Small Business Resources


Small businesses make up more than 80% of our active membership. We work with our strategic partners to make sure you have all the resources you need for starting, growing, and maintaining your small business in San Francisco.

Small Business Resources for COVID-19

For San Francisco specific information, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development has resources for employers and employees and up-to-date information on COVID-19 restrictions and regulations for businesses.

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development offers updates on California's resources and state guidelines for businesses impacted by COVID-19.


For federal resources, the U.S. Small Business Administration has updated information regarding programs, guidance, and regulations for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Chamber Resources

Join our open office hours for small businesses on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM to talk through the challenges you are facing with your business and ask questions about resources that are available to you. Free and open to Members and Non-members.

See our event calendar to register for our upcoming Office Hours.

Partner Portal

If you’re a Chamber Member, you can log in to your Member Information Center for full Chamber benefits, including member-to-member deals, job posting portal, event calendar, member directory and contact information, and more.
Log in

SF Biz Connect

SF Biz Connect encourages local spending within the business community. We encourage you to sign up if you haven’t already!

Incentives & Resources

The San Francisco Center for Economic Development, one of the Chamber’s foundation partners, provides a robust collection of incentives and resources helpful to small businesses.
SFCED incentives & resources

Partner Resources

The Chamber has strategic partnerships with small business organizations and companies as a way of maximizing opportunities and information available to our collective members. Our Chamber partners can provide a vast array of small business resources in a variety of needed areas.

San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations

San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations is one of the most trusted resources for small businesses.

San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce

The SFAACC represents and promotes African American business owners in San Francisco.

San Francisco Small Business Development Center

The SFSBDC helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The San Francisco SBDC is dedicated to increase the economic vitality of the communities they serve. They provide free, confidential one-on-one customized consulting services and training workshops to established businesses and certain start-ups in San Francisco.

U.S. Small Business Administration – San Francisco District Office

The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.

Golden Gate Business Association

The Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) is the first business organization founded by LGBT entrepreneurs.


Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

City Resources

San Francisco Business Portal

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.
Go to the portal

San Francisco Planning Code

You can view San Francisco’s zones on the official Zoning Map and in Section 201 of the San Francisco Planning Code, as well as find the zoning use district of your property on our San Francisco Property Information Map by entering your address or Assessor’s Lot and Block number and click the “Zoning” tab.
Go to the planning code page

Legacy Businesses

Charged to preserve and enhance San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity, Heritage aims to help manage change over time, advocating for smart growth through the protection and reuse of historic structures and landscapes.
Go to

Business Assistance

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports San Francisco’s ongoing economic vitality by strengthening its neighborhoods, businesses, commercial corridors and workforce.
Go to the page