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BUSINESS RESOURCES

Starting a Business

A lot goes into starting a business – from structuring your business and developing a business plan to business registration and obtaining the necessary permits and licenses. Fortunately, the San Francisco Bay Area offers a number of resources to make establishing your business easy and efficient. Among these resources are:

• City & County of San Francisco Office of Contract Administration: sfgsa.org

• City & County of San Francisco Office of the Assessor-Recorder: www.sfassessor.org

• City & County of San Francisco Office of the County Clerk: www.sfgov2.org

• City & County of San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development: www.oewd.org

• City & County of San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement: sfgsa.org

• City & County of San Francisco Office of Small Business: sfgsa.org

• City & County of San Francisco Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector: www.sftreasurer.org

• San Francisco Department of Building Inspection: www.sfdbi.org

• San Francisco Enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program: gispub02.sfgov.org

• San Francisco Small Business Development Center: sf.norcalsbdc.org

• U.S. Small Business Administration San Francisco District Office: www.sba.gov

San Francisco Small Business Assistance Center

The San Francisco Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC) is the city’s central point of information and assistance for small businesses located in the City and County of San Francisco. The SBAC provides customized information and assistance, case management and individualized support through many stages of business development. Services are available by phone, walk-in and by appointment, M-Th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Fridays by appointment. For additional information and personalized assistance, contact the Small Business Assistance Center at (415) 554-6134 or online at www.sfgov.org/sbac.

Doing Business in the Bay Area

San Francisco

In addition to affiliating with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, a number of other resources are available to assist start-ups, small businesses and mature enterprises doing business in the San Francisco Bay Area. These resources include:

• Asian Business League of San Francisco (ABL-SF): www.ablsf.org

• Bay Area Council: www.bayareacouncil.org

• Better Business Bureau: goldengate.bbb.org

• BNI San Francisco Bay: www.bnisfbay.com

• Golden Gate Business Association: www.ggba.com

• The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco: www.luxesf.com

• San Francisco Travel: www.sanfrancisco.travel

• San Francisco Chamber of Commerce: www.sfchamber.com

• SFMade: www.sfmade.org

• San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association: www.spur.org

• San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: www.sfhcc.com

• San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA): www.sfredevelopment.org

The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development

The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development offers specialized support for industries with unique needs including: clean technology and green business, financial and professional services, information technology and digital media, IPDR (Integrated Production, Distribution and Repair) and life sciences and healthcare. For more information visit www.oewd.org or contact Todd Rufo at todd.rufo@sfgov.org or 415-554-5694.

International Resources

As the gateway between America and the Pacific, international business resources are also available to domestic and international companies seeking to do business in San Francisco and abroad. Key resources include:

• Asia Society of Northern California: Focuses on Asian political, cultural and economic issues. www.bawtc.com

• Bay Area World Trade Center: Provides support to companies/individuals looking toward global business. www.bawtc.com

• California-Asia Business Council: Supports small-to-medium sized businesses aiming to work with overseas Asian partners. www.calasia.org

• Center for International Trade Development (CITD): Provides business training. www.bayareacitd.com

• San Francisco Center for Economic Development: Supports business and investments in San Francisco. www.sfced.org

• San Francisco Global Trade Council: Links local businesses to diplomatic and governmental trade officials globally. www.sfgtc.org.

• TradePort: Created in 1996, TradePort assists California export and import businesses. www.tradeport.org

• United States Foreign Commercial Service: Aids U.S. businesses looking to enter overseas markets. www.buyusa.gov.

Foreign Offices & Consulates

San Francisco hosts more than 75 consulates representing the governmental interests of virtually all the major countries of the world. These consulates include, but are not limited to:

Australia — 415-536-1970

Austria — 415-951-8911

Barbados — 415-421-8789

Belgium — 415-861-9910

Belize — 415-788-7500

Bolivia — 415-399-1515

Botswana — 415-885-2733

Brazil — 415-981-8170

Cameroon — 415-921-5372

Canada — 415-834-3180

Chile — 415-982-7665

China — 415-674-2900

Colombia — 415-495-7195

Costa Rica — 510-790-0785

Cote d’Ivoire — 415-310-0812

Cyprus — 925-284-1060

Czech Republic — 415-772-9803

Denmark — 415-391-0100

Ecuador — 415-982-1819

Egypt — 415-346-9700

El Salvador — 415-771-8524

Eri Trea — 510-986-1991

Fiji Islands — 650-580-1951

Finland — 408-725-8400 x1

France — 415-397-4330

Germany — 415-775-1061

Greece — 415-775-2102

Guatemala — 415-788-5651

Haiti — 415-561-2555

Honduras — 415-392-0076

Hungary — 650-573-7351

Iceland — 415-433-0449

India — 415-668-0662

Indonesia — 415-474-9571

Ireland — 415-392-4214

Israel — 415-844-7500

Italy — 415-931-4924

Jamaica — 415-206-5833

Japan — 415-777-3533

Jordan — 415-546-1155

Korea — 415-921-2251

Liberia — 510-444-3919

Lithuania — 925-284-3156

Luxembourg — 415-788-0816

Malta — 415-468-4321

Mauritius — 415-693-9345

Mexico — 415-354-1717

Monaco — 415-749-1663

Mongolia — 415-434-1111

Nepal — 415-434-1111

Netherlands — 877-388-2443

New Zealand — 415-399-1255

Nicaragua — 415-765-6821

Norway — 415-986-0766

Peru — 415-362-5185

Philippines — 415-433-6666

Poland — 415-777-4445

Portugal — 415-346-3400

Romania — 415-989-5900

Russian Federation — 415-928-6878

Rwanda — 415-394-5555

Singapore — 415-543-4775

Slovak Republic — 925-457-8380

Slovenia — 415-989-1800

Spain — 415-922-2995

Sweden — 415-788-2631

Switzerland — 415-788-2272

Tonga — 415-781-0365

Turkey — 415-362-0912

Ukraine — 415-398-0240

United Kingdom — 415-617-1300

Uruguay — 415-986-5222

Venezuela — 415-294-2252

Vietnam — 415-922-1707

Yemen — 415-567-3036

 

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