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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    Aerial view of downtown San Francisco
    Sector-based support

    The City 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.

    Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)

    The ERTC is a refundable tax credit that you can claim retroactively. It rewards businesses that kept employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get up to $26,000 per employee.

    About

    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 Workforce Development.

    Meet the team

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

    Contact

    Phone

    Office of Economic and Workforce Development

    Request public records

    Email marianne.thompson@sfgov.org to submit a request.