- Office of Small Business
- Mission Statement
- About OSB
- Quarterly Dashboard
- Department Statement of Incompatible Activities
- Seeking Interested Volunteers or Interns
- Small Business Bulletin
Office of Small Business
Office of Small Business Mission Statement
The mission of the Small Business Commission, the Office of Small Business, and the Small Business Assistance Center is to foster, promote, and retain small businesses in the City and County of San Francisco.
Definition of a small business: a business with fewer than 100 employees.
About Office of Small Business
Directed by the Small Business Commission, the Office of Small Business (OSB) and its Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC) function as the City's central point of information and referral for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in the City and County of San Francisco. By championing "business-friendly" policies, marketing the contributions of the small business sector, and developing appropriate assistance programs, the Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business work to support and enhance an environment where small businesses can succeed and flourish.
The Small Business Commission and the Small Business Assistance Center in 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 I 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.