SAN FRANCISCO SMALL BUSINESS WEEK
The theme for the 17th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week is Roots of Recovery, and the week will include resources and information for small business owners at every point in their small business journey. The City has partnered with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to host a series of informational events, networking opportunities, and business-building workshops to highlight available resources and best practices for businesses as the city builds towards recovery.
SF Small Business Week takes place May 3-7. Learn more at www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com
Small Business Week kicks off with the installation of 13 floral butterflies placed throughout San Francisco’s merchant corridors. The butterfly wings are constructed of natural materials and fresh flowers, and built by local artists and designers. The wings are a partnership with the San Francisco Flower Mart, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and Kilroy Realty and are designed to attract shoppers to San Francisco’s merchant corridors. View the locations of these beautiful floral butterflies! Click a butterfly on the map to get the exact location and the Instagram of the artist who designed it. Take pictures, tag the artist, and use hashtags #SFblooms or #SFbutterflies!
Check out our directories of businesses and local favorites below!
Click above to see our neighborhood directories filled with great places to shop, dine, and get other services. More neighborhoods will continually be added so check back often!
SUPPORT THE CITY YOU LOVE
Shop & Dine in the 49 is San Francisco’s citywide campaign to raise the visibility and importance of buying local. Shop and Dine in the 49 has successfully organized dozens of events in the past to promote and celebrate our restaurants, makers, retailers, and other small, local businesses that are the backbone of our economy.
This year, Shop and Dine in the 49 is part of the We Will Recover campaign, an effort to promote individual actions that San Franciscans can take to support the City’s recovery from COVID-19.
The Shop & Dine campaign has been successful in the past because of all of you – the residents and visitors of San Francisco who direct their shopping to local stores and restaurants, and experience the gems in our City’s diverse neighborhoods. Now more than ever, we need to come together and support our small businesses by buying local. If residents redirect just 10 percent of their spending from chains to local businesses, it will generate $192 million in additional economic activity in San Francisco and almost 1,300 new jobs.
We are relaunching Shop and Dine in the 49 into a year-round effort and we’ll be partnering with merchants and neighborhood organizations to host events where you can shop, dine and explore. We’ll also be highlighting treasured local businesses where you can do your shopping and dining, local grocery stores, beloved bakers, toy and gift shops, local breweries and bars serving delicious cocktails to-go, unique retail boutiques, and more.
This year, your decisions matter. Stay local, Shop local, Give local.
We want you to be a part of this campaign. If you’re a San Francisco small business, use hashtag #shopdine49 for a chance to be featured and promoted. If you want to support your favorite neighborhood business, comment on our posts and let us know which business you want to see featured.
NEWS & EVENTS
The 17th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week will celebrate San Francisco’s strong, vibrant small business community. Programming will focus on meaningful resources and information for small business owners at every point in their small business journey. Filled with networking opportunities, business-building workshops, and inspiring content, the week-long event serves to educate and empower entrepreneurs who are getting started, growing businesses, and staying in San Francisco.
Shared Spaces is a multi-agency program of San Francisco’s Economic Recovery Task Force that allows businesses and community groups to use sidewalks, streets, and nearby public spaces like parks, parking lots and plazas, for restaurant pick-up and other neighborhood retail activities.
So far, over 1,900 free Shared Spaces permits have been issued throughout San Francisco to help businesses move outdoors. You can view an interactive map to see all the proposed and approved locations. To learn more or apply for a free permit, go to sf.gov/sharedspaces.
The creativity and determination of San Francisco’s small businesses are on full display with Shared Spaces, as sidewalks and streets have been transformed into vibrant outdoor dining and shopping spaces. By shopping and dining in your neighborhood (including ordering takeout and delivery), you can give thanks to our resilient business owners and workers who are doing all they can to serve our communities safely during this challenging time. A simple thank you and a small purchase can go a long way!