Technical Assistance

City-Funded Economic Development Organizations Available for Technical Assistance and Other Resources 

Children’s Council of SF
445 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone: (415) 276-2900
Children’s Council offers free and low-cost professional development courses for prospective,
licensed, and license-exempt child care providers in San Francisco.  Children’s Council’s Provider Support Services offers technical assistance in English, Spanish and Chinese, for providers before, during, and after licensure.  The supportive services include: Assistance with child care licensure, free and low-cost workshops, one-on-one home visits and consultations, advice on business development, access to the providers’ business center, equipped with office supplies to facilitate marketing and networking, access to the Lending Library.

Chinese Newcomers Service Center
777 Stockton Street, Rm. 104
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 421-1111
The Chinese Newcomers Service Center (CNSC) provides multilingual services that help Chinese immigrants adapt to life in the United States. CNSC serves as a bridge between the two cultures, enhancing the physical, mental, social and economic well-being of immigrants, thus facilitating their efforts to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community. CNSC provides information and referral services, citizenship services, job preparation workshops, form filling, translation services, and free income tax preparation. CNSC also offers educational classes on such topics as computers, ESL, and citizenship. Through collaboration with other agencies, CNSC is able to provide workshops and information and referral for Chinese speaking, disabled, seniors and adults and to assist victims of crime.

Community Initiatives/EAG-OARC-PNSC
4702 Mission Street, Ste. A
San Francisco, CA 94112
Phone: 415-585-0110
The Excelsior Action Group, the Ocean Avenuce Revitalization Committee, and the Portola Neighborhood Steering Committee engage residents, merchants, neighborhood institutions, associations, and city agencies through activities aimed to reinvigorate, green, beautify, strengthen, and unify their respective communities (Excelsior, Ocean-Merced-Ingleside, and Portola districts.  Each organization focuses its efforts in providing assistance to local merchants, by either provide direct technical assistance or referring the business to other TA providers and/or city agencies.  Within each organization, there is a staff person who conducts door to door outreach to merchants, property owners, residents, and other community stakeholders.

Community Initiatives/VVBIG (formerly known as VVBOOM)
60 Raymond Street
San Francisco, CA 94134
Phone: 415-225-5969
VVBIG builds connections between businesses, residents and service-providers. VVBIG provides leadership to enhance business opportunities in the neighborhood and brings resources to support business growth that serves the Visitacion Valley. VVBIG's ultimate goal is to help revitalize the entire community by targeted improvements along the Leland/Bayshore Commercial Corridor. VVBIG conducts regular outreach to merchants, and will either provide direct TA or partner with another NEDO to provide the necessary assistance.

JCYC/Japantown Task Force
2012 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 346-1239
Preserve and develop the City and County of San Francisco's historic Japantown as a culturally and commercially enriched neighborhood and district, and as a local, national, and international resource.  JTF works toward creating an atmosphere of safety, beauty, vitality, and prosperity for the present and future residents, organizations, institutions, and businesses residing or located in Japantown.  JTF provides technical assistance on commercial leases, loan packaging, marketing, and assists merchants in accessing resources.

La Cocina
2948 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 824-2729
La Cocina provides a commercial kitchen incubator (for up to five years) as well as technical assistance and training to women food industry entrepreneurs. Knowledgeable volunteer professionals provide assistance to the entrepreneurs in various aspects of business development, including pricing, packaging, target marketing, and more. La Cocina also provides commercial kitchen rental space.

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
2301 Mission Street, Ste 301
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 282-3334 x 171
MEDA’s mission is to achieve economic justice for San Francisco’s low and moderate income Latino families through asset development.  Their Business Development Program offers individual coaching and group workshops to assist in business planning, marketing, commercial leasing, access to capital, financial projections and budgeting.  MEDA’s Business Development Program also offers these services tailored specifically to Family Childcare Providers and provides computer training to entrepreneurs.  All services are in Spanish and English.

Mission SF Federal Credit Union
3269 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 206-0846 x20
Mission SF is a community-owned not-for-profit financial institution providing financial services to Mission area small businesses that are not served by mainstream financial institutions. Mission SF provides small business loans to low-income entrepreneurs who can not qualify for a traditional bank loan, and other helpful loan products, including credit builder loans, and payday alternative loans.

North of Market Neighborhood Improvement Corporation
PO BOX 420483
San Francisco, CA 94142
Phone: (415) 652-6337
NOMNIC is a community based organizations that works with other community organizations, local businesses and city agencies to strengthen the Tenderloin as a destination for arts, culture and ethnic restaurants.  NOMNIC’s primary focus is in fostering the development of business that will support a successful arts district in the Tenderloin. NOMNIC can provide technical assistance as it relates to property acquisition, lease negotiations, and access to financing.

Opportunity Fund Northern California
111 S. St. John St., Suite 800
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 516-4692
Opportunity Fund advances the economic well-being of working people by helping them earn, save, and invest in their future.  Opportunity Fund provides Small Business Loans, IDA Savings, and Community Real Estate services.

Pacific Community Ventures
51 Federal Street, Suite 402
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 442-4300
PCV, a non-profit organization affiliated with three for-profit investment funds, offers entrepreneurs access to valuable business development resources through various programs and services.

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center &
Bayview Business Resource Center (BBRC)
275 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (South of Market)
Bayview Plaza, 3801 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94124 (BBRC)
Phone: (415) 541-8580 (South of Market)
Phone: (415) 647-3728 (BBRC)
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and the BBRC offer comprehensive small business training and support services for entrepreneurs at every stage of their business development, from start up to sustainability and growth. Services include intensive training classes on business start-up and business
planning, skill building and industry specific workshops, financial education, access to capital, IDAs, one-on-one technical assistance, technology training, a women’s business center, fashion industry network, graduate services, and a small business incubator program.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
300 Montgomery Street, Suite 789
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 841-4050
The SBDC provides free, confidential one-on-one business counseling, hands-on workshops and access to capital for existing small businesses and ready to launch start-ups. SBDC services include counseling and assistance with business plans, financial projections and budgeting, operating challenges, loan packaging and more. Services are provided by SBDC staff and over twenty professional small business consultants with skills from business planning, financial management, bookkeeping, and marketing, to sales, technology, web design, wholesale, retail, and restaurants.

Southeast Asian Community Center (SEACC)
875 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 885-2743
The Southeast Asian Community Center is a multi-service non-profit organization serving small businesses in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. SEACC’s business support services include one-on-one technical assistance, credit evaluation and repair, business plan development, financial projections, marketing, business expansions, interpretation and translation services, and loan packaging. In partnership with the SBA SEACC administers one of the two SBA 7(m) Microloan programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and can make small business loans up to $35,000.

The SF LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 865-5515
The San Francisco LGBT Community Center Business Development Program provides free expert one-on-one counseling to address a full spectrum of business planning and marketing needs. Special emphasis is placed on providing strategic support with loans, loan packaging, and post-loan technical assistance. The Center also offers regularly held group workshops on a variety of topics including marketing, business financing, sales, legal, human resources, and more.

Urban Solutions
1167 Mission Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94103
West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St., Suite106, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 553-4433 (South of Market)
Phone: (415) 567-4137 (Western Addition)
Urban Solutions’ mission is to foster the well-being of disadvantaged communities by helping to increase neighborhood commercial vitality, strengthen small businesses, create jobs, encourage diversity and promote sustainability.  Urban Solutions provides Small Business Consulting Services, Free Workshops, Business Attraction to revitalize the Sixth Street Corridor, Façade and Tenant Improvement, and Green Business Consulting in the South of Market and the Fillmore District.

Women’s Initiative (WI) & ALAS
1398 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 641-3460
Women’s Initiative serves low-income English and Spanish-speaking women, through its Spanish program ALAS in an all women environment. Women’s Initiative provides a business management course, financial services including loan, technical support, peer support groups, access to markets, and coaching. WI manages its own relationship-based loan fund and IDA accounts in partnership with EARN. For program graduates WI offers, SuccessLink, a program that links graduates to each other and to experienced business women.

Working Solutions
611 Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-655-5473
TMC Development Working Solutions is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to serving new and existing businesses throughout the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. Services include Microloans (Small Business Loans $5,000 to $25,000), Technical Assistance and One-On-One Support, No-Cost Referrals to Local Business Resources, and Educational Presentations on Access to Capital. The mission of Working solutions is to provide underserved microentrepreneurs with the access to capital and resources they need to successfully start or grow viable businesses.

Wu Yee Children’s Services
706 Mission Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-677-0100
Wu Yee delivers a comprehensive range of services to low-income children and families with three foci – Child Development, Family Services, and Provider Services.  The Child Development Department operates centers in the Chinatown/North Beach, the Tenderloin and Visitacion Valley/Sunnydale neighborhoods, and also provides child care through Family Child Care (FCC) and Home-based programs.  The Family Services Department built upon the Resource and Referral component, currently offers more comprehensive services for families, especially in Chinatown through the Joy Lok Family Resource Center.  The Provider Services Department provides support and services to child care providers and people interested in becoming child care providers to address the shortage in child care.  


Small Business Assistance Center, City Hall, Room 110, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-554-6134 Office Hours: M-F, 8 AM - 5 PM