Policy

The Small Business Commission (the Commission) reviews and provides commentary on legislative and policy matters affecting small businesses and makes recommendations. This page catalogues legislative policy matters of interest to the Small Business Commission. 

The Commission will be better equipped to advocate for you and your business by your input. To alert the Commission of additional legislation or to submit comments, please email us.

Small Business Commission meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 5:30 PM. Please check back periodically for changes and special meeting times. Commission meetings are open to the public and broadcast live on SFGTV. We encourage your attendance and public comment. You may send written public comments ahead of the meeting to SBC@sfgov.org. You may also email the Board of Supervisors at Board.Of.Supervisors@sfgov.org or go to www.sfbos.org to locate the contact information for individual Supervisors and their staff.





Resolutions, Position Letters, Policy Briefs, and Memos to the Clerk of the Board Adopted by the Small Business Commission
The Small Business Commission regularily adopts resolutions for businesses to be placed on the Legacy Business Registry and in support of certain public policy positions or to encourage an action by a particular individual, organization, or group. The Commission also submit policy position letters to the Office of the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and other Commissions on an as needed basis. The Commission also regularly submits memos to the Clerk of the Board after they have taken action on certain legislative matters that have been referred for their review.  All are listed below. 


2020
Memo to the Clerk: Small Business Comission Response to BOS File No. 200830 - Police Code - Right to Reemployment Following Layoff Due to COVID-19 Pandemic​
Memo to the Clerk: Small Business Commission Response to BOS File No. 200759 - Business and Tax Regulations Code - Tax Penalties and Interest; Administration of Cannabis Business Tax​
Memo to the Clerk: Small Business Commission Response to BOS File No. 200816 - Emergency Ordinance - Temporary Right to Reemployment Following Layoff Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Memo to the Clerk: Small Business Commission Response to BOS File No. 200765 Emergency Ordinance - COVID-Related Employment Protections 
Memo to the Clerk: Small Business Commission Response to BOS File No. 200786 Temporary Waivers of Permit Fees for Café Tables and Chairs and Display Merchandise in the Public Right-of-Way, and Use Fees for Parklets
Memo to the Clerk: Small Business Commission Repsonse to BOS File No. 200760 Emergency Ordinance - Temporary Waiver of Business Registration and License Fees for Certain Small Businesses Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Memo to the Clerk:Small Business Commission Repsonse to BOS File No. 200214 - Planning Code - Conditional Use Review and Approval Process - Priority Processing and Reduced Application Fee for Certain Uses of Commercial Space
Resolution No. 002-2020: Small Business Support - Shared Spaces
Small Business Commission Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter
Memo to the Clerk: Small Business Commission Response to BOS File No. 200455 - Emergency Ordinance - Temporary Right to Reemployment Following Layoff Due to COVID-19 Pandemic 
Memo to the Economic Recovery Task Force: Recommendations for Recovery and Rebuilding

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Letter to the Office of the Mayor: Recommendations for the fourth and subsequent Federal Economic Stimulus Packages
Office of Small Business Staff Memo to the Commission: Recommendations for the fourth and subsequent Federal Economic Stimulus Packages

Resolution No. 001-2020: Small Business Support -COVID-19
Legacy Business Program Resolutions



2019
Shaking Up Small Business: The Impact of Seismic Retrofitting on Small Businesses in San Francisco
Opening and Operating Massage Establishments in San Francisco: Issues, Considerations, and Policy Options 
Resolution No. 002-2019: Economic Mitigation Measures
Resolution No. 001-2019: Minimum Franchise Tax
Legacy Business Program Resolutions



2018
Legacy Business Program Resolutions


2017
Legacy Business Program Resolutions


2016
Resolution No. 001-16 Super Bowl 50
Resolution No. 002-16: Legacy Business Program - Legacy Business Registry - Historical Preservation Fund Business Assistance Grant
Legacy Business Program Resolutions



2013
Resolution No. 001-13: Supporting SF Small Business Development Center Proposal


2011
Resolution No. 001-11: Supporting Small Businesses Displaced by the America's Cup Racing Event and Facilities
Resolution No. 002-11: Supporting the Passage of Senate Bill 32 (Leno)
Resolution No. 003-11: Supporting the Passage of Assembly Bill 153 (Skinner)



2010
Resolution No. 001-10: Supporting the Passage of SB 1373 (Leno)
Resolution No. 002-10: Requesting that the City Attorney Submit an Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of the Adverse Judgement Against Les Jankey in California Supreme Court Case No. S180890, Jankey v. Lee



2009
Resolution No. 001-09: Urging the Board of Supervisors not to support a municipal election to be held June 2, 2009, for the purpose of submitting revenue and fiscal measures to the voters


2008
Resolution No. 002-08 Supporting Small Businesses Facing Serial Lawsuits