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Everything You Need to Succeed

Welcome to The San Francisco Business Portal – our City’s primary online business resource. With comprehensive information and tailored tools, the Portal helps you easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business, quickly learn what it takes to be compliant, and obtain resources along the way. Ready to get started? Find the permits, licenses, requirements, and guidelines you need now.

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Start a Business

Starting a business can be challenging. Being prepared and well-informed will help. Learn what it takes to move your idea from dream to reality.

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Manage Your Business

Your doors are open, so what’s next? Educate yourself on important dates, laws, and local resources to help you succeed.

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Grow Your Business

Business is good and it’s time to expand. Discover the information and resources you need to grow your business and thrive.

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Get Started
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Open for Business

Congratulations, your doors are open. Now you can focus on managing and growing your business.

Dates & Announcements

You don’t have to miss a deadline. Keep informed of important announcements and regulatory changes.

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Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Final Rule: Overtime
Effective December 1, 2016

Department of Labor publishes update on the overtime regulations which automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within first year of implementation. On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the final rule which will be effective on December 1, 2016. 

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Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO)
Effective July 1, 2016

San Francisco's minimum wage increases to $13.00 on July 1, 2016. On November 4, 2014, San Francisco voters passed Proposition J, raising minimum wage to $15.00 by 2018. All covered employers must post the required 2016 San Francisco Minimum Wage Poster at each workplace or jobsite as of July 1, 2016.

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Business Registration for TNC Drivers
DUE August 31, 2016

Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector extends deadline to August 31, 2016 for drivers of Transportation Network Companies to register without penalty. Drivers who already registered and paid penalties will receive a refund.

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I believe I am a born entrepreneur and always knew I would be my own boss one day.
Brenda Buenviaje
Brenda’s French Soul Food

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Starter Kits

Every great idea starts somewhere. Starter Kits explain how to turn an idea into a successful business with step-by-step guides, required permits, and helpful resources.

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Permits & Licenses

Find the permits and licenses you need and apply online. Compliance is only a click away.

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