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San Francisco: A Global Gateway

With an unparalleled global reputation, San Francisco provides the ideal setting for international business to innovate and thrive.

Global Workforce

San Francisco’s international outlook reflects our global and diverse population. Over one third of San Francisco residents were born outside of the U.S. and more than 100 languages are spoken. This provides an international human resource that cannot be matched.

International Business Community

San Francisco has a long history as an international gateway and is one of the major global business centers in the United States. San Francisco is proud to be home to international companies such as Kikkomann (Japan), GCL Solar (China), Aegon (Netherlands), Deutsche Bank (Germany), Globant (Argentina) and many others. The City has also gained an international reputation as a center for innovation and entrepreneurship and attracts start-ups from all over the world eager to be part of the dynamic technology eco-system that exists here.

Many global brands that were founded in San Francisco continue to expand internationally including GAP, Levi Strauss, URS Corporation, Gensler, Salesforce and Twitter.


San Francisco continues to lead the U.S. in global connectivity with SFO International Airport consistently ranking among the best international airports in the world and offering direct connections to virtually every corner of the world. San Francisco is also at the center of a region that offers major ocean ports, free trade zones, high-speed digital infrastructure, experienced professional service providers in all sectors, major financial institutions and world-class academic and R&D institutions.

How we can help

OEWD’s International Trade and Commerce Division facilitates networking opportunities with local businesses, provides access to an extensive network of government and business resources, organizes overseas business missions and serves as the liaison to the local diplomatic and international business community. The Division also coordinates San Francisco’s award-winning Sister City program.

If you represent an international company considering San Francisco as a U.S. location, please contact the Director of International Business Development who can share more about our suite of services.

If you are a San Francisco business considering a location outside the United States, please contact the International Business Development Manager.

For information and assistance, contact:

Mark Chandler
Director – International Trade & Commerce Division
Manish Goyal
International Business Development Manager