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Office of Small Business

News & Events

Updated April, 2014

• Office of Small Business, Small Business Assistance Center SPECIAL Hours
Beginning April 9, 2014 until further notice, the Office of Small Business, Small Business Assistance Center will be CLOSED half days M-F, 8am-1pm.  We will OPEN at 1pm.  Additionally, we will be closed all day 8am-5pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  Due to staffing constraints, you may experience longer than expected wait times, and/or delayed response times during this time. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Business Tax Change Ahead
In 2014, the Office of the Treasurer will be implementing the Gross Receipts Tax and Business Registration Fee Ordinance; which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2012.  Under the ordinance, the City will phase in a Gross Receipts Tax and reduce the Payroll Expense Tax over the next five years.  Business Registration Fees will also change for all businesses starting in May 2014.  For more information, visit the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector website, or click here for a list of upcoming Business Tax Change Seminars and to access Gross Receipts Tax and Business Registration Fees Ordinance Powerpoint Presentation

License 123 - Find Out Which Permits and Licenses Your Business Needs
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Small Business Assistance Center Small Business Commission

License 123
Start Your Business
Finance Your Business
Hiring Employees
Tax Credits & Incentives
Sell to the Government
Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Certification
Green Your Business
Technical Assistance
Resources & Workshops
Change Your Structure
Closing a Business
Sell My Business
New Gross Receipts Tax & Business Registration Fees (Effective 2014)

"How to Start a Business in San Francisco" Booklet: [English PDF]  [Chinese PDF]  [Spanish PDF]

Small Business Assistance Center Regular Hours:
Services are available by phone, walk-in, and by appointment, M-F, 8am-5pm.

Small Business Bulletin: 
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Commission Meetings- Public Notices
Legislation Impacting Small Business
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Office of Small Business Programs
Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes
Whether it's a fire or the devastating effects a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, small business owners need to be prepared for all types of business interruption. Click here for more information.

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Small Business Assistance Center, City Hall, Room 110, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-554-6134  Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Last updated: 4/10/2014 9:04:22 AM