Please note that the Business Portal will be shut down permanently at the end of August 2022. Content from the Business Portal is available at
If you need further assistance, contact the Office of Small Business at or (415) 554-6134. 

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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. Don't forget to sign up for the latest announcements from the Office of Small Business.

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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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Accessibility Inspection Grant Program
Due June 30, 2022

Apply for a small business grant to help you understand and plan for accessibility improvements. This grant will pay for an inspection of your storefront from a Certified Access Specialist or licensed architect and help small businesses required by landlords to comply with the San Francisco Accessible Business Entrance program.

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First Year Free Program
November 1, 2021 - October 31, 2022

First Year Free is a new program that waives the cost of initial registration fees, initial license fees, first-year permits, and other applicable fees for qualifying businesses. There is no extra paperwork to apply – enrollment is automatic when you register as a new business or new location with the City.

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Business Registration Renewal
Due May 31, 2022

All persons doing business in San Francisco must have a current business registration. 
New this year: Most businesses that have previously reported under $50,000 in Gross Receipts and zero employees will receive a bill and will not be required to file a renewal.

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I believe I am a born entrepreneur and always knew I would be my own boss one day.
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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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