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Step 10. Get Industry-Specific Assistance from the City

The Office of Small Business and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development are here to assist you as you continue to do business in San Francisco.



OEWD Key Industries

San Francisco has long been a beacon to people and companies who think outside the box. As a result, the City has become an international hub for a number of pioneering, forward-thinking industries - including Life Sciences & Health Care, Information Technology & Digital Media, Clean Technology, Financial & Professional Services, iPDR (Integrated Production, Distribution and Repair), Retail & Hospitality, International Commerce and Film.

To continue this tradition of business excellence, OEWD provides the following industry support services: 

    •  Assistance in navigating city government to ensure that companies spend more time doing business and less time searching for answers 
    •  Access to local, state and federal tax credits, energy-efficiency programs and employee training funds to help companies lower their business costs 
    •  Employee recruitment, training and retention services to provide businesses with a pool of skilled applicants necessary for their success 
    •  Site location assistance to help facilitate start-up, expansion or relocation
For information and assistance, contact the Industry Initiatives Business Development Team:

Clean Technology and Green Business
Todd Rufo

Fashion SF
Ellyn Parker

Financial and Professional Services
Todd Rufo

Information Technology and Digital Media
Laurel Barsotti

iPDR (Integrated Production, Distribution and Repair)
Todd Rufo

Life Sciences and Health Care
Todd Rufo

Retail and Hospitality
Todd Rufo

Darlene Chiu Bryant


Office of Small Business


The Small Business Assistance Center provides one-on-one case management for all small business related matters. Contact us by phone at 415-554-6134, or in person at City Hall, Room 110, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, 94102, Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM.


Martha Yanez



Last updated: 4/16/2012 11:35:11 AM