Small Business Commission

Small Business Commission 2015

Small Business Commission

The mission of the Small Business Commission is to foster, promote, and retain small businesses in the City and County of San Francisco.

About the Commission

The Small Business Commission (SBC) oversees the Office of Small Business (OSB), which is the City's central point of information and referral for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in the City & County of San Francisco. By championing "business-friendly" policies, marketing the contributions of the small business sector, and developing appropriate assistance programs, the SBC and OSB work to support and enhance an environment where small businesses can succeed and flourish. The SBC reviews pertinent small business legislation and policy matters and makes recommendations to the sponsor of the legislation, including the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, or other City Agencies.

The Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor (four) and the Board of Supervisors (three). Seats 1-5 must be an "owner, operator, or officer of a San Francisco small business." Seat 6 must be a "current or former owner, operator, or officer of a San Francisco small business." Seat 7 must be an "officer or representative of a neighborhood economic organization or an expert in small business finance."

The Commission, the Office of Small Business, and the Small Business Assistance Center are staffed by an Executive Director, a Senior Policy Analyst/Commission Secretary, a Small Business Assistance Center Supervisor/Case Manager, and a Project Manager/Systems Analyst/Case Manager. 

Commission meetings are held the second and foruth Monday of the month in City Hall, Room 400 beginning at 5:30PM unless otherwise noted. Commission meetings are open to the public and broadcasted live on SFGovTV.

Small Business Commission Rules of Order, 9 pages (PDF)

Office of Small Business 2013/2014 Strategic Plan, 2 pages (PDF)

Office of Small Business 2013 Streamlining Report, 52 pages (PDF)

Office of the Controller 2015: Improving San Francisco’s Restaurant Permitting Processes

Small Business Commission Presenter Guidelines


View the Small Business Commission Meeting through SFGOVTV


Contact the Commission at:

Small Business Commission
City Hall, Room 140
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415.554.6481
Fax: 415.558.7844