- Office of Small Business
- Mission Statement
- About OSB
- Small Business Honoree Program
- Statement of Incompatible Activities
Office of Small Business
Office of Small Business Mission Statement
To equitably support, preserve and protect small businesses in San Francisco. We provide high quality direct services and programs, drive practical policy solutions, and serve as a champion for San Francisco’s diverse small business community.
The Office of Small Business and Small Business Commission are committed to supporting the growth and prosperity of all small businesses, especially those owned by historically marginalized communities, to foster an inclusive and thriving San Francisco.
Our work involves:
- Business Assistance: We help existing and aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs grow and thrive in San Francisco through specialized case management services.
- Programs: We protect small businesses by offering accessible educational resources and we preserve small businesses through the Legacy Business Program.
- Policy and Legislation: We promote practical policy and legislative solutions to mitigate challenges and ensure the economic health for all San Francisco small businesses.
- Stakeholder Engagement: We serve as the ‘door to City Hall’ for small businesses by working with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that small businesses are heard and well supported, especially those from historically marginalized communities.
About Office of Small Business
Directed by the Small Business Commission, the Office of Small Business (OSB) functions as the City's central point of information and referral for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in the City and County of San Francisco.
The Small Business Commission and the Office of Small Business were established through voter mandate. San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed both Proposition D in November 2003 and Proposition I in 2007. Proposition D created a Chartered Small Business Commission (SBC) to oversee the Office of Small Business (OSB) and defined the functions and duties of the Office of Small Business. Proposition I required the Office of Small Business to operate a Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC) to focus on the needs of San Francisco businesses with fewer than 100 employees.