Invest In Neighborhoods
September 2017 Newsletter
In Memoriam
Bob Hamaguchi, a Visionary of the Japantown Task Force
Invest In Neighborhoods joins the greater Japantown community in mourning and remembering Robert “Bob” Hamaguchi. As executive director of the Japantown Task Force, Bob was a tireless advocate on behalf of Japantown and the Japanese-American community. Bob steered the planning of the community in a way that respected its past and ensured its future. His advocacy was critical to Japantown securing a Community Benefits District designation--a decade-long effort that will fund critical environmental and economic programs in the neighborhood. There are only three Japantowns left in this country and, due to Bob’s leadership, we know there will always be one in San Francisco. Bob, thank you and we will miss you.
Photo courtesy of The Rafu Shimpo Los Angeles Japanese Daily News
News & Highlights
SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE: DACA Renewal Scholarships Available from MAF

San Francisco, CA - September 13, 2017 - Mission Asset Fund (MAF) today announced it will provide $1,000,000 in scholarships to 2,000+ Dreamers to pay for DACA renewals by the October 5 deadline. 

Last week, the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program is ending. DACA has provided security, safety, and a livelihood for 800,000 young people commonly known as "Dreamers." Of the 154,000 Dreamers eligible to renew their DACA permits before the program ends in six months, most will be able to cover the application costs themselves. For those Dreamers who are eligible for renewal but can’t afford the $495 application fee, MAF is stepping in with a solution now available nationwide: scholarships to help Dreamers renew their DACA status (
Between now and the October 5 deadline, MAF will provide 2,000 Dreamers with scholarships of $495 to renew their DACA permit. Capital to finance these scholarships come from the DACA Renewal Fund, launched this week with growing support from the philanthropic community. Read the full press release .
Related News from the The San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs :

Mayor Lee Introduces Program to Help Small Businesses during Construction
In support of San Francisco small businesses, Mayor Lee directed departments to create a Citywide Construction Mitigation Plan to assist small businesses and residents affected by construction projects. The suite of services are provided to limit or resolve the negative impact construction projects may have on surrounding businesses. “We are embarking on an unprecedented set of critical infrastructure upgrades,” Lee said in a statement. “I have directed all city agencies to develop a new standard for projects moving forward…that will minimize the effects of construction work.”
The program is supported by the SFMTA , Public Works , SFPUC, and the Office of Economic and Workforce DevelopmentRead more…
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle
Avenue Theater Neon Sign Unveiled
On Wednesday, September 13th, Mayor Ed Lee joined District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN), the Office of Economic and Community Development (OEWD), and community members to reveal the Avenue Theater’s new neon sign. The bright, new sign adorning this long-vacant but historic theater at 2650 San Bruno Avenue was funded in part by a crowdfunding campaign and IIN in the OEWD. In 2015, the Portola Neighborhood Association (PNA) reached an agreement with the building's owner. According to the organizers of the crowdfunding campaign the agreement was, "We’d help them turn the neon back on, and in return, they'd empower us to activate the theater's retail space and attract a tenant to the theater." "Every night, community members will be able to look up and say, 'I did that,'" noted Luke Spray, PNA's corridor manager, "[The sign and theater will be] a source of neighborhood pride." Read more…
Mong Thu Reopens its Revamped Space in the Tenderloin
Mong Thu, a Vietnamese restaurant in the Tenderloin, was renovated and recently reopened its doors. Owner, Kim Lien Nguyen, took advantage of the Invest In Neighborhoods SF Shines program to bring her restaurant up to code and give it a fresh look. Nguyen was excited to reopen her business to the café’s eager customers after being closed for the several months of renovations. The specialty restaurant is known for offering affordable dishes with bánh mì sandwiches and  bún mắm soup. Read more and visit Mong Thu in the Tenderloin.
Kim Lien Nguyen, Owner of Mong Thu restaurant
Bayview's Farmers Market Extended through October 8th!
After several weekends of great success, the Bayview Farmer’s Market has been extended through October 8 th and will continue to provide the community with fresh fruits and vegetables for the next four Sundays. It also offers a Market Match so you can double your budget for fresh fruits and vegetables up to an additional $10 per farmers market visit, when you make a purchase with your CalFresh/EBT card. In addition to the fresh produce, there are amazing Bayview merchants like Yvonne's Southern Sweets, Feve Artisan Chocolatier, Urban FarmsGirls, and Craftsman and Wolves. Read more… and visit the market before it is gone for the season!
Photo courtesy of Meaghan M. Mitchell, Hoodline
"Feel More in the Fillmore” Campaign Kicks Off
The Lower Fillmore Merchants Association launched the “Feel More in the Fillmore” campaign this month which was funded by a grant from Invest In Neighborhoods. As part of activities being organized to kick off the fall, new street banners have been installed and a series of fall events will be held in one of San Francisco’s most historically rich and popular destinations for live music and award-winning cuisine. The banners highlight and celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood and feature community leaders, small business owners and residents. Visit one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations for live music such as Sheba Piano Lounge hosting daily jazz performances; Boom Boom Room showcasing blues, boogie, soul, groove and funk; and The Fillmore auditorium drawing audiences for rock, reggae, folk, and every genre in between. #MoreFillmore 
Six Vibrant, New Murals Unveiled in Hemlock Alley
IInvest In Neighborhoods in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development partnered with Chevalier Partners, Lower Polk Community Benefits District, Lower Polk Neighbors, and INTERSTICE Architects to bring six vibrant murals to Hemlock Alley. Known as the Hemlock Alley Cultural Mural Project, the introduction of the new murals is part of a larger neighborhood initiative to improve multiple alleyways and revitalize the Lower Polk neighborhood. The unveiling ceremony included brief statements from District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, project partners, and mural artists. Take time to tour the Lower Polk’s murals, shops, bars, and restaurants. Read more…
Legacy Business Program Welcomes Casa Sanchez as its 100 th
This week, Invest In Neighborhoods’ economic development partner, Office of Small Business, received unanimous approval from the San Francisco Small Business Commission to have food distributor, Casa Sanchez, added to the Legacy Business Registry as the 100 th Legacy Business in the city. Casa Sanchez has been operating in San Francisco since 1923 when Roberto and Isabel Sanchez opened a tamale shop where they sold enchiladas, tamales, sauces, and other goods. “Casa Sanchez is the epitome of the American dream—a family-owned business that started with a simple idea and blossomed into a revered local institution through perseverance and ingenuity,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “It is fitting that this landmark business achievement has been awarded to a company that represents the best of our city.” Read more and get information about the Legacy Business Program
Photo Courtesy of Hoodline
Community Events

  Invest In Neighborhoods in the OEWD  is
pleased to support the following events. Many activities are free and all events are open to the public. 
Civic Center Commons Third Thursdays

Visit the Civic Center Commons ("the Commons")—the Commons includes United Nations (UN) Plaza, Civic Center Plaza, and Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library. These spaces play a critical role in our civic life and provide a commons where San Franciscans come together to connect – and unite – around our shared values. Here are upcoming events:

The Commons on Third Thursdays
Detailed Event Schedule
  • September 21, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • October 19, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Events include: Live music on 3 stages, food trucks, over-21 beverages, games and much more

“Knitting the Commons” – Yarn Tree Wrapping, an Art Installation
On display now
Visit  Knitting the Commons  for more details.
Whildewhere? in McLaren Park
Detailed Event Schedule
Upcoming events:
  • Shakespeare in the Park, “Hamlet” – September 23 & 24, 2:00 p.m.; September 29, 10:00 a.m.; September 30 & October 1, 2:00 p.m.
  • San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-time Festival – October 15, 12:30 p.m.
  • McLaren Park Metal Music Festival – October 21, 12:00 p.m.
Sunday Streets - Last Event of the Summer!

Sunday Streets provides 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. Event hours are from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Last event of the season:
  • Excelsior – October 1
The Fillmore - Community Clean Team Day

Join San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ President London Breed, San Francisco Public Works and hundreds of volunteers to participate in a District 5 Community Clean Team Day on September 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the kickoff location of Gene Suttle Plaza on Fillmore @ O’Farrell.
Undiscovered SF: Filipino Night Market Festival | SoMa
Every third Friday
Next Event: September 15, 6 p.m. to Midnight

Check out the video about the creative thinking behind this event series:
ALSO, watch the recap video of August's event .
Bayview's Farmers Market Extended through October 8th !
September 16, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
September 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Latino Heritage Month Celebration and Awards
September 25, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Family Wealth Forum - Presented by Assessor Carmen Chu
September 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2nd Annual Larkin Street Autumn Moon Festival
September 30, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Please RSVP !

Come join the 2nd Annual Larkin Street: Autumn Moon Festival! The festival will take over Larkin between Ellis and Eddy and feature activities for the whole family!
  • Compete in the Banh Mi eating contest
  • Dance to live music 
  • Enjoy a Bouncy House and Cotton Candy
  • Celebrate Art through lantern making and lunar crafts
  • Special 21+ Beer garden
Movies in McCoppin
A Movie Every Friday in October
At Taraval Street and 23rd Avenue

FREE Popcorn / FREE Movies / Family Fun
6:00PM: Kids Activities
7:30PM: Showtime!

Here is the movie season's schedule:
  • October 6, Moana
  • October 13, The Jungle Book
  • October 20, Zootopia
  • October 27, Star Wars: Rogue One
La Cocina’s San Francisco Street Food Festival: A Celebration of American Food
October 15, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Entry ticket: $5 pre-sale, $10 at the door, and free for kids 5 and under
Get more event details
San Francisco Beautiful: 46th Annual Beautification Awards
Nominations due by Monday, October 2 nd , 6 p.m.
Celebration is October 16, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Celebration tickets: $15

Don’t miss out on an award for your neighborhood today! Nominate an individual, organization, or project that contributes to keeping San Francisco beautiful, then join us as we honor and inspire great civic contributions made by everyday heroes! From elected officials to community leaders and artists, to San Francisco’s leading philanthropists and corporate citizens - come together and honor the wonderful civic contributions made by San Franciscans.
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Events in The Mission

Fiesta de las Americas
September 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Paseo Artistico - Remix and Rebirth
October 14, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Mondays to Sundays at Balancoire
Diverse programming every day of the week: Art and Cocktail Monday, Tango Tuesday, Swing Wednesday, Salsa Thursday and don’t miss out on Drag Sunday Brunch. This and Much More! 
Presented by Balancoire Restaurant and Club
Tuesdays, Live Cuban Band at Cha Cha Cha
Son Chévere plays Classic Cuban Music Tuesdays, July 11 & July 25, 8pm to 10pm- Plus Rueda Con Ritmo offers a son/cha cha cha dance class 7pm-7:50pm ($10 fee). Son Chévere features Jordan (Tres), Alexey (Percussion), Maria (Bass Keytar), and Ryan (Percussion)
Admission: Free, Dance Classes $10
Presented by Cha Cha Cha
Wednesdays, Cine Con Cultura
7:00pm: MCCLA Movie Club   Cine Con Cultura-  web  *  fb Showcasing Latin American films with English subtitles. Admission: $7
Thursdays, Mission Community Market
4:oopm-8:00pm: Mission Community Market web  *  fb Visit the Mission Community Market is an open-air marketplace every Thursday rain or shine (March-Nov). The market  is made up of farmers, small local businesses, music and culture programming and after-school activities. The non-profit promotes family health and are creating a fun, beautiful public space for the Mission District.
Presented by Mission Community Market –  22nd Street and Bartlett  

Saturdays and Sundays, Mural Tours
Presented by Precita Eyes Muralists, 2981 24th Street
Ongoing on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $3 - $20

Sundays, Live Salsa
2nd and 4th Sundays
3:15 p.m. - FREE Dance Class
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Live Band.
Admission: $8 before 4 p.m., $10 After
For Additional Events Visit…
Brava Theater –2781 24th Street
Galería De La Raza – 2857 24th Street
Small Business - BIG IMPACT
Renaissance's Annual Event
Celebrating our 33rd year of launching and growing
Bay Area small businesses
Join us for a fabulous evening of dining, shopping and donating all in support of Renaissance entrepreneurs!
October 12, 2017

San Francisco Design Center Galleria
6 - 9:30 p.m.
Grants, Technical Assistance and Other Opportunities & Resources
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
RFP and RFQ Opportunities from DCYF
Deadline for submission: Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Request for Proposals & Request for Qualifications for the 2018-2023 Funding Cycle were released by the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. Access the RFP & RFQ HERE.
Small Business Development Center: FREE Trainings & Workshops

The San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts a wide variety of FREE business seminars for small businesses in San Francisco:

Introduction to Online Marketing and Social Media
Wednesday, September 13, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105
Class one of "Social Media and Online Marketing Made Simple Series": In this class you will learn what online marketing is, an introduction to social media channels, how to evaluate what's right for your business, and what you'll need to get started. This is the first class in a five class series.

10 Best Practices for Business Success on Facebook & Twitter 
Wednesday, September 20, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105
Class two of "Social Media and Online Marketing Made Simple Series": In this class learn how Facebook and Twitter work, best practices, success stories from other businesses who are winning it, and tools to save you time. Connecting the dots from social media to sales!

How to Grow your Business with Pinterest & Instagram
Wednesday, September 27, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105
Class three of "Social Media and Online Marketing Made Simple Series": In this class discover how Pinterest and Instagram work, success stories from other businesses who are winning it, and tools to save you time and money. Connecting the dots from social media to sales!

Small Business Bookkeeping 
Thursday, September 28, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105
Existing and prospective business owners will have the opportunity to learn about various bookkeeping aspects to help their business. Topics include cash vs. accrual accounting, proper accounting data flow processes, budgeting, the purpose of different financial reports, differences in computer accounting systems, cash management and much more.

Youtube & LinkedIn for Small Business
Wednesday, October 4, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105
Class four of "Social Media and Online Marketing Made Simple Series": In this class explore how You Tube and Snap Chat work, successful ideas from other businesses who are winning it, and tools to save you time and money. Connecting the dots from social media to sales!

The Watermark Entrepreneur Conference 2017

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 9:30 -4:30
Location: Fenwick & West, Mountain View 801 California St., Mountain View, CA

Women are a more powerful presence in business than ever, as entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Join us for a half-day packed with real-world know-how, firsthand experiences and an in-depth look at the entrepreneurial climate today - all designed to help entrepreneurial women take their businesses (and their careers) to the next level.
Featuring Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit, and Amy Chang, Founder, Accompany and our very own Gabriela Sapp, MBA, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Member and SBDC Loan Advisor.
Sapp will lend her expertise to the Follow the Money panel, which will cover the challenges - and opportunities - women face when it comes to funding. Other sessions include Risk Taking: Giant Leaps vs. Small Steps, Team Building is Everything, Marketing That's Creative - Not Costly and The Big Pitch Competition.
The conference is open to everyone. For the full roster of speakers, panelists and session topics, and to register please go to:
2018 Grant Guidelines Now Available!

The guidelines have been posted on our website. Over $3 million is available in grant funds for small to mid-sized nonprofits and individual artists based in San Francisco. Check out the grant categories for more information about applying. Applications are available through our online grant management system.

Grant Technical Assistance and Workshops for 2018

Available slots are filling up fast for the Workshops and Technical Assistance for the 2017-18 grant year. RSVP now to claim your space and learn more about the available grants categories for this coming year. See the schedule below:

Be a Grant Panelist for 2018
The Arts Commission needs your help! We need great panelists to review our upcoming 2018 grant cycle applications. Panelists read and score between twenty and 40 applications, and participate in a one to two day-long panel session between January and March 2018. Panelists who are not employees of the City and County of San Francisco will receive an honorarium of $30 for each proposal scored. If you're involved in the arts community in the Bay Area and are interested in joining our panelist pool, fill out this survey about your background and expertise to be considered for the pool. 

Call for Artists: Treasure Island Public Art
Now accepting applications for the Treasure Island Arts Master Plan implementation of Phase 1, which includes projects for large-scale, site-specific art installations at Building 1 Plaza ($1 million), Waterfront Plaza ($2 million) and Yerba Buena Hilltop Park ($2 million).
This is a high profile and unparalleled opportunity for artists to create bold and imaginative large-scale sculpture for prominent locations on Treasure Island and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island concurrent with the island-wide redevelopment. Learn more!

Pre-application Workshop will be held on September 21 .  

Get Help with Accessing Affordable Housing
The Arts Commission is partnering with the Mission Economic Development Agency to provide assistance to artists and cultural workers wanting to access the City's affordable housing pipeline. 

Annual Grants Convening
Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Join the San Francisco Arts Commission, grantees, commissioners, and members of the arts community for the third annual Grants Convening in the Herbst Theater. Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny and Senior Program Officer Barbara Mumby will present an overview of findings from the fiscal year 2016-2017 grants cycle. The evening also includes a presentation of the first-ever Artistic Legacy Grant to 2017 awardee Alleluia Panis of Kularts, as well as a special performance in her honor. After the program, there will be an opportunity to mingle and connect with staff and others in the arts community. Current and former grantees as well as prospective grant applicants are highly encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. The Herbst Theater is wheelchair accessible.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Business Planning - 12 Week Course
Starts Tuesday, September 19th
Women Mean Business presents
Direct Marketing in the Social Media Landscape
When: Wednesday, September 20 | 6:30-8:30 PM
Cost: $15 (light dinner provided)

Creative Night Market Festival - Become a Vendor!
Creative Night Market will begin at 6pm on September 15th. Vendors will be able to showcase their goods to the thousands of people looking to take advantage of their free concert series, DJs, art, food festival, bar, and dance acts.

Are you a Renaissance client?
We can offer you coupon codes for your vendor signup!

New Program for Women Business Owners
One-on-One Consulting for Women with Established Businesses in San Francisco
This program matches business owners with expert Industry veterans and skilled business consultants to advise on various issues, including but not limited to social media strategy, digital presence/branding, HR/ personnel, finance/ budgeting and much more. This free program offers up to three hours of consultation.

Have a technical assistance need? Please contact Fatimah Aure, Program Director of SoMa and Director of Women's Business Center at (415) 348-6217 or
Passport Day !
The San Francisco Passport Agency invites you to their upcoming

Location San Francisco Passport Agency , 450 Golden Gate Ave., 3rd Floor, Suite #3-2501, San Francisco, CA 94102
Date :   Saturday,  September 23 , from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Walk-in customers are welcome and proof of travel is  not  required. 

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