Invest in Neighborhoods Update September 2016


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Castro/Upper Market
Central Market
The Fillmore
Irving Street
Larkin Street
Lombard Street
Lower 24th Street
Lower Polk
Middle Polk
Mission Street-College Hill
Noe Valley
North Beach
Ocean Ave
Union Street
Visitacion Valley
West Portal

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Invest In Neighborhoods, September 2016




Rolling-Out Café Parklet partially funded by an IIN grant, Photo Credit: Bruno Tse

Invest In Neighborhoods Grants: The Deadline for Applications is September 30th, so Apply Now!
OEWD is proud to issue Request for Proposals (RFP) 203. Through this RFP, funding will be made available for programs that are designed to strengthen neighborhood commercial districts by implementing neighborhood improvement projects, providing a variety of technical services related to neighborhood economic development, and providing services for the City’s nonprofits under the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative. The application deadline is September 30th at 5:00 p.m. For more information, click here.


SF Activates Small Business Disaster Relief Fund
In response to a five-alarm fire on June 18th near 29th Street and Mission Street, OEWD activated the Small Business Disaster Relief Fund, which provides emergency capital to small businesses impacted by the fire. The Small Business Disaster Recovery Fund is part of a comprehensive assistance package which includes resources and services aimed at helping small businesses and their employees recover quickly. The fund is designed to provide businesses with capital as they assess damages and compile resources to safely and effectively reopen. For more information, click here.

SF Biz Connect: Big Businesses Buying Locally
On September 13th, SF Biz Connect held its annual purchasing event. It was very successful and 40 businesses took the pledge with an estimated impact of $1.92 million of spending directed to local small businesses in San Francisco. Mayor Lee’s SF Biz Connect encourages large employers to pledge 5% of their spending to local small companies. The platform allows large employers to search for their needs using a range of categories, such as events/catering and promotional items, but also using targeted searches, such as minority, women, or LGBT owned businesses, or businesses founded specifically in San Francisco. Visit SF Biz Connect today and buy local.








Banner by: Nathalie Fabri (Left) & Allison Ekevara (Right)

Hand-Painted Banners on Ocean Ave

On Friday, October 14th, the Arts Alive Ingleside closed out with a great celebration at City Hall in the Supervisorial District 7 and District 11 Offices. The Ocean Avenue corridor was revitalized with public art in the form of lamppost banners through the Arts Alive Ingleside project. Seventy-four original works of art were installed in June in the Ingleside business district between Manor Drive and Phelan Avenue. The banners were painted with acrylic paints by 74 local artists and are displayed for residents and visitors to enjoy. The banners were auctioned off on August 31st.
SF Legacy Businesses
Currently, 19 businesses have been approved for inclusion in the Legacy Business Registry. The registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses as valuable cultural assets to the city and provides grants for both business owners and landlords, as well as encourages long-term leases. To learn more about the Legacy Business Program, click here.


Loans for Small Businesses

Pacific Community Ventures is a nonprofit lender that provides affordable small business loans from $10,000 to $200,000 to California businesses creating jobs in their local communities. They specialize in working with small business owners who have had a hard time accessing capital, like female entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color, and borrowers that may have been turned down for SBA or traditional bank loans. For more information, click here.

Fall 2016 Community Challenge Grant: Deadline to Apply is September 23rd
The San Francisco Community Challenge Grant (CCG) has three programs this grant cycle. CCG grants are available to neighborhood groups and community based organizations that work on community-driven beautification projects. In this grant cycle, funds are also available for the Living Alleys Grant Program and the Third Street Corridor Grant Program. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 23rd, so get more information at

Factsheet: Property Tax for Business Owners
The Office of the Assessor-Recorder strives to improve their outreach and communications. Recently, they completed a new factsheet “Property Tax for All Business Owners” to help business owners understand Business Personal Property and the basics of property taxation. For the complete set of community Fact Sheets, please visit the Office of the Assessor-Recorder’s website.


Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Labor

New Federal Labor Laws
President Obama directed the Department of Labor to update the overtime regulations for executive administrative and professional employees. Current law entitles all workers in the U.S. to overtime pay, unless they are exempted because they are paid on fixed, preset salaries; are engaged in executive administrative, or professional duties; and are paid at least $23,660 per year ($455 per week). Under the new rule, the threshold will be increased to $47,476 ($913 per week) effective December 1, 2016. For more information specific to small businesses and non-profits, click here.

People in the Plazas

Enjoy live music on Wednesdays, September 21st and 28th in the Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza (aka Civic Center Plaza) from noon to 1pm. For a schedule of performances around the downtown area, visit

Art Night SF
This event series works to activate the public space of UN Plaza and Mid-Market through accessible installations and contemporary art. Works by emerging and established SF-based artists will be exhibited in a free-to-enter area, and visitors may enjoy local food, cocktails, and music programming. Upcoming events are on Fridays, September 30th and October 14th and 28th from 5pm to 9pm.  For more information, go to

Sunday Streets
This event closes stretches of city streets to automobile traffic to encourage recreation activities, free community activities and fun in SF. The next events will be held in the Excelsior on October 16th from 11am to 4pm, coupled with the Excelsior Festival. Visit the Sunday Streets calendar for other upcoming events and information.


Photo Credit: The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation

Film Night in the Park – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, September 24th

Join the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation for the last movie of their summer series at Dolores Park on Saturday, September 24th. Shows begin at dusk, so bring your picnic supplies and blankets (please, no chairs) for an evening of free entertainment. Visit the schedule for more information.


Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival

The third annual family friendly music and art festival celebrates the Noriega street corridor on Saturday, October 8th from 11am to 7pm. This year attendees will enjoy six stages, over ten food vendors, two beer gardens, over 20 live music acts, live art installations, mobile petting zoo, a kids zone, and a pumpkin patch. For more information, click here.

Below are a few free to low-cost workshops hosted by our nonprofit partners in the coming weeks.

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