Below is a list of resources serving small businesses and micro-enterprises in San Francisco.
The mission of La Cocina is to cultivate low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities.
Legal Services for Entrepreneurs
Founded in 1997, Legal Services for Entrepreneurs (LSE) provides free business legal services to low-income individuals (including women and people of color) who want to start or develop for-profit businesses, and certain for-profit businesses committed to community economic development.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center
The San Francisco LGBT Community Center’s Business Development Program provides a range of services to help LGBT small businesses and entrepreneurs start, run, and grow their small businesses.
The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Our Entrepreneur Development Program offers a variety of options geared to support client’s goals to launch, improve or grow their business.
Opportunity Fund is a not-for-profit social enterprise helping thousands of California families build financial stability. Our strategy combines microloans for small businesses, microsavings accounts, and community real estate financing.
Pacific Community Ventures
Pacific Community Ventures builds responsible small businesses to create jobs and opportunities in lower income communities. We achieve this mission with three core activities: equity investing, impact evaluation & policy research, and business advising.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center provides comprehensive small business training for entrepreneurs at every stage of their business development—from idea feasibility to business launch, sustainability and growth.
SBA offers information on small business loans, grants, bonds and other financial assistance.
San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
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 and Chinese to established and start up businesses in San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County.
We have over 50 counselors with real world experience providing free counseling in accounting, business planning & structure, commercial leases, eCommerce, finance, manufacturing, marketing, operations, retail, strategic planning, and more.
The UC Hastings Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic
This legal clinic serves as outside counsel for social enterprises (both nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses) on corporate and transactional matters. We advise clients on a variety of corporate governance, regulatory compliance, contractual, and entity formation matters. We enjoy working collaboratively with our clients to help them minimize risks and avoid pitfalls as they achieve their social impact goals and provide legal counsel customized to their particular circumstances to advance their long-term sustainability. The legal clinic provides all its legal services pro bono and prioritizes partnering with social enterprises that are making an impact in economically marginalized communities.
From our offices in the South of Market and the Western Addition, Urban Solutions offers a comprehensive range of economic development services to our clients.
Working Solutions’ Mission is to provide under-served micro-entrepreneurs with the access to capital and resources they need to start or grow a business. We support micro-enterprise growth as a strategy to strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and build strong communities.