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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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Business Registration Renewal
DUE May 31, 2016

Online Business Registration Renewal is now available for the period covering July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

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San Francisco Small Business Week 2016
May 21-28, 2016

The 12th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week is a partnership formed to honor and support the more than 85,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs that call San Francisco home. As part of National Small Business Week, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of small business owners by offering a series of educational and networking events designed to inspire, educate, and connect the members of our business community.

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JobsNOW! offers Bay Area businesses a wage reimbursement to incentivize the hiring of eligible San Francisco job seekers and to help them grow their business. JobsNOW! has connected over 15,000 San Francisco residents to jobs and has partnered with over 500 Bay Area businesses.

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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 learn how to apply. Compliance is only a click away.

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