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 SMALL BUSINESS BULLETIN

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Dear Reader,

Mayor Lee has proclaimed this Saturday, November 30, 2013, Small Business Saturday in San Francisco!  The Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to support our local small businesses this holiday season and throughout the year.  In addition to Small Business Saturday on November 30, there are many unique gift fairs in December where you can find that special gift or food item, and support our local businesses.  Click here for details.  Shopping small not only puts three times more of your money spent back into our local economy, it keeps our independent book stores, retail shops and toy stores, artisanal food makers, local manufacturers, etc. around so that San Francisco retains its unique character and strong sense of community.

We would like to remind you that new Minimum Wage and Health Care Expenditure rates will increase on January 1, 2014.  Be on the lookout for your 2014 San Francisco Labor Law Posters sent by the Office of Labor Standard and Enforcement to notify you of these changes and to post at all workplaces or job site locations.  Click here to learn more.

The Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business would like to wish you and yours the very best. Let’s go out and support our small businesses during the holidays and all year round!

Sincerely,

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

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection  Small Business  Commission Corner

Office of Small Business Endorses Local Entrepreneurs for Crowd-Funded Microloans through Kiva Zip

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Shop Small during the Holidays and Support Our Local Small Businesses

Mayor Lee and the Giants' Lou Seal Team Up to Launch San Francisco's Official SF311 App

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New Minimum Wage & Health Care Expenditure Rates Take Effect on January 1, 2014

Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for Businesses with 50+ Employees

Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance Effective on Jan. 1, 2014

OSB Quarterly Dashboard: June - September 2013

Office of Small Business Holiday Hours

• OSB Regular Office Hours

• Small Business Financing Resources

• Small Business Resources & Workshops

Invest In Neighborhoods Highlights

Joint Commission Meeting with SFMTA Board: 12/9/13

• Small Business Commission Recognizes Golden Gate Restaurant Association and San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for Contributions to Small Businesses


Legislation Enacted:

Renting Parking Spaces at Residential Properties to Non-Residents (File No. 130790)

Licensing and Regulation of Massage Establishments and Practitioners (File No. 130789)

Exempting Massage Practitioners and Establishments Certified by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) from Certain Local Regulations (File No. 130400)

Third Street Formula Retail Restricted Use District (File No. 130372)

Establishing the Excelsior Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District (File No. 130084)

 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

MON. 12/9 - Small Business Commission Joint Meeting with SFMTA Board of Directors

WED. 12/4 - Starting a Business in San Francisco

WED. 12/4 - SFO T1-South Field-Plot 700 Outreach Town Hall

WED. & SAT. 12/4, 14 - Arts Commission Town Halls

FRI. 12/6 - Working Solutions/Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center/Pacific community Ventures Holiday Gift Fair

SAT. & SUN. 12/7, 8 - SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

WED. 12/11 - LGBT Center/Women's Initiative Gift Fair

THU. 12/12 - Urban Solutions/Fillmore Gift Fair

THU. 12/12 - Free Legal Advice for your Small Business

THU. 12/12 - USPAACC Procurement Event

FRI. 12/13 - La Cocina's 5th Annual Holiday Alley

 

OEWD/HSA/DPH - RFP to Provide Workforce Development Supports and Services to San Francisco Jobseekers

Request for Qualifications for Strategic Communications, Media and Community Relations Professional Services (RFQ 12/13-01)

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

Legislation not yet heard by the Commission:

Initiative Ordinance - Business and Tax Regulations Code - Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Fund Food and Health Programs (File No. 131124)

• Initiative Ordinance - Business and Tax Regulations Code - Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Fund Recreation Programs (File No. 131065)

• Definition of Bona Fide Eating Place (File No. 131064)
Amending the Third Street Alcohol Restricted Use District (File No. 131121)

Broadway Alcohol Restricted Use District (File No. 131120)

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

Allowing Certain Non-Conforming Structures to be Rebuilt Under Certain (File No. 131059)

Establishing the Excelsior Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District (File No. 131023)

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


Heard by the Commission and before the Board of Supervisors:

Planning Code - Cottage Food Operation Controls (File No. 130998)

Safe Body Art (File No. 130402)

News & Announcements

Office of Small Business Endorses Local Entrepreneurs for Crowd-Funded Microloans through Kiva Zip
The City and County of San Francisco has formed a public-private partnership with the nonprofit, Kiva.org, to help small businesses gain access to capital and improve the local economy. Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced the Resolution to make the City a Trustee, looking to the private sector as an innovative approach to supporting the local economy. Starting this week, with the help of the Office of Small Business, the City can identify and endorse entrepreneurs to gain access to 0% interest loans up to $5,000 crowd-funded on Kiva’s new program, Kiva Zip.

“The mission of the Office of Small Business is to foster, promote and retain small businesses in San Francisco,” says Regina Dick-Endrizzi, Executive Director of the office. “Our small businesses will now have Kiva Zip as a resource to help them start and grow here, and a great way to do it is through the support of our community.”

Kiva Zip uses “social underwriting” to screen its loan applicants. Potential borrowers are endorsed by Trustees - individuals or organizations that vouch for entrepreneurs they know and trust in their community. Once endorsed, entrepreneurs can post their loan request on zip.kiva.org and begin crowd-funding their loan with the help of friends, community members, and Kiva’s growing global community of more than one million lenders. The program
 aims to expand access to capital for entrepreneurs and small businesses that currently lack access: recent immigrants, returning veterans, formerly incarcerated, those whose credit history is too young or damaged.

The City of San Francisco joins its neighbor the City of Oakland in becoming a Trustee on Kiva Zip, and San Francisco has already endorsed its first borrower, Ramni Levy. Mr. Levy runs King Knish and is currently fundraising to purchase a van to expand his catering business. Lenders can visit https://zip.kiva.org/loans/s/sanfrancisco to browse entrepreneurs’ profiles and stories, including Mr. Levy’s, and make a loan as small as $25 to the person of their choice.

Visit https://zip.kiva.org to become a lender, borrower or Trustee on Kiva Zip. If you are interested in being endorsed for a small business microloan by the City of San Francisco, please call the Office of Small Business at 415-554-6134 or email us at sbac@sfgov.org. (Kiva Zip loans are offered at 0% interest with no fees.)

Shop Small during the Holidays and Support Our Local Small Businesses
For the third year in a row, Mayor Lee has proclaimed the Saturday after Thanksgiving to be Small Business Saturday in San Francisco! The City has become the leader in promoting this national "Shop Small" campaign through the support of American Express and the Small Business Saturday Committee, which consists of the Office of Small Business, Council of District Merchants, Women in Public Policy, SF Travel, and SF Chamber. In the past few months, you've probably seen the "Shop Small" banners on light poles throughout our commercial corridors in San Francisco.  These bright blue and white banners delivered a simple yet poignant message - "Shop Small Every Day by the Bay."

There are many ways you can support small businesses during the holiday season and throughout the year. Visit your neighborhood independent bookstores, retail shops and toy stores to check off your holiday shopping list. Be an ambassador for your favorite small businesses by introducing your neighbors, friends and family to these unique treasures of our City. Throughout the month of December, several San Francisco nonprofit organizations that serve our small businesses hold holiday gift fairs to promote the small business owners and micro-entrepreneurs that they’ve assisted.  These gift fairs will showcase hand-made jewelry, artisanal foods, unique SF Made gifts, and much, much more.

** 12/6: Working Solutions/Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center/Pacific Community Ventures Holiday Gift Fair
** 12/7, 8: SFMade Holiday Gift Fair
** 12/11: LGBT/Women’s Initiative Holiday Gift Fair
** 12/12: Urban Solutions/Fillmore Holiday Marketplace
** 12/13: La Cocina's 5th Annual Holiday Alley


Mayor Lee and the Giants' Lou Seal Team Up to Launch San Francisco's Official SF311 App
Mayor Ed Lee and the Giants' Lou Seal recently teamed up in SF311's "Everyone's the Mayor" video to demonstrate what's possible with the official SF311 app for smartphones. The new SF311 app allows residents and business owners to quickly and easily obtain information about City services, report quality of life issues to the City such as graffiti, street light outages, and more.

The City and County of San Francisco’s 311 Customer Service Center began providing one-stop city services in 2007, and has since gone on to answer over 15 million calls, in addition to providing convenient online access. Business owners have used 311 to report various problems at their business, such as vandalism or illegal parking.

The new SF311 app allows users to quickly and easily report issues by sending pictures, a brief description and a map-based location. Whether reporting issues such as graffiti, potholes, or street cleaning, the City’s new SF311 app simplifies and streamlines the process, ensuring it routes directly to the appropriate servicing agency for quicker response time. The user can view the status of the case in the app and receive a notification of its completion. The app offers one more way users can communicate with the 311 Customer Service Center for non-emergency City services and information. In addition to being able to talk to a live Customer Service Representative by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in over 170 languages, the public can use Twitter, Facebook, the Web, and now the mobile SF311 app.

The new SF311 App is available on both Apple iPhone and Android platforms and can be downloaded for free from the Apple iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store, respectively.
 

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SBAC Connection

New Minimum Wage & Health Care Expenditure Rates Take Effect on January 1, 2014
The 2014 Minimum Wage rate will be $10.74/hour.

The 2014 Health Care Expenditure Rate for medium-sized employers (20-99 employees) will be $1.63/hour, and for large employers (100+ employees), $2.44/hour. Small employers (1-19 employees) are exempt. All rate increases will take effect January 1, 2014. Please visit the Office of Labor Standard Enforcement's website for more details.

We understand businesses still have many questions regarding compliance with the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) and its application to the Affordable Care Act.  Mayor Lee has convened the Universal Healthcare Council (UHC) to address this and make recommendations.  The Office of Small Business and the Small Business Commission understand that this is pushing businesses up against important deadlines, and therefore, recommend that you continue to account for this expenditure and its increase.  Director Dick-Endrizzi is interested in any questions or concerns you may have: regina.dick-endrizzi@sfgov.org, 415-554-6481.


Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for Businesses with 50+ Employees
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law SB 292, a bill that clarifies that an individual filing a sexual harassment complaint under state law need not prove that the sexually harassing conduct was motivated by sexual desire.

SB 292 amends the Fair Employment and Housing Act and states that unlawful “[s]exually harassing conduct need not be motivated by sexual desire.”
 
What Employers Should Do?
 
Employers should provide anti-harassment training to all supervisors and emphasize that teasing, joking, banter, conduct, and “horseplay” that is sexual in nature or may be perceived as sexual in nature is not acceptable behavior in the workplace even where the employees’ conduct was not motivated by sexual intent or desire.

AB 1825 mandates that employers with 50 or more employees must provide sexual harassment training to all supervisors and managers every two years and to each new supervisor and manager within 6 months of the assumption of their position. AB 1825 also mandates that even employers with less than 50 employees must take all reasonable measures to promote a sexual harassment-free work environment. Click here for more information.


Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance Effective on Jan. 1, 2014
The Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to approve the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) upon its second reading on October 8, 2013.  The Ordinance will go into effect on January 1, 2014.

The FFWO applies to businesses with 20 or more employees anywhere in the world, and covers those employees regularly working at least eight hours per week in San Francisco.  The key provision of the Ordinance provides employees with the right to request a flexible or predictable working arrangement in writing to assist with care giving responsibilities, and to do so without adverse employment actions or interference with the right. Employers have the right to deny a request based on bona fide business reasons and must do so in writing.

The Ordinance requires employers to post a notice informing employees of their rights and to maintain records regarding compliance.  The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) plans to mail the required notice to employers along with its annual updates to the minimum wage, paid sick leave, and Health Care Security Ordinance postings in late-December 2013.

OLSE is available to answer questions regarding employer obligations and employee rights by phone at 415-554-6424 or by e-mail at ffwo@sfgov.org.  More information is available online at http://www.sfgov.org/olse/ffwo.

OSB Quarterly Dashboard: June - September, 2013
The Office of Small Business has been publishing OSB Quarterly Dashboards that track data related to the services that we provide.  Whether it's the number of clients we serve or which industries and districts they are from, the OSB Quarterly Dashboard is a place where you can quickly see the results of our work. Click here for the June - September, 2013 Dashboard.

Office of Small Business Holiday Hours
The Office of Small Business will observe the following holiday schedule:

 - Wednesday, December 25: Closed
 - Thursday, December 26: Closed
 - Friday, December 27: Closed
 - Wednesday, January 1: Closed

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

• 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.

Invest In Neighborhoods Highlights
Invest in Neighborhoods (IIN) provides focused & customized services for San Francisco's neighborhood commercial districts. Learn more on the IIN website, follow IIN on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter here.



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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.

Legislation not yet heard by the Commission:

DUE TO THE VOLUME OF LEGISLATIVE INTRODUCTIONS SINCE THE LAST BULLETIN, NEWLY INTRODUCED ITEMS IN THIS EDITION WILL BE LISTED BY TITLE ONLY.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON OSB'S LEGISLATIVE LIAISON PAGE.


Initiative Ordinance - Business and Tax Regulations Code - Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Fund Food and Health Programs (File No. 131124)

Note: A related legislative proposal has been introduced by Supervisor Wiener (File No. 131065).

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

• Initiative Ordinance - Business and Tax Regulations Code - Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Fund Recreation Programs (File No. 131065)

A related legislative proposal has been introduced by Supervisors Mar, Avalos, Cohen, and Wiener (File No. 131124).

Sponsor(s): Wiener

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

Sponsor(s): Wiener 

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

Sponsor(s): Cohen

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

Sponsor(s): Chiu

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

Sponsor(s): Wiener, Cohen

• Allowing Certain Non-Conforming Structures to be Rebuilt Under Certain Conditions (File No. 131059)

Sponsor(s): Mayor; Chiu; Cohen

• Establishing the Excelsior Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District (File No. 131023)

Sponsor(s): Avalos

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

Sponsor(s): Avalos, Mar, Campos, Kim, Yee


Heard by the Commission and before the Board of Supervisors:

• Planning Code - Cottage Food Operation Controls (File No. 130998)
This ordinance would amend the Planning Code to conform with recent changes to state law allowing Cottage Food businesses to operate within residences in all zoning districts.  This legislation would change the Planning Code to authorize certain types of home-based food production and sales within residences in all zoning districts.  It would also expand the portion of floor area allowable for cottage food business use in residences to 1/3 from 1/4, and allow one non-resident employee for a cottage food business.

Introduced by Supervisor Chiu on 10/8/2013.  Heard by the Small Business Commission on 11/18/2013, and recommended for approval by a vote of 7-0, with two amendments.  The SBC urged the Planning Department to carefully evaluate the ongoing necessity of charging a zoning referral fee for Cottage Food businesses, and also suggested the Department of Public Health be authorized to share information with the Planning Department related to Cottage Food permits it issues.

The Planning Commission heard the item and recommended its approval on 11/21/2013.  The next action expected is before the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee in early December, although no hearing date has been set.

Sponsor(s): Chiu

Safe Body Art (File No. 130402)
October 22, 2013: The full Board of Supervisors voted to return this item to the Rules Committee at the request of the Department of Public Health in order to allow an adjustment to the fee schedule.  Amounts indicated below may no longer be accurate, but updated fee amounts have not yet been released.

This proposed ordinance, which amends the San Francisco Health Code, conforms to the new state law, the California Safe Body Art Act (AB 300) that became effective July 1, 2012, and set statewide health and safety standards for practitioners of piercing, tattooing, branding and the application of permanent cosmetics.  The annual license fee for a body art facility is proposed to be $1,372 per year, the annual license fee for a body art practitioner is proposed to be $175.

Introduced by the Department of Public Health.  The Small Business Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval on June 10, 2013, with the request the department review the proposed fee amount.  Board of Supervisors Rules Committee voted 3-0 to recommend approval to the full Board of Supervisors on October 3, 2013, with the Board of Supervisors voting to re-refer the item to the Rules Committee on October 22, 2013.

Sponsor(s): Department of Public Health
 

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Small Business Commission Corner

• Joint Commission Meeting with SFMTA Board: 12/9/13
On December 9, 2013, the Small Business Commission (SBC) will hold a joint meeting with the SFMTA Board of Directors to review the intersection of small business needs with the transportation goals and policies of the City.  The meeting will begin at 4:30 PM in Room 400, an hour earlier than the SBC’s normal time for its first meeting of the month.  Meeting agenda will be posted on the Commission website not less than 72 hours pior to the meeting.

Small Business Commission Recognizes Golden Gate Restaurant Association and San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for Contributions to Small Businesses

Picture of Rob Black from Golden Gate Restaurant Association Picture of Chamber of Commerce Award Recipients

The Small Business Commission at its meeting on Monday, November 18 recognized Rob Black of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Advisory Council for their contributions to the vitality of small businesses.

Mr. Black, departing Executive Director of the GGRA, was commended for his work articulating the needs of San Francisco restaurants as well as repairing the GGRA’s reputation as an industry trade group.  

The Small Business Advisory Council was lauded for giving a voice to small businesses on par with large corporations, and for weighing in on behalf of small business interests on numerous legislative proposals, including parking in neighborhood commercial districts and the recently approved Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance.  

The awardees were recognized as part of an ongoing effort by the Small Business Commission to recognize deserving businesses throughout San Francisco for their contributions in their trades as well as to their communities.


Legislation Enacted:

Renting Parking Spaces at Residential Properties to Non-Residents (File No. 130790)
Oct. 22, 2013: The full Board of Supervisors voted 9-0 to approve this legislation upon its second reading.  Mayor Lee signed the legislation into law on 11/1/2013.  The effective date is 12/1/2013.

This Ordinance amended the Business and Tax Regulations Code and Police Code to change the limits of Parking Tax Occupancy Simplification for residential properties.  The major elements of this Ordinance were increasing, from 5 to 10, the number of parking spaces residential buildings may rent to non-residents and increasing the gross revenue they may earn from rent from $4,000 to $12,000 per quarter and from $15,000 to $40,000 per annum.

Sponsor(s): Wiener

• Licensing and Regulation of Massage Establishments and Practitioners (File No. 130789)
Nov. 19, 2013: The full Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to approve this legislation upon its second reading.  The legislation is in the Mayor’s Office for review and, unless vetoed or returned unsigned, will take effect 30 days from his signature.

This Ordinance amended the Health Code to establish additional standards for massage therapists and establishments not regulated by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).  The key points of this ordinance are as follows:

     1) Require massage establishments to post the photo identification cards of all practitioners licensed by San Francisco working at the establishment;

     2) Deny Massage Establishment permits to applicants convicted of specified crimes;

     3) Provide an appeal process for persons denied a Massage Establishment Permit;

     4) Establish health and safety requirements for all Massage Establishments;

     5) Establish penalties for violations of Article 29 governing Massage Practitioners and Massage Establishments; and,

     6) Require notice of violations be sent to the owner(s) of property where Massage Establishments are located.

Sponsor(s): Tang

• Exempting Massage Practitioners and Establishments Certified by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) from Certain Local Regulations (File No. 130400)
Nov. 19, 2013: The full Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to approve this legislation upon its second reading.  The legislation is in the Mayor’s Office for review and, unless vetoed, will take effect on 12/20/2013.

This Ordinance amended the Health Code to ensure conformity with State law governing regulation of massage practitioners and establishments certified by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), and clarified various regulatory requirements as they apply to either or both City-licensed and CAMTC-certified practitioners and establishments.

Sponsor(s): Department of Public Health

• Third Street Formula Retail Restricted Use District (File No. 130372)
Oct. 29, 2013: The full Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to approve this legislation upon its second reading.  Mayor Lee signed the legislation into law on 11/8/2013.  The effective date is 12/8/2013.

This Ordinance requires that any new formula retail use on Third Street between Williams Avenue and Paul Street seek conditional use authorization to operate. If any existing formula retail use changes to another formula retail use, it must comply with Planning Code section 303(i), which requires a new conditional use permit unless the formula use operation remains the same in terms of its size, function and general merchandise offering as determined by the Zoning Administrator, and the change in the formula retail use operator is the result of the business being purchased by another formula retail operator who will retain all components of the existing retailer, including but not limited to the signage for the premises, the name of the premises and the general merchandise offered on the premises.

Sponsor(s): Cohen

• Establishing the Excelsior Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District (File No. 130084)
Nov. 19, 2013: The full Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to approve this legislation upon its second reading.  The legislation is in the Mayor’s Office for review and, unless vetoed or returned unsigned, will take effect 30 days from his signature.

This Ordinance created a new zoning district known as the Excelsior Outer Mission Street Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) with specific zoning controls tailored to community needs.  The area affected includes properties along Mission Street between Alemany Boulevard and the San Francisco-San Mateo county line.  The ordinance affects all aspects of physical development and use regulation, but the most notable changes include the following:

     1) Repeal of the existing Excelsior Alcohol Restricted Use District (RUD) and incorporation of similar controls into the new NCD regulations.  Certain differences exist, however, including a) extension of the controls to properties between Silver Avenue and Alemany Boulevard; b) exemption of grocery and specialty grocery stores from alcohol restrictions;

     2) Requirement for conditional use review for any new medical cannabis dispensary (MCD) seeking to locate within 500 feet of another MCD; and,

     3) Establishment of permitted (6 AM - 2 AM) and conditionally-permitted (2-6 AM) hours of operation.

A related legislative action is pending under File No 131023 to amend the Excelsior Outer Mission Street NCD zoning controls to require conditional use review for any new MCD seeking to locate within 1,000 feet of another MCD.

Sponsor(s): Avalos
 

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RFPs & Contracting Opportunities

NEW! OEWD/HSA/DPH - RFP to Provide Workforce Development Supports and Services to San Francisco Jobseekers
Click here for details.

NEW! Request for Qualifications for Strategic Communications, Media and Community Relations Professional Services (RFQ 12/13-01)
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. 12/9 - Small Business Commission Joint Meeting with SFMTA Board of Directors
12/9 at 4:30 PM, City Hall, Room 400. Click here for Meeting Agendas. (Please note that the Commission only meets once this month.)

WED. 12/4 - 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. 12/4 - SFO T1-South Field-Plot 700 Outreach Town Hall
Join SFO for an Outreach\Town Hall to learn about upcoming Professional Services (A/E) and Construction opportunities for:
 - Terminal 1 Redevelopment Program
 - South Field Improvements
 - Plot 700 Projects
Attend a networking session to meet the prospective bidders
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 2:00 pm— 4:00 pm, Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, SFO International Terminal, Departures Level
For more information, please contact: Christopher.Vasquez@flysfo.com or (650) 821-7606


WED. & SAT. 12/4, 14 - Arts Commission Town Halls
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) just announced two Town Hall meetings in December. This is your chance to learn about the SFAC’s plans for the future.  Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny will present the agency's vision for the next five years and its goals for getting there. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions, share comments and provide input on priorities for arts-related policy in the City.

Here are the details:

Town Hall #1 - Wednesday, December 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
SF Main Library, Koret Auditorum
100 Larkin Street

Town Hall #2 – Saturday, December 14, 10-11:30 a.m.
Golden Gate Park, County Fair Building
1199 9th Avenue

Please take this survey http://sfac.metroquest.com/ so that we can learn which arts-related issues are of concern to you most during this critical time for the arts in San Francisco.

Visit: http://www.sfartscommission.org/event/arts-commission-town-hall-1/
Questions? Email Kate.Patterson@sfgov.org


FRI. 12/6 - Working Solutions/Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center/Pacific Community Ventures Holiday Gift Fair
Spread the holiday cheer at Working Solutions' 6th Annual Gift Fair, and first in partnership with SFEDA. The fair is an opportunity for local businesses to increase their exposure in the community, and for the community, in turn, to support the small businesses who collectively account for 55% of American jobs.
Click here for details.


SAT. & SUN. 12/7, 8 - SFMade Holiday Gift Fair
The SFMade Holiday Gift Fair is back and this year it’s a two-day shopping extravaganza featuring locally made gift items from 100 vendors!
 
What: SFMade Holiday Gift Fair
Who: 50 different vendors each day selling jewelry, apparel, bags, chocolate, wine, gourmet gifts, body products, childrens toys, home and garden items, pet gear, holiday cards and decorations, and more!
When: Saturday & Sunday, December 7th & 8th, 10 am- 5 pm
Where: Fort Mason Center, Fleet Room
Click here for details.


WED. 12/11 - LGBT Center/Women's Initiative Gift Fair
Support local small businesses by shopping at the Holiday Gift Fair featuring businesses from the LGBT Center and Women's Initiative! Click here for details.

THU. 12/12 - Urban Solutions/Fillmore Holiday Marketplace
4 to 9 pm, Fillmore Street (between Eddy and Ellis)

With support from the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Urban Solutions and Infin8 Sync host small business vendors selling food, artwork, jewelry, hats, clothing, crafts, pet accessories and more in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the City, the Fillmore District. Vendor booths will be set up in the Yoshi’s lobby, Jazz Heritage Center gallery, and Gallery 1307. From December 1 through the event, place a new unwrapped toy in one of six barrels throughout the neighborhood to benefit children at the African American Art & Culture Complex. See Seward Johnson’s nationally celebrated sculptures throughout the neighborhood on this last month before the exhibit leaves the Bay Area. Book a dinner reservation in the neighborhood, listen to live music, and shop for all of your holiday needs. Download a discount card at  www.thefillmoredistrict.com.

THU. 12/12 - Free Legal Advice for your Small Business
Legal Services for Entrepreneurs presents Legal Clinic at the Oakland Business Assistance Center
    - 30 minute consultations with a lawyer
    - Any business-related legal question (except tax, litigation, or bankruptcy)

5:00-7:00pm
270 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Registration required: www.lccr.com/events.php (415) 543-9444 ext. 217

THU. 12/12 - USPAACC Procurement Event
Procurement Connections & Holiday Networking Reception
San Jose Marriott, 301 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
REGISTER at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/9280818177

FRI. 12/13 - La Cocina's 5th Annual Holiday Alley
La Cocina is teaming up with the SF Economic Development Alliance to bring you a series of holiday events and the best of local, handmade food and crafts to survive the holidays. Join La Cocina from 11 am – 7 pm on Friday, December 13, at Crocker Galleria for all your foodie needs - gift boxes of artisan treats, spice packets from as far as Bini’s Kitchen‘s native Nepal, and even a kit to make sake in your home from Aedan Fermented Foods.  In addition to local food artisans we’ll have live music and drinks so you can ring in the holidays in style and a gift wrapping station so you don’t have to worry about anything other than how many Clairesquares you can fit in your mouth.  Plus, entrance is free! Details.


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