Start Your Business in San Francisco

Dec 7 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm

Event Details

Join the San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the San Francisco Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector as they explain the many new and unknown opportunities offered to San Francisco Small Businesses.

In this webinar:

  1. Learn how the new First Year Free program will drastically cut start-up costs to entrepreneurs by waiving registration, license, and permit fees relative to qualifying small businesses. 
  2. Hear directly from the City and County of San Francisco and the Small Business Development Center as they share the many opportunities offered to San Francisco Small Businesses
  3. Discover various capital loan and grant programs available to new businesses
  4. Lastly, address common pitfalls to avoid when starting a business in San Francisco.

Guest Speaker:

Hillary Ronen, District 9 Supervisor

Supervisor Ronen was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November 2016, representing District 9 – the Mission, Bernal Heights, and Portola neighborhoods in the southeastern section of the city. Supervisor Ronen is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law. As an attorney, her practice focused on worker rights and immigration law at the San Francisco nonprofit law firm, La Raza Centro Legal. Supervisor Ronen sponsored the ordinance that created the First Year Free program to help new small businesses launch by waiving start-up city registration and permit fees.


Amanda Fried, Director of Policy and Communications

Overseeing taxpayer assistance, communications, legislation and financial empowerment initiatives for the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector, provided Amanda Fried with the opportunity to support the First Year Free program, and in turn help provide a seamless Citywide experience for entrepreneurs opening a storefront location.

Molly Cohen, Associate Director of Policy and Communications

Working in the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector, Molly Cohen is responsible for local, state, and federal legislative and policy work, including negotiating legislation regarding tax, banking and financial security. Molly has been a key contributor in the city’s effort to aid in the economic recovery process by waiving business fees to Small Business wherever possible.

Bruce Jones, Advisor SF SBDC

With over 10 years of experience as a senior business advisor, Bruce Jones provides a “generalist” role with the SBDC. Experience managing the sales, operations and profitability of San Francisco media companies led to work at the SF Office of Small Business and advisory work community organizations like the San Francisco Small Business Development Center 

John DeGaetano, Advisor SF SBDC

Providing constant communication with the SF business community through monthly (and when needed, bi-weekly) webinars, John DeGaetano has been instrumental in sifting through all many federal, state and local loan/grant options available through the COVID-19 pandemic. With a financial background, John provides financial training and 1:1 advisory, in addition to business planning and operational instruction. 

The information provided in this webinar and any supplementary materials provided to registrants are intended for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute professional financial or legal advice. No registrant should act or fail to act on the basis of any material contained in this webinar without obtaining proper financial, legal or other professional advice specific to their situation. The Northern CaliforniaSmall Business Development Center, and its host, the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation, specifically disclaims any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the information presented in this webinar. By registering for this webinar you acknowledge and agree that you have read, understood, accept and agree to the above disclaimer and that under no circumstances shall the Northern California Small Business Development Center or it’s host, the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation, be held liable for any claims, losses, or damages of any kind or nature arising out of or in any way related to the information provided in this webinar and/or the registrant’s use of or reliance on said information.