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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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Minimum Wage Increase
July 1, 2020

The San Francisco minimum wage increases to $16.07 per hour on July 1, 2020. The minimum wage proposition approved by San Francisco voters in 2014 requires that on July 1, 2020, the minimum wage rate be adjusted based on the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index.

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Paid Parental Leave - 8 Weeks
Effective July 1, 2020

Employers are required to extend paid parental leave compensation from 6 weeks to 8 weeks as of July 1, 2020. Due to the State of California’s expansion of the Paid Family Leave program, for Claim Effective Dates beginning on or after July 1, 2020, employees are entitled to 8 weeks of California Paid Family Leave for new child bonding.

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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.
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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