The Small Business Assistance Center operated by the Office of Small Business is the City's central point of information and assistance for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in San Francisco. Contact us, by phone at 415-554-6134, email, or in person at City Hall, Room 110, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, 94102.
Office of Small Business, Small Business Assistance Center Hours:
We provide client services by phone, email, with appointment, and on a drop-in basis, M-F 8am-5pm. We are open through lunch. We provide multi-lingual services using Language Line and via multi-lingual staff when available. You may also submit our Contact Us Intake Form and a Business Counselor will contact you.
Business Assistance Provided:
Customized Checklist for Starting a Business
Business Registration Requirements Information and Assistance
Business Permits and License Information and Assistance
Small Business Loan Information
Referrals to Technical Assistance Providers and other Business Support Organizations
Information on ADA Requirements and Your Small Business
Referral to Business Planning Classes and Workshops
Referrals to Legal Resources and Classes for Business Law Basics including Leases
Information on City Labor Laws and Hiring Employees
Zoning & Land Use Information, including information on city Building Permit Process
Procurement Information - Selling to the Government - How to contract with the city
Small Business Certification Information - Local Business Enterprise Program (LBE)
Other Business Resources and Programs
San Francisco Business Portal
The San Francisco Business Portal is the City’s premier online business resource available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With comprehensive information and tailored tools, the Portal helps you easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business online from anywhere. Via the Portal you can quickly and efficiently learn what it takes to start a business, from selecting a business structure and business planning information, to permitting and licensing. Additionally, at every step along the way you will find key customized resources to help you in the process. Finally, should you wish to speak to a live person to review any of the information on the Portal, or similarly, if you are not able to locate the information you need, you may contact a Business Counselor at the Office of Small Business via the Portal. The Office of Small Business provides support staff to the Portal, and Counselors stand ready to assist you by phone, via email, or in person should you need additional assistance. Ready to get started? Visit the Portal and find the permits, licenses, requirements, and resource you need now!