Small business newsletter for November 2022

Updates, trainings, announcements, and more, from the Office of Small Business
November 02, 2022

November is a month for giving thanks. Both the Thanksgiving holiday and Veteran’s Day are chances to acknowledge and patronize San Francisco’s small businesses. Veteran-owned businesses have long histories in the City, including at least three Legacy Businesses: Faxon Garage, Moshi Moshi, and California Choppers

As we continue in a season of thanks and celebration, remember to shop and dine at San Francisco small businesses! 

Announcements & Highlights 

First Year Free Extended 

The program that waives permit and building fees for new small businesses will now extend to June 30, 2023. Eligibility will also expand to include businesses that are not on the ground floor. The expansion also includes a broader definition of commercial businesses, and increases the gross receipts threshold for qualifying businesses to $5 million. Refunds will be available for qualifying businesses. More information will be available soon. 

Read more about the program and BOS File 220970

Applications accepted year-round for the Storefront Vandalism Relief Grant  

This grant provides up to $2,000 in financial relief for the restoration of small businesses impacted by deliberate actions that result in destruction or damages of small business storefronts. Examples of damages include, but are not limited to broken windows, doors, locks, etched windows, and graffiti. 


Shared Spaces deadline extended to January 15, 2023 

Businesses now have until January 15, 2023 to submit an application to transition an existing Shared Space to a more permanent one. Submit your application as soon as possible to ensure permitting staff have time to provide strong customer service and support.   

Not planning to keep your Shared Space? Your pandemic permit will remain valid through March 2023. Learn how to end your Shared Space.  

Here are resources for businesses with Shared Spaces: 

General Shared Spaces Questions? Email: 

Footprint and Loading Zone Questions? Email:

Spotlight: Get no-cost tools for hiring with Employer Services

The Office of Economic & Workforce Development’s Employer Services team is your workforce concierge and can assist your business with promoting jobs, finding local candidates, accessing hiring events, and introductions to workforce community partners.  

Contact Employer Services at and register your business on the City’s job matching resource tool,

These services are available for bilingual and monolingual employers and employees. 

Learn more 


Healthcare open enrollment is now through January 31, 2023 

Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) helps you find health insurance for your employees that fits your budget and theirs. Federal tax credits to lower the cost of coverage are available to qualifying small businesses. 

Learn more 


Accessible Business Program & Other Building Permits 

Department of Building Inspection expects a rush of permit applications ahead of December 31, the final day before new building code regulations take effect on January 1.  

This includes the December 31 deadline to apply for construction permits to comply with the Accessible Business Entrance program. 

They strongly encourage submitting permit applications by December 15. 

Details about the ABE program 

Go to the Permit Center 

Webinars & Events 

NOV 4 

Preventive Business Law Office Hours 

On the first Friday of each month, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center hosts Coming up this week is an introduction to how the law effects new businesses. 

Sign up 

NOV 4 

California Rebuilding Fund and other loan options 

Join Small Business Majority for to discuss loan options for small and micro business owners, including the California Rebuilding Fund, which closes on November 15. 



4-Week Food Business Course 

This course is hosted by the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. It is for those looking to start a restaurant, cafe, catering company, bakery, food truck, or small-scale food product. It is also for those already underway, needing to refine their approach. 

Learn more 

NOV 8 

How to Start Your Business in San Francisco: Licensing & Permits  

Learn to navigate business registration, business entities, and local licenses and permits. This is an online and in person event hosted by the San Francisco Small Business Development Center. 


NOV 10 

Creative Storytelling with Meta 

Refine your business’s creative strategy, connect with local businesses, Meta employees, and subject matter experts. This is an all-day event at Meta’s headquarters in Menlo Park that will help participants use Reels, Stories, and Lives to improve your business’s social media presence to increase audience engagement, customer reach, and grow your business. 


NOV 14 

The Small Business Commission will meet to hear the following items: 

  • Legacy Business Registry Applications from Black and Blue Tattoo, Condor Club, New Lun Ting Café, and Royal Bakery 

  • Shared Spaces Program Update 

  • BOS File 220971 - Planning Code - Gates, Railings, and Grillwork Exceptions for Cannabis Retail Uses and Existing Non-Residential Uses 

Read the full agenda and meeting details 

NOV 15 

How to Start Your Business in San Francisco: All Things Financial 

Learn how to read financials and understand what it takes to fund and run your business including various City grants and loan opportunities. Hosted by the San Francisco Small Business Development Center. 


NOV 17 

Legal Clinic 

Sign up for pro bono time with an attorney to discuss legal issues your business is facing. Hosted by Legal Services for Entrepreneurs. 

Sign up 

DEC 6 

Save the date: Small business pop-up shop at City Hall 

Shop and support over 40 local makers, artisans, and merchants. Hosted by the Office of Small Business, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. 
Details coming soon to 

Did you know?

A new, simpler application is now available for the Legacy Business Registry 

Office of Small Business is seeking Legacy Business applications from longstanding businesses in Bayview, Excelsior, Inner and Outer Sunset, Portola, and Visitacion Valley. Businesses from these neighborhoods – currently underrepresented on the Legacy Business Registry – will be given review priority. 
Legacy Business Registry recognizes businesses that are over 30 years old, which make up the fabric of San Francisco’s culture and uniqueness. There are currently around 300 businesses on the Registry, which you can browse at  

Being added to the Registry is an application process. The benefit to businesses of being added to the Registry includes recognition, marketing and business help, and grants. 

Learn more