Small Business Assistance Center

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The Office of Small Business, Small Business Assistance Center is the city's central point of information and assistance for small businesses and entrepreneurs located in San Francisco.  We provide one-to-one case management assistance including information on required license and permits, technical assistance, financing options, and other business resources to help businesses start, grow, and thrive.  

Office Hours & How To Contact Us:

We provide multi-lingual client services by phone, email, appointment, and on a drop-in basis, M-F 8am-5pm.  We are open through lunch unless otherwise noted.  You may also submit our Contact Us Intake Form and a Business Case Manager will contact you.  We are located in San Francisco City Hall, Room 110. You may call us at: (415) 554-6134, or email us at: SBAC@SFGOV.ORG

Services Provided: 
How to Start a Business in San Francisco (book) PDF
Customized Checklist for Starting a Business
Business Registration Requirements
Business License and Permit Info
Access to Capital - Small Business Loans
Technical Assistance Providers & Business Support
ADA Requirements and Your Small Business
Business Classes and Workshops
Legal Resources for Entrepreneurs
Employer Mandates - Hiring Employees
Zoning & Land Use Info & Assistance
Building Permit Process Overview
Government Contracting and Certification
Other Business Resources and Programs

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San Francisco Business Portal
The San Francisco Business Portal is the city’s premier online business resource available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With comprehensive information and tailored tools, the Portal helps you easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business online from anywhere.  Via the Portal you can quickly and efficiently learn what it takes to start a business, from selecting a business structure and business planning information, to permitting and licensing.  Additionally, at every step along the way you will find key customized resources to help you in the process.  Finally, should you wish to speak to someone about the information found on the Portal, or similarly, if you are not able to locate the information you need on the Portal, you may Contact a Business Counselor at the Office of Small Business via the Portal.  The Office of Small Business provides live support staff to the Portal - Business Counselors stand ready to provide assistance and answer your questions.  Ready to get started?  Visit the Portal and find the information and resource you need now!