People, Space & Capital



Before you pay to post on Craigslist and spend hours sorting through applications… try SFMade’s Hiring Made Better Program! We understand the needs of manufacturers and can make the hiring process quicker, less expensive, and less painful. Hiring Made Better is free!

SFMade’s Hiring Made Better Program can help you to:

  • Craft a job description
  • Connect to a pool of local job seekers through the SFMade job board
  • Get information about hiring tax incentives
  • Choose between final candidates for an open position
  • Get sample HR materials such as employee handbooks, attendance policies, annual review forms, etc.
  • Connect to professional assistance such as: HR consultants, lawyers, payroll companies, etc.
  • Connect to local youth through our program called YouthMade: interns receive a grant funded stipend and are covered by worker’s comp.
  • And more! Access the SFMade Hiring and Recruiting Manual: SFMade Hiring and Recruitment Manual.

In addition to our youth internship program YouthMade, SFMade has launched a new partnership called Inside Manufacturing to expose local high school students to potential careers in the manufacturing sector.

Submit a Job now!

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For more info contact Claire Michaels, Manufacturing Workforce and Hiring Manager at or (415) 408-5605 ext. 7



SFMade’s Places to Make suite of services are designed to help local manufacturers make the best use of one of their most important – and expensive – assets: their urban industrial space. Places to Make services are uniquely tailored to the special needs of – and opportunities for – manufacturers, who seek to locate new, expanded, or start-up space for production, distribution, and related retail operations in the City limits of San Francisco.

Program elements:

Locate, Secure and Activate Space:
SFMade will work with you to find the industrial space – to lease or to buy – that is ideally suited to your needs. We begin the process by listening to understand your specific needs and then work together to create an effective real estate strategy. We provide education on the process of searching for spaces including understanding what types of spaces are suited to your needs and the cost implications of moving into a new space. We will identify all candidate spaces that best suit your needs and then assist in the transaction process to ensure we structure and negotiate the most advantageous lease or purchase to achieve your objectives. SFMade will also work with you to activate your space – ensure you obtain all necessary approvals/permits and oversee the project from start to finish.

To get started on finding your own Place to Make, click here. 

To look at available locations, click here.

List Your Space:
SFMade will help you market your available industrial/commercial space on our Space Listings page. This service is designed to help connect makers with spaces that are typically not found on traditional real estate listing sites and are represented by owners. If you are an owner with available space or a manufacturer with permission from the owner to sublease your space, click here. 

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For more information please contact: Gina Falsetto, Manager of Real Estate at



SFMade can help you source capital for a variety of purposes including startup costs, tenant improvements, operating equipment, machinery, working capital, general operations as well as a real estate purchase. Depending upon your needs and financial position, there are several sources of capital that we can help you access.

Forms of capital we can assist you to borrow and/or raise:

There are many loan programs, including both State and Federal loan guarantee programs, dedicated for industrial businesses and several experienced lenders in the community who market these special products. We can help you navigate the many lenders and loan product options – including government-backed loans, lines of credit, equipment or other asset based loans, or real estate products – to assure the right match for your needs and your specific business situation.

Crowd Funding
Crowd-funding allows businesses with relatively small or start-up capital needs to raise funds using an on-line portal, such as IndieGogo or Kickstarter. Typically crowd-funded campaigns for manufacturers involve asking for contributions to a specific project in return for pre-defined “benefits” – the most common of which is a commitment to provide finished product to the donor. In this way, crowd-funding acts as a way to raise capital by “pre-selling” products, in advance of manufacturing.

Many growing manufacturers find themselves at the point where major capital investments are needed that exceed what a lender will provide. Equity investment allows a company to take on capital without the immediate need to “service” the debt or make repayments, in return for a small % ownership stake in your company. SFMade can help you identify potential equity investors or “angels” as well as guide you on how to structure the deal.

To get started, click here to complete the Craft Capital questionnaire and SFMade will work with you to access the appropriate source(s) of capital for your business.

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For more information please contact: Janet Lees, Chief Program Officer at