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Host Organizations

Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA)

For over 35 years the Golden Gate Business Association has grown, promoted and increased the visibility of San Francisco Bay Area LGBT businesses and those businesses in the community that support them. With over 30 educational programs and networking events per year, as well as targeted promotion, the GGBA empowers its members to thrive in business. Visit the GGBA at www.ggba.com for more information and a full calendar of events. For more information, visit: ggba.com.

Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA)

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s mission is to celebrate and empower the restaurant community through advocacy, education, marketing, events and training. Founded by restaurateurs in 1936 to give restaurants a collective voice and bargaining power, the GGRA has evolved to be the singular representation and trusted one-stop resource for the culinary community in the Bay Area and beyond. We exist to advocate for restaurants’ unique interests. We do that within the corridors of City Hall and through year-round education and training programs to make sure our members are apprised of evolving legislation and stay in compliance. We celebrate and showcase our members through great annual events like Eat Drink SF and SF Restaurant Week. And we gather the restaurant community together for our content rich 2-day Industry Conference and our annual Saucy Awards gala. Our member community includes restaurants of all sizes and profiles and we have a valuable network of resources to support them through all stages of growth. For more information, visit: ggra.com.

 

Main Street Launch

Our mission is to create economic opportunity by empowering entrepreneurs. Through innovative partnerships we provide business owners with capital, education, and relationships that allow them to flourish. Our collaborative approach helps our clients create jobs and stimulates economic development in low-to-moderate income communities. For more information, go to: mainstreetlaunch.org.

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development. For more information, go to: medasf.org.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:

  • Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
  • Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
  • Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • Transforming public policy and influencing opinion maker

For more information, go to: nawbo.org.

Office of Small Business / Small Business Commission

The Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business function as the City’s central point of information and assistance to small businesses in San Francisco. The office provides direct services through customized one-on-one assistance, collaborations with other City agencies and referrals to various small business resources to help San Francisco businesses succeed and flourish. Recently, we’ve introduced the San Francisco Business Portal, our City’s primary online business resource. The Portal provides comprehensive information, customized kits and tailored tools to help entrepreneurs easily navigate through ways to start, manage and grow a business. For more information, visit: sfosb.org.

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Pacific Community Ventures

Pacific Community Ventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that engages small businesses, impact investors, and policymakers to build an economy that works for everyone.

We put volunteerism and financial capital to work supporting the real economy and creating good jobs with living wages. We do this by empowering small business owners with working capital, free advice and mentorship, and access to the networks they need to grow their companies. We also provide customized research and advisory services to investors and policymakers to drive more money to social good and local economic impact instead of just financial return.

Our programs repair and strengthen local economies, create new quality jobs, and stimulate private and public investment in underserved communities. For more information, go to: pacificcommunityventures.org

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Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (REC)

Renaissance provides comprehensive small business training and support services which include small business training classes on the introductory, business planning and advanced levels, online training, an onsite small business incubator, skills business and industry specific workshops, loan packaging and access to capital, one one one consulting. Renaissance is also the San Francisco’s US Small Business Administration’s Women Business Center. For more information, go to: rencenter.org.

San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce (SFAACC)

The San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce is one of California’s most influential minority business organizations, representing and promoting African American business owners in San Francisco. Through advocacy and economic development, SFAACC is creating a firm economic base that supports the self-determination and survival of African American businesses. SFAACC is a non-profit 501c6 corporation. For more information, go to: sfacc.org.

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is San Francisco’s most vibrant business network. The mission is to attract, support, and grow business through advocacy, economic development, and business development. Serving small business for 162 years, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce represents all business. For more information, visit sfchamber.com.

San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations (SFCDMA)

The Council is dedicated to the promotion, preservation and enhancement of San Francisco’s Business Community and brings together nearly twenty diverse neighborhood business organizations, giving small business owners a broad base of support. As a host of San Francisco’s Small Business Week, we help to celebrate the success of small business – the very backbone of San Francisco’s economy. For more information, go to: sanfranciscomerchants.com.

San Francisco Economic Development Alliance (SFEDA)

The San Francisco Economic Development Alliance is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations that provide training, funding and ongoing support for small and micro businesses in San Francisco. Our mission is to help low- and moderate-income San Franciscans improve their quality of life by strengthening small businesses and micro-enterprises. We achieve this mission by formalizing referrals between organizations, actively advocating at the City level for small businesses, leveraging resources and best practices and maintaining meaningful partnerships. For more information, go to: www.sfeda.org.

San Francisco Small Business Development Center

The San Francisco Small Business Development Center helps individuals start, manage and grow their businesses. We provide free, confidential one-on-one customized consulting services and training workshops in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese to established businesses and certain startups in San Francisco. Our team of professional consultants are not only counselors but also business owners with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a variety of industries such as restaurant and specialty food service, fashion retail and manufacturing, wholesale, technology and social media, government contracting, among others. For more information, go to: sfsbdc.org.

Straus Events

We help your small business achieve success through special events and project management. By coupling your goals with our expertise, we enhance your capacity to do and think big and ultimately achieve measurable success. Special events and projects are effective tools in reaching your goals – but are often stressful and unsuccessful without the needed resources or capacity. We are proud to support the San Francisco Small Business Week Committee and look forward to engaging you at the many special events throughout the week! For more information, go to strausevents.com. For more information, go to: strausevents.com.

USF Gellert Family Business Resource Center

The University of San Francisco’s Gellert Family Business Center provides family-owned businesses with access to networking, an open exchange of strategic and practical family business information and advances in the field of family business research, education, and scholarship.For more information, go to: usfca.edu/management/gellert.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States. For more information, visit sba.gov/ca/sf