Dear Community Member,

Mayor London Breed and public health officials extended San Francisco’s shelter in place to May 3 rd . The new public health order includes updated guidelines on types of essential and non-essential businesses allowed to stay open, requiring essential businesses with non-essential components to scale down their operations, requiring essential businesses to post formal social distancing protocols at all their establishments before April 3 rd , and prohibiting most construction projects, with certain exceptions. We want to emphasize the importance of staying at home unless you need to run errands for essential needs. Mayor Breed and public health officials has also issued guidelines for essential businesses to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers as they open and operate. We recognize the challenges this poses for residents and the impact this has to our businesses, nonprofits, and their employees, and we are here to help.

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) remains committed to supporting our business, nonprofit, and workforce communities. San Francisco and public and private partners have implemented a number of policy measures and programs available to assist businesses . You'll continue to find information on the resources we've created and the services necessary for stability and recovery in this weekly newsletter:

  • Revolving Loan Fund (OEWD/Main Street Launch) - Microloans up to $50,000.
  • Emerging Loan Fund (OEWD/Main Street Launch) - Loans between $50,000 to $250,000.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Low Interest Loans (Small Business Administration) - Loans for small businesses to help overcome temporary loss of revenue.
  • Arts Relief Fund (SF Arts Commission) - $2.5 million available in grants and loans for artists and art organizations
  • COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund (OEWD) - The fund is no longer taking applications. If additional funds become available, the program may begin accepting applications again. If you have submitted your application, please know it is being reviewed and our staff will contact you shortly.







OEWD connects employers with useful information and assistance to best support your employees with programs meant to address their needs. Our office continues to operate with staff dedicated to providing information and resources through email and over the telephone to help reduce the financial pressures faced by our business and nonprofit communities.

Office of Small Business
Assistance Center

Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Workforce Development Division
Worker Information Line

OEWD also continues to advocate for and develop assistance programs for small businesses, nonprofits, and their employees with our local, state, and federal partners to provide relief and look beyond to economic recovery. To provide real time updates, OEWD has created a webpage dedicated to serve as a one-stop shop all resources and information for San Francisco employers and employees; please visit at Resources for Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19 .

We also want everyone reading our newsletter to know that Mayor Breed and the City Administrator have set up San Francisco’s Give2SF Fund which allows the City to accept tax-deductible monetary contributions to be spent on City efforts to address impacts from COVID-19, including providing assistance to small businesses impacted by the outbreak as well as shelter, food, and other types of assistance to help individuals across the City. 

In addition to these programs, you can also access free webinars by visiting  here .

We understand the COVID-19 landscape is changing rapidly. We'll continue providing daily updates on our website. You may also call 311 and/or sign up for the City’s alert service for official updates by texting COVID19SF to 888-777 .

We’re here to support you through this unprecedented time. San Francisco is a resilient and strong community. So, continue to take care of each other, your families and your friends. Be kind to each other. And know that we will weather these challenges best together.

Joaquín Torres   l  郭華健
Office of Economic and Workforce Development
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development