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 SMALL BUSINESS BULLETIN

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Dear Reader,

Mayor Lee recently delivered his first State of the City address and outlined his vision for San Francisco’s continuing recovery and success with investments in job creation and small businesses. Read more in our News and Announcements section.

We would like to remind you that your San Francisco Payroll Expense Tax is due this month. All businesses with taxable SF payroll expenses greater than $150,000 and operating for any portion of time in 2012 must file their Payroll Tax Expense form by February 28, 2013. Only businesses with payroll greater than $250,000 will have to pay 1.5% in payroll taxes. Click here for details regarding the SF Payroll Expense Tax.  Also, businesses with under $500,000 in payroll expenses may be eligible for the Small Business Payroll Tax Exclusion beginning tax year 2012.  Click here for details about this tax exclusion.  

ONE bill with ONE payment has finally arrived!  For businesses that renew their licenses annually with the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector, the first full consolidated billing statement  has been mailed out and will be due on March 31, 2013.

Sincerely,

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

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 News &  Announcements  SBAC Connection  Small Business  Commission Corner

Mayor Lee Delivers State of the City Address with Strong Focus on Small Businesses

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New Federal, State and Local Efforts to Help Small Business Owners Understand the Affordable Care Act

Save the Date: Small Business Week, May 13 - 18, 2013

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Important: SF Payroll Expense Tax Filings and Payments Due 2/28/13

San Francisco Small Business Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion to be Implemented as Part of Annual Payroll Expense Tax Filing

Annual Billing for Licenses Issued by the Tax and Treasurers Office

Save Money and Help the Environment with Solar Water Heating

Simplified Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction

Receive Up To $3,000 in New Jobs Tax Credit for Qualified Small Business Employers

OSB Client Spotlight: Wise Sons Deli

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Image credit: Flickr user Niall Kennedy

• OSB Regular Office Hours

• Small Business Financing Resources

• Small Business Resources & Workshops

• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 2/11, 5:30pm, Room 400; 2/25, 2:00pm, Room 400

Steve Adams Re-Elected Small Business Commission President, Monetta White Elected Small Business Commission Vice-President

Small Business Commission Recognizes Laura Arriola

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Small Business Commission Recognizes Noe Valley Merchants Association

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 Upcoming Events  RFPs & Contracting  Opportunities Small Biz Commission Legislative Liaison

MON. 2/11, 2/25 - Small Business Commission Meetings

WED. 2/6 - Starting a Business in San Francisco

FRI. 2/8~2/17 - SF Beer Week

TUE. 2/12 - How To Do Business with BART - New Small Business Program Makes It Easier for Small Businesses to Contract with BART

WED. 2/13 - How to Do Business with California State Government

WED. 2/13 - Taxes and Your Business, How to Prepare Schedule C

WED. 2/27 - Free Legal Help for Small Businesses (Assistance Available in English and Chinese) 免費小商業法律諮詢服務
 

NEW! How To Do Business with BART - New Small Business Program Makes It Easier for Small Businesses to Contract with BART

NEW! RFP for Construction Management Support Services

NEW! Request for Statement of Interest for a Case Study Comparing Conventional Project Delivery and Public-Private Partnership on the Presidio Parkway Project

• 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

Planning Code - Deleting the Sunset Provision of the Excelsior Alcohol Restricted Use District

Planning Code - Polk Street Alcohol and Tobacco Paraphernalia Restrictions

Administrative Code – Rescinding Sunset in San Francisco Bonding and Financial Assistance Program

Administrative Code - Contractor Prompt Payment for Public Works Construction and Professional Services Contracts

Expanding Public Utilities Commission Local Business Enterprise Contracting Opportunities

Business and Tax Regulations, Police Codes - Parking Stations - Revenue Control Equipment; License Regulations; Parking Tax Bonds; Administrative Citation Process

News & Announcements

Mayor Lee Delivers State of the City Address with Strong Focus on Small Businesses
Mayor Edwin M. Lee recently delivered his 2013 State of the City Address and outlined his vision for San Francisco’s continuing recovery and success with investments in job creation, small businesses, workforce development, housing, transportation and education in his first State of the City Address.

Mayor Lee’s State of the City included:
- San Francisco is once again a job-engine for the region and the State, creating more than 26,000 new jobs between June 2011 and June 2012;
- Unemployment rate is at 6.5 percent, a more than three percent drop over two years, which equates to 31,000 San Franciscans back to work;
- Small business and local manufacturing sectors are growing;
- Results from Mayor Lee’s Invest in Neighborhoods initiative that supports small businesses; and
- Results from the Mayor’s effort to reform the City’s business tax structure by replacing a job punishing tax system to one that is more fair and transparent and includes new revenue for housing, infrastructure, small business and economic development.

Mayor Lee specifically highlighted the successful collaboration of the Office of Small Business and other City Departments in a joint effort to quickly relocate Ming Kee Restaurant (formerly Happy Bakery) after the devastating fire on Ocean Avenue last August. The Mayor's Invest in Neighborhoods program will begin assessments in various designated neighborhoods throughout San Francisco to evaluate the needs of our merchant corridors and provide the necessary assistance to help small businesses thrive.  An additional $3 million was allocated in the balanced budget to dramatically expand the Revolving Loan Fund and provide both microloans and mid-range loans to meet the needs of new and expanding small businesses.


Click here for details.

New Federal, State and Local Efforts to Help Small Business Owners Understand the Affordable Care Act
We keep hearing about health care reform in the news and wonder how these new regulations will affect us, and specifically, how they will affect your small business. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently launched a new web page and blog dedicated to educating small business owners about the Affordable Care Act. The new tools will serve as a gateway for small business owners connecting them with information provided by SBA’s federal partners responsible for implementing the law, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Affordable Care Act has measures specifically for small businesses. SBA’s new web page, www.sba.gov/healthcare, breaks down the key provisions of the Act based on business size in the following categories: self-employed, fewer than 25 employees, fewer than 50 employees and more than 50 employees.

The web page also provides links to other useful information for small businesses, including a glossary of key health care reform terms, an interactive timeline with dates for when certain reforms will be implemented, a state-by-state breakdown of health care options, and how to learn more about specific tax provisions and regulations. Additional resources will be added as they become available.

The blog, entitled Health Care Business Pulse (www.sba.gov/blog), will provide small business owners with continuous updates about the implementation of the Act. The blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal or tax advice. Readers should consult their legal or tax professionals to discuss how specific matters relate to their individual business circumstances.


California is the first state to create a health benefit exchange following the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Covered California is charged with creating a new insurance marketplace that allows individuals and small businesses to purchase competitively priced health plans using federal tax subsidies and credits. Starting in 2014, the California Health Benefit Exchange will make it easier for individuals and small businesses to compare plans and buy health insurance on the private market. For more information on Covered California, please visit www.healthexchange.ca.gov.

The Office of Small Business is working closely with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to determine how the federal Affordable Care Act and Covered California intersect with San Francisco's Health Care Security Ordinance.  The Office of Small Business will keep San Francisco small businesses apprised as details of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act become finalized.


Save the Date: Small Business Week, May 13 - 18, 2013
San Francisco Small Business Week is coming!  This week-long event is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the impact small businesses make on San Francisco every day. This year, our theme is "Small Business: Shaping Our Communities."

As always, the week will kick off with our opening gala, Flavors of San Francisco, at the Metreon. Neighborhoods and merchant corridors will be able to show off their unique "flavors" through local restaurants. With over 1,600 attendees last year, we expect the 2013 event to be the best networking opportunity for small business owners, community leaders and resource providers!

Another popular event during Small Business Week is the day of free workshops at the Small Business Conference, which will feature more than 50 free workshops and seminars designed specifically for small business owners. Topics include finance, green business, marketing, technology, social media, healthcare, manufacturing, procurement and more!  This year we’ll be hosting all of these sessions at San Francisco State University’s Downtown Campus in Westfield Center.

Other activities during Small Business Week include the Board of Supervisors Small Business Honorees ceremony, various small business mixers happening throughout the week and the fun-filled day of shopping at the Small Business Week Sidewalk Sales.

Please reserve time on your calendars and pass along this information to your fellow small business owners so that we can come together and celebrate San Francisco small businesses during the week of May 13, 2013. We will provide more details of the events when they become available in the next few months.


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SBAC Connection

Important: SF Payroll Expense Tax Filings and Payments Due 2/28/13
All businesses with taxable SF payroll expenses greater than $150,000.00 and operating for any portion of time in 2012 must file. Click here for details.

 - If your payroll expense in the last fiscal year was less than or equal to $150,000.00 and your business received a filing notification in the mail, you do not have to file anything unless you are claiming an exclusion or credit.
- If your payroll expense in the last fiscal year was greater than $150,000.00 but less than or equal to $250,000.00, you are required to file. However, you qualify for the Small Business Exemption, which means you will owe nothing if you FILE ON TIME. Late filings are subject to penalties, interest and fees.
 - If your payroll expense in the last fiscal year was greater than $250,000.00, you must file here and pay 1.5% of your total SF payroll.

Please note the following:
     - Statements must be filed online and transmitted before midnight 02/28/2013
     - Payments must be received or postmarked on or before 02/28/2013
     - Penalties, interest, and fees will be imposed after 02/28/2013

San Francisco Small Business Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion to be Implemented as Part of Annual Payroll Expense Tax Filing
A new law is being implemented to allow small businesses with less than $500,000 in payroll expense to exclude up to $250,000 in growth of their payroll expense over the previous year from San Francisco payroll expense taxes from 2012-2015. That means a business could reduce their San Francisco payroll expense tax liability by as much as $3,750 by hiring additional workers or adding hours for existing workers.

If you hired new employees in 2012 and your total payroll expense was below $500,000, you will qualify for the tax exclusion.  If you are thinking of expanding and hiring more employees, you will not have to pay for the additional payroll expense tax generated from the new hires, as long as you stay below $500,000.  This new law expires in tax year 2015.

Please note that businesses do not have to file any additional paperwork beyond their tax return to claim the exclusion. The exclusion will be automatically calculated as part of the business tax filing for tax year 2012, which is due on February 28, 2013. The exclusion will continue to be calculated automatically as part of the payroll expense tax filing for the life of the exclusion.

Click here for more information.

Annual Billing for Licenses Issued by the Tax and Treasurers Office

All business licenses administered by the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector are now due on March 31 of each year.  The Treasurer and Tax Collector administers most annual licenses on behalf of the Police Department, Fire Department, Health Department, and Entertainment Commission.  Over the past year, the office has been prorating license bills so that they are all now due on March 31.  Previously, businesses received multiple invoices for each business location with due dates spread out throughout the year. This month, businesses will begin to receive their first annual invoice from the Tax and Treasurer for bills due March 31, 2013.  The goal of this new policy is to streamline the billing process and allow businesses to receive one consolidated bill each year.  Please note that payment plans are not allowed.  Click here for more information on regulatory license and permit information.  If you do not receive a bill or have questions, please contact the Treasurer and Tax Collector by calling 311.  

Save Money and Help the Environment with Solar Water Heating

Want to save money and make your business more sustainable? If your business uses a lot of hot water, then solar water heating may be right for you. Solar water heating directly uses the sun’s energy to pre-heat water and can reduce your use of natural gas for water heating by 70%. Fortunately, California Solar Initiative rebates will now cover around 30% of the cost. In addition, 30% of the cost can be claimed as a federal tax credit. Together, these financial incentives dramatically cut the cost of adding solar to your building.

Find out more about solar water heating, including information about financial incentives and contractors, at the San Francisco Dept. of the Environment’s website. In addition, please contact Jason Barbose, Solar Program Coordinator, with any questions at 415-355-3790 or jason.barbose@sfgov.org.

Simplified Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction
IRS announces simplified option for claiming home office deduction starting this year. Eligible home-based businesses may deduct up to $1,500. Click here for details.


Receive Up To $3,000 in New Jobs Tax Credit for Qualified Small Business Employers
The New Jobs Tax Credit provides a credit of up to $3,000 for each added qualified full-time
employee hired by a qualified small business employer. Funding is limited to $400 million. As of January 1st, $262 million remains available. The credit must be claimed on a timely-filed original (not amended) 2012 return received before the $400 million limit is exhausted. For more information on other state income tax provisions, visit the California Tax Service Center.


OSB Client Spotlight: Wise Sons Deli
OSB client Leo Beckerman recently revisited the Office of Small Business for continued guidance as he expands his business. Leo sits down with us for our February "Client Spotlight"...

Q: What type of business do you own and what makes you unique?
A: Wise Sons is a Jewish Delicatessen serving traditional deli fare. Nearly everything is made in house, from the breads to pastrami and corned beef.

Q: How was the Office of Small Business involved in assisting you?
A: The Office of Small Business has always been the first place I go with any questions. They helped make sure I had all the information and contacts needed to get the appropriate permits and licenses in the right order at the right time.

Q: Top 3 reasons for being a small business owner in SF?
A: 1) Satisfying customers and providing high quality products that make people happy.
2) Providing jobs.
3) Every day is different with new challenges and accomplishments.

Wise Sons Deli
3150 24th Street (at the corner of Shotwell) San Francisco, CA 94110
415-787-DELI
www.wisesonsdeli.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.

• 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.



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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.

Planning Code - Deleting the Sunset Provision of the Excelsior Alcohol Restricted Use District
The Planning Code establishes several alcohol restricted use districts (RUDs) in the City.  RUDs are areas where there is an unusually large number of establishments selling alcohol, contributing to numerous peace, health, safety and general welfare problems.   One such district is the Excelsior Alcohol Restricted Use District, which is located on Mission Street, from Silver Avenue to the Daly City border. This RUD was established in 2008, and it contains a sunset provision that mandates that it shall be repealed five years after its initial effective date, unless the Board of Supervisors extends or reenacts it.  This Ordinance amends the Excelsior Alcohol RUD, to delete the sunset provision.  The Excelsior Alcohol Restricted Use District controls off-site alcohol licenses (liquor stores) and does not permit new off-sale alcohol licenses in the geographic area.  It does not control on-sale (bars and restaurants.)  This ordinance is scheduled to be heard at the Small Business Commission on March 11, 2013.

Planning Code - Polk Street Alcohol and Tobacco Paraphernalia Restrictions
This ordinance will extend the current tobacco paraphernalia establishment ban in the Polk NCD for six additional years and will extend the controls to ¼ mile outside of the NCD. This ordinance will also create the Lower Polk Street Alcohol Restricted Use District on properties on Polk Street between California and O’Farrell Streets, and Polk Street’s side streets between California Street, Larkin Street, O’Farrell Street and Van Ness Avenue.  This RUD will ban New Liquor Stores and Bars in the designated area.  It will allow restaurants to obtain a type 47 or 49 (both on sale full liquor licenses with food) license; however they may not be places of entertainment and may not operate past midnight.  It also requires that businesses be open during daytime hours.  Board of Supervisors File No. 121065 is sponsored by Supervisor David Chiu and is scheduled to be heard at the Small Business Commission on February 11, 2013, followed by the Planning Commission in March of 2013.

Administrative Code – Rescinding Sunset in San Francisco Bonding and Financial Assistance Program
The San Francisco Bonding and Financial Assistance Program, commonly referred to as the "Surety Bond Program," provides guarantees to private surety bonding companies and financial lending institutions to enable certified LBEs to obtain the bonds and construction loans needed to bid for prime and/or subcontracting opportunities on City public works contracts. The guarantees provided through the Surety Bond Program currently are individually backed by letters of credit issued by a commercial banking institution under separate contract with the City.  Since its initial adoption in 1998, the ordinance establishing the Surety Bond Program has included a sunset clause. The Board of Supervisors periodically has extended the sunset date so that the ordinance has never expired.  This Ordinance rescinds the sunset provision in Surety Bond Program. This ordinance will benefit LBE contractors who currently have to process multiple bonds when the sunset date approaches.  Board of Supervisors File No. 121211 is sponsored by the City Administrators Office and is scheduled to be heard at the Small Business Commission on February 11, 2013.


Administrative Code - Contractor Prompt Payment for Public Works Construction and Professional Services Contracts
Section 6.22 of the San Francisco Administrative Code specifies the minimum terms and conditions that all public works construction contracts awarded by the City shall contain. Section 6.42 of the San Francisco Administrative code similarly specifies the minimum terms and conditions for all public works professional services contracts. Both codes are proposed to be amended to require that all public works construction and professional services contracts include a provision that requires prime contractors to pay its subcontractors within seven calendar days after the receipt of payment from the City. Penalties will apply to the contractors for non-compliance. Board of Supervisors File No. 121200 was heard by the Small Business Commission at its January 14, 2013 meeting and was recommended for approval by a 5-0 vote.  The Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight committee subsequently recommended approval as well and this ordinance is currently before the full Board for approval.

Expanding Public Utilities Commission Local Business Enterprise Contracting Opportunities
Under current law, small businesses located outside of San Francisco but within the San Francisco Public Utilities (SFPUC) water system may be certified as LBE’s and receive LBE prime contractor discounts for projects connected with the SFPUC’s “Capital Improvement Program.” This proposed ordinance, sponsored by Board President Chiu, amends the current law to expand the applicable projects to all projects which are 1) costs are shared with regional water customers or 2) all Water, Power and Sewer projects that will be performed exclusively 70 miles or more beyond the San Francisco border. This ordinance was heard at the Small Business Commission on January 14, 2013 and was recommended for approval by at 5-0 vote.  The ordinance is currently pending before the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee.

Business and Tax Regulations, Police Codes - Parking Stations - Revenue Control Equipment; License Regulations; Parking Tax Bonds; Administrative Citation Process
This proposed ordinance affects parking lot and garage operators. Parking lot operators are required to obtain a bond in conjunction with collecting parking taxes. The bond amount is based on gross receipts and there are a number of increments that get progressively larger as a business’s gross receipts increase. Under this ordinance, the number of increments will increase. For example, currently a parking operator with $1.25 million in revenue is required to hold a $400,000 dollar bond, the same as an operator with $2.0 million in revenue. Under this proposal, with the increased level of tiers, the operator with $1.25 million in revenue will only be required to hold a $300,000 bond versus $400,000 for an operator with $2.0 million in revenue. Additionally, operators who demonstrate continued compliance with parking tax law may apply for a reduced bond amount, at the discretion of the Tax Collector. Other proposed changes include the notification procedures to the Police Department (the regulating agency for parking operators) and changes to the Tax and Treasurer Offices appeal process. This ordinance was heard at the Small Business Commissions November 26, 2012 meeting and was recommended for approval by a 6-0 vote. The ordinance passed the Board of Supervisors unanimously and was signed into law by the Mayor on January 24, 2013.


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Small Business Commission Corner

• Next Small Business Commission (SBC) Meetings: 2/11, 5:30pm, Room 400; 2/25, 2:00pm, Room 400
The Small Business Commission will meet on Monday, February 11 at 5:30PM in Room 400.  The Commission meets again on Monday, February 25 at 2:00PM in Room 400. Agendas will be available on the Commission website by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Steve Adams Re-Elected Small Business Commission President, Monetta White Elected Small Business Commission Vice-President
The Office of Small Business congratulates Small Business Commissioner, Stephen Adams, for his election by the Commission to serve as President of the Small Business Commission in 2013. Commissioner Adams, appointed in 2010 by Mayor Gavin Newsom and has previously served as Vice President in 2011 and President in 2012. 

Commissioner Adams manages the San Francisco branch network for Sterling Bank & Trust, and is known for his accomplishments and advocacy in community organizations throughout the City. As Board President of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro between 2007 and 2012, Commissioner Adams worked for years to improve the business climate in the Upper Market and Castro Neighborhoods. He has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Project Open Hand, and was on the board of the Golden Gate Business Association for several years.

The Office of Small Business also congratulates Small Business Commissioner, Monetta White, for her election by the Commission to serve as Vice President in 2013.  Commissioner White was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2012.

Commissioner White is Managing Partner of 1300 on Fillmore, a full service restaurant in the Fillmore District. 1300 on Fillmore opened in 2007, and has approx. 35 employees.  Commissioner White heads all operations, finance, marketing and investor relations. She has served as Vice President of the Fillmore Community Benefit District and was instrumental in the Fillmore District revitalization and marketing of the district. Prior to opening 1300 on Fillmore, Commissioner White ran her own event marketing firm that partnered with marketing firm Opts Ideas producing top events ranging from Microsoft to Wall Street Journal.  Commissioner White is a native San Franciscan.

The Office of Small Business also thanks Commissioner Luke O’Brien for his service as Vice President of the Commission in 2012.  He has also previously served as President of the Commission in 2011.


Small Business Commission Recognizes Laura Arriola
On Monday, January 14, 2013, the Small Business Commission was proud to acknowledge the contributions that Laura Arriola of the Public Utilities Commission has made to the San Francisco Small Business Community.  Providing excellent customer service to San Francisco small businesses, Laura helps businesses comply with capacity charge regulations.  Serving in a much broader role, Office of Small Business staff noted that Ms. Arriola has served as a liaison to the department, constantly going above and beyond her duties in order to assist with small business PUC related issues.   Ms. Arriola exemplifies what a member of the City family can do to help small businesses succeed.

Small Business Commission Recognizes Noe Valley Merchants Association

On Monday, January 14, 2013, the Small Business Commission was pleased to acknowledge Noe Valley Merchants Associations (NVMA) for their exemplary commitment to education and assist businesses in Noe Valley on disability access requirements. The NVMA understands that continued disability outreach and education is about maintaining the economic preservation of their merchant corridor and is the only merchants association in San Francisco that has established a standing committee, developed a comprehensive outreach and education program, and established a legal representative from the neighborhood to assist business that pre and post litigation. NVMA's proactive efforts have saved its membership over $100,000 in lawsuits and legal fees. The Small Business Commission commends NVMA as an outstanding Merchants Association, not only for their dedication to the businesses in their district, but also for being a strong city-wide and statewide voice for small businesses and individuals with disabilities around the issues of disability access compliance.


*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! How To Do Business with BART - New Small Business Program Makes It Easier for Small Businesses to Contract with BART
Are you a small business owner? BART wants to work with you on the following contracts:
CONSTRUCTION — PROFESSIONAL SERVICES — PROCUREMENT — GOODS & SERVICES

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District invites you to attend a special meeting to learn about significant changes made to their NEW Small Business Program. New initiatives will make it easier for all small businesses, including womenowned and minority businesses, to compete against larger, more established firms to contract with BART. You will have an
opportunity to learn about the new program, meet directly with BART staff, ask questions and provide input to help BART successfully implement the program.

New Small Business Initiatives include:
- New guidelines to identify opportunities to unbundle contracts for small businesses
- Implementation of a District-wide bonding assistance program, and access to a pre and post bid technical support program

For more information, contact Cindy Chan, BART Office of Civil Rights, at (510) 464-6574 or visit www.bart.gov. If you need language assistance services, please call (510) 464-6752, 72 hours prior to the date of the meeting.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
United Irish Cultural Center • St. Francis Room – First Floor
2700 – 45th Avenue (at Sloat Boulevard) San Francisco, CA 94116

NEW! RFP for Construction Management Support Services
Click here for details.

NEW! Request for Statement of Interest for a Case Study Comparing Conventional Project Delivery and Public-Private Partnership on the Presidio Parkway Project
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 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. 2/11, 2/25 - Small Business Commission Meetings
2/11 at 5:30 PM, and 2/25 at 2:00PM, City Hall, Room 400. Click here for the Meeting Agendas


WED. 2/6 - 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.

TUE. 2/12 - How To Do Business with BART - New Small Business Program Makes It Easier for Small Businesses to Contract with BART

Are you a small business owner? BART wants to work with you on the following contracts:
CONSTRUCTION — PROFESSIONAL SERVICES — PROCUREMENT — GOODS & SERVICES

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District invites you to attend a special meeting to learn about significant changes made to their NEW Small Business Program. New initiatives will make it easier for all small businesses, including womenowned and minority businesses, to compete against larger, more established firms to contract with BART. You will have an
opportunity to learn about the new program, meet directly with BART staff, ask questions and provide input to help BART successfully implement the program.

For more information, contact Cindy Chan, BART Office of Civil Rights, at (510) 464-6574 or visit www.bart.gov. If you need language assistance services, please call (510) 464-6752, 72 hours prior to the date of the meeting.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
United Irish Cultural Center • St. Francis Room – First Floor
2700 – 45th Avenue (at Sloat Boulevard) San Francisco, CA 94116


WED. 2/13 - How to Do Business with California State Government
State government spends billions of dollars each year on contracts with California business. This Seminar covers:  Registering your business with eProcurement. This allows suppliers to upload bids/proposals in response to application online solicitations.  There is NO FEE to register; Becoming a Certified Small Business (SB) or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE).  The Governor’s Executive Order S-02-06 requires state agencies to award 25% of their annual contracting dollars to certified SBs and 3% to DVBEs; Accessing the California State Contractors Register (CSCR) which connects you to government solicitations, providing an easy-to-use, on-line publication;  Becoming a California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) Contractor.  State and local government agencies shop and compare CMAS for the best value, product, and services, and place orders directly with these businesses;  Marketing your business to State Agencies. Maximize your State certification by contacting our local government and industry partners that honor the State’s certification.

455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Click here to register.

FRI. 2/8~2/17 - SF Beer Week
SF Beer Week is a ten-day celebration organized by the San Francisco Brewers Guild and features more than 325 events dedicated to craft beer. Click here for a list of events, schedule, gallery, etc.

WED. 2/13 - Taxes and Your Business, How to Prepare Schedule C
Review what the IRS wants to know from you and how to report it on the Schedule C for your business. This is a class for business owners who need a basic understanding of their 1040 Schedule C tax forms. We’ll also talk about what to do with the numbers once you have them. We don’t guarantee you won’t get audited, but this class will make it less likely.

455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, 94105
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Click here to register.


WED. 2/27 - Free Legal Help for Small Businesses (Assistance Available in English and Chinese) 免費小商業法律諮詢服務
FREE 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:
Small Business Assistance Center
City Hall, Room 110
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Monday through Thursday 8AM to 5PM, Friday by Appointment Only.
Phone: 415-554-6134
Website: http://www.sfgov.org/sbac

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