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SBN's Mega Mixer

Join us for a Mega-Mixer sponsored by the San Francisco Small Business Network
and our member organizations. Monday, February 22, 2010, 6-8 pm
First Bank, 550 Montgomery Streets. More.

Resolution for Equitable Small Business Procurement

The members of the San Francisco Small Business Network (SBN) are convinced that increased procurement of goods and services by the City and County of San Francisco from local business would create a substantially positive impact on our economy. It is well known that neighborhood-serving businesses are a key component in a person’s decision as to where to live, work or visit.


The Board of Delegates voted to take the following positions on the November 3 ballot:

Proposition A, a Charter Amendment to instituting a two-year budget cycle for San Francisco. Support

Proposition B, a Charter Amendment to remove the cap on the number of supervisorsí aides. Oppose

Proposition C, an initiative ordinance to allow a commercial name for Candlestick Park. Support

Proposition D, an initiative ordinance to create a mid-Market Street sign district. Support

Proposition E, an initiative ordinance to ban new general advertising on public streets and city-owned buildings. Oppose

Subsidized employment program funded by stimulus dollars

Attention San Francisco Business Owners!
JOBS NOW! is a subsidized employment program funded by stimulus dollars and administered by San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA).  HSA will reimburse the cost of 100% of the wages for any JOBS NOW! employee you employ through September 30, 2010.  Employers are required only to pay for payroll taxes, any fringe benefits that employees typically receive, and supervision of participants.
For more information and to access the application go to, or call 1-877-JOB1NOW. 

Ballot initiatives
With a quorum present, the following ballot initiatives were voted on at Monday, August 24th, 2009regular meeting of the SBN Delegates. (Text provided by SF Chamber of Commerce)Download November 2009 Ballot Initiative

2009 Businesses and Avocates for Small Business.

Each year the San Francisco Small Business Network Presents Awards for Businesses and Avocates for Small Business. Nominees must own and operate a small business in San Francisco and are evaluated on:

Staying power (history as an established business), growth in employees, increases in sales and/or unit volume, innovativeness of product or service, and community service.

View a short video for each of the Awardees, the 2009 Winners are:

Small Business Advocate Individual Award

Scott Hauge







Small Business Advocate
Organization Award

Entrepreneurship Center







Small Business Award
(25 Employees or Fewer

Erin Bowes
MSA Planning and Design
Consultants, Inc.






Small Business Award
(25 Employees or More)

Terry Aston Bennett
Cliff's Variety






Certified Green Bussiness

David Becker







Technology Award

Pamela Busch
CAV Winebar & Kitchen








Technology Award

Merrie Turner Lightner
Lightner Property Group







Click herer to view 2008 videos

In addition to SBN and the SF Council of District Merchants Association, the
following business organizations contributed to the March 16th Welcome
Reception for our New Supervisors at the Old Mint:

Building Owners & Managers Association
Coaltion for Better Housing
Professional Property Management Association
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
San Francisco Small Business Advocates

Thank you. It was a great event!!!

Welcome Property Management Systems for joining SBN as an Association Member.

Guide to Greening Up Your Small Business, presented by Urban Solutions Green Business Initiative. Click here for more info.

Each year, the Small Business Administration celebrates Small Business Week to salute the vital contributions of entrepreneurs to the American economy.

In 2009, the San Francisco District Office will hold Small Business Week during May. An important part of that celebration is the competition for awards which recognizes outstanding businesses and advocates who work on their behalf.

We encourage you to nominate a business that is solidly profitable, contributes to the community and stands as a model of excellence. Self-nominations are gladly accepted.

To nominate a business or for more information, please contact Gary Marshall at (415) 744 6771 or [email protected] .

The Small Business Administration offers a variety of classes for business owners in our Entrepreneur Center, located at 455 Market St., 6th Floor in downtown San Francisco. Click here for Oct21-30 class schedule.

SBA Offers New Online Training for Exporters

WASHINGTON ─ A new online course will help small businesses explore exporting opportunities in international markets. Global Enterprise: A Primer on Exporting is a free, self-paced course that provides practical guidance on exploring international markets.

The new course is available from the Small Business Administration training Web site at To access the course, click on “Free Online Courses,” and then select the first course listed under International Trade.

The course is a comprehensive training module using script and audio to provide fundamental information about selling in global markets. It illustrates how to identify international markets, develop an export strategy, make and receive international payments, and finance trade operations, plus guidance on determining a firm’s readiness and suitability for exporting. The Exporting Primer includes more than 45 direct links to many key international resources.

Exporting can be an avenue to tap into the increasing global marketplace. There are some 236,000 small business exporters, representing 97% of all U.S. exporters, and they generate some 30% of export sales. In 2007, U.S. exports of goods and services amounted to $1.6 trillion, with small businesses accounting for nearly $500 billion of those exports.

“The advantages to exporting can mean big opportunity for entrepreneurs that want to capitalize on emerging markets worldwide,” said SBA Acting Administrator Sandy K. Baruah. “The SBA recognizes the value of reaching out to small businesses early in the trade game by using technology that is readily accessible and easy to use.”
In addition, the SBA’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Export-Import Bank offers federal export programs and services through the U.S. Export Assistance Centers. Small businesses can receive a full range of business export assistance under one roof to makes it easier to get the help needed to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

“More now than ever, small business exports play a major role in our economy,” said Luz Hopewell, SBA Director of International Trade. “Through the new online exporting course, the SBA will be able to help more small businesses access new markets, sell more goods overseas, and create new jobs at home.”

Course participants completing the 30-minute online training programs can earn a certificate of completion from the SBA, with their name, date and course title. The Export Primer course is one of nearly 30 online tutorials offered by the SBA on its virtual campus, the Small Business Training Network ( SBTN is part of the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education (OEE), which combines the agency’s online education programs, youth outreach, and outreach to underserved markets under a single umbrella.

New Legislation Improves Options for San Francisco Business Tax Credits

On June 24th the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation making it easier for businesses to qualify for the local Enterprise Zone Payroll Tax Credit. The newly passed ordinances make the local program more consistent with the California Enterprise Zone Program, extending eligibility for the Payroll Tax Credit to thousands of additional San Francisco businesses, jobs, and workers, effective immediately.

The local Enterprise Zone Payroll Tax Credit was created to encourage businesses in specified geographic areas to hire and retain workers from targeted groups. Administered by the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector, the tax credit offsets the payroll tax a business would have paid by hiring new qualified employees and can be claimed over a period of ten years. Changes to the program are summarized below:

• Previously limited to new hires in newly created jobs, the San Francisco Enterprise Zone Payroll Tax Credit can now apply to any new hires, if the business and worker meet other eligibility criteria.

• The geographic boundaries of San Francisco’s Enterprise Zone were expanded and now include Chinatown, South of Market, Mission Bay, Embarcadero, Potrero Hill, Tenderloin, Civic Center, Western Addition, Japantown, Financial District, Bayview, Hunters Point and Parts of Visitacion Valley. view a map of the new zone

• Eligibility criteria for workers have been expanded consistent with the California Enterprise Zone Program, excepting the state provision regarding an employee’s residence.

• San Francisco’s program requires that eligible workers be residents of the City.

For more information about whether your business qualifies, and for help understanding and processing hiring tax credits, please contact Paige Buck at SF Works at (415) 217-5182 or [email protected]

2008 Businesses and Avocates for Small Business.

Each year the San Francisco Small Business Network Presents Awards for Businesses and Avocates for Small Business. Nominees must own and operate a small business in San Francisco and are evaluated on:

Staying power (history as an established business), growth in employees, increases in sales and/or unit volume, innovativeness of product or service, and community service.

View a short video for each of the Awardees, the 2008 Winners are:

Small Business Award
(25 or fewer employees)

Bibby Gignilliat
Parties that Cook






Small Business Award
(25 or fewer employees)

Peggy Hughes
Peggy Hughes Associates






Certified Green Business Award

Clare Munn
tcg: The Communication Group






Small Business Award
(25 or more employees)

Rick Karp
Cole Hardware






Small Business Advocate of the Year, Individual

Jordanna Thigpen







Small Business Advocate, Organization

Women's Initiative for
Self Employment (WISE)






About The SBN:
By enhancing the City’s small business climate, the SBN believes economic, social and cultural health of the city and the community at-large will benefit.

For more than twenty years, The San Francisco Small Business Network (SBN) has served as a strong, clear, and unified voice of the small business community in San Francisco.

Its mission is to strengthen and unify the voice of the Small Business Community in San Francisco. With a growing membership of 17 business organizations, we represent more than 19,000 small businesses in San Francisco currently. For more information about the SBN or any of its programs, please call us at 415-731-2859, or visit



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