BizFitSF

Biz Fit SF

Small Business Strengthening Pilot Program

Biz Fit SF is designed to strengthen existing small businesses in San Francisco. In the program, the Office of Economic & Workforce Development and nonprofit partners work with a limited number of businesses in targeted Invest In Neighborhoods corridors. The goal of the program is to strengthen commercial corridors by providing concentrated and tailored technical assistance to address individual needs of existing businesses and ensure that they are healthy and can grow in the context of the neighborhood landscape. Businesses that participate in the program may benefit from increased sales, local job creation, improved sustainability of the business and access to grant funding to implement their customized development plan.

Ideal candidates for the program are small businesses willing to receive practical advice from business consultants at no cost and commit to investing the time and resources needed to help their business grow. Business owners who are accepted into the program will be provided with 10-15 hours of technical assistance services.  As appropriate, consulting will be supplemented by classes through service providers to enhance basic business skills (bookkeeping, accounting, QuickBooks, marketing, social media, cash flow management, inventory management, etc.).

Participating businesses will also receive priority consideration for OEWD’s SF Shines façade and tenant improvement grants, as well as referrals to City-sponsored loans and programs.

The program is currently being piloted in the following Invest In Neighborhood corridors:

  • Bayview (3rd Street)
  • Castro (Upper Market)
  • The Fillmore
  • Lower 24th Street
  • OMI (Broad and Randolph Streets)
  • Visitacion Valley (Leland Avenue)

To be considered for the program, businesses must be located in one of the areas above. For general inquiries or consideration for the program, you can download an application and submit it to Diana Ponce De Leon at diana.poncedeleon@sfgov.org.