Business Development

We provide specialized support to address the unique needs of businesses in a variety of key sectors including nonprofits, life sciences, information technology, clean technology, manufacturing, fashion, nightlife, and international commerce.

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    Part of: Office of Economic and Workforce Development

    For emerging and established companies, the Business Development team offers one-on-one guidance to help new businesses in a variety of sectors open quickly, including access to capital, innovative programs, and technical assistance. Business Development is a division of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Work

    Meet the team

    Laurel Arvanitidis
    Director of Business Development
    Mark Chandler
    Director of International Trade & Commerce
    Manijeh Fata
    Acting Executive Director of San Francisco Film Commission
    Manish Goyal
    Business Development Manager
    Technology, Clean Technology and Green Business, Life Sciences and Healthcare Sector
    Ben Van Houten
    Business Development Manager
    Nightlife and Entertainment Sector
    Lex Leifheit
    Senior Business Development Manager
    Nonprofits Sector
    Dylan Smith
    Business Development Manager
    Automotive, Fashion, PDR, Retail Sector
    Jerry Trotter
    Nonprofit Resource Development Specialist



    Office of Economic and Workforce Development