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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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DPH Renewal Inspections
March 25-27, 2019

The annual DPH renewal inspections for 2019 will be conducted jointly with the SF Fire Department and Department of Public Works at Alemany Farmers Market space on March 25, 26, and 27 from 9am until 3pm. All owners/operators must bring their mobile food facility to this event to renew their permits. No appointment is necessary.

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Small Business Month - Awning Fee Waiver
May 1-31, 2019

If you've been thinking of replacing your awning or pedestrian level lightning for your storefront, the opportunity to make these improvements is coming up. As part of Small Business Month, May of every year, permit fees for awning replacements, signs on awning replacements and pedestrian level lightning will be waived for Fire Department and Public Works in addition to Department of Building Inspection and Planning permit review fees. Take advantage of this opportunity and start planning now.

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Accessible Business Entrance Program
Assistance Available

Are you a small business impacted by the Accessible Business Entrance Program (ABE)? The Office of Small Business is here to help. We offer case management support and resources to help navigate compliance.

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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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