Getting Started

Opening, expanding or relocating a business in a world-class destination is an exciting, but complex undertaking. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) helps businesses navigate through this process, and offers several resources to assist your business in finding a location that is right for you.

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San Francisco Business Portal

The San Francisco Business Portal is the ultimate resource for starting, running, and growing a business in our City. With comprehensive information and tailored tools, the portal helps you navigate the process and quickly learn what it takes to be compliant.

You can always receive customized, one-on-one assistance from the Office of Small Business if you have any questions regarding how to start your business in San Francisco. Services are available by phone, walk-in, and by appointment, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, at City Hall, Room 110. To schedule an appointment, please call 415-554-6134, or email, All services are available in English, Chinese and Spanish.

Invest in Neighborhoods

San Francisco owes much of its charm to the diversity and individuality of its neighborhood commercial corridors. Areas such as the Central Market, Visitacion Valley and Bayview corridors present new and relocating companies with a variety of attractive incentives and compelling real estate opportunities. Learn more about these opportunities through OEWD’s Invest in Neighborhoods initiative, currently being piloted in 25 commercial districts around San Francisco.

Development Projects

As one of the most sustainable cities in the country and one of the most desirable business destinations in the world, San Francisco has a dual imperative: not just to foster continued growth, but to ensure smart growth. Over the past decade, San Francisco has identified underutilized areas throughout the City for redevelopment. Learn more about current and future development projects that will offer new and relocating companies the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking new commercial communities.

Industry Programs

Dedicated to continuing San Francisco's tradition of business excellence, OEWD's Business Development team provides specialized support to address the unique needs of businesses in a variety of key sectors including life sciences, information technology, clean technology, manufacturing, fashion, tourism, nightlife, and international commerce. For emerging and established companies alike, our team serves as a centralized clearinghouse of information and services to support these industries’ ongoing success.