LBE Certification, including PUC LBE Certification, and Non-Profit Entity Certification, please visit the City and County of San Francisco Contract Monitoring Division website.

• City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program
For information on the Surety Bond and Finance Program, contact: Nancy Owens, Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services, 417 Montgomery Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94104. Phone: (415) 986-3999.

 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.


 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.

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.

 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.

 

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Upcoming Events

  MON. 3/10 (CANCELLED), 3/24 - Small Business Commission Meetings
The meeting of March 10 has been cancelled.  The next meeting will occur on March 24 at 2 PM, City Hall, Room 400. Click here for Meeting Agendas.  Attend in-person or watch online with SFGOV TV.

 TUE. 3/11 – Seminario de Impuestos
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Es usted un trabajador independiente? MEDA le ayudará a aprovechar las deducciones de impuestos y completar su declaración de impuestos, formalizar su negocio, promocionar sus servicios para incrementar sus ventas, y solicitar préstamos comerciales y subsidios del gobierno.

Plaza Adelante, Suite 211 (MEDA)
2301 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Inscribirse llamando al (415) 282-3334 ext. 115

WED. 3/12 - Free Legal Office Hours
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Urban Solutions partners with Hanson Bridgett LLP and Legal Services for Entrepreneurs to offer small businesses, entrepreneurs, and community nonprofit organizations an opportunity to meet privately with an attorney to discuss business legal issues such as those related to leasing, entity formation, intellectual property, contracts, and employment issues. Appointments must be made in advance. No walk-ins accepted. Space is limited.

West Bay Conference Center
1290 Fillmore Street (at Eddy), Suite 107
San Francisco, CA 94115

To reserve a spot Email Amelia@UrbanSolutionsSF.org or Call (415) 553 - 4433 x 104. Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

WED. 3/19 – Merchant Cash Advances: How to Avoid One and Get Out of One
Are you paying too much for your merchant cash advance? Are you considering getting a merchant cash advance for your business? Come to this seminar to learn how a non-profit can offer you a better, more affordable alternative with longer terms and lower monthly payments so that you can continue to grow your business. Free.

Opportunity Fund
100 Bush Street, #1550
San Francisco, CA 94104

Click here to register for tickets.

 WED. 3/19 – Making Returns
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Local manufacturing is back, in a big way, in San Francisco. More than 500 growing brands now call San Francisco home, and they are looking for capital and long-term partners in growth.  Come hear from a manufacturer about their approach to raising a successful equity investment round.  Learn from a seasoned tech investor about how they came to think differently about investing in a brick and mortar company.  Meet manufacturers looking for investors and investors interested in exploring manufacturing.  Meet other industry professionals who can assist with legal, accounting, and other needs surrounding structuring equity transactions.  And sample delicious nibbles and locally-made wine, from SOMA’s only winery: Bluxome Street Winery. $15.

Bluxome Street Winery
53 Bluxome Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Click here to purchase tickets.

THU. 3/27 – How to Manufacture Locally for Food and Beverage Makers
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

If you are planning to produce beverage or packaged food products, this session is for you! In an interactive and supportive environment, you’ll get an intro into setting up and managing your own manufacturing operation or using copackers. $30.

TechShop
926 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Click here to purchase tickets.

 FRI. 3/28 – Workshop on Accessing "California Competes" Tax Credit
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a workshop on the new "California Competes" Tax Credit.  Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instruction on how to apply for this new tax credit program available from the State.

The California Competes Program provides upwards of $180 million in tax credits over the next two years for businesses of all sizes that want to expand or relocate to California.

Come and learn how your business can apply for millions in available new tax credits.  The workshop and the program are both free and available to businesses of all sizes.

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
235 Montgomery St., Suite 760
San Francisco, CA 94104

To reserve a spot, visit the event reservation page.



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