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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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Sales Tax Filing
Due October 31, 2018

If you have a filing period end date of September 30, 2018, your return is due on October 31, 2018. For video tutorials on filing returns, visit the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

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Free Legal Clinic & Training for Small Businesses
November 6, 2018

Legal Services for Entrepreneurs is hosting a legal training and clinic for small business owners in conjunction with The Gap, Inc. Legal Team. Do you have questions about hiring, firing, wages, independent contractors, or other employment practices? Are you interested in learning how to separate yourself from the liabilities of your business? Come to this free training to learn more. Registration is required.

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Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO) Changes
Effective November 11, 2018

The following Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO) change becomes effective on November 11, 2018. Any employee who works on a City contract/lease for services, the for-profit rate is $17.00/hour. The non-profit rate is no less than the San Francisco Minimum Wage of $15.00/hour.

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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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