Landlord Notification Requirements Regarding Disability Access


Starting January 1, 2013, commercial property landlords have the obligation of making disability access improvements and providing required notifications when entering into or amending a lease of a property between to 5,001 and 7,500 square feet of space.  Effective June 1, 2013, the requirement expanded to properties fewer than 5000 square feet of space.  Click here for more details.

Kiva Zip Trustee

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The Office of Small Business is a trustee with Kiva Zip.  San Francisco small businesses now have a new way to access 0% interest loans to help them start and grow their business.  Kiva Zip loans are crowd-funded by individual lenders on the Kiva Zip website, connecting small businesses with dozens of lenders who can be potential brand ambassadors, customers, and mentors.  As a trustee, the Office of Small Business will work to identify and endorse qualified borrowers.  See additional loan information and criteria below.

Small Business Week

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San Francisco Small Business Week is a public/private partnership first formed in 2005 to honor and support the more than 85,000 thousand small businesses and entrepreneurs that call San Francisco home.  As part of National Small Business Week, and celebrate the contributions and achievements of small business owners by offering a series of educational and networking events designed to inspire, educate and connect the members of our business community.

San Francisco Small Business Week is the largest small business week in the United States and produced by a volunteer committee represented by the US Small Business Administration, The City and County of San Francisco, Office of the Mayor and Office of Small Business, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center & San Francisco Economic Development Alliance, San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, Council of District Merchants Association, the Golden Gate Business Association, and Straus Events.  
Sign up to be a part of it!

Small Business Week Mayor and Board of Supervisors Honorees.

Small Business Saturday

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Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities. By supporting local, independently-owned small businesses, we help to create and retain jobs, boost the economy and preserve San Francisco’s small businesses, many of which reside in our neighborhood commercial corridors.

In its efforts to support such activities, the Office of Small Business and the Small Business Commission partners with American Express, San Francisco Invest in Neighborhoods, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency, San Francisco Council of District Merchants, San Francisco Travel, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and Women Impacting Public Policy, to encourage small business to participate and public to shop on Small Business Saturday®.

Small Business Saturday 2014 Line-up

• Small Business Saturday Every Day By the Bay! Go Shopping in one of the participating neighborhoods
• Main Street Makeover Hayes Valley
• Small Business Saturday Street Art Noe Valley
• Etsy Truck Show: Noon – 7pm, Little Paper Planes, 855 Valencia Street
• Meet an Author with Small Business Saturday Indie Bound
• Small Business Saturday Night Upper Fillmore: 6:30pm – 10pm
• #DineSmall on Small Business Saturday Night
• Shop Small Banners

For more detail on how you as a business can participate:  

Open In SF
Point of contact for food-based businesses opening in San Francisco

Mayor Lee has set a priority to support the 80,000 small businesses that are at the core of San Francisco’s identity, economy, and workforce, and to make it easier for San Franciscans to open, operate, or grow a small business. As part of this effort, Office of Economic and Workforce Development launched the San Francisco Business Portal in 2014 as a comprehensive online business resource. The Small Business Acceleration Program is the next step in this effort. The program is an interagency collaboration that provides direct services to assist individuals in San Francisco who are working through the permitting process to open a small business.  Click here for more information.

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