‘Tis the Season… – Invest In Neighborhoods

Invest In Neighborhoods

December 2017 Newsletter

Mayor Edwin Mah Lee, A Champion for Small Business

The Invest In Neighborhoods team and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the San Francisco City family join the community in mourning the sudden loss of Mayor Edwin Mah Lee. Mayor Lee recognized the diversity of each City neighborhood made San Francisco one of the most unique places in the world and that is why he launched Invest In Neighborhoods. Mayor Lee was a strong advocate for small businesses and instituted many programs to strengthen the local economy. The stories, herein, are just a few examples of news and highlights that demonstrate the late Mayor Lee’s commitment to maintaining economic diversity and vitality in San Francisco. He will be dearly missed.


News & Highlights

Shop & Dine in the 491

A Fourth Year Successfully Launched

In November, Mayor Ed Lee launched the fourth year of the Shop & Dine in the 49 initiative challenging residents to do all their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of San Francisco this holiday season and all year long. “Whether it is an inventive flavor of ice cream, a handmade piece of furniture or a fresh take on a classic dining experience, our small businesses provide the special ingredients that make San Francisco so unique,” said Mayor Lee. A one percent increase in spending at local businesses would generate an additional $100 million for the local San Francisco economy. Shopping local creates 57 jobs for every $10 million in consumer spending. Read more…

City Hall’s Popup Shop Showcased Local Vendors

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Mayor Lee at the Popup sharing a laugh with Yvonne Hines, owner, Yvonne’s Southern Sweets

 

As a part of Shop & Dine in the 49, more than 40 San Francisco based vendors gathered inside City Hall’s North Light Court Wednesday, December 6th to participate in a pop-up shop. Mayor Ed Lee made his way through the different booths, checking out merchandise, making purchases, socializing with vendors and visitors, and thanking owners for showcasing their products which ranged from homemade candles to intricate jewelry and beyond. Be sure to join the excitement by shopping in San Francisco and participating in the challenge now and year round. Visit Shop and Dine in the 49 for more details and read more…


Several Businesses Added to the Growing Legacy Business Registry

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Eddie’s Café, a favorite of Mayor Ed Lee’s nominated by him for the registry. Photo courtesy of Eater SF

 

Over the last few weeks, several businesses were unanimously approved by the San Francisco Small Business Commission for the Legacy Business Registry. The registry now includes Cliff’s Variety, Tommaso’s Ristorante Italiano, One Twenty for Hair, Little Joe’s Pizzeria, Beck’s Motor Lodge, and Eddie’s Café. The Legacy Business Program recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses as valuable cultural assets to the city and provides educational and promotional assistance to encourage their continued viability and success. The program was launched in 2016 and now has 119 small businesses on its registry.

Beck’s Motor Lodge, 2222 Market Street

Beck’s Motor Lodge was designed and built by Will Beck in 1958 when the Castro was primarily a working-class Irish neighborhood. In 2010, Brittany Beck who is the granddaughter of the original owner, took over and, sixty years later, Beck’s Motor Lodge still offers affordable accommodations, friendly service and free parking.

Eddie’s Café, 800 Divisadero Street

Opened in 1974 by Edward Barrie, Eddie’s Café is a neighborhood “greasy spoon” diner on the corner of Divisadero and Fulton. In 1988, Helen and Min Hwang purchased the business and updated the traditional soul food menu to one which offers American diner fare and still serves select Southern-style foods.

Little Joe’s Pizzeria, 5006 Mission Street

Little Joe’s Pizzeria was opened in 1958 by Joseph “Little Joe” Russo, an Italian pizza maker who learned the craft working for his father at a North Beach pizzeria. The Rodriguez family took over the restaurant located in the Excelsior and added authentic Mexican dishes to the menu.

One Twenty for Hair, 155 Main Street

Marco and Edith Paz opened One Twenty for Hair in 1985 at 120 Main Street in the South of Market financial district. In 2012, the salon relocated because the landlord would not renew their lease. Committed to continuing their business, they relocated across the street to 155 Main Street where they continue to operate today.

Cliff’s Variety, 479 Castro Street

Cliff’s Variety was founded by Hilario DeBaca in 1936 as a hardware and variety store. During the Harvey Milk era, the store was pivotal in shaping the history and identity of Eureka Valley. The store—now operated by DeBaca’s great, great granddaughter, Terry Asten Bennett—is celebrated for its quirky window displays and is one of the oldest family-owned businesses in San Francisco.

Tommaso’s Ristorante Italiano, 1042 Kearny Street

In 1935, the Cantolupo family opened Lupo’s which later became Tommaso’s and was purchased by the Crotti family in 1973. Tommaso’s is home to the West Coast’s first wood-burning oven and is known for award-winning pizzas. Beloved by locals, tourists and celebrities alike, it remains an anchor in the neighborhood, with its menu, appearance and ambiance largely unchanged for over 80 years.


Civic Center Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Commons, an Eclectic Holiday Experience

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Honey Mahogany emcees the celebration

 

On December 5th, hundreds of people flocked to Civic Center Plaza to enjoy a night of merriment including entertainment by vocalist and X-Factor finalist Jason Brock; The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees; and members of Boxcar Theatre’s Speakeasy and Artistic Director Nick A. Olivero who lead a Christmas song sing-along. Santa, Charles Dickens, Mr. Scrooge, and the Grinch were also a few of the Christmas VIPs in attendance. “This tree lighting showcases the best of San Francisco – from our unique cultural institutions to our philanthropic undertakings to our holiday spirit,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. If you missed the grand event, fret not, the tree is in Civic Center Plaza through the holidays for all to enjoy. Read more…


CityBuild’s Tree Giveaway Spreads Holiday Cheer

 

On December 17th, CityBuild Academy (CBA) graduates spent a beautiful, spring-like day in the Bayview helping happy kids and parents select Christmas trees during the 2017 giveaway. Graduates showed up to work for week two of the volunteer tree drive, and almost all of them brought their own tools. The CBA is managed under the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and helps meet the demands of the construction industry by providing comprehensive pre-apprenticeship and construction administration training to San Francisco residents. The tree drive and giveaway provided CBA graduates with the perfect opportunity to use their skills to give back to the community.


The NEN Awards Returns for the 10th and Biggest Year Ever!6

Register to join the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) for its 10th Annual NEN Awards ceremony and reception on January 26, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda. The NEN Awards are San Francisco’s way of honoring and celebrating the work of residents and organizations who make our city an amazing place to live, work and visit. Take a look at the NEN Award Winners list to see this year’s winners and be sure to attend this FREE public event.


Special Holiday Tips

Safety Tips from SFPD and Shop & Dine in the 49

During this holiday season, the San Francisco Police Department will be working to enhance safety for residents, visitors, and shoppers. There will be increased foot patrols to shopping areas throughout the city, including the horse mounted unit, plain clothes officers, and traffic enforcement. Enjoy this video on Shop & Dine in the 49 and follow these safety tips:

  • Stay alert when using electronic devices. Limit your distractions.
  • Always be alert of your surroundings and have your keys in your hand as you approach your vehicle.
  • Park Smart: Help avoid vehicle break-ins, leave nothing visible in your car. Consider moving your vehicle to a different location each time you load packages in the trunk. Try to use parking lots where there are parking attendants.
  • Keep your wallet in a hard-to-reach place and carry only the cash and credit cards that you will need to complete your shopping.
  • If someone demands your purse, wallet, or packages, surrender them, make note of the suspect’s description and direction they flee and call 911. Property can be replaced.
  • “If you see something, say something.” If you witness criminal activity or see something or someone suspicious, flag down a police officer, call 911 or contact security.
  • Shop with a companion, especially after dark, whenever possible.

Report criminal activity to police immediately. Additional personal safety tips are available from San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone, (SAFE) 1-415-553-1984.


Disposing of Cooking Oils Responsibly7

Whether you are cooking for the holidays, or just enjoying meals with your friends and family, do not pour used cooking oil down the drain. Clogged sewers can result in back-ups, overflows onto streets, foul odors, and costly damage to sewers. As we enter the holiday season, we urge you to recycle your used cooking oil at one of our convenient drop-off locations in SF, year-round, listed at sfgreasecycle.org. We’ll turn it into biofuel for use in vehicles like MUNI buses.


Community Events

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pleased to promote the following events. Many activities are free and all events are open to the public. 


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Photo courtesy of https://knitsforlife.com/

Civic Center Commons Art Installation

“Knitting the Commons” – Yarn Tree Wrapping

FREE

On display every day

The “Civic Center Commons” is the collective name for UN Plaza, Civic Center Plaza, and Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Main Public Library. The City partnered with Knits for Life to install “Knitting the Commons” which ties these spaces together through art. Visit Knitting the Commons for more details.


Events in The Mission

Active Art – Infants and Toddlers Drop-In

December 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Randall Museum at Mission Art Center, 745 Treat Avenue

Cost: $10 (parent and child), $5 each additional child/adult

Participating infants and toddlers must be accompanied by a participating adult. As with every art class, dress for a mess! No need to preregister in advance, just drop-in anytime between 10 and 11:30 a.m. and stay as late as noon. Appropriate for infants and toddlers 14 months to less than 5 years, accompanied by a participating adult. Visit the event page for more information.

The Jewelry Box…A Genuine Christmas Story

December 22, 8:00 to 9:15 p.m.

December 23, 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.

The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street

Cost: $20+

Written & Performed by Brian Copeland; Light & Sound Design by Erik Blazeski; and Directed by David Ford. Visit the event page for more information.

Galería de la Raza’s New Year’s Eve Pachanga

December 31, 2017, 9 p.m.

Hosted at Virgil’s Sea Room, 3152 Mission Street

Tickets: $15 presale, $20 at the door – Early Bird ticket sale will end on 12/18/2017. After that, tickets will be available at the door for $20 each.

Join us for our last hurrah of the year, Galería’s New Year’s Eve Pachanga! Hosted at Virgil’s Sea Room, this will be an epic party where we will celebrate the past year and raise a glass to welcome 2018. This is also a benefit to support Galería, so bring everyone!

The champagne is chilling; the menu is cooking; the piñatas are on their way and the music is being curated so delen shine a sus shoes y venganse a bailar!

Hazel Reading Series

January 11, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street

FREE – Donations Appreciated

Event Page

Tiny Desk Beat Battle Vol. 2

January 12, 2018, 6 to 9 p.m.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street

$5 Cover – $10 Entry Fee

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Navidad Negra, Bajada de Reyes

January 13, 2018, 3 to 5 p.m.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street

$7 Entry

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Annual SF Sketchfest

January 11 – 28, 2018

Brava Theater Center, 2471 24th Street

Full Schedule, Prices Vary

Latin Standards

January 11 – 28, 2018

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street

Tickets: $20+

New York Times 2017 “Critic’s Pick!” Written & Performed by Marga Gomez; and Directed by David Schweizer.

6th Annual San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival

January 30 – February 4, 2018

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street

Tickets: $7+

Regular Weekly Events

Mondays to Sundays at Balancoire

2565 Mission Street

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!

Tuesdays, Live Music at Cha Cha Cha

2327 Mission Street

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.- FREE

Dance class 7 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. – $10 fee

Visit the Facebook page for more information

Wednesdays, Cine Con Cultura at MCCLA

2868 Mission Street

7:00 p.m.

Admission: $7

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Movie Club Cine Con Cultura- web * fb Showcasing Latin American films with English subtitles.

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

El Rio

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

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

Galería De La Raza – 2857 24th Street

San Francisco Mission Street


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For more information visit the Safety Fair Schedule


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The NEN Awards Return for the 10th and Biggest Year Ever!

January 26, 2018, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

FREE

City Hall Rotunda

The NEN Awards are San Francisco’s way of honoring and celebrating the work of residents and organizations who make our city an amazing place to live.


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 http://oewd.org/email and select the “Workforce: Business Services” option. For more information, contact OEWD Business Services at (415) 701-4848 or business.services@sfgov.org.


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Notice of Availability of Request for Proposals: Retail Leasing Opportunities at Pier 33 ½ & Pier 40 on The Embarcadero

Deadline to Apply: January 26, 2018 at 2:00pm (PST). 

Looking for a prime location for a new restaurant? Look no further.

Waterfront Retail Space available on San Francisco’s Embarcadero!

The Port of San Francisco is soliciting proposals from qualified respondents for the development and operation of restaurant opportunities located at Pier 33½ and Pier 40.

Pier 33½ is adjacent to Alcatraz Landing, which attracts over 1.6 million visitors per year, representing an incredible opportunity for culinary innovators, hospitality groups and/or restaurant operators to take advantage of the natural foot traffic passing this location daily.

Pier 40 is part of South Beach Harbor, a full service marina, and San Francisco’s largest harbor for kayaks and personal ships. Also in close proximity to AT&T Park, which attracts over 3.9 million visitors per year, and just over a mile from the Ferry Building, the new operator will have the opportunity to create a new family friendly restaurant, loved by tourists and residents alike!

Final Submittals will be due to the Port of San Francisco no later than January 26th 2018 at 2:00pm (PST).

RFP Packages are available from the Port of San Francisco, Pier 1, San Francisco, CA 94111. Interested parties may obtain a hardcopy at Pier 1 or by download from the Port’s website at http://sfport.com/rfps-rfqs. Further information concerning the availability of these documents may be obtained by contacting:

Sandra Oberle, Project Manager at 415-274-0519 or Sandra.oberle@sfport.com (Pier 33½)

Elsa Lamb, Project Manager at 415-274-0500 or Elsa.Lamb@sfport.com (Pier 40)


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Thursday, January 18th, 2018

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

City Hall, 3rd Floor Room 305

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl

San Francisco 94102
RSVP NOW

For more nonprofit resources, please visit oewd.org/nonprofits. For questions about eligibility and guidelines, please contact Owen Serra at oserra@ncclf.org


Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund15

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) in collaboration with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is pleased to launch the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund for established women-owned businesses in San Francisco. Participants in the program will pitch ideas for mini-grants (up to $5,000) toward projects that have a transformative effect on their businesses. The mini-grant funding will support the following investments:

  • Business operations improvements: marketing, financial/accounting, new equipment and/or technology, trainings, networking
  • Visual merchandising, space improvements, and marketing: window displays, lighting, signage, layout improvement, design changes, online marketing, trade shows, other marketing and customer acquisition opportunities.

Participants must be nominated by a small-business technical assistance provider to be eligible. For more information, please contact Edwin Rodriguez, Business Development Program Manager, MEDA

Tel (415) 282-3334 Ext. 102, erodriguez@medasf.org.


FREE Trainings & Workshops

Writing a Successful Business Plan 

Wednesday, January 10, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105

This workshop is an introduction to creating a business plan. This plan can be used to summarize one’s business proposition and provides a great first step to getting organized. This plan can be useful when pitching one’s business to potential investors or partners, when attempting to secure capital or to properly manage a business.

Click here to register

Basic Bookkeeping I: Small Business Bookkeeping

Thursday, January 18, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 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.

Click here to register

Basic Bookkeeping II: Financial Analysis for Small Businesses 

Thursday, January 25, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105

This workshop will cover different financial analysis methods, how to analyze your profit and loss report, as well as, how budgeting, statement of cash flows, and cash flow forecasting can be used to track and project future monthly cash needs. Individuals will learn how to use these reports to identify areas where they can increase their profits and business performance, and improve their cash flow management skills.

Click here to register

Basic Bookkeeping III: QuickBooks Program

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

455 Market St., Suite #600, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105

FREE – Must be in business and business must be located in San Francisco

The QuickBooks Program is a no-cost workshop being offered to San Francisco based businesses looking to incorporate QuickBooks as their primary accounting tool. This program will cover basic QuickBooks instruction, including: setting up QuickBooks, entering sales, entering expenses, reporting, and other basic functions.

Click here to register

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Free and Low Cost Classes and Trainings

Come to a FREE Orientation!

To get an overview of all small business services offered at Renaissance, we invite you to attend an upcoming orientation. Each of our four centers offers classes, workshops and support services to help you build essential skills needed for success. From our SF Fashion Series in SoMa to our Contractors Initiative in Bayview, and our Business Incubator in Mid-Peninsula, and our Spanish language programs Richmond, each Center offers services as unique as the people and businesses in the communities we serve.

Renaissance Orientation (SoMa)

January 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Duration: One and a half hour workshop

Held regularly at all Renaissance Centers, orientations will introduce you to Renaissance classes, workshops, programs for women, special events, access…

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Renaissance Orientation (SoMa)

January 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Duration: One and a half hour workshop

Held regularly at all Renaissance Centers, orientations will introduce you to Renaissance classes, workshops, programs for women, special events, access…

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Introductory Business Classes

If you have a business idea, our Start Smart and Lean Startup classes will help you test the feasibility of that idea. You will leave the class with answers to the questions: ‘Will my business idea work?’ and ‘How much money will I make?’ If you’re satisfied with the answer and ready to launch a business, we recommend taking a business planning class or getting a free consultation from our Financing Resource Center.

Lean Startup (SoMa)

February 7, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Duration: Class meets every Wednesday for 6 weeks

The Lean Startup curriculum uses innovative methodologies, taken from successful startup entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and applies them to small…

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Planificacion de Negocios (Richmond)

February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Duration: Una vez a la semana por once semanas

Realice nuestra clase de preparación para negocios para aprender conceptos básicos de negocios y desarrollar redes. La clase de 11…

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Lean Startup (SoMa)

April 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Duration: Class meets every Monday for 6 weeks

The Lean Startup curriculum uses innovative methodologies, taken from successful startup entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and applies them to small…

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Business Planning Classes

If you have made steps toward starting a business or have taken an introductory class, business planning is the next step on the path to success. Writing an action plan, a business plan, and making financial projections will guide you, along with the support of other like-minded individuals and expert consultants. Follow-up the business planning class with a free consultation from our Financing Resource Center, or enroll in a workshop to continue to develop your business skills.

12-Week Business Planning Class (SoMa)

January 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Duration: Meeting every Tuesday and Thursday for 12-weeks

Take our 12-Week Business Planning Class and develop your business plan with confidence. This intensive class focuses on creating a…

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Business Preparation (Richmond)

February 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Duration: Once a week for 10 weeks

Take our Business Prep class to learn business basics and develop networks. The 10-week class provides an overview of target…

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12-Week Business Planning Class (SoMa)

April 24, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Duration: Twice a week for 12-weeks, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday

Take our 12-Week Business Planning Class and develop your business plan with confidence. This intensive class focuses on creating a…

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For Women

Women’s Empowerment (Richmond)

January 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Duration: Once a week for five weeks

Have you thought about opening a business? Do you have doubts and fears? It is totally natural to fear the unknown….

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Clases y Talleres en Español

Comienza o Crezca un Negocio con Confianza (Richmond)

January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Duration: Una vez a la semana por cinco semanas

Si está listo para comenzar un pequeño negocio o es nuevo en el negocio, ¡esta clase es para usted! Comienza…

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Empoderamiento Femenino (Richmond)

January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Duration: Una vez a la semana por cinco semanas

¿Has pensado abrir un negocio? ¿Tienes dudas y temores? Es totalmente natural sentir temor a lo desconocido, lo primero que…

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Women’s Business Center

Renaissance’s Women’s Business Center, a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), provides business training, access to capital and markets and support strategies that are essential to the successful growth of emerging and established women entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Click here to find out about free online Government Contracting courses that are available through the SBA website.

For more information, contact Fatimah Aure, Women’s Business Center Director at (415) 348-6217 or faure@rencenter.org.

Free Individual Consulting Services for San Francisco Established Women Business Owners

This program offers customized one-on-one consulting to:

  • Develop growth strategies
  • Create action plans
  • Access small business loans and capital
  • Further social media and marketing
  • Improve operations
  • Other

Plus enjoy monthly networking events to connect with other women entrepreneurs.

Email Kareen Boncales to learn more and schedule an appointment at kboncales@rencenter.org

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Community Alert: First Day of Kwanzaa: Umoja, December 26th

JOIN THE VILLAGE PROJECT, MOAD AND AAACC  FOR THE FIRST DAY OF KWANZAA, UMOJA (UNITY) DECEMBER 26TH


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Bernard Anderson & Band performs on the first day of our 12th annual Kwanzaa Celebration African American Arts & Culture Complex Umoja (Unity) Dec. 26th, 7 pm


San Francisco will come alive with 16 Kwanzaa celebrations throughout the city.  Presented by the Village Project and many community partners, there will be seven days of community events starting on Dec. 26th, running through January 1st. Striving to unite and strengthen our family, community and nation, each of the seven principles (the Nguzo Saba) will be highlighted with the lighting of a candle, followed by a feast of succulent cuisines and a myriad of artistic performances.


Umoja (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. 4de40b7d-cfc4-4cdc-9e72-40325c34b687

December 26th

12 Noon: Derick Brown, Director,  Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Service (MONS),will  again host this year’s Umoja celebration at  City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B.  Goodlett Way. 


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John Templeton, author and historian will serve as Keynote speaker, reflecting on unity and the history of African Americans in San Francisco. 

 

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Sistah Imanah, will perform and share her thoughts & songs on Kwanzaa and Umoja. “Sometimes the light comes in your darkest hours”.

 

2 pm:  Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD), 685 Mission @ 3rd Streetotramas-slider-100

The St. Gabriel’s Brass Band  brings a Mardi Gras flavor to the  Museum of the African Diaspora on the 26th at 2 pm. They will complement MOAD’s current exhibits, “En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” and “Otra Mas’, a photography exhibition honoring the long legacy of Carnaval San Francisco and its 40th Anniversary.

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7 pm:  The African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton @ Webster

Bernard Anderson will kick-off  the Umoja celebration at AAACC.  Join us for some soulful blues and enjoy a succulent feast!  There will be  African dance & drumming. Thefirst candle of the kinera will be lit.


Community Partners:

Bayview YMCA, Museum of The African Diaspora (MOAD), Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Glide Memorial Church, Boys & Girls Club of SF, Success Center, SF, Citizens Films, Western Addition Family Resource Center,  Western Addition Senior Center, African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center,  African American Holistic Wellness Program, SF Black Film Festival, San Francisco Travel, The Bayview Newspaper, The New Fillmore Newspaper, The Fillmore Auditorium, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Rec & Park, Hamilton Rec Center, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, The Fillmore Center Plaza, Third Baptist Church, MoMagic, KPIX TV- Channel 5, Charlie’s Pharmacy, Bi-Rite Markets,  Potrero Hill Family Resource Center, Nia Soul Catering, Bill Graham Foundation, St. Mary’s of the Virgin, Meadow Livingstone School, KPOO Radio, KBLX, KISS FM, KMEL, The Village Dancers of the Crossroads, DNA Dace Tribe, Bayview/Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, DCYF, Cathedral Hill Plaza, RSSE, Booker T Washington Community Center, Western Addition Wellness Coalition, Rafiki Wellness Coalition, Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta and The Africana Studies Dept. @ S.F. State University;  Kwanzaa is partially funded by the DCYF, Bayview Y, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Foundation, California Arts Council, and the Dept. of Public Health.  Special thanks to Nia Soul, John McCall, Lorraine Bowser, Delaine Irvin, Robert McLaughlin Rev. Eric Metoyer, Bishop Alfonso King & James Powell.


Help the Village Project continue their work with the youth and community! 

Please make a year end tax deductible donation today!

Alice Griffith Phase 3 Application Assistance Clinic Dec12 &14 2017 4-7pm Location: 2600 Arelious Walker Dr.

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Alice Griffith Phase 3 Application Assistance Clinic 

SFHDC is hosting two application clinics to assist with completing the online application for the Alice Griffith Phase 3 apartments available for rent. Details for the event are as followed:

Who may apply:

Any household with a combined gross income that does not exceed 50% Area Median income according to the SFMOHCD  AMI chart.

CLICK HERE FOR AMI CHART

What will this event cover: 

If you are interested in applying for this property and any future properties thru the Mayor’s Office of Housing, we will educate you on the basic info collected on the application. Our goal is to ensure applicants are applying for the correct lottery preferences. If any of these preferences apply to your household, you must bring acceptable documentation dated within 45 days of the application submitted:

  1. ALICE GRIFFITH HOUSING DEVELOPMENT RESIDENTS:

For households in which at least one member was a resident of the Alice Griffith housing development. This includes baseline and current residents that lived in the targeted redevelopment site on or after the time of application for Choice Neighborhoods of October 26, 2010.

  1. CERTIFICATE OF PREFERENCE (COP)

For households in which at least one member holds a Certificate of Preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. COP holders were displaced by Agency action generally during the 1960s and 1970s.

  1. RENT BURDENED / ASSISTED HOUSING PREFERENCE

For households who are currently paying more than 50% of income for housing costs or are living in public housing or project based Section 8 housing within San Francisco.

  1. DISPLACED TENANT HOUSING PREFERENCE (DTHP)

For households in which at least one member holds a Displaced Tenant Housing Preference Certificate. DTHP Certificate holders are tenants who were evicted through either an Ellis Act Eviction or an Owner Move In Eviction, or have been displaced by a fire. Once all units reserved for this preference are filled, remaining DTHP holders will receive Live/Work preference, regardless of their current residence or work location.

  1. LIVE OR WORK IN SAN FRANCISCO PREFERENCE

For households in which at least one member lives or works in San Francisco. Requires submission of proof. Please note in order to claim Work Preference, the applicant currently work in San Francisco at least 75% of their working hours.

After all preference holders have been considered, any remaining units will be available to qualified applicants in lottery order.

Document Checklist for Lottery Preferences
Location of Application Assistance Clinic: 

2600 Arelious Walker Dr. San Francisco, CA 94124

Time and Dates of Clinics:

December 12, 2017 4pm-7pm

December 14, 2017 4pm-7pm

CLICK HERE FOR THE AG PHASE 3 PAPER APPLICATION

Paper applications must be submitted with a self-addressed stamped envelope included to ensure your lottery ticket will be mailed to you by December 22, 5pm

NO POSTMARKS ACCEPTED

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Alice Griffith Phase 3 Application Assistance Clinic Dec 12th & 14th, 2017 4:00pm – 7:00pm; Location 2600 Arelious Walker Dr.

Alice Griffith Phase 3 Application Assistance Clinic 

 

SFHDC is hosting two application clinics to assist with completing the online application for the Alice Griffith Phase 3 apartments available for rent. Details for the event are as followed:

Who may apply:

Any household with a combined gross income that does not exceed 50% Area Median income according to the SFMOHCD  AMI chart.

CLICK HERE FOR AMI CHART

What will this event cover: 

If you are interested in applying for this property and any future properties thru the Mayor’s Office of Housing, we will educate you on the basic info collected on the application. Our goal is to ensure applicants are applying for the correct lottery preferences. If any of these preferences apply to your household, you must bring acceptable documentation dated within 45 days of the application submitted:

1. ALICE GRIFFITH HOUSING DEVELOPMENT RESIDENTS:

For households in which at least one member was a resident of the Alice Griffith housing development. This includes baseline and current residents that lived in the targeted redevelopment site on or after the time of application for Choice Neighborhoods of October 26, 2010.

2. CERTIFICATE OF PREFERENCE (COP)

For households in which at least one member holds a Certificate of Preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. COP holders were displaced by Agency action generally during the 1960s and 1970s.

3. RENT BURDENED / ASSISTED HOUSING PREFERENCE

For households who are currently paying more than 50% of income for housing costs or are living in public housing or project based Section 8 housing within San Francisco.

 

4. DISPLACED TENANT HOUSING PREFERENCE (DTHP)

For households in which at least one member holds a Displaced Tenant Housing Preference Certificate. DTHP Certificate holders are tenants who were evicted through either an Ellis Act Eviction or an Owner Move In Eviction, or have been displaced by a fire. Once all units reserved for this preference are filled, remaining DTHP holders will receive Live/Work preference, regardless of their current residence or work location.

5. LIVE OR WORK IN SAN FRANCISCO PREFERENCE

For households in which at least one member lives or works in San Francisco. Requires submission of proof. Please note in order to claim Work Preference, the applicant currently work in San Francisco at least 75% of their working hours.

After all preference holders have been considered, any remaining units will be available to qualified applicants in lottery order.

 

Document Checklist for Lottery Preferences

Location of Application Assistance Clinic: 

2600 Arelious Walker Dr. San Francisco, CA 94124

Time and Dates of Clinics:

December 12, 2017 4pm-7pm

December 14, 2017 4pm-7pm

CLICK HERE FOR THE AG PHASE 3 PAPER APPLICATION

Paper applications must be submitted with a self-addressed stamped envelope included to ensure your lottery ticket will be mailed to you by December 22, 5pm

NO POSTMARKS ACCEPTED

Community Alert: Kwanzaa: 2017 Entertainment Line Up

JOIN THE VILLAGE PROJECT  FOR  KWANZAA, 2017

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Opening Day of Kwanzaa, 2017

@ City Hall

12th Kwanzaa Celebration, Umoja (Unity)

Dec. 26th, 12 Noon


The Village Project will present their 12th annual Kwanzaa celebrations throughout San Francisco, with seven days of community events, starting on Dec. 26th through January 1st.  Striving to heal, unite and strengthen our family, community and nation, we will celebrate each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba).  There will be 16 free events in 8 different neighborhoods. We are excited to add Booker T. Washington Community Center and RSSE to this year’s schedule. Each hosting organization will present exciting and enriching cultural programs, intended to both entertain and engage the entire family.  A spiritual ceremony – pouring of libations and honoring of ancestors- will start each program and will be followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara.  This year’s celebration will start at City Hall on Dec. 26th at 12 Noon, with Umoja (Unity) and end at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Jan. 1st at 6 pm with the lighting of the final candle, Imani (faith). Tia Carroll and Band will performed following the ceremony.

This year’s entertainment line-up begins with the St. Gabriel’s Brass Band, at the Museum of the African Diaspora on the Dec. 26th at 2 pm. They will complement MOAD’s current exhibits, “En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” and “Otra Mas’, a photography exhibition honoring the long legacy of Carnaval San Francisco and its 40th Anniversary”. The other headliners are a myriad of rhythm & blues bands such as Fillmore Slim, Final Touch Band, The Silver Fox, Funk Star and Tia Carroll; dance artists, including The Village Dancers, the Talent All Stars & DNA Dance Tribe; spoken word artists from Project Level; drumming, featuring Bitezo and Bantus Sissa Kongo.  A  feast of savory delights will be a part of each ceremony. Bernard Anderson and his blues band will round out our first day of Kwanzaa, performing at the African American Arts and Culture complex at 7 pm, where the first candle of the Kinara will be lit for Umoja (unity). 

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY


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Umoja (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. 

 

Tuesday, December 26th

 

Tuesday, Dec. 26th: 12 Noon, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda, Keynote:  John Templeton, author and historian.  Umoja will again be hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services’ Director, Derick Brown.

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2 pm:  The St. Gabriel’s BANDotramas-slider-100

 will perform at MOAD, bringing a New Orleans style processional to a carnival atmosphere, complementing MOAD’s current exhibits, “En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” along with “Otra Mas’, a photography exhibition honoring the long legacy of Carnaval San 

Francisco and its 40th Anniversary”.

a92e8045-e2d9-4df7-b0d1-1a8ecbd936f57 pm: Bernard Anderson will  kick-off Umoja at the AAACC, 762 Fulton @ Webster.  Join us for some west coast blues and enjoy a succulent feast!  There will be spoken word, along with Les Bantus Sissa Kongo  performing  African dance & drumming. 


Kugichagulia (Self Determination):  To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Wednesday, December 27th

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2 pm: Les Bantus Sissa Kongo,DNA Dance Tribe, Briana Franklin and The Village Dancers will perform at Hamilton Rec Center, 1900 Geary @ Steiner.  

6 pm: Spoken word, drumming and the lighting of the second candle of the kinara will end the 2nd day of Kwanzaa,  Kujichagulia, at the Bayview YMCA, 1601 Lane.


Ujima (Collective work & responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together.

Thursday, December 28th

1 pm:  The Final Touch Band will entertain at the Western Addition Senior Center.  Co-sponored by the Western Addition Family Resource Center, this celebrarition will take place at 1390 Turk @ Fillmore

4 pm: Lighting of the 3rd candle of the kinara will also take place at Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis.silver fox

7 pm: 

The Silver Fox & Band will entertain with some rhythm & blues at RSSE, one of our new partners, at 1099 Sunnydale Avenue.


UJAMAA  (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together

Friday, December 29th

4 pm: OMI Family Resource Center and Minnie & Lovie Rec Center will host Ujamaa, 650 Capitol @ Montana, performance by Star Funk Band.

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6 pm: Success Center and Citizen Film will host the day’s second celebration at the WestBay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy, with a  performance by Fillmore SLIM

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NIA (purpose):  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Saturday, December 30th

1:pm:  Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, 380 Fulton @ Gough, performance by the Talent All Stars.a7f97c5c-81e1-4474-992c-fd621b8e1942

3:00 pm:  Mr. “C” will DJ at the Protrero Hill Rec. Center, 801 Arkansas.  This Nia ceremony will be hosted by the Potrero Hill Family Resource Center.

6 pm:  Mr. “C” will also spin records at , Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 Presidio @ Sutter,  with a performance by the Prescott Circus.


Kuumba (Creativity)  To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Sunday, December 31st Bitezo

1 pm: Bitezo will perform at the  San Francisco Main Library, Koret Theater, 100 Larkin Street. 

4 pm: Third Baptist Church, 1366 McAllister @ Pierce will close Kuumba with music and spoken word by the youth.  


Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Monday, January 1st

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6 pm:  Tia Carroll will close this year’s celebration at St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyon Street.  We will light the last candle, Imani, (Faith).  Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta, Chair of Africana Studies at San Francisco State, will again serve as MC.

 


Community Partners:

Bayview YMCA, Museum of The African Diaspora (MOAD), Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Glide Memorial Church, Boys & Girls Club of SF, Success Center, SF, Citizens Films, Western Addition Family Resource Center,  Western Addition Senior, African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center,  African American Holistic Wellness Program, SF Black Film Festival, San Francisco Travel, The Bayview Newspaper, The Fillmore Auditorium, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Rec & Park, Hamilton Rec Center, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, The Fillmore Center Plaza, Third Baptist Church, MoMagic, KPIX TV- Channel 5, Charlie’s Pharmacy, Bi-Rite Markets,  Potrero Hill Family Resource Center, Potrero Hill Rec. Center, Nia Soul Catering, Bill Graham Foundation, St. Mary’s of the Virgin, Meadow Livingstone School, KPOO Radio, KBLX, KISS FM, KMEL, The Village Dancers of the Crossroads, Bayview/Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, DCYF, Cathedral Hill Plaza, RSSE, Project Level, DNA Dance Tribe,  Booker T Washington Community Center, Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta and The Africana Studies Dept. @ S.F. State University  Kwanzaa is partially funded by the Bayview Y, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Foundation, California Arts Council, and the Dept. of Public Health.  Special Thanks to Ms. Roberta McLauglin, Lissa Collier, John McCall and Delaine Irvin.


Help the Village Project continue their work with the youth and community! 

Please make a year end tax deductible donation today!

Donate Here!

The Village Project *  2097 Turk Street, San Francisco, 94115 *  415-424-2980

www.thevillageprojectsf.org

SFHDC is looking for 2018 Tax Volunteers!

Join the Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! program at a site in your community!

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SFHDC is looking for 2018 tax volunteers!

Learn to do Taxes for with us for FREE, then help SFHDC help the CommuniTY !

Get Ready…..

Become a Tax Preparer:

1 -Attend 3 Tax training classes in January 2018.

2- Complete and pass an online certification

3-  Be ready to volunteer at our SFHDC tax sites

in Bayview Hunters Point.

Get Set……

Attend classes in January:

UC Hastings

198 McAllister San Francisco CA, 94102

9AM – 4PM

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Let’s Go!

SFHDC Volunteer Opportunities:

Site 1 

4439 Third Street San Francisco, CA 94124

Every Thursday 11am-5pm

February 1, 2018 – March 15,2018

Appointments only

 

Site 2

1030 Oakdale Avenue  San Francisco, CA 94124

Super Saturday’s 10am-4pm

 January 27, 2018

 February 10 , 2018

 February 24, 2018

 March 10, 2018

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AT A SFHDC SITE

Contact

Shannon Wise via email at shannon@sfhdc.org

or call 415-822-1022 ext. 112


Top 3 Reasons to Volunteer with Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! (EKS)

  1. Employers love to see EKS experience on your résumé!
  2. Everybody has to do their taxes. This is a skill you will use your whole life. And we’ll provide training for FREE!
  3. Being a volunteer tax preparer connects you with your community!

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Contact: Shannon Wise shannon@sfhdc.org | 415-822-1022 ext. 112 |www.sfhdc.org

Visit

www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org 

for additional program details


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