Small Business Commissioners
Sharky Laguana, President
Miriam Zouzounis, Vice-President
Stephen Adams, Commissioner
Kathleen Dooley, Commissioner
Cynthia Huie, Commissioner
William Ortiz-Cartagena, Commissioner
Manny Yekutiel, Commissioner
Sharky Laguana is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bandago, a company that rents passenger vans throughout the United States. Bandago specializes in providing passenger vans to professional touring musicians, and also provides vehicles to families, corporations, churches and governments. He has grown the business from a single van parked in front of his basement apartment on Hampshire Street, to a fleet of hundreds of vehicles at locations across the United States. Bandago participates in numerous charitable activities including being the lead sponsor for McKinley Elementary's Dogfest for several years running, and donating numerous vehicles and assets to support fire victims affected by the recent fires in Northern California.
In 2019 Sharky founded a new company, Campago, which rents unique camper vans.
Sharky serves on the American Car Rental Association's Board of Directors. ACRA is the primary trade association for the car rental industry, and its members provide 98% of all rental cars in the United States. As a board member he has been an advocate for consumers, and was proud to participate in successfully lobbying congress for a federal ban on renting vehicles with open safety recalls (Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act). In 2018 he led the effort to pass AB 2620, a California state law that helps reduce the number of rental vehicles stolen in California. He has also worked with the SF District Attorney's office to reduce the number of car break-ins in San Francisco.
Previously Sharky was the songwriter and guitarist for the band Creeper Lagoon, a critically acclaimed band in the late 90's (voted Best New Artist in SPIN magazine in 1997) that released several albums on the major label Dreamworks. He is a strong supporter of the arts community, and as Commissioner will be looking for opportunities to help artists maintain viable careers while living in the City.
Miriam is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in History, and has continued her studies at the City College of San Francisco.
She is the West Coast Partner for Terra Sancta Trading Company -- a small import company specializing in Beer, Wine and Spirits from the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. She also helps her family run their corner store and deli, Ted’s Market, which is in the South of Market neighborhood. Miriam has also worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Miriam has a keen interest in economic theory and application and is a board member in several trade associations and merchant groups. With a community organizing background, Miriam has developed skills and knowledge of the City at a level that has allowed her to be an advocate for the communities she grew up in and serves.
She has been involved in legislation affecting small businesses and impacted communities, including; the San Francisco Language Access Ordinance; Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance (2012); Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee, (2015);Tobacco Retail Density Ordinance (2014); Healthy Food Retailer Ordinance (2014); Produce Delivery Model Working Group; Formula Retail Conditional Use Controls and Formula Retail Subsidiary Policy Working Group (2015); CalRecycle’s Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (2015) etc.
Stephen Adams manages the San Francisco branch network for Sterling Bank & Trust and is known for his accomplishments and advocacy in community organizations throughout the city.
As Board President of Castro Merchants from 2007 to 2013, and currently an active member, Stephen worked with the mayor’s office of economic development, LGBT Center and Castro Community Benefits District to develop a successful program that resulted in the Upper Market and Castro commercial districts consistently having the lowest retail business vacancy in the city. He also drove the creation of a Farmers Market in the Upper Market NCD, helped attract the MILK filming to the neighborhood, created a neighborhood retail brochure that is distributed in hotels and visitors centers in SF, and significantly enhanced the merchant holiday promotion.
Stephen has also served as Vice Chairman the Board of Project Open Hand and was on the board of the Golden Gate Business Association for several years.
As a banker dedicated to supporting small businesses in San Francisco neighborhoods, Stephen expanded the Sterling Bank & Trust network from one to fourteen branches throughout his tenure at the bank. He also pioneered and implemented the TIC mortgage program that supports home ownership and small business loan programs that help local businesses grow.
Kathleen Dooley is a 30 year resident of Telegraph Hill and a longtime North Beach small business owner. After graduating from Mills College, and a stint in NYC, she moved to San Francisco in 1983 and established Columbine Floral Design in 1985. After 20 years as a shopowner on Grant Avenue in North Beach, she transitioned to freelance design in 2005 and continues to provide custom designs for both businesses and private clients throughout the City. She has been an active neighborhood leader for many years, serving 2 terms on the Board of Directors of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers. She co-founded the North Beach Merchants Association in 2003, now known as the North Beach Business Association, and currently is serving as Treasurer.
During her service on the Board of the NBMA, Dooley has become active as a local liaison between small business owners who are being targeted with ADA compliance lawsuits and City government. As Commissioner, she plans to continue to work to develop comprehensive City issued informational tools that will both assist small businesses to clearly understand ADA compliance requirements and also guide them to resources that will help them fulfill these obligations in an affordable manner.
Cynthia Huie, Commissioner
Cynthia Huie founded Seedstore, a beloved men’s and women’s clothing shop in the City's vibrant Inner Richmond neighborhood, with her sister Jennifer. The shop curated a well-balanced assortment of established lines with new independent designers, often giving a platform and space for emerging new brands, makers, and artists.
She also actively manages her husband, Dr. Michael Chan's oral surgery practice which was established by his father in 1979. Cynthia is well versed in healthcare/dental practice management and continues to volunteer her time for international dental missions as well as free clinics domestically. She loves working in family businesses and finds joy in working with different industries and sectors.
With her knowledge of healthcare and understanding of the City's Richmond District community, she was asked in 2014 to join the Board of Directors at RAMS, Inc. (Richmond Area Multi-Services) a private, non-profit mental health agency that is committed to advocating for and providing community-based, culturally competent, and consumer-guided comprehensive services, with an emphasis on serving Asian & Pacific Islander Americans.
For 8 years, she has also served as President of the Clement Street Merchants Association. Under her leadership and working in collaboration with then Supervisor Eric Mar, she brought in District 1's first parklet, a thriving Farmers Market, and a beautiful mural by local artist Jason Jagel.
Born and raised in the East Bay and a resident of San Francisco's West Portal neighborhood since 2004, she has deep roots in the Bay Area and is proud to be an advocate for the small business community.
William Ortiz-Cartagena, Commissioner
William Ortiz-Cartagena, born and raised in the San Francisco’s Mission District has over ten years in the hospitality industry enjoying a successful career with Joie de Vivre hospitality. After leaving Joie de Vivre, William founded several companies and now focuses his efforts in the challenges experienced by underserved communities in San Francisco. William also serves on the board of the Mission Economic Development Agency.
Manny Yekutiel, Commissioner
Manny Yekutiel is originally from Los Angeles, California and first moved to San Francisco in 2010 where he spent a summer raising money for same-sex marriage on our street corners as a canvasser. He comes from a small business family with his father owning a small table cloth business and his mother having grown up in the family’s grocery store in Brooklyn.
Manny moved back to San Francisco in November 2012 after working as a field organizer on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in north-western New Hampshire. He became chief of staff of FWD.us, an immigrant reform advocacy group, a role which earned him the honor of being named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in law and policy in 2015, and then joined the finance team for Secretary Clinton 2016 Presidential campaign.
In December 2016 Manny decided to build a physical civic gathering space called Manny’s which combined a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, political bookstore, and civic events space. The purpose of the space is to create a physical place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen.
In its first year Manny’s was awarded Small Business of the Year by the California State Senate and has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. It has served over 55,000 cups of coffee and tea, hosted over 500 civic events for the community, including for over 150 local non-profits and 17 of the 2020 democratic presidential candidates. Manny’s has had 16 formerly homeless or incarcerate individuals graduate from the training kitchen run by the non-profit Farming Hope who now have full time jobs.
Commissioners may be contacted through the Commission office at:
Small Business Commission
City Hall, Room 140
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102