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Everything You Need to Succeed

Welcome to The San Francisco Business Portal – our City’s primary online business resource. With comprehensive information and tailored tools, the Portal helps you easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business, quickly learn what it takes to be compliant, and obtain resources along the way. Ready to get started? Find the permits, licenses, requirements, and guidelines you need now.

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Start a Business

Starting a business can be challenging. Being prepared and well-informed will help. Learn what it takes to move your idea from dream to reality.

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Manage Your Business

Your doors are open, so what’s next? Educate yourself on important dates, laws, and local resources to help you succeed.

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Grow Your Business

Business is good and it’s time to expand. Discover the information and resources you need to grow your business and thrive.

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Get Started
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Open for Business

Congratulations, your doors are open. Now you can focus on managing and growing your business.

Dates & Announcements

You don’t have to miss a deadline. Keep informed of important announcements and regulatory changes.

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Deadline to Pay Business Property Tax Bill
Due August 31, 2017


Business property owners must file a property statement (form 571-L) each year detailing the acquisition cost of all supplies, equipment, fixtures, and improvements owned at each location within the City and County of San Francisco.

If you filed your business property statement in a timely manner, you should have received your bill by the end of July. Payment is due on or before August 31st. It becomes delinquent after that date and will be subject to penalties and interest.

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Starting a Business in San Francisco
September 13, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


In this informative class, you will hear directly from the San Francisco Office of Small Business on rules, regulations, and important considerations for starting a business in San Francisco.

Learn how to register your business, file a fictitious business name, and obtain permits and licenses. You will also receive information on city programs and resources, including small business loans, tax credits and incentives, and technical assistance. Registration required.

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Public Hearing on Health Care Security Ordinance
September 7, 2017 9:30 am


The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement has extended the comment period for the updated proposed Rules interpreting the Health Care Security Ordinance until September 7th, 2017.

The public hearing on the proposed Rules has been postponed to 9:30 AM on Thursday, September 7th, 2017.

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I believe I am a born entrepreneur and always knew I would be my own boss one day.
Brenda Buenviaje
Brenda’s French Soul Food

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Starter Kits

Every great idea starts somewhere. Starter Kits explain how to turn an idea into a successful business with step-by-step guides, required permits, and helpful resources.

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Permits & Licenses

Find the permits and licenses you need and apply online. Compliance is only a click away.

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