Small Business Commission
Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family. As we move into the new year, we've redesigned our monthly newsletter. It's still filled with important information, announcements, and reminders but the new design of the left column gives you a quick overview of the highlights in this issue. We hope you'll find this format easier to browse through the topics that interest you.
As the new business tax year begins, I want to remind you that as of January 1, 2017, employers may no longer make revocable Health Care Expenditures to comply with the spending requirement of the Health Care Security Ordinance. The health care expenditure rate for 2017 will be $2.64 per hour for large businesses (100 or more employees total) and $1.76 per hour for medium-sized businesses (20-99 employees total). Click here for more information.
One of the new features in our newsletter is Business Spotlight where every month, we will highlight a small business in San Francisco. For this issue, our business spotlight is on The Stud Bar
located at 399 9th Street. The Stud Bar, a 15-member co-op that recently took over the operation of the historic bar, was added to the Legacy Business Registry on November 28, 2016. Click here for more details.
Director, Office of Small Business
News & Announcements
Legacy Business Program
- Office of Small Business SPECIAL Counter Hours
The Office of Small Business counter will be closed from 12-1pm on Monday, January 30, 2017. On this day there will 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.
- Beginning 1/1/2017, Mandatory E-file and E-pay for All Employers
Beginning January 1, 2017, California state law, Assembly Bill 1245, requires employers with 10 or more employees to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD). All employers will be subject to this requirement beginning January 1, 2018. To benefit employers, this law was enacted to increase data accuracy and security and reduce overhead costs. For more information about the e-file and e-pay mandate, please visit www.edd.ca.gov/EfileMandate.
- SBA SF District Office Now Accepting 2017 Small Business Week Awards Nominations
The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2017 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. The dedicated website www.sba.gov/nsbw/awards provides a complete list of award categories, forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination.
- AMENDED TI/Yerba Buena Island Development Project’s SBE Procedures
The Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island Development Project’s Small Business Enterprise Procedures (SBE Procedures) were recently amended to allow for Association eligibility for SBE Certification for the Project. For the purpose of the SBE Procedures, an Association is defined as an agreement between two parties for the purpose of completing a specific task or project. Unlike the more formal Joint Ventures (which are also eligible for Project SBE Certification), an Association does not require formation of a new business enterprise between the parties, nor additional insurance. The Association shall be distinguished via a written Association Agreement. For full information on the Treasure Island Development Project’s SBE Procedures, please visit: www.sftreasureisland.org/SBE.
- 15 Businesses Placed on the Legacy Business Registry in December
In December 2016, the Small Business Commission placed 15 businesses on the Legacy Business Registry: 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 Legacy Business 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 64 businesses placed on the Legacy Business Registry, please visit http://sfosb.org/legacy-business/registry.
Small Business Commission
- Upcoming Small Business Commission Meetings
Please join us at the upcoming Small Business Commission meetings in City Hall, Room 400.
- January 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Click here for Meeting Agendas. Attend in-person or watch online with SFGOV TV.
- Legislations Impacting Small Business
- Baby Diaper-Changing Accommodations
Heard by SBC: 1/9/17
Ordinance replacing a provision of the Planning Code with a new provision of the Administrative Code requiring all City buildings that are accessible to the public to install and maintain at least one baby diaper-changing accommodation that is accessible to women and one that is accessible to men, or a single diaper-changing accommodation that is accessible to all genders; amending the Police Code to require businesses that make a baby diaper-changing accommodation available in a restroom accessible to women to also install and maintain a baby diaper-changing accommodation in a restroom accessible to men or accessible to all genders; amending the Building Code to require that new public-serving establishments, and substantially renovated public-serving establishments, install baby diaper-changing accommodations; making findings, including environmental findings, findings of public necessity, convenience, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302, and findings under the California Health and Safety Code regarding building standards; and directing the Clerk to forward this ordinance to the California Building Standards Commission upon final passage.
- Sale of Domestic Dogs and Cats
Heard by SBC: 1/9/17
Ordinance amending the Health Code to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs or cats not obtained from animal rescue organizations or shelters, and prohibiting the sale of puppies or kittens under eight weeks old.
- Revenue Control Equipment, Software Applications, and Valet Parking Operators Certificates of Authority
Heard by SBC: 1/9/17
Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to allow operators to use Revenue Control Equipment in the form of software applications, establish criteria for its use, and to allow valet parking operators to obtain one certificate of authority to collect the parking tax at all locations.
- Administrative, Business and Tax Regulations - Elimination of Fees
Ordinance amending the Administrative, Business and Tax Regulations, and Police Codes to eliminate various fees imposed by the City
- Update Hotel Conversion Ordinance
Ordinance amending Administrative Code, Chapter 41, to update the Hotel Conversion Ordinance, including: adding or refining definitions of tourist and transit use, comparable unit, conversion, and low-income household; revising procedures for permits to convert residential units; harmonizing fees and penalty provisions with the Building Code; eliminating seasonal short-term rentals for residential hotels that have violated provisions of the Hotel Conversion Ordinance in the previous year; authorizing the Department of Building Inspection to issue administrative subpoenas; adding an operative date; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
- Big Tech for Small Biz - January 19, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Join this exciting free 8-month series (3rd Thur. of month for 8 months) for small business owners to learn about tools and technology from the pros! Urban Solutions has partnered with local Tech companies to bring you a new technology solution for your business every month. Receive training and support directly from tech and business minded companies such as: VehicleSF, Wells Fargo, Centro Community Partners, Oakland Digital, Yelp, PopUpsters, Twitter, Square, Kiva, NerdWallet, Townsquared, and more! Sign up for the entire series, or drop-in for just one or two classes. For more information and to register click here.
- Writing a Successful Business Plan - January 24, 2017, 1:30PM - 3:30PM
This workshop is an introduction to creating a "one page business plan". This plan can be used to summarize one's business proposition and provides a great first step to getting organized. This mini-plan can be useful when pitching one's business to potential investors or partners. Presented by the SFSBDC. Click here to register.
- Small Business Money Bootcamp – January 25, 2017, 6:30PM - 9:00PM
The Small Business Money Bootcamp is a hands-on, results-oriented, free workshop designed for existing businesses ready to access new or additional sources of financing to grow their business. The bootcamp will feature select lenders specializing in microloans, working capital, equipment purchases, and real estate acquisition; one-on-one lending sessions for loan-ready businesses, so you can unlock your capital; fireside chats with business owners on their experiences accessing various sources of capital, an exclusive Townsquared channel to network with and chat to lenders, experts, and other attendees leading up to the event, and expert SF SBDC consultants who will work with participants to help prepare all loan documentation for free after application. For more information and to apply click here. Application deadline is January 16th. The bootcamp is brought to you by the experts at Nerdwallet, SBDC, and Townsquared.
- FREE Legal Workshop: Legal Entity Choices - January 30, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Sole proprietorships, general partnerships, LLC’s, many different types of corporations, newer alternatives like co-ops and triple bottom line entities for socially responsible businesses: how do you make a good legal entity choice for your business? This workshop walks you through a decision process to help you decide what legal entity choice is best for your business plans. For more information, contact Kareen Boncales at email@example.com.
- Upcoming SBA, SBDC, and SCORE Workshops
Business Spotlight - NEW!
- Request For Proposals & Contracting Opportunities
- 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 business 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 WORSHOP 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 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) 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.
- Doing Business at SFO (San Francisco International Airport)
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.
- 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.
- Additional Classes & Workshops
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.
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
- The Business Spotlight is a new feature in our newsletter. Every month, we will feature a small business in San Francisco. In the spotlight for this issue is The Stud.
This iconic 50-year-old nightclub was facing closure when its longtime owner decided to sell the business due to a steep rent increase. Then 15 people formed a collective and purchased the bar as a co-op to continue operation.
The Stud, opened in 1966, has been a hub for people in the LGBTQ community. When news broke that the owner will be selling the business, Mica Sigourney, a drag performer who goes by the name VivvyAnne Forevermore!, formed a group called "Save Our Stud", with the intention of buying the business and running it as a cooperative. The effort quickly grew with many people joining a Facebook page to share stories and organize. City Supervisors also reached out.
Although saving The Stud has its challenges, the business recently celebrated one of its victories of being approved as a legacy business. The Legacy Business 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 more information on the Legacy Business Program, visit http://sfosb.org/legacy-business.