‘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


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


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


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

Invest In Neighborhoods in the OEWD is

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


Photo courtesy of https://knitsforlife.com/

Civic Center Commons Art Installation

“Knitting the Commons” – Yarn Tree Wrapping


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

Event Page

Navidad Negra, Bajada de Reyes

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

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street

$7 Entry

Event Page

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


For more information visit the Safety Fair Schedule


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

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


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.


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)


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

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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