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   Office of Small Business Presents

   SMALL BUSINESS BULLETIN
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OCTOBER 2016

Dear Reader,

The Office of Small Business is excited to introduce our new logo located above.  Our goal was to create a clean, fresh, and modern logo that would seemlessly integrate with logos of other departments that we work closely with, namely the San Francisco Business Portal.  The intent was also to design a logo that is both representative of small business, and our function as the City's central point for small business information and assistance.  As you can see, our logo draws the eye in to the small business in the center front with the awning and large windows, suggesting that small business is the focus and the purpose of our work.  It respresents a strong sense of independence, yet still part of the city and connects with other small businesses in the community.  The lights are always on as our small businesses are working hard but welcoming.  City Hall is in the background lending support.  Finally, the horizon symbolizes the potential and possibilities for expansiveness which small businesses, with the support of government and the surrounding community, can strive for.

Our staff worked closely with the President of the Small Business Commission, Mark Dwight, and Lowercase Productions throughout this project.  A special "Thank You" for  Commissioner Dwight's stewardship and Lowercase Productions for the great design and hard work!


Sincerely,

Regina Dick-Endrizzi,
Director, Office of Small Business

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

Loans for Small Businesses

• SBA San Francisco District Office Now Accepting 2017 Small Business Week Awards Nominations


 

Office of Small Business, Small Business Assistance Center SPECIAL Office Hours

• Energy Efficiency Made Simple with Incentives and New Microloans

Kiva New Referral Reward Program

Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion

• Factsheet: Property Tax for Business Owners

• SFO Termindal 3 - Pop Retail Concession Opportunity

Upcoming Small Business Commission Meetings

Five Businesses Approved for the Legacy Business Registry on 10/3

• Three Additional Businesses Will Be Considered for Inclusion on the Legacy Business Registry on 10/24

 

 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

THU. 10/20 - Big Tech for Small Biz

• WED. 10/26 - Introduction to Intellectual Property

Additional Classes, Workshops, and Trainings

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 of Interest to the Commission:

• Extending Interim Zoning Controls - New Ground Floor Office Uses Facing 2nd Street - King and Folsom Streets (BOS File No. 161024) 

• 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)

• Transportation Demand Management Program Requirement (BOS File No. 160925)



Legislation Heard by the Commission:

Police Code - Limited Live Performance Permits - Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District (BOS File No. 160962)

Summary Street Vacation - 25th Street - Temporary Navigation Center for Homeless Residents (BOS File No. 160961)

Planning Code - Temporary Homeless Shelters in Certain Industrial and Mixed-Use Districts (BOS File No. 160960)

Planning Code - Signs - Exemptions and General Advertising Sign Penalties (BOS File No. 160553)
News & Announcements

• Loans for Small Businesses 
Pacific Community Ventures is a nonprofit lender that provides affordable small business loans from $10,000 to $200,000 to California businesses creating jobs in their local communities. They specialize in working with small business owners who have had a hard time accessing capital, like female entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color, and borrowers that may have been turned down for SBA or traditional bank loans.  For more information, click here.


SBA San Francisco 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.  All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 10, 2017.  All nomination packages may only be hand delivered or mailed to the San Francisco District Office:
 
Attn: Hannah Kelley-Bell
U.S. Small Business Administration
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Please direct your nomination questions to hannah.kelley-bell@sba.gov.


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SBAC Connection

• Office of Small Business, Small Business Assistance Center SPECIAL Office Hours
The Office of Small Business, Small Business Assistance Center counter will be closed from 12-1pm on October 10/24.  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.


• Energy Efficiency Made Simple with Incentives and New Microloans
Improving energy efficiency has never been this easy!  Improving your workspace with the most efficient equipment – such as LED Lighting – increases productivity, cuts maintenance costs and lowers your environmental impact.  The SF Energy Watch bilingual staff of energy experts will walk you through your options during a no-cost on-site visit.  They will estimate energy savings and incentives, provide technical assistance, and connect you with 0% interest financing to cover out-of-pocket costs.  To learn more, call the Energy Hotline at
(415) 355-3769 or email at sfenergywatch@sfenvironment.org. Or visit SFEnvironment.org/SFEnergyWatch-microloan.


• Kiva New Referral Reward Program
In an effort to support more local small businesses Kiva will now reward anyone who refers a small business that fully fundraises a Kiva campaign with $100 of Kiva Credit to support more entrepreneurs in the community.  Kiva is a local non-profit city partner organization that provides 0% interest small business loans to entrepreneurs.  Over 600 businesses have
received nearly 2 million dollars in total funding to date.  If you know anyone in your network that is looking for capital, and struggling to find a resource willing to lend, Kiva can be a great option.  Check out their Resource Hub or the Kiva Application.  You may also email any questions directly to the Bay Area contact, Spencer Larkin (spencerl@kiva.org).


• Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion
The 2016 application period for the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion is now open.  To apply, please download the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion Application 2016 and follow the instructions provided. 

The Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion (the “Exclusion”) permits persons maintaining a fixed place of business within the Central Market Street and Tenderloin Area (the “Area”) and that meet the requirements of section 906.3 of the Business and Tax Regulations Code (the “Code”) to exclude a portion of their payroll expense from the payroll expense tax base for up to six years from the later of May 20, 2011, and the date the person commenced business in the Area. However, the Exclusion expires on May 20, 2019, and may not be taken after that date.

For more information, click here
  

• Factsheet: Property Tax for Business Owners
The Office of the Assessor-Recorder strives to improve their outreach and communications. Recently, they completed a new factsheet “Property Tax for All Business Owners” to help business owners understand Business Personal Property and the basics of property taxation. For the complete set of community Fact Sheets, please visit the Office of the Assessor-Recorder’s website.


• SFO Terminal 3 - Pop Up Retail Concession Opportunity
The Office of the Assessor-Recorder strives to improve their outreach and communications. Recently, they completed a new factsheet “Property Tax for All Business Owners” to help business owners understand Business Personal Property and the basics of property taxation. For the complete set of community Fact Sheets, please visit the Office of the Assessor-Recorder’s website.


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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 of Interest to the Commission:

ITEMS IN THIS SECTION WILL BE LISTED BY TITLE ONLY.

•  Extending Interim Zoning Controls - New Ground Floor Office Uses Facing 2nd Street - King and Folsom Streeets (BOS File No. 161024)

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

•  Transportation Demand Management Program Requirement (BOS File No. 160925)


Heard by the Commission:

•  BOS File No. 160962 [Police Code - Limited Live Performance Permits - Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District]
The Small Business Commission heard this item on September 26, 2016 and voted (7-0) to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve.


•  BOS File No. 160961 [Summary Street Vacation - 25th Street - Temporary Navigation Center for Homeless Residents]
The Small Business Commission heard this item on October 3, 2016 and voted (6-0, 1 absent) to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve.


•  BOS File No. 160960 [Planning Code - Temporary Homeless Shelters in Certain Industrial and Mixed-Use Districts]
The Small Business Commission heard this item on October 3, 2016 and voted (6-0, 1 absent) to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve.


•  BOS File No. 160553 [Planning Code - Signs - Exemptions and General Advertising Sign Penalties]
The Small Business Commission heard this item on September 26, 2016 and voted (6-1) to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve.


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Small Business Commission Corner / Legacy Business Program

• Upcoming Small Business Commission Meetings
Please join us at the upcoming Small Business Commission meetings in City Hall, Room 400. 

- October 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Click here for Meeting Agendas.  Attend in-person or watch online with SFGOV TV.


Five Businesses Approved for the Legacy Business Registry On October 3
On October 3, the Small Business Commission approved five more businesses for inclusion on the Legacy Business Registry, joining 19 businesses that were approved in August.  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.

The five new additions to the Legacy Business Registry are: The Booksmith, Dog Eared Books, Green Apple Books, Henry’s House of Coffee and Zeitgeist.

For a complete list of businesses placed on the Legacy Business Registry, please visit http://sfosb.org/legacy-business/registry.


• Three Additional Businesses Will Be Considered for Inclusion on the Legacy Business Registry on October 24
Three additional business will be considered for inclusion in the Legacy Business Registry by the Small Business Commission on October 24.  The applications received positive recommendations by the Historic Preservation Commission at their October 5 hearing.  The businesses are: Escape from New York Pizza, Gypsy Rosalie's Wigs & Vintage and Oddball Films.

At least 72 hours prior to the Small Business Commission’s meetings, agendas and Legacy Business Registry applications can be found at http://sfosb.org/meetings/10.


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RFPs & 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 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

• THU. 10/20 – Big Tech for Small Biz
6:00 PM – 8:00PM

Free workshop for entrepreneurs to grow their business through low-cost and easy technology!  October’s class focuses on “Branding and Marketing 101”.  Discovering and implementing your company’s brand identity isn’t as complicated as it may appear.  Yet quite often you might not be focused on your brand, instead putting your attention on your product or services to lead you to customers and revenue, but branding is imperative for the success of small business.  Come join us for a fun and insightful workshop on how to build your brand identity.
 
Impact Hub
901 Mission Street, #105
San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Click here to register.



• WED. 10/26 – Introduction to Intellectual Property
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

You may have the right to protect your unique business name, ideas, or creations from being tarnished or knocked off by a competitor... but how do you do that affordably on a tight budget?  This workshop will introduce you to different types of intellectual property (focused primarily on copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets), and will provide you with self-help resource information to start building a simple but solid foundation of protection through rights searches, NDA’s, registrations, licensing and other tools.  Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.
 
U.S. Small Business Administration
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
 
Click here to register.



• 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
Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM
Phone: 415-554-6134
Website: http://sfosb.org




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