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 SMALL BUSINESS BULLETIN

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N O V E M B E R ,  2 0 1 2

Dear Reader,

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for their second World Series Championship in three years!  This is an exciting time for the City and all of our small businesses!  During the past few weeks, crowds filled our local bars and restaurants and fans picked up Championship t-shirts that were locally printed at Graphic Sportswear in Potrero Hill.  San Francisco is drenched in orange and black as we proudly display our appreciation for this team!  Although the victory parade has come to an end, we have many other major sporting events to look forward to in the future!  America's Cup in 2013, potential hosting duties for the Super Bowl in 2016, the new Warriors Arena in 2017, and who knows, the Giants may just win a few more championships in the years to come! 

November 24 is Small Business Saturday and our office is a part of a national campaign to promote shopping at our local small businesses on this day.  During last year's campaign, public awareness rose to 65% from 37% in 2010, and we anticipate this number to be even higher this year.  Many merchants who participated last year saw a huge increase in their business during Small Business Saturday.  We are encouraging merchants to participate in this free campaign and asking shoppers to SHOP SMALL!  Click here for all the details.

Sincerely,

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

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection  Small Business  Commission Corner

• Small Business Saturday, November 24: A National Campaign that Drives Shoppers to Local, Independently-Owned Small Businesses

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BART Announces Small Business Contracting Initiative


West Portal Fire Update, and a Reminder to Prepare Your Small Business for Disasters
 

Office of Small Business Holiday Hours

State Board of Equalization to Visit SF Retailers in 94110 Zip Code to Check Business Permits

Office of Small Business Client Spotlight: CLASH

CLASH

FREE IRS Small Business Tax Calendar Available for Pre-Order  

• OSB Regular Office Hours

• Small Business Financing Resources

• Small Business Resources & Workshops
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• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 11/5 @ 5:30pm, Room 408 (this meeting will not be televised), 11/26 @ 2:00PM, Room 400

Small Business Commission Recognizes Jennifer Matz

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 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

MON. 11/5, 11/26 - Small Business Commission Meetings

THU. 11/1, 11/15 - Understanding Disability Access Requirements

MON. 11/5 - Small Business Connections: Marketing Meets Microfinancing Workshop

WED. 11/7 - Starting a Business in San Francisco

WED. 11/7 - 21 Questions: Ask CPAs About Small Business Taxes

SAT. 11/10 - Where's the Money? 4th Annual Access to Capital Business Expo

MON. 11/26 - Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later


WED. 11/28 - Free Legal Help for Small Businesses (Assistance Available in English and Chinese) 免費小商業法律諮詢服務
 

NEW! Request for Proposal for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's CS-277 Micro-LBE Structural Engineering Services

NEW!
SFO Concession Opportunities: Cellular Phone Rental Kiosk Lease & International Terminal "G" Electronics Kiosk Lease

NEW! SFCTA Request for Qualifications for On-Call Transportation Planning Services

NEW! SFCTA Request for Proposals for Vehicle Level of Service and Transit Speed Monitoring Services


DPW
Contracting Opportunities


SFO Concessions and Leases

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

Learn How To Do Business with the City of SF! Free Weekly Workshops Presented by the SF Human Rights Commission

City and County of San Francisco Contracting Opportunities

City and County of San Francisco Surety Bond & Finance Program

Preventing Termination of Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion for Small Business Net New Payroll if Voters Adopt a Gross Receipts Tax

Healthy Food Retailer Incentive Program

Establishing the Divisadero Street Neighborhood Commercial District

Establishing the Fillmore Street Neighborhood Commercial District

Transit Impact Development Fee Increase

Retention of Progressive Payments for Public Works Construction Contracts

Permitting a Five Feet Ground Floor Height Increase for Active Ground Floor Uses in the Castro Street and the 24th Street - Noe Valley Neighborhood Commercial Districts

Reinstating Liquor License Controls and Establishing Conditional Use Requirement for Limited Restaurants - Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District

News & Announcements

Small Business Saturday, November 24: A National Campaign that Drives Shoppers to Local, Independently-Owned Small Businesses
Where will Americans shop this November 24?  At a local small business, of course!  The 3rd annual Small Business Saturday is a national initiative that marks a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.  Small Business Saturday has become a nation-wide event that drives shoppers to local independently-owned merchants.

During last year's Small Business Saturday, an estimated 103 million Americans shopped at independently-owned small businesses.  Even President Obama participated by shopping at a local bookstore with his daughters!  Public awareness rose to 65% from 37% in 2010, and media coverage reached an audience of over one billion!*

So how can your small business take advantage of this growing movement?  The Office of Small Business is working with Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and SF Travel to support and promote this event.  We believe this is a great opportunity for San Francisco small businesses to participate in this nation-wide campaign that helps to drive home the "shop small" concept and increase your bottom line.  We encourage small business owners to visit the official Small Business Saturday website for ways to participate (marketing materials for your business, free online advertising, social media tools, etc.)  For more information, you may also contact Lynn Bunim, Director of Special Projects, Women Impacting Public Policy/Small Business Saturday, 415.350.7031, lbunim@wipp.org.

(*Source: Women Impacting Public Policy)


BART Announces Small Business Contracting Initiative
BART’s Office of Civil Rights has outlined a program to change the agency’s processes in awarding contracts to small businesses, especially socially and economically disadvantaged businesses and those who employ disabled veterans.  BART wants to address and mitigate the difficulties many small businesses encounter when competing for contracts against larger more established businesses.

The Small Business Program will apply to non-federally funded construction contracts, contracts for the procurement of goods, or services agreements awarded through a competitive process where price and other factors are considered.

Key features include:

·   A Small Business Bonding Program
·   Unbundling of large construction, professional services and procurement
contracts and issue multiple contracts where possible
·   Exploring the feasibility of an on-call pre-qualified list of small
business contractors
·   Expanding technical support for small businesses during the pre and post
bidding process
·   Expanding community outreach to maximize opportunity and matchmaking
Click here for details.

West Portal Fire Update, and a Reminder to Prepare Your Small Business for Disasters
Since we last reported the tragic Ocean Avenue fire in September that heavily impacted nine small businesses, we are now dealing with the aftermath of another devastating fire that damaged seven small businesses in the West Portal neighborhood.

On October 12, an early morning fire at West Portal Ave. and Ulloa St. quickly went to four alarms after spreading to three buildings.  The Mayor's Invest In Neighborhoods team, an initiative to revitalize the City’s neighborhood commercial corridors, support small businesses and boost job creation, immediately reported to the scene to provide much needed assistance to the affected small business owners.  The rapid response from various City departments, including the Office of Small Business, will help fast-track the recovery efforts.

Whether it's a fire or the devastating effects a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, small business owners need to be prepared for all types of business interruption.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) has resources that can help you prepare for any emergency.

In addition to the SBA, there are other national and local resources to help small businesses prepare for disasters:

National Resources:
- IBHSS Open for Business (http://disastersafety.org/open-for-business/) - Small business preparedness and continuity resources
- American Red Cross Ready Rating for Business (http://readyrating.org/) - Assessment and preparedness training tools for businesses of all sizes
- Ready.gov for Business (http://www.ready.gov/business) - Federal government resources for small business

Local Resources:
- 72hours.org (http://72hours.org/) - SF DEM personal and home preparedness training
- SF CARD (www.sfcard.org) - Local SF based nonprofit that provides preparedness and business continuity training for small and local businesses as well as non-profits.
- AlertSF (www.alertsf.org) - AlertSF is a FREE text-based notification system for San Francisco's residents and visitors. AlertSF will send alerts regarding emergencies disrupting vehicular/pedestrian traffic, watches and warnings for tsunamis, flooding, and Citywide post-disaster information to your registered wireless devices and email accounts.


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SBAC Connection

Office of Small Business Holiday Hours
Due to the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector's reduced holiday services, the Office of Small Business will observe the following holiday schedule:

- Wednesday, November 21: Open for pre-scheduled appointments, phone calls and emails; no walk-ins
- Thursday, November 22: Closed
- Friday, November 23: Closed
- Monday, December 24: Open for pre-scheduled appointments, phone calls and emails; no walk-ins
- Tuesday, December 25: Closed
- Wednesday - Friday, December 26-28: Open for pre-scheduled appointments, phone calls and emails; no walk-ins
- Monday, December 31: Open for pre-scheduled appointments, phone calls and emails; no walk-ins
- Tuesday, January 1: Closed

Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.


State Board of Equalization to Visit SF Retailers in 94110 Zip Code to Check Business Permits
Retailers will begin receiving letters from the Board of Equalization (BOE) notifying them of upcoming visits from Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP) teams. These visits are intended to educate retailers about properly reporting sales and use tax, increase compliance with tax laws, and assure the state’s tax system is fair and equal for all Californians.

BOE has sent over 19,000 letters to business owners throughout California during the most recent round of outreach efforts.  In San Francisco, the only zip code receiving letters will be 94110, which includes the Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods.

Seven SCOP teams located statewide conduct door-to-door, in-person visits based on zip code. They check sellers’ permits at stores and other known retail locations. They ask only business-related questions, and do not inquire about personal financial information. SCOP teams check that registered retailers, as well as service industry businesses, have appropriate permits and licenses. Businesses found to be out of compliance are given instructions on how to register with the BOE, and information about other necessary licenses. Those who operate their businesses from their homes are not visited by SCOP. Click here for details.


Office of Small Business Client Spotlight: CLASH
OSB client, Joe Garvey, was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle for being a young and innovative entrepreneur!  His business, CLASH (California League of Adult Scavenger Hunters), has become the go-to company for larger companies like Google and DreamWorks to plan team-building events.  CLASH is so successful that it has started an office in London!  Joe sits down with us for our November "Client Spotlight"...

Q: What type of business do you own and what makes you unique?
A: A professional scavenger hunt company - we produce urban scavenger hunts for team building, birthdays and bachelorettes.  Our hunts embrace drinking, spandex and intense competition, which give us a competitive advantage over the other 22 scavenger hunt companies we compete with in the U.S. that offer more traditional hunts.

Q: How was the Office of Small Business involved in assisting you?
A: Jane Gong at the OSB taught me the difference between various types of business entities.  I ended up incorporating my business, which was the ownership structure that suited me best.  Jane also researched and helped me identify what permits I would need to operate, and provided me with various resources like SCORE and SBDC.  These resources were extremely helpful because I received free business counseling and marketing consulting services.

Q: Top 3 reasons for being a small business owner in SF?
A: 1) It's exciting to have a small business that gets hired by big companies based here in the Bay Area, like Google and DreamWorks.
2) Networking, selling your service and partying at the same time are easy to combine in this City with all the tech events that take place here at bars and clubs.
3) The camaraderie between the other small business owners on your block. Our office is on Ellis between Taylor and Mason and I'm pretty tight with every other small business in our vicinity. 

CLASH Scavenger Hunts
291 Ellis Street, San Francisco
(415) 623-9629
http://clashsf.com/


If you are a client of the Office of Small Business and would like to be considered for this section of our future Bulletins, please contact Jane Gong, jane.gong@sfgov.org, 415-554-6489.


FREE IRS Small Business Tax Calendar Available for Pre-Order
Need reminders about key tax filing and reporting dates?  Have questions about business taxes in general?  Then check out the IRS’ free Tax Calendar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed, which is available in a variety of formats to help you adhere to your tax obligations.  Click here for details.

• Office of Small Business Assistance Center Regular Office Hours
Services are available by appointment, phone, email, and walk-in, Monday - Friday, 8AM-5PM.

• 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.

Preventing Termination of Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion for Small Business Net New Payroll if Voters Adopt A Gross Receipts Tax
Earlier this year, with the support of the Small Business Commission, Supervisor Farrell sponsored legislation that was passed by the Board and signed by Mayor Lee that will provide a tax exclusion for net new payroll for small businesses. Under the law, small business (less than $500,000 in payroll) will be able to exclude net new payroll over their base year, which is 2011, or the first year a business incurs the payroll tax. The total amount that may be excluded may not exceed $250,000. The original ordinance included a provision that would abolish the exclusion upon the passage of a gross receipts tax. As proposed, this ordinance will remove this sunset clause and allow the tax exclusion to continue through the original 2015 time frame. The Commission heard this ordinance at our October 22, 2012 Commission meeting and recommended approval.  The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee heard this item at their November 1, 2012 meeting and recommended approval.  It will be before the full Board of Supervisors on November 6, 2012.


Healthy Food Retailer Incentive Program
Supervisor Eric Mar, along with Supervisor Olague, have 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 tentatively scheduled to hear this ordinance at our November 26, 2012 Commission meeting.


Establishing the Divisadero Street Neighborhood Commercial District
Supervisor Christina Olague is proposing to create a new Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) along Divisadero Street between Haight Street and O’Farrell Streets. In addition to building on the neighborhoods identify, this new NCD will allow for customized zoning controls on the Divisadero corridor. The current Divisadero Alcohol Restricted Use District will be abolished and most of the controls that apply to this district will revert to the NCD. Second floor commercial uses will be permitted under specified circumstances and philanthropic services will be permitted on the second floor. A five foot height bonus for active ground floor uses will be permitted for buildings located in the 40-x height district. Minimum parking requirements for new developments are eliminated and maximum permitted parking for residential and non-residential uses are reduced to Neighborhood Commercial Transit district thresholds. The Board of Supervisors File No. is 120796. The Commission heard this ordinance at our September 10, 2012 meeting and while generally supportive, Commissioners continued to the item until their November 26, 2012 Commission meeting. This ordinance will also be heard by the Planning Commission prior to being heard at the Board of Supervisors. The Planning Commission is scheduled to hear this ordinance on November 29, 2012.   

Establishing the Fillmore Street Neighborhood Commercial District
Similar to the proposal to create a new NCD on Divisadero Street, Supervisor Christina Olague is also proposing to create a new NCD on Fillmore Street between McAllister and Bush Streets. As with the Divisadero ordinance, minimum parking requirements for new developments are eliminated and maximum permitted parking for residential and non-residential uses are reduced to Neighborhood Commercial Transit district thresholds. The five foot height bonus for active ground floor uses will also apply in 40-x and 50-x zoned parcels. Additionally, residential conversions will be prohibited above the ground floor. The Board of Supervisors File No. is 120814. The Commission heard this ordinance at our September 10, 2012 meeting and while generally supportive, Commissioners continued to the item until their November 26, 2012 Commission meeting and requested that the Supervisor perform additional outreach with the community. This ordinance will also be heard by the Planning Commission prior to being heard at the Board of Supervisors.  The Planning Commission is scheduled to hear this ordinance on November 29, 2012.    


Transit Impact Development Fee Increase
Proposed by the Mayor and co-sponsored by Supervisors Wiener and Olague, BOS File No. 120523 will make changes the city’s Transit Impact Development Fee. Currently this impact fee applies to new developments or certain conversions of existing spaces that are over 3,000 gross square feet. For example, if a former retail space converts to a childcare center, then this fee may apply. Credits are available for prior uses that have operated within the previous five years. Under the proposal, the square footage threshold will be reduced to 800 gross square feet and the number of years that a credit is available will be reduced from five to three years. Also, some uses that were previously exempt from the fee will now see the fee applied to them. These uses include charitable organizations, automotive services, and wholesale storage of materials and equipment, as defined. Additionally, following an updated nexus study that took place in 2011, the impact fees are being revised, and depending on the use the fees are being adjusted both upwards and downwards. Please note that the City is currently proposing to replace this fee in the upcoming years with a “Transit Sustainability Fee.” The Transit Sustainability Fee includes a small business exemption policy credit for commercial spaces less than 5,000 square feet.

This ordinance was heard at the Commissions June 11, 2012 meeting and the Commission recommended approval with modification. The Commission recommends that both the square footage and use credit remain at 3,000 square feet and 5 years respectively, or that a small business policy credit proposed in the Transit Sustainability Fee be implemented immediately in this ordinance. The ordinance was heard at the Planning Commission and the Commission adopted the SBC recommendation to add the small business policy credit to this ordinance and to retain the 5 year prior use credit time frame. This ordinance is currently before the Board of Supervisors for consideration.  
 

• Retention of Progressive Payments for Public Works Construction Contracts
The San Francisco Administrative Code requires that the City hold ten percent in retention from each progress payment made on public works construction contracts. The purpose of the retention is to ensure prompt, on time completion of construction projects, to ensure any defects are repaired, and as a form of security against potential mechanics liens that subcontractors or suppliers might record. Citing the slowing economy and problems with sufficient cash flow to ensure proper performance by contractors, the City is proposing to reduce this amount from ten percent to five percent. Board of Supervisors File No. 120750 is introduced by the Mayor and co-sponsored by Supervisor Chu. The Small Business Commission held a hearing on this ordinance at its August 13, 2012 meeting and recommended approval. The Commission found that this ordinance will help level the playing field for small businesses. This ordinance was passed by the Board of Supervisors on October 23, 2012 and is currently before the Mayor for signing into law.


• Permitting a Five Feet Ground Floor Height Increase for Active Ground Floor Uses in the Castro Street and the 24th Street - Noe Valley Neighborhood Commercial Districts
This ordinance will permit a five foot ground floor height increase for active ground floor uses in the 24th Street Noe Valley Neighborhood Commercial District and the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District. This height exception will allow the permitted height of buildings to be raised an additional 5 feet for projects that have ground floor retail or other active uses, as defined in the planning code, that are oriented to public access and primarily to walk-up pedestrian activities. Board of Supervisors File No. 120774 is introduced by Supervisor Wiener. The Small Business Commission heard this ordinance at its August 13, 2012 meeting and recommended approval and that the policy be extended city-wide. The Planning Commission recommended approval on September 27, 2012. This ordinance was passed by the Board of Supervisors on October 23, 2012 and is currently before the Mayor for signing into law.


Reinstating Liquor License Controls and Establishing Conditional Use Requirement for Limited Restaurants - Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District
City-wide eating and drinking land use regulations were changed in April of this year and as part of the changes, some alcohol restrictions in the Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) were inadvertently rescinded. This ordinance will reinstate controls to prohibit type 47 and type 49 liquor licenses in the Union Street NCD. This ordinance will also require a Conditional Use Authorization for “Limited Restaurants.” Board of Supervisors File No. 120773 is introduced by Supervisor Farrell and co-sponsored by Supervisor Wiener. This ordinance was supported at the Planning Commission on September 6, 2012 and the Small Business Commission heard this ordinance at our September 10, 2012 meeting and recommended approval as well. This ordinance was passed by the Board of Supervisors and signed into law by the Mayor on October 9, 2012.



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Small Business Commission Corner

• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 11/5 @ 5:30pm, Room 408 (this meeting will not be televised), 11/26 @ 2:00PM, Room 400
The Small Business Commission will meet on Monday, November 5 at 5:30PM in Room 408.  Please note that this meeting will not be televised.  The Commission meets again on Monday, November 26 at 2:00PM in Room 400.  Agendas will be available on the Commission website by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

At the Commission's November 5, 2012 meeting, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority will provide a presentation on the San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP).  The SFTP is the City's 25-year plan to identify goals, needs and investment priorities for our surface transportation system. The Authority has reached a crucial step in developing this plan – identifying a list of potential priority projects for San Francisco.  The SFTP is about improving transportation options in neighborhoods, for businesses, and on city streets to create a healthier, livelier San Francisco, and the Commission is looking forward to a thorough briefing on these projects that will shape the next generation of transportation in our city.

Small Business Commission Recognizes Jennifer Matz
On Monday, October 22, 2012, the Small Business Commission was proud to acknowledge the contributions that Jennifer Matz, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, has made to small businesses in the City and County of San Francisco.  The Commission recognized that through her leadership as Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the City significantly increased its services and support to the Small Business Community.  The expansion of the Enterprise Zone program, creation of the Small Business Assistance Center, creation of the Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative, introduction of the Mayor's Revolving Loan Fund, SF Made collaboration, and numerous other programs and policies were initiated under her guidance and leadership.  Her leadership has contributed to the economic diversity of San Francisco and has created a healthy economy that successfully weathered the worst economic crisis since the great depression.  The Commission thanks Ms. Matz for her important work and congratulates her on shepherding several iconic waterfront development projects that the Mayor has tasked to her.


*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! Request for Proposal for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's CS-277 Micro-LBE Structural Engineering Services
Please click here for details.


NEW! SFO Concession Opportunities: Cellular Phone Rental Kiosk Lease & International Terminal "G" Electronics Kiosk Lease
Please click here for details.
 

NEW! SFCTA Request for Qualifications for On-Call Transportation Planning Services
Please click here for details.


NEW! SFCTA Request for Proposals for Vehicle Level of Service and Transit Speed Monitoring Services
Please 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/
 
                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 How To Do Business with the City of SF! Free Weekly Workshops Presented by the SF Human Rights Commission
The workshops are FREE and held EACH WEDNESDAY of the month at 1485 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124. 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.

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. 11/5, 11/26 - Small Business Commission Meetings
11/5 at 5:30 PM, City Hall, Room 408.  This meeting will not be televised.  11/26 at 2:00 PM, City Hall, Room 400.  Click here for the Meeting Agendas
 
THU. 11/1, 11/15 - Understanding Disability Access Requirements

The Office of Small Business and Noe Valley Merchants jointly host a bi-weekly drop-in meeting to educate and assist businesses in understanding disability access requirements, the steps to take to prevent a lawsuit, and steps to take upon receiving a lawsuit.

Meetings take place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Contact: Regina Dick-Endrizzi 415-554-6481 or Gwen Sanderson 415-509-6261.

MON. 11/5 - Small Business Connections: Marketing Meets Microfinancing Workshop
Yelp, Accion and  NYSE Big Start-Up have teamed up with NorCal SBDC to host the very first Small Business Connections event in San Francisco.  The workshop is free and will provide small business owners with resources to help finance their entrepreneurial dreams and increase their online marketing power by learning best practices for engaging with online review sites and other social media platforms.

Are you a small business owner looking for online marketing, social media, or financing advice? The Small Business Connections workshop will help entrepreneurs better understand:

- Tips on increasing your online presence
- Best practices for navigating the world of online reviews
- How to take advantage of Yelp's free suite of tools for business owners
- Insider's perspective on what lenders are looking for with an SBDC financial expert
- And more!!

REGISTER NOW! 
Registration is required – CAPACITY IS LIMITED

WED. 11/7 - Starting a Business in San Francisco

Hear directly from the Office of Small Business.  How do you obtain permits?  How do you register your business name?  Learn what the City can do for you in this one-stop seminar.
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 
Click here to register.


WED. 11/7 - 21 Questions: Ask CPAs About Small Business Taxes
Tax regulations are complicated enough and more so if you are a small business owner. You don’t have to figure it out by yourself! Join Moss Adams CPAs and Working Solutions to discuss the world of small business taxes. Some of the topics discussed will be:

- Estimated Tax Payments- How often should you pay?
- Financial Statements- What story does each statement tell?
- Small Business Tax Principles for Sole Proprietorships, LLCs, and Corporations
- Year-Round Tax Planning Tips
- Step into 2013 with the right tax knowledge for your business!

Register: www.entrepreneurinsightsworkshop.eventbrite.com

5:30pm to 7:00pm
MEDA,  Plaza Adelante
Third Floor, Room 304
2301 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA, 94110

SAT. 11/10 - Where's the Money? 4th Annual Access to Capital Business Expo
8am - 3pm
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
Five Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

FREE Discount code: SanFranSBC
Register online: http://sfmoney2012.eventbrite.com

Event includes:

- Networking Breakfast: Network with other Small Business Owners
- Business Workshops, Three Workshops to Choose From:
     *Always Be Prepared: Learn how the right professionals can help protect,
grow & finance your business.
     *Where’s the Money?: Not all lenders are the same. Learn which are best for
your business.
     *Experiences & Advice from Local Entrepreneurs: Mistakes & missed
opportunities can be costly. Learn about best practices from these seasoned
entrepreneurs who’ve already been there!
- Finance and Resource Expo: Connect with Local Bankers and Business Organizations
- Loan Pavilion: One on One Financial Assessments Available
- Business Luncheon: Get Inspired by a Successful Local Business Owner

MON. 11/26 - Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later
An Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will explain:  the difference between trademarks, copyrights, and patents, as well as domain names and business name registrations; what trademark protection is appropriate for business; the importance of selecting a strong mark, one that is both federally registrable and legally protectable;  highlight factors important when choosing a mark, such as the possibility of a likelihood of confusion, and explains the importance of doing a complete search and/or whether an attorney should be used; will identify other potential grounds for the USPTO to refuse registration; will explain what may happen if another trademark owner believes it has stronger rights in a mark and issues a “cease-and-desist” letter and will conclude the class with information on how to find an attorney and the distinction between what the USPTO does in the federal registration process and what a private attorney could do, and how to avoid "scams" perpetrated by companies that request fees for services not required by the USPTO.
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Click here to register.


WED. 11/28 - Free Legal Help for Small Businesses (Assistance Available in English and Chinese) 免費小商業法律諮詢服務
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.


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Contact Us:
Office of Small Business
City Hall, Room 110
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
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