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DECEMBER 2016

Dear Reader,

As the holidays are upon us, I want to encourage all of you to Shop & Dine in the 49, a buy local initiative which focuses on bringing spending back into our diverse neighborhoods.  Pledge to shop small and support local campaigns such as November 2 Remember, Shop Local SF, and Shop Small.  Take this opportunity to explore a new neighborhood or commercial corridor.  Participate in the Shop & Dine in the 49 challenge by tagging a picture (or selfie!) of yourself, your friends or family at your favorite local business on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the hashtag #shopdine49. 

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From left to right: Richard Kurylo, Carol Cheng, Martha Yanez, Regina Dick-Endrizzi, Menaka Mahajan, Sandra Murillo-Brucker

From all of us at the Office of Small Business, we wish you a Happy Holiday and a great New Year!

Sincerely,


Regina Dick-Endrizzi,
Director, Office of Small Business

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection Small Business Commission Corner / Legacy Business Program

Assessor Carmen Chu Partners With the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector to Simplify New Business Registration

January 1, 2017 Deadline for Replacement of Plumbing Fixtures and Don’t Miss Out on the December 31, 2016 Rebate Deadline

Treasurer Cisneros Introduces Legislation to Ease Business Tax Payments and Filings, and Reduces Penalties and Interests for Late Filings

Office of Small Business SPECIAL Counter Hours

Mobile Washer Program Info and Permit Requirement

SF Businesses Must Safely Dispose of Hazardous Wastes - It's The Law!

 

37 Businesses Placed on the Legacy Business Registry in November and December 


 

 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

5th Annual Fillmore Holiday Marketplace and Concert

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

HUBZone & Women-Owned Small Business Program Certfications

Starting a Business in San Francisco

How to Run a Profitable Restaurant

Additional Classes, Workshops, and Trainings

OEWD RFP 121 - Workforce Services

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

Legislation Referred to the Commission:

• Business and Tax Regulations Code - Revenue Control Equipment, Software Applications, and Valet Parking Operators Certificates of Authority (BOS File No. 161263)

• Administrative, Business and Tax Regulations, Police Codes - Elimination of Fees (BOS File No. 161316)

• Planning Code, Medical Cannabis Dispensaries – To allow on second story and above in zoning districts in which they are permitted.  (BOS File No. 161229)


Legislation Heard by the Commission:

Business and Tax Regulations Code - Estimated Payments, Filing Extensions, and Refunds (BOS File No. 161264)

Business and Tax Regulations Code - Revising Administrative Citation Rules (BOS File No. 161226)

Business and Tax Regulations Code - Business Registration with Tax Collector (BOS File No. 161225)

Administrative Code - New Hotels and Motels Near Places of Entertainment (BOS File No. 161064)

Planning Code - Exempting Certain Historic Landmarks From November 2016 Ballot Measure Requiring Conditional Use Authorization to Replace Production, Distribution, and Repair, Institutional Community, and Arts Activities Uses (BOS File No. 161014)

News & Announcements

• Assessor Carmen Chu Partners With the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector to Simplify New Business Registration
Assessor-Recorder, Carmen Chu, recently announced the consolidation of new business registration for the Offices of the Assessor-Recorder and Treasurer-Tax Collector.  Effective 11/18/16, the Office of the Assessor-Recorder is eliminating a duplicative requirement for new businesses to separately register. Previously, new businesses were required to register multiple times - first with the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector to obtain registration certificates and then again with Office of the Assessor-Recorder for business property reporting.  By working together, and developing a framework for secure data sharing between these two offices, NEW businesses will no longer have to register twice but instead will now have a single point of entry registering through the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector only. For more information, click here.


• January 1, 2017 Deadline for Replacement of Plumbing Fixtures and Don’t Miss Out on the December 31, 2016 Rebate Deadline
By January 1, 2017, all existing commercial properties in San Francisco must have replaced noncompliant plumbing fixtures that exceed the maximum water use rates to meet water efficiency requirements for faucet (≤ 0.5 gpm), toilets (≤1.28), urinals (≤0.125) and showerheads (≤ 2.0). The SFPUC provides assistance, incentives with rebates from $125 to $500 for replacement of non-compliant toilets.  For more information, click here.


• Treasurer Cisneros Introduces Legislation to Ease Business Tax Payments and Filings, and Reduces Penalties and Interests for Late Filings
At the December 12, 2016 Small Business Commission (SBC) meeting the SBC approved Treasurer Cisneros recently introduced legislation that ease business tax payments and filings, and reduces penalties and interests for late filings. Treasurer Cisneros worked with the small business community to make these changes. There are three pieces of legislation that establish these changes:

1) BOS File No. 161225: Removes the $100 minimum penalty for failure to obtain a business registration certificate. Failure to obtain a business registration certificate would be based only on a percentage of the amount owed.  It also removed the fee to obtain a duplicate business registration certificate.
2) BOS File No. 161226: Limits the late fee for failure to pay an administrative penalties.  Penalties will now be 10% of the total amount of the administrative penalty assessed for each month the penalty and any already accrued late payment penalty remains unpaid, up to a maximum of 40% of the total amount of the administrative penalty.  Previously there was not a maximum.  It also removed the requirement of posting the citation to a conspicuous place on the property.
3) BOS File No. 161264:  For tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2017, this ordinance would modify the quarterly payments that taxpayers must make of their current year’s payroll expense tax and gross receipts tax liabilities in several ways.  For a full listing of the modification, click here. The Legislative Digest has a good summary. 

The Office of Small Business and the Small Business Commission thank Treasurer Cisneros for his continued efforts to make filing and paying taxes easier.  It is a great way to end 2016 and start 2017!


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SBAC Connection

• Office of Small Business SPECIAL Counter Hours
The Office of Small Business counter hours will be 9:00AM - 1:00PM from 12/27/16-12/30/16.  On these days, there may be only one case manager available, thus you may experience longer than expected wait times.  Alternatively you may visit the San Francisco Business Portal at: http://businessportal.sfgov.org/, or contact us via the Contact Us Intake Form on our website at www.sfosb.org.


• Mobile Washer Program Info and Permit Requirement
The SFPUC Wastewater Enterprise has coordinated with SFPUC Water Conservation, SF Public Works, and the SF Department of Public Health to design The Mobile Washer Program, which: Helps keep the City clean and healthy by complying with Public Works and SF Department of Public Health Codes for clean sidewalks and awnings; Conserves our drinking water to follow State Water Conservation requirements; Prevents illicit discharge to catch basins and storm sewers that can interfere with Mosquito Abatement treatments used to prevent mosquito borne diseases; Protects the sewer infrastructure from costly damage or blockages that can cause back-ups.  If you are a Mobile Washing business, an establishment, business, agency or individual that uses mobile hardscape washing equipment to wash surfaces, mobile carpet cleaners, mobile car washes, or any operation that does not have a billing account for a permitted sewer lateral wastewater discharge on site you need a permit.  The Mobile Washer Permit is currently free of fees!  Once the application is processed you will receive a Mobile Washing Permit including Best Management Practices.  Your business will also receive free logo stickers and brochures that inform customers of your compliance with the Permit and applicable City regulations.  The applicant’s business contact information is provided to Public Works who distribute a list of permitted Mobile Washers in good standing to merchants requiring this service.  You can find the Mobile Washing Permit Application including Best Management Practices here, or navigate the SFPUC website at www.sfwater.org and go to the drop down: About Us/Sewer/Pretreatment Program/Wastewater Discharge Permits.


• SF Businesses Must Safely Dispose of Hazardous Wastes - It's The Law!
Most businesses generate waste that is hazardous to the environment and our health. These include fluorescent lights, batteries, solvents, paints, cleaners, aerosol cans, printer ink, and other items. State law requires that these items be disposed of properly to protect our health, the environment, and to reach our zero waste goals. If your business generates less than 220 pounds or 27 gallons of hazardous waste each month, you are eligible to use the City's low-cost hazardous waste disposal program called the Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Program. For more information click here or contact Recology at (415) 330-1425 to schedule a drop off appointment.


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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 Referred to the Commission:
ITEMS IN THIS SECTION WILL BE LISTED BY TITLE ONLY.

• Business and Tax Regulations Code - Revenue Control Equipment, Software Applications, and Valet Parking Operators Certificates of Authority (BOS File No. 161263)

• Administrative, Business and Tax Regulations, Police Codes - Elimination of Fees (BOS File No. 161316)

• Planning Code, Medical Cannabis Dispensaries – To allow on second story and above in zoning districts in which they are permitted.  (BOS File No. 161229)


Legislation Heard by the Commission:

Business and Tax Regulations Code - Estimated Payments, Filing Extensions, and Refunds (BOS File No. 161264)
Heard by SBC: 12/12/16
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve

Business and Tax Regulations Code - Revising Administrative Citation Rules (BOS File No. 161226)
Heard by SBC: 12/12/16
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve

Business and Tax Regulations Code - Business Registration with Tax Collector (BOS File No. 161225)
Heard by SBC: 12/12/16
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve

Administrative Code - New Hotels and Motels Near Places of Entertainment (BOS File No. 161064)
Heard by SBC: 11/28/16
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve

Planning Code - Exempting Certain Historic Landmarks From November 2016 Ballot Measure Requiring Conditional Use Authorization to Replace Production, Distribution, and Repair, Institutional Community, and Arts Activities Uses (BOS File No. 161014)
Heard by SBC: 11/28/16
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve


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Small Business Commission Corner / Legacy Business Program

37 Businesses Placed on the Legacy Business Registry in November and December
A total of 37 businesses were placed on the Legacy Business Registry in the months of November and December. In November 2016, businesses placed on the Legacy Business Registry were: Anchor Oyster Bar, Bay Area Video Coalition, Blue Bear School of Music, Bo’s Flowers Stand, Café du Nord, Café International, Caffe Trieste, Cartoon Art Museum, Castro Country Club, City Lights Bookstore, Cole Hardware, EROS: The Center for Safe Sex, Galeria de la Raza (Galeria Studio 54), Golden Bear Sportswear, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Luxor Cabs, Papenhausen Hardware, Sam Wo Restaurant, Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant, San Francisco Heritage, St. Francis Fountain and the Stud Bar.

In December, the businesses joined the Legacy Business Registry were: Arrow Stamp & Coin Company, Britex Fabrics, Clarion Music Center, The Cove on Castro, Dance Brigade, Golden Gate Fortune Cookies, Hamburger Haven, Navarro's Kenpo Karate Studio, Project Open Hand, Sacred Grounds Café, Sam Jordan's Bar, San Francisco Prosthetic Orthotic Service, Valencia Whole Foods, VIP Coffee and Cake Shop and Zam Zam.

The 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.


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RFPs & Contracting Opportunities

• OEWD RFP 121 - Workforce Services
The City and County of San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure workforce development services for San Francisco residents. OEWD seeks applications from single organizations or collaborative partnerships that can effectively innovate on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program model and provide data driven, customer centered, high quality services for jobseekers and the local business community. 33 individual program areas are described in detail in the RFP and cover a comprehensive array of services for adults, young adults, and businesses. Click here for more details.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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.


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Upcoming Events

5th Annual Fillmore Holiday Marketplace and Concert - December 16, 2016, 4:00PM - 10:00PM
The 5th Annual Fillmore Holiday Marketplace is a free community event held in the historic Fillmore district of San Francisco.  The event includes space for 30 vendors.  Santa will be present for the kids and live music will fill the hall.  In addition, a free holiday concert will end the evening in the theater at the Fillmore Jazz and Heritage Center at 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA  94115. For more information, click here.  To participate as a pop-up store, click here.  


SFMade Holiday Gift Fair - December 18, 2016, 10:00AM - 5:00PM
SFMade presents its 6th Annual Holiday Gift Fair in collaboration with California College of the Arts.  Held at CCA's SF Campus, 1111 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, the shopping extravaganza features locally made gift items from over 60 different SFMade vendors. The Fair’s unique products include jewelry, bags, chocolate, wine, other gourmet gifts, home items, apparel, body products, children’s toys, holiday cards and decorations, and stationery – all from local manufacturers and artisans who make their products in San Francisco. For more information, click here.


• HUBZone & Women-Owned Small Business Program Certifications - January 10, 2017, 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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. Registration required. Click here.


• Starting a Business in San Francisco - January 11, 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. Click here.


• How to Run a Profitable Restaurant - January 12, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
This workshop will highlight the importance of understanding and controlling ingredient and labor costs to achieve optimal operating levels. We will provide you the basic tools to manage these critical costs to industry standards. Strategies to control these costs will include POS and bookkeeping integrity, benchmarking, inventory management, cost/price analysis, scheduling and labor costing, and employee benefit management. Fore more information, click here.


Additional Classes, Workshops, & Trainings
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.
 
La Cocina
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
Urban Solutions


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Contact Us:
Office of Small Business
City Hall, Room 110
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-554-6134
Email: sfosb@sfgov.org
Website: http://sfosb.org




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