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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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Weights & Measures/POS Renewal
December 31, 2019

The annual DPH Weights and Measures / Point of Sales renewal is due on December 31st of every year. Renew and pay online today.

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Assembly Bill 5
Effective January 1, 2020

On January 1, 2020, Assembly Bill (AB) 5 will go into effect. This site provides information on AB 5 for both workers and employers, including the details of when and how this new law affects worker rights and employer obligations, as well as links to various helpful resources.

Last modified date: Tue, 12/31/2019 - 14:35

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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