Small business newsletter for December 2022

Support Small Businesses over the Holiday Season

The Office of Small Business knows how important the holiday season is for San Francisco’s small businesses. To make it easier for you to find holiday activities hosted by small businesses and merchant corridors, we launched a holiday “buy local” campaign as part of the City’s Shop Dine SF campaign. Find festive activities at Follow @ShopDineSF on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and visit often for updates.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous holiday season!

Small Business Holiday Events

There are dozens of events taking place throughout San Francisco. Enjoy a few highlights, find the full, up-to-date list at

DEC 3-4: Sunset Holiday Mercantile

Two days of local makers, merchants, artists, food trucks, children’s activities, and more.

DEC: Winter Wanderland, Union Square

This month-long Holiday Market features treats and treasures from local vendors.

DEC 10: La Cocina Holiday Market, Tenderloin

Shop local handmade goods by BIPOC and women artisans at the beloved La Cocina marketplace.

DEC 10: Halo-Halo Holidays, SOMA Pilipinas

Enjoy family-friendly activities, food trucks, and local retailers, merchants, and artists.

DEC 15: Winter Wonderland 2022, Bayview

Come for ice skating, snowman building, s’mores, and a Bayview Bazaar featuring local retail and gift vendors.

DEC 17: Visitation Valley Holiday Light Festival

Explore light art by local artists, while staying warm with bites and beverages from Leland corridor businesses.

Neighborhood Shopping Guides

Thanks to the Board of Supervisors and local merchant groups for shining a light on neighborhood shopping! Find more guides at





Announcements & Highlights

New Graffiti Abatement pilot program

On November 30, the Department of Public Works announced a courtesy graffiti abatement program for storefronts and other private properties in neighborhood commercial corridors. The pilot program will allow professional Public Works crews or City contractors access to wipe out graffiti at zero cost to the affected property and business owners.

Property and business owners interested in receiving a courtesy abatement should make a request through the 311 customer service center. The property owner’s consent is required.

New payment plan option for food-based businesses with overdue SFDPH license fees

If your food-based business has an outstanding fee due to the San Francisco Department of Public Health, you may be eligible for a payment plan, instead of having to pay the whole bill at once. Businesses have until April 30, 2023 to enter into a payment plan. Get started at

Paid Family Leave Small Business Grant

This grant is for eligible California small businesses with financial assistance to offset the added costs while an employee is on Paid Family Leave, either for a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member. Grant amounts are $1,000-2,000 per employee on leave, for training and upskilling existing staff to cover the duties of the employee on leave, hiring and training additional staff to cover the duties of the employee on leave, and the marketing, recruitment, and training costs to cover these activities.
Find out more and apply

Permits required for transportation of mixed construction and demolition debris

San Francisco’s Construction and Demolition Debris Recovery Ordinance requires any person or company that collects and transports mixed construction and demolition debris (mixed C&D debris) from San Francisco jobsites to obtain an annual or temporary (7-day) permit. SF Environment Department is now accepting applications for 2023 annual permits.

For questions or to obtain a permit, visit, email, or call 415-355-3799.


Important update for food service businesses that use 3rd party delivery apps (DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub, etc.)

Review and update your contracts by January 30, 2023

The rules for 3rd party delivery services have recently changed, impacting the delivery fees businesses pay. Beginning on January 31, 2023, 3rd party delivery services must offer you a contract option with a maximum delivery fee of no more than 15%. You will likely have to proactively change your contract if you want to take advantage of the 15% fee option. Otherwise, it may revert to a higher fee beginning on January 31, 2023.

Find out more at, or reach out directly to the service(s) you use

Applications open for the NextGen Business Initiative

The program begins in January 2023

University of San Francisco’s Gellert Family Business Center is accepting applications for a 9-month program specially designed for emerging family business leaders, ages 25–45, looking to transition into leadership. The program runs from January 21 to September 22, 2023. Tuition is on a sliding scale.

Learn more and apply.

Kickstart Your Business @50+

Program begins February 27, 2023

Blissen and SF Tech Council offer a 10-week “Kickstart Your Business at 50+” program online. This opportunity is designed to guide aspiring older adult entrepreneurs through the step-by-step process of bringing their business ideas to life. Some previous businesses that went through the program include tutoring services, carpet cleaning, home care, tech consulting, financial advising, yoga/wellness classes, and personal or life coaching.

Find out more

Healthcare open enrollment

Through January 31, 2023

Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) helps you find health insurance for your employees that fits your budget and theirs. Federal tax credits to lower the cost of coverage are available to qualifying small businesses.

Learn more

Shared Spaces deadline extended to January 15, 2023

Businesses now have until January 15, 2023 to submit an application to transition an existing Shared Space to a more permanent one. Submit your application as soon as possible to ensure permitting staff have time to provide strong customer service and support.

Here are resources for businesses with Shared Spaces:

General Shared Spaces Questions? Email:

Footprint and Loading Zone Questions? Email:

Health Care Accountability Ordinance (HCAO)

Changes effective January 1, 2023

*This requirement is for businesses located outside of San Francisco but have contracts with the City & County of San Francisco.* The HCAO requires employers to offer a compliant health plan to their covered employees, to make payments to the City for use by the Department of Public Health, or, under limited circumstances, to make payments directly to their covered employees.

Read about the new changes

Legacy Business Spotlight

Gamescape is a friendly local game store. Discover titles created by local game designers, which are some of the hidden gems offered in the store, or take home award-winning favorites to experience the phenomenon yourself. For an entirely different challenge, Gamescape stocks an extensive selection of jigsaw and mechanical puzzles as well.

The Legacy Business Program recognizes over 300 iconic, long-standing businesses

Webinars & Events

DEC 1, 8 & 15

Business Storytelling

A 3-part webinar series hosted by the Renaissance Women’s Business Center. Part 1 is “The Basic Narrative,” part 2 is “An Engaging Bio,” and part 3 is “Your Success Narrative.” Sign up for one or all three.

Learn more


Get Ready For Your 2022 Taxes

In this workshop, you will learn how to comply with your business’s tax obligations and cope with the filing of federal taxes in the upcoming tax period. Hosted by the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.

Learn more


COVID-19 EIDL Repayment Webinar

Hosted by the SBA, learn how to find out when your loan is due, how much your payment is, track your loan balance, and get other important information you need to manage your loan. A second webinar will be on Jan. 10.



Virtual Legal Clinic

Join Legal Services for Entrepreneurs for their monthly business law clinic, for a one-hour consultation with a volunteer attorney. Registration in advance is required. Spots are limited.

Sign up


Small Business Commission meeting

The Small Business Commission will meet to hear the following items:

  • Legacy Business Registry Applications

  • BOS File Num. 220340 Planning Code – Planning Code – Neighborhood Commercial and Mixed Use Zoning Districts

  • Introduction to Planning

Read the full agenda and meeting details


Shared Spaces Application and Site Plan workshop

In partnership with the East Cut, this workshop is for current parklet operators wishing to apply for the Legislated Permit Program. This interactive training will ensure that parklet operators and professionals designing and building parklets understand how to create a site plan and an application. Bring your application and site plan with you and have our team of experts review it and provide feedback.



Parklet Design Training

This in person Shared Spaces training is for designers, builders, and contractors of parks. This interactive training will ensure that professionals designing and building parklets understand design requirements and best practices for safety and accessibility at Shared Spaces Parklets. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and will be listed on the Program website as having attended City’s training.


Did you know?

The Office of Economic & Workforce Development’s Employer Services team is your workforce concierge and can assist your business with promoting jobs, finding local candidates, accessing hiring events, and introductions to workforce community partners.

Contact Employer Services at and register your business on the City’s job matching resource tool,

These services are available for bilingual and monolingual employers and employees.

Learn more

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