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Dear Jane,

Mayor Lee recently launched the 2013 San Francisco Summer Jobs+ Initiative to create summer jobs for SF youth. If your business is looking to grow this summer, you can be a part of an initiative that allows young people to try out different careers. Participation of small businesses is especially valuable to show the next generation the importance of entrepreneurship.

Women entrepreneurs and women-owned small businesses operating in San Francisco: Please come share your experiences of being a business owner in San Francisco with the Small Business Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women on Monday, April 8, 2013, 6:00 pm.

We'd also like to remind you that San Francisco Small Business Week is almost here!  Details of the week-long celebration can be found below.  During the month of May, Supervisor Katy Tang sponsored legislation to waive fees to replace store awnings and signs for small businesses throughout our merchant corridors. Do take advantage of this if you are thinking of replacing the awning or sign at your business.


Sincerely,

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

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection  Small Business  Commission Corner

• Mayor Lee Launches 2013 San Francisco Summer Jobs+ Initiative to Create Summer Jobs for SF Youth

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Mayor Lee Celebrates Growth of Small Business and Arts in Tenderloin, Civic Center & Central Market Areas

Supervisor Tang Celebrates Small Business Month by Proposing Small Business Fee Waivers

New Enforcement Regulations for the Commuter Benefits Ordnance Program

• Save the Date: San Francisco Small Business Week, May 13-18, 2013

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Important: Health Care Security Ordinance Annual Reporting Form Due 4/30/13

Important: Commuter Benefits Ordinance Annual Compliance Form Due 4/30/13

Revised Form I-9 Required for All New Hires and Reverifications

Updated Cottage Food Law: How to Apply and Fees

Planning Department Parklet Applications Due 4/17/13

Important State and Federal Tax Info for Small Businesses

OSB Client Spotlight: Lombard Auto Body

• OSB Regular Office Hours

• Small Business Financing Resources

• Small Business Resources & Workshops

• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 4/8, 6:00pm (Joint Meeting with Commission on the Status of Women), Room 250, BOS Chamber; 4/22, 2:00pm, Room 400

Small Business Commission Recognizes R & G Lounge

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Joint Commission Meeting with the Small Business Commission (SBC) and the Commission on the Status of Women: April 8, 2013, 6:00pm, Room 250, Board of Supervisors Chamber

 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

MON. 4/8, 4/22 - Small Business Commission Meetings

SAT. 4/6 ~ 5/25 - The Gateway Entrepreneurship (Cantonese) Program 協助您創業前的準備和提高營商的競爭能力

WED. 4/10 - District 2 Neighborhood Business Summit

WED. 4/10 - Legal Office Hours

TUE. 4/23 - Business Funding Factory

WED. 4/24 - Free Legal Help for Small Businesses (Assistance Available in English and Chinese) 免費小商業法律諮詢服務

SAT. 4/27 - Hire Smart: Small Business Event

NEW! SFPUC RFP CS-296 Hetchy System Improvement Program (HSIP)
Program Management Support Services


• DPW
Contracting Opportunities


• SFO Concessions and Leases

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

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

City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities

City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program

Planning Code - Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District Use Size Limits

Health, Business and Tax Regulations Code - Regulate and Establish Annual Fees - Cottage Food Operations

Planning, Building Codes - Fee Waiver Program - Small Business Month, May 2013

Planning Code - Establishing Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District

Planning Code - Polk Street Alcohol and Tobacco Paraphernalia Restrictions

Healthy Food Retailer Incentive Program

Planning Code - Medical Service Use - Sacramento Neighborhood Commercial District

News & Announcements

Mayor Lee Launches 2013 San Francisco Summer Jobs+ Initiative to Create Summer Jobs for SF Youth
Is your small business looking for some additional help during the upcoming summer months?  Are you gearing up for the height of the tourist season and the additional visitors brought to San Francisco by America's Cup? If so, consider creating an opportunity for the youth of San Francisco through the Mayor's 2013 SF Summer Jobs+ initiative.

Last year, over 5,200 young people participated in new jobs and opportunities through
San Francisco Summer Jobs+. Over 1,700 worked and learned at more than 86 businesses and organizations throughout the city. Summer Jobs+ allows young people the chance to try out careers in fields from property management to technology to health care to retail.  When working with small businesses, the youth of San Francisco learned the exciting path to entrepreneurship. They will see first-hand how important it is to succeed in school in order to build their careers. To learn more: Call 2-1-1 or email matchbridge@uwba.org


Mayor Lee Celebrates Growth of Small Business and Arts in Tenderloin, Civic Center & Central Market Areas
Mayor Lee recently announced the launch of a new website called EpicenterSF, an online tool to promote the diverse range of arts, food, retail, community events and meetings, and other offerings in the Tenderloin, Civic Center and Central Market neighborhoods. Included on the EpicenterSF site is a business directory that allow local merchants to upload more information about their business and showcase their products and services to the influx of new companies, new residents, and visitors to the area, as well as to those who already live and work in the area. For more information, go to: www.epicenter-sf.org.

Mayor Lee also announced Larkin Street from McAllister Street to Geary Boulevard as his Invest in Neighborhoods corridor in the Tenderloin. Larkin Street was selected as an Invest in Neighborhoods corridor to leverage the momentum built through his Central Market Economic Strategy and build upon existing assets in the community, such as the large number of Vietnamese businesses in Little Saigon and the growing concentration of galleries in the neighborhood. Click here for details.

Supervisor Tang Celebrates Small Business Month by Proposing Small Business Fee Waivers
In recognition of Small Business Month in May 2013, Supervisor Katy Tang recently introduced legislation to the Board of Supervisors to provide assistance to small businesses seeking to replace their store awnings and signs. Under the legislation, all related fees issued to small businesses (100 employees or less) during Small Business Month in May 2013 will be waived. Additionally, Supervisor Tang will be encouraging businesses to help promote public safety along our commercial corridors. It is the City’s hope that this incentive will provide small businesses with the opportunity to contribute to vibrant merchant corridors throughout the city. For more information, please contact Supervisor Tang’s Office at 415-554-7460.

New Enforcement Regulations for the Commuter Benefits Ordnance Program
The Department of the Environment is implementing new enforcement regulations surrounding the Commuter Benefits Ordinance and will be increasing the issuance of warnings and , if necessary, citations,  in the upcoming months. 

Businesses that have been determined to not be in compliance of the ordinance will be first issued a written warning by the Department of the Environment mandating compliance with the ordinance within calendar 90 days from the date of notification.  The written warning will be in the form of a USPS mailing.  The department, at its discretion may send additional warning letters to the business informing the employer of their obligations.

If the employer does not correct the violation during the 90 day warning period, the Department may issue an Administrative Citation imposing penalties.  Penalties are $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation (within one year) and up to $500 for each additional violation.  It is the policy of the department to not issue an administrative citation for a second, third, or subsequent violation until at least 90 day have passed since the preceding violation.

Compliance with the ordinance is the best way to avoid warnings and penalties.   Especially with the pre-tax transit benefit, employers can save up to 9% on payroll taxes.   Click here for SF Environments “Guide to Implementing a Commuter Benefits Program” for more information on complying with the ordinance.


Save the Date: San Francisco Small Business Week, May 13-18, 2013
San Francisco Small Business Week is almost here! Join us during the 9th annual San Francisco Small Business Week from May 13 to 18, 2013.  As we celebrate the theme of “Small Business: Shaping Our Communities,” this week-long event will honor San Francisco small businesses because you are the creators of jobs, innovators that put us on the map, builders of diverse neighborhoods, and most of all, shapers of our communities!

Monday, May 13, 2013: The week will kick off with our opening gala, Flavors of San Francisco, at the Metreon. Neighborhoods and merchant corridors will be able to show off their unique "flavors" through local restaurants. With over 1,600 attendees last year, we expect the 2013 event to be the best networking opportunity for small business owners, community leaders and resource providers!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013: Another popular event during Small Business Week is the day of free workshops at the Small Business Conference, which will feature more than 50 free workshops and seminars designed specifically for small business owners. Topics include finance, green business, marketing, technology, social media, healthcare, manufacturing, procurement and more! This year we’ll be hosting all of these sessions at San Francisco State University’s Downtown Campus in Westfield Center.

Other activities during Small Business Week include the Mayor and Board of Supervisors Small Business Honorees ceremony (Tuesday, May 14, 2013), various small business mixers happening throughout the week and the fun-filled day of shopping at the Small Business Week Sidewalk Sales.

Please reserve time on your calendars and pass along this information to your fellow small business owners so that we can come together and celebrate San Francisco small businesses during the week of May 13, 2013. We will provide more details of the events when they become available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please sign up on our mailing list to receive the most up to date information on SF Small Business Week 2013.


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SBAC Connection

Important: Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) Annual Reporting Form Due 4/30/13
The HCSO Annual Reporting Form is now available for on-line submission!  To avoid penalties of $500 per quarter, "covered employers" must submit the Form by April 30, 2013.

You are not a "covered employer" under the HCSO and you should not submit the Form if (1) you employed fewer than 20 persons – including those employed outside of San Francisco – in each of the four calendar quarters of 2012 or (2) if you did not have any employees in San Francisco in 2012.  If you are not required to submit the Form, no further action is required.

Please carefully read the Instructions before submitting the Form.

If you have any questions about this update or the HCSO generally, please visit the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement's HCSO website to access the text of the HCSO, the implementing regulations, answers to “Frequently Asked Questions,” and other helpful forms and notices.  You may also contact them by phone at (415) 554-7892 or by email at hcso@sfgov.org.


Important: Commuter Benefits Ordinance Annual Compliance Form Due 4/30/13
Effective January 2009, the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance requires employers with 20 or more employees nationwide to offer their employees a commuter benefit. For more information and to complete your annual compliance reporting form visit www.SFEnvironment.org/CBOCompliance. Compliance forms are due April 30, 2013.

Commuter benefits are federally approved, employer-administrated incentives offered as a pre-tax deduction, subsidy or transportation program to reduce employee costs for biking, taking transit, vanpooling and parking. The benefits decrease payroll taxes and employee commute costs.

For help setting up a commuter benefits program, please download a copy of the Commuter Benefits Employer Guide from www.SFEnvironment.org/CommuterBenefits, or contact the CommuteSmart team for free one-on-one consultations at commutesmart@sfgov.org. Learn more about CommuteSmart’s commuter benefits, Emergency Ride Home and Rideshare programs at www.SFEnvironment.org/CommuteSmart.

Revised Form I-9 Required for All New Hires and Reverifications

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Here are the facts employers need to know:

- Employers should immediately begin using the revised Form I-9 for all new hires and reverifications. 
- Note: employers may continue to use previously accepted versions, dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09, until May 7, 2013.
- After May 7, 2013, employers must only use the just released Form I-9, dated 03/08/13. 
- It is important to note that, after May 7, 2013, employers must use the revised Form I-9 for new hires and to reverify the employment authorization of current employees. 
- If a current employee requires reverification after May 7, 2013, employers must complete Section 3 of the new form and attach it to the employee's existing Form I-9.

The revised Form I-9 includes new fields, formatting, and instructions for both employees and employers. The revised Form I-9 is available here.


Updated Cottage Food Law: How to Apply and Fees
In our January, 2013 Small Business Bulletin, we informed you of the new Cottage Food Law that was being implemented. This law allows small food businesses that produce "low-risk foods" (such as bake goods, candies, jam/jellies, desserts, and nuts) to operate out of a private home with limited regulatory oversight, as long as certain criteria are met.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health now has application forms and fees available on their website. Click here for details.  


Planning Department Parklet Applications Due April 17, 2013
The San Francisco Planning Department's 2013 Request for New Parklet Proposals (RFP) are due April 17, 2013.

The Planning Department also published a San Francisco Parklet Manual, a comprehensive overview of the goals, policies, process, procedures and guidelines for creating a parklet in San Francisco.  Applicants and designers in San Francisco are strongly encouraged to read the Parklet Manual in its entirety when they are first thinking about proposing a parklet, and to refer to it often throughout the process. 


Important State and Federal Tax Info for Small Businesses
As the tax filing deadline quickly approaches, there are many resources available online 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: Download Forms, Tax Law Changes, etc.


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

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

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

Small Business Health Care Tax Credit: For small employers with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees, pay an average wage of less than $50,000 a year, and pay at least half of employee health insurance premiums.

OSB Client Spotlight: Lombard Auto Body
OSB client Marvin Rivas has been working with the Office of Small Business to start his auto body shop. Marvin sits down with us for our April "Client Spotlight"...

 Q: What type of business do you own and what makes you unique?
 A: I own an auto body shop on Lombard Street. We offer 24-hour towing, paint and body work, modifications, complete collision repair, car stereo and alarms, car wash and detail, window tinting, dent wizard, auto glass, and upholstery services. We have the best staff that provides great quality service. We want to make sure that all our customers leave our shop 100% satisfied, which is why we offer a life-time warranty on all jobs.

 Q: How was the Office of Small Business involved in assisting you?
 A: I've worked in the auto body industry for about fifteen year until a few months ago when I thought of starting a business of my own but I was not sure where to begin. After discussing it with a couple of friends, one of them recommended that I go to the Office of Small Business at City Hall. The friendly staff helped me start my business and gave me step by step instructions on the requirements and where I needed to go to get my permits. I had plenty of questions since it is my first business and the Office of Small Business was always there to help me answer all of them .

 Q: Top 3 reasons for being a small business owner in SF?
 A: The main reasons why I decided to open my own business in San Francisco are: I've worked hard for other people for about fifteen years and take much pride in my work. I consider myself one of the best in the Bay Area so I know I can provide a great service to San Francisco and Bay Area residents. Furthermore, I've helped the people I worked for to be successful and I want to succeed myself and provide a better life for my family. I also wanted to generate more employment during this recession. 
 
Lombard Auto Body
2340 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
415.292.2962
www.lombardautobodysf.com

• Office of Small Business Regular Office Hours
Services are available by appointment, phone and walk-in, Monday - Friday, 8AM-5PM. Click HERE for details.

• Small Business Financing Resources
Please click HERE for a list of nonprofit small business lenders.

• Small Business Resources & Workshops
Please click HERE for a list of small business resources and workshops.



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Small Business Commission Legislative Liaison

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

Planning Code - Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District Use Size Limits
The Planning Code establishes use size limits in all zoning districts.  There is typically a use size that is permitted by right, a use size that is permitted by conditional use, and then a maximum use size that may not be exceeded.  The Planning code establishes a 2,000 square foot size limit for permitted uses in the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District. The code further allows a use size between 2,000 and 3,999 square feet by Conditional Use Authorization and prohibits use sizes 4,000 square feet and above. Under this proposed ordinance, the Planning Code will be amended to allow a large neighborhood serving non-profit institution to exceed the 4,000 square foot limit through a Conditional Use Authorization.  The intent of the amendments is to allow for carefully-vetted and community-supported larger institutional uses within the Neighborhood Commercial District in order to provide services closer to resident populations.  The Small Business Commission will be hearing this ordinance tentatively on May 20, 2013

Health, Business and Tax Regulations Code - Regulate and Establish Annual Fees - Cottage Food Operations
This proposed ordinance updates the San Francisco Health Code to comply with the newly enacted state law cottage food provisions in the California Retail Food Code. The ordinance would regulate a cottage food operation within a private home, by establishing a registration system for Class A operations, and a permit procedure for Class B operations.

Under California Health & Safety Code section 113758, cottage food operations are separated into two classifications: Class A and Class B.

- Class A operations may engage only in direct sales (a transaction between the cottage food operator and a consumer).  Class A operators will be required to register with the department, but will not be required to obtain a permit.  No inspections will take place by the Department of Public Health. 
- Class B operations may engage in direct and indirect sales (involving a third-party retailer).  Class B operators will be required to obtain a permit from the Department of Public Health.

This ordinance proposes an annual registration fee for Class A operations of $100.  For Class B operations, an application fee of $332 will apply and an annual permit of $350 will be charged.

The Small Business Commission is scheduled to hear this ordinance on April 22, 2013.  


Planning, Building Codes - Fee Waiver Program - Small Business Month, May 2013
In recognition of Small Business Month in May 2013, this legislation will waive Planning Code fees for awning replacement and for signs during the month of May 2013 for small businesses. The Ordinance also would waive Building Code fees related to review of the structural integrity of awning replacements during this time for small businesses. The legislation defines small businesses to be those with 500 or fewer employees.  This ordnance is scheduled to be heard by the Small Business Commission on April 22, 2013.  


Planning Code - Establishing Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District
This ordinance proposes to add the Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) to the list of named NCD’s in the City of San Francisco and to provide zoning controls for the area along Mission Street in the Excelsior District that is currently primarily zoned NC-3.  The zoning will keep intact most NC-3 zoning characteristics, while adding some customizations, such as incorporating the controls of the Excelsior Alcohol Restricted use District.  Additionally, a Medical Cannabis Dispensary will not be permitted within 500 feet of another Medical Cannabis Dispensary.  Other minor modifications to the zoning table are made.  This zoning change will also allow for future customizable changes to the zoning along this part of Mission Street, whereas currently the general NC-3 zoning prohibits this flexibility.   The Small Business Commission heard this ordinance on March 11, 2013 and recommended approval with the modification.  The modification is the addition of hours of operation restrictions and a requirement for Conditional Use Authorization for operating between 2:00am and 6:00am.   The Ordinance is scheduled to be before the Planning Commission on April 18, 2013. 

Planning Code - Polk Street Alcohol and Tobacco Paraphernalia Restrictions
This ordinance will extend the current tobacco paraphernalia establishment ban in the Polk NCD for six additional years and will extend the controls to ¼ mile outside of the NCD. This ordinance will also create the Lower Polk Street Alcohol Restricted Use District on properties on Polk Street between California and O’Farrell Streets, and Polk Street’s side streets between California Street, Larkin Street, O’Farrell Street and Van Ness Avenue. This Restricted Use District will create a moratorium on new bars (type 42 and 48 liquor licenses) and liquor stores for a five year time period. Restaurants with type 47 and 49 licenses will be permitted by Conditional Use Authorization and may operate until 2:00am as long as they serve food until closing time.  There are provisions allowing transferability of licenses in the district and additional grandfathering provisions. The Small Business Commission recommended approval with modifications, some of which were adopted by the Supervisor in the final ordinance.   The ordinance is currently pending before the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors.

Healthy Food Retailer Incentive Program
Supervisor Eric Mar has proposed legislation that will establish a Healthy Food Retailer Incentives Program to oversee and coordinate the City’s incentive and assistance programs for “Healthy Food Retailers.” A Healthy Food Retailer will need to meet established parameters and limit the percentage of area devoted to alcohol and tobacco and meet percentage requirements for space dedicated to fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products. For businesses that meet established requirements, the City will provide incentives and technical assistance to these businesses. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development will also promote the expansion of Healthy Food Retailers in areas that lack access to healthy food.  The Commission is scheduled to hear this ordinance at its April 22, 2013 meeting.

Planning Code - Medical Service Use - Sacramento Neighborhood Commercial District
This proposed legislation would amend the Planning Code to allow new medical service uses in the Sacramento Street Neighborhood Commercial District in limited circumstances.  Specifically, a new medical service use would be allowed only where: 1) it replaces an existing business or professional service use; 2)  is located on the first story or below; 3) does not remove any residential use or active street frontage.  The Commission heard this ordinance at our February 11, 2013 Commission meeting and recommended approval.  The Planning Commission also recommended approval and the ordinance passed the Board of Supervisors and is currently before the Mayor for final approval.


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Small Business Commission Corner

• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 4/8, 6:00pm (Joint Meeting with Commission on the Status of Women), Room 250, BOS Chamber; 4/22, 2:00pm, Room 400
The Small Business Commission will meet on Monday, April 8 at 6:00PM in Room 250, BOS Chamber.  Please note that this is a joint meeting with the Commission on the Status of Women.  The Commission meets again on Monday, April 22 at 2:00PM in Room 400. Agendas will be available on the Commission website by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Small Business Commission Recognizes R & G Lounge
On Monday, March 11, 2013, the City of San Francisco Small Business Commission was proud to recognize R & G Lounge for their contribution to the vitality of Chinatown and the City of San Francisco.  Open since 1985, over the past 27 years, R & G lounge has served innovative yet traditional dishes to locals and visitors alike.  Growing from 50 to 250 seats, owner Kinson Wong provides employment for youth, local residents, new immigrants, and low income families.  Mr. Wong has an esteemed reputation in the Chinatown community as a great philanthropist, supporting many of the local non-profit organizations by donating money or gift certificates for fundraising events to organizations such Chinese Hospital, Chinatown Community Development Center, Self Help for the Elderly, and many others.  Mr. Wong and R & G Lounge are truly pillars of the Community and the Small Business Commission was pleased to present this honor to this deserving business.


Joint Commission Meeting with the Small Business Commission (SBC) and the Commission on the Status of Women: April 8, 2013, 6:00pm, Room 250, Board of Supervisors Chamber
The Small Business Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women are holding a joint hearing on the programs and services available to women entrepreneurs and women-owned small businesses.  The hearing will cover starting a business, financing a business, growing a business, and the issues and barriers unique to women starting their own businesses.  Presenters include: Nicole Levine, Executive Director of Women’s Initiative in San Francisco, Caleb Zigas, Executive Director of La Cocina, Paula Conley, Director of Women’s Business Center at Renaissance Center, Martha Yanez, Office of Small Business, Kelly Lovlien, Working Solutions, Mark Quinn, U.S. Small Business Administration-Northern California District Director, Zula Jones, SF Contract Monitoring Division, and representatives from the National Association of Women Business Owners. 

The Small Business Commission meets again on Monday, April 22 at 2:00PM in Room 400. Agendas will be available on the Commission website by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.


*Please contact Chris Schulman, Small Business Commission Secretary by email at chris.schulman@sfgov.org, or by phone at 415.554.6408 with questions, comments, or feedback regarding legislations and how they affect your small business.
 

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RFPs & Contracting Opportunities

NEW! SFPUC RFP CS-296 Hetchy System Improvement Program (HSIP)
Program Management Support Services

Click here for details.

DPW Contracting Opportunities

The Department of Public Works (DPW) announced the launch of a one-stop shop on its website that will make it easier for contractors to search for contracts, bid on projects, find project information, access documentation and track their payments for DPW’s construction projects and professional services. Please click here for details.

SFO Concessions and Leases

Below is the San Francisco International Airport’s list of upcoming contracts and concession leases for the fiscal year 2012-2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013).  These contracts and leases will be advertised on the Airport’s and City & County of San Francisco’s Office of Contract Administration’s websites:
               
                SFO:  http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/about/b2b/conces/
 
                CITY:  http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/ReviewBids.aspx
 
We encourage you to review these websites periodically for the contracts and leases that interest you, and to attend the pre-bid/pre-proposal meetings to learn more about the various opportunities.


SFPUC Contracts and Bids: Various Opportunities with the SF Public Utilities Commission
Click here for details.

• Learn Everything You Need to Know About Contracting with the City and County of San Francisco (FREE WORKSHOP SERIES)
FREE workshops held EACH WEDNESDAY of the month at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 200. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended.  Click here for details.

City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities
Visit www.sfgov.org/oca and click on Bids and Contracts Database and Required Vendor Forms.  Click here to learn how to become a registered vendor and certified Local Business Enterprise.

City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program
For more information, contact: Nancy Owens, Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services, 417 Montgomery Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94104. Phone:  415 986-3999 www.imwis.com

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Upcoming Events

• MON. 4/8, 4/22 - Small Business Commission Meetings
4/8 at 6:00 PM, (Joint Meeting with Commission on the Status of Women), Room 250, BOS Chamber, and 4/22 at 2:00PM, City Hall, Room 400. Click here for Meeting Agendas


SAT. 4/6 ~ 5/25 - The Gateway Entrepreneurship (Cantonese) Program 協助您創業前的準備和提高營商的競爭能力
Presented by The San Francisco Small Business Development Center: The Keys for Achieving Business Success!
Dates: April 6 – May 25, 2013 (Saturdays)
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue: Rm. 501, City College of SF Chinatown/North Beach Campus, 828 Kearny St.
Fee: $10 per class (FREE for April 6 class)
This program is designed to provide emerging/existing entrepreneurs with the tools needed
to start and grow their business, including business planning, formation of business entity,
business opportunity evaluation, internet marketing, financial management, legal and tax
basics, and access to capital. Speakers are either professional small business consultants
or owners of small business.
本課程旨在協助有意創業的人士起步和提高現有小商業負責人的競爭力;參加者將獲得有助
創業前準備、日後營運和擴展業務的資訊,包括創業計劃與準備、商業策劃、購買現有企
業、特許經營生意、電子化市場推廣、法律及稅務常識和融資貸款等,內容深入淺出而實用
性高。導師均為專業人士或小商業顧問。歡迎致電 (650) 296-0480 / (415) 841-4055 與本中心華語商業專員 廖紀聖先生 聯絡


WED. 4/10 - District 2 Neighborhood Business Summit
The Office of Supervisor Mark Farrell, District 2, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
and local business and merchant associations are pleased to present the District 2 Neighborhood Business Summit. This event will bring together with their Supervisor and other city officials to discuss local business issues. The Neighborhood Business Summit is an excellent opportunity to meet elected and city officials, network with other merchants in District 2 and strengthen neighborhood business ties.

To register, contact Lydia Hernried at 415-352-8841 or lhernried@sfchamber.com


WED. 4/10 - Legal Office Hours
Urban Solutions, Hanson Bridgett and Legal Services for Entrepreneurs present Legal Office Hours for entrepreneurs.  Through Legal Office Hours, clients can make an appointment with Urban Solutions for a free 40-minute session with a lawyer from Hanson Bridgett and Legal Services for Entrepreneurs. Call (415) 553-4433 x 101 or email arwa@urbansolutionssf.org with questions or to reserve a spot. Space is limited, reserve your appointment today!

TUE. 4/23 - Business Funding Factory
The Business Funding Factory is a six week series that guides entrepreneurs through the landscape of business funding and helps them tailor their business plan to support the type of financing they are seeking.  It features experts who will advise on topics such as debt financing, legal issues, equity investment, financial management and loan packaging.  Qualifying participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a mock panel that includes business experts, microlenders, angel investors and commercial lenders.  Further loan packaging, mentor matching and post-loan technical assistance will be provided at no cost.  Classes can be taken individually or as a series and are offered weekly starting Tuesday, April 23rd.  All are welcome!  Learn more and register at http://businessfundingfactory.eventbrite.com/


WED. 4/24 - Free Legal Help for Small Businesses (Assistance Available in English and Chinese) 免費小商業法律諮詢服務
FREE legal assistance in English and Chinese available for any business related matter except litigation and bankruptcy. 4th Wednesday of every month, 5:30 pm to 7:30pm. SF Small Business Development Center, 300 Montgomery Street, Suite 789, San Francisco, CA 94104. For appointments, please contact Lawrence Liu, lliu_sfsbdc@yahoo.com, 415-841-4056 or 650-296-0480.

SAT. 4/27 - Hire Smart: Small Business Event

Intuit and LinkedIn are hosting a FREE event to help small businesses make the right decisions as you look to grow. What to expect:
- Expert advice from one-on-one conversations with accountants, HR specialists, lawyers and other successful small businesses
- The tools you need to get started, including three free months of Intuit Online Payroll and a LinkedIn “First Hire” package, including free premium LinkedIn Talent Finder access and special rates for posting jobs
- Insights from guest speakers like Bill Rancic, Rhonda Abrams, Intuit CEO Brad Smith and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner
Click here for details.


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Small Business Assistance Center
City Hall, Room 110
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Monday through Thursday 8AM to 5PM, Friday by Appointment Only.
Phone: 415-554-6134
Website: http://www.sfgov.org/sbac

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