San Francisco Celebrates 13th Annual Small Business Week & Continues to Focus on the City’s Commitment to Small Businesses

San Francisco Celebrates 13th Annual Small Business Week

Mayor Edwin M. Lee celebrated San Francisco Small Business week, the largest Small Business Week in the country, by recognizing six small businesses and entrepreneurs for their contributions to our City’s economic success.  Small Business Week (May 15th – 20th) features a full week of activities and workshops designed to provide San Francisco’s small business owners with a variety of support and resources to help them thrive and succeed. The week is celebrated with a weekend of sidewalk sales, which encourage residents to shop small and buy local.

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San Francisco Marriott Marquis Leads the Way Toward Zero Waste with Innovative Recycling Program Employing People with Disabilities


San Francisco, CA -- Every day, more than 150,000 people visit San Francisco. As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, San Francisco and its hotels host nearly 6 million individuals each year. These visitors leave more than just their hearts in San Francisco. In addition to their economic infusion into the City, they also leave behind tons of trash.

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City Celebrates the Opening of a New Bakery Through, Open in SF, A Small Business Acceleration Pilot Program

Open In SF

San Francisco, CA—Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Katy Tang, Supervisor Norman Yee, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) together with the community celebrated the grand opening of Noe Valley Bakery, a recipient of the OEWD’s Open in SF program (Small Business Acceleration Program). The pilot program is the first of its kind that provides direct services to entrepreneurs seeking to open small brick and mortar food-based businesses in San Francisco that guides them through the current complex permitting process.

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Mayor Lee, Supervisor Cohen & City Agencies Celebrate the Opening of New Plaza

Daggett Plaza

San Francisco, CA Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Malia Cohen, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the community celebrated the completion of a new open space in the Showplace Square area called Daggett Plaza. Formerly an underutilized street, Daggett Plaza has been transformed into a vibrant community space, serving families and children in Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Mission Bay, and many other neighborhoods.

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Mayor Lee Announces New Partnership with Warriors and Chase on Local Workforce Training


San Francisco, CA— In an effort to provide local residents with the skills needed to secure good jobs, as well as to address the workforce needs generated by new construction projects, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has kicked-off a new training program for construction trades, in partnership with the Warriors, Chase, Mortenson|Clark Joint Venture and local labor unions.

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Mayor Lee Youth Jobs+ Initiative Creates Thousands of Jobs for San Francisco Youth


San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee, the United Way Bay Area, San Francisco City Departments and private sector employers kicked off the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ 2017 initiative today. This program challenges employers of both large and small companies to create jobs, internships and paid job training for San Francisco residents. Today’s event at the Green Room of the War Memorial resulted in more than 6,100 on-the-spot pledged jobs for local youths, closing in on the program’s ongoing goal of 7,000 jobs.

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City Agencies Partner with SF Superior Court to Help Vulnerable Residents Reinstate Suspended Driver’s Licenses

Traffic Ticket

San Francisco, CA – City agencies are banding together to conduct a final push for outreach targeting the City’s most vulnerable unemployed and underemployed residents. Under a program signed into law by Governor Brown, individuals with suspended driver’s licenses can have them reinstated immediately, and reduce debt associated with court orders. The program, which ends March 31st, 2017, is an important opportunity for low-income San Franciscans to relieve debt and lift one of the most intractable barriers to employment.

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Office of Economic and Workforce Development Issues Emergency Grants to Seven Businesses Impacted by the Fire in Chinatown

Chinatown Fire

San Francisco, CA—The Office of Economic and Workforce Development today issued emergency grants to seven businesses that suffered a fire in Chinatown on February 3rd. The grants are part of the Small Business Disaster Relief Fund that was activated in response to a two-alarm fire in Chinatown where 22 employees were impacted. A total of $70,000 is being disbursed to impacted businesses to help with inventory replacement, equipment purchases, security deposits for a new lease, employee salaries, or other expenses to stabilize cash flow.

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San Francisco Launches $2.7 million in Grants To Help Nonprofits Purchase Affordable and Permanent Space as part of Mayor Lee’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

Mayor Lee’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative

San Francisco, CA—The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Northern California Community Loan Fund with key partners today announced $2.7 million in financial assistance to help nonprofits secure permanent space and to create solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases.

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City Introduces Legislation to Advance Protections for Industrial Businesses in San Francisco


San Francisco, CA – Legislation designed to enhance zoning protections for industrials businesses in San Francisco was introduced this week by Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Hillary Ronen, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Planning Department. Building on Mayor Lee’s 5-Point Production, Distribution, Repair (PDR) plan, this legislation will work to preserve existing industrial space in San Francisco.

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