Due to the pandemic, licensing and regulatory agencies have limited or no in-person service. This may impact or delay the processing time for applications, licenses and permits. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Small Business at sfosb@sfgov.org.



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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. Don't forget to sign up for the latest announcements from the Office of Small Business.

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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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Free PPE Available for Small Businesses
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Beginning on Monday, August 31, the City’s CBOs partners will be picking up and distributing PPE to local businesses that are open and/or will reopen soon, while supplies last. SF small businesses that would like to request PPE can contact their nearest participating CBO and may request a 30-day supply of hand sanitizers, surgical masks, and face shields.

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September - National Preparedness Month
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September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) to promote family, community and business disaster planning. As we continue to cope with COVID and the wildfires throughout California, smart planning can help keep your business running or reopen quickly if disaster strikes.

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COVID Resources for Businesses and Employees
Assistance Available

Get the latest news, updates and resources for businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19.

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I believe I am a born entrepreneur and always knew I would be my own boss one day.
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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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