Invest In Neighborhoods
May 2017 Newsletter
News & Highlights
May is the Month to Celebrate Small Business!

The City and County of San Francisco invites you to celebrate small businesses! This month, there are opportunities for small businesses to participate in fee waivers and free events. Take advantage of these exciting activities:
  • San Francisco Small Business Week from May 15th to 20th and Kickoff
    San Francisco Small Business Week invites you to join this inspiring, free, annual event that honors small business' contribution to San Francisco's prosperity. Kicking off the week is a free gala, Flavors of San Francisco, so register to attend.  Visit the Events website to get details and registration for other free workshops and events. 
  • Awning Fee Waiver Program the Entire Month of May
    The City offers the Small Business Month Awning Fee Waiver Program every May. Under this program, merchants receive a fee waiver for permits issued during this month for awning replacements and pedestrian level lighting.
Main Street Launch makes its 100th Emerging Business Loan

Main Street Launch, an Invest In Neighborhood’s lending partner, made its 100th loan through the Emerging Business Loan Fund (EBLF) this year, providing over $13.2 million in credit. The 100th loan was made to OutCo, a software engineer interview prep company. About 50 percent of Main Street Launch’s loans are made to small, new businesses despite the fact that most traditional lenders will not consider funding start-ups.  Main Street Launch’s San Francisco clients operate in different industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, professional services, retail, health, and beauty.  Visit Main Street Launch for more information on services.

Photo © 2017 courtesy of  Al Barna

Restoration Breathes New Life into Historic Neon Sign

Invest In Neighborhoods, through its SF Shines storefront improvement program, has helped to fund the restoration of historic neon signs throughout the Tenderloin. A perfect example is the art deco neon sign at the Elk Hotel in the Tenderloin which is now illuminated thanks to the program and a matching contribution from the property owner. “SF Shines has made an extraordinary difference in restoring the historic neon lights of the Tenderloin and its noir legacy,” said Randy Shaw, the Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which received the grant. The restored signs preserve the architectural character of the Tenderloin while also providing additional pedestrian lighting to improve safety at night. Learn how to apply for this grant.

Shaping a Vision for the Excelsior & Outer Mission Neighborhood

On May 6th, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Planning Department and Office of Supervisor Safaí hosted an open house to kick-off a community discussion to develop an Excelsior and Outer Mission Strategy. Nearly 150 community members were in attendance in what proved to be a positive conversation with City and neighborhood representatives. The Strategy will outline a vision for improving and enhancing the Excelsior, Outer Mission, Mission Terrace, Crocker Amazon, and Cayuga neighborhoods. Further, it will strive to maximize the benefits of ongoing and future projects, working toward making the area an even better place to live and visit. Join the conversation and get engaged with the neighborhood-level visioning process. Sign up to receive event notifications and updates about the process.

New Bakery Launches Thanks to Open in San Francisco

On May 8th, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Katy Tang, Supervisor Norman Yee, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) together with the community celebrated the grand opening of Noe Valley Bakery's second location in West Portal. The bakery was a recipient of the OEWD’s Open in San Francisco services (Small Business Acceleration Program). The pilot program is the first of its kind that provides direct services to entrepreneurs seeking to open small brick and mortar food-based businesses in San Francisco that guides them through the current complex permitting process. Read more…

Popup Shop Enlivens San Francisco’s City Hall

On May 9th, hundreds of shoppers joined Mayor Ed Lee, members of the Board of Supervisors, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and SFMade for a-one-of-a-kind pop-up day. This first ever Popup Shop in City Hall was part of SFMade Week’s celebrations and over 40 San Francisco vendors from every supervisorial district were on hand to sell their locally-made products. SFMade Week runs through May 14th and festivities include factory tours, classes, open studios and more. There is still time to shop for unique Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation and wedding gifts so visit the Events page for more information.

Community Events

pleased to support the following events. Many activities are free and all events are open to the public. 
Sunday Streets is Back!

Sunday Streets kicked off on March 12th and the events provide a space where neighbors, small businesses, government agencies and the nonprofit Livable City collaborate to transform car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for all to enjoy. Invest In Neighborhoods is pleased to support this year's events and all Sunday Streets activities are open and free to the public. Event hours are from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit the Schedule of Events for more details:
  • Sunset/Golden Gate Park – June 11
  • Mission – July 16
  • Tenderloin – August 20
  • Western Addition – September 10
  • Excelsior – October 1
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Events in The Mission

Visit the San Francisco Mission Street events website for more details on the following exciting activities.



Festival is on May 27th and 28th

Grand Parade is on May 28th at 9:30 a.m.


Come celebrate with us at the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco! The 2017 Grand Parade will be held on May 28th at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets, where it will proceed west to Mission Street. From there, the parade heads north on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn east and flow into the Festival area.


Mural Walking Tours

Presented by Precita Eyes Muralists, 2981 24th Street

Ongoing on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30 p.m.


El Rio Bar – Salsa Sundays Live

El Rio, 3158 Mission Street

2nd and 4th Sundays

3:15 p.m. - Free Dance Class

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  - Live Band.

Admission is $8 before 4 p.m., $10 After

Dance to some of the best Salsa, Merengue and Cumbia bands from the bay area on the outdoor Patio. CASH only bar.


For Additional Events Visit…

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

Brava Theater –2781 24th Street

Galería De La Raza – 2857 24th Street

  Courtesy of Flyaway Productions
The Right to be Believed

May 25-27 & June 1-3, 2017
2 shows per night at 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM
UC Hastings College of the Law – Outdoor Wall
333 Golden Gate Avenue (known as the Demonstration Gardens)

Flyaway Productions presents The Right to be Believed, a site specific dance asserting women’s credibility. The Right to be Believed will give spectacular language to a serious sociopolitical issue that has not been carefully examined since Anita Hill challenged Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991. This site specific dance explores the lack of credibility for women that is simultaneously both a legal, social and economic problem.

Jim Marshall’s 1967
Through June 23, 2017
San Francisco City Hall
Ground Floor Exhibition + North Light Court

Follow iconic photographer Jim Marshall as he captured some of the most important cultural and social events of the year that defined an everlasting identity for San Francisco. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries is pleased to present Jim Marshall’s 1967, a selection of 80 images from
the thousands Marshall took in one fast-paced calendar year.

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary: A Most Groovy Gathering

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, when over 100,000 hippies and free thinkers converged in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. The celebration is here and now is the time to book meeting space by the bay. PLANNERS, COME FEEL THE LOVE: Join the festivities by planning your meeting in San Francisco. From free concerts to art exhibits, sing-alongs, and more – there will be endless events to make your meeting memorable. Need more information? Complete the form, and we’ll send you the SF Summer of Love travel packet.   Read more…

Grants, Technical Assistance and Other Opportunities & Resources
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 205 - Invest in Neighborhoods, Business Development, Economic Development and Workforce Development

Deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on May 18, 2017
Download the full Request for Proposals 205

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is accepting applications in response to Request for Proposals (RFP) 205 for grants to strengthen neighborhood commercial districts by implementing neighborhood improvement projects, providing a variety of technical services related to neighborhood economic development, providing workforce development services through the CityBuild initiative, and providing services through local and international business development initiatives.

Looking for a new job? OEWD Business Services has Resources for You

Sign up to receive e-mail information on job postings and upcoming hiring events by visiting and select the “Workforce: Business Services” option. For more information, contact OEWD Business Services at (415) 701-4848 or  
Small Business Development Center: Trainings & Workshops

The San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts a wide variety of business seminars across San Francisco County on subjects including accessing capital, business planning, e-commerce and web marketing, human resource management, expansion and growth capital, legal and business issues and a variety of best practice programs designed to help small businesses use the best techniques possible to increase sales and profits.

FREE events include:
Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative: FREE SF Nonprofit Learning Sessions
As part of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, San Francisco's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, in partnership with La Piana consulting, invites San Francisco-based nonprofit executives and board members to a half-day discussion about the principles and practices of strategic restructuring, including nonprofit mergers, joint ventures, and partnerships.

May 15, 2017,  RSVP now

Joelle Gomez, former CEO of Women's Center - Youth and Family Services

Dori Rose Inda, CEO of Salud Para La Gente / Watsonville Law Center

May 16, 2017, RSVP now

Brett Andrews, CEO of Positive Resource Center / Baker Places / AIDS Emergency Fund

Sharon Miller, CEO of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

San Francisco’s Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative deploys a variety of tools to help stabilize nonprofits. The Nonprofit Impact Accelerator and technical assistance for strategic restructuring efforts are administered by La Piana Consulting. Real estate assistance including grants and supportive services are provided by the Northern California Community Loan Fund.

The Initiative is led by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission and key partners.

Foundation Center
Proposal Writing Boot Camp
June 6 in San Francisco

These three-day project-based immersion courses focus on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to develop effective foundation proposals. Participants will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal to a foundation and learn best practices for developing a well-organized budget and a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. Participants will be encouraged to approach their proposal from the funder’s perspective and to think critically about what makes a compelling pitch. Read more and register…

  Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector

May 31, 2017 is the business registration renewal deadline for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.  Every registered businesses in San Francisco must renew their business registration by the end of May.  Business registration renewal will be available online at the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector's website in May. 
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