This holiday season we should take time to celebrate with our family and friends and get communities to come together and celebrate one another. Our diverse neighborhoods are filled with unique small businesses that have much to offer, so I am challenging residents, visitors, and businesses to join me for Shop & Dine in the 49 and do all their shopping, and dining within the 49 square miles of San Francisco.
In order to maintain a strong economic foundation, we must ensure our City’s rising prosperity benefits every single San Franciscan including our business community. Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, they add character to our city and enliven our neighborhoods while employing approximately 326,000 residents.
Shop & Dine in the 49, our Buy Local campaign, is a collaboration between the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the local business community, and Shop Small Saturday. Every dollar spent at local businesses in San Francisco directly supports jobs and our local economy. A 1% increase in spending at restaurants and retailers would generate an additional $100 million into our economy.
By shopping in our neighborhoods, we ensure that corridors remain thriving, successful, and vibrant. Almost every corner of our city has a neighborhood where shopping is made easy and convenient. Take a stroll and experience your neighborhood where locally owned businesses have much to offer for the holidays.
As part of this initiative, we are also challenging large companies to flex their purchasing power and invest in locally made products, services, and other goods from smaller businesses with SF Biz Connect. SF Biz Connect has over 200 local businesses and approximately 40 pledged partners who are committed to buying local. The pledge businesses have an estimated impact of $1.92 million of spending that has been directed to local businesses.
Whether you walk, bike, take public transit, or drive, we want to make it convenient for residents to travel to their favorite local business. Beginning Thanksgiving Day, street construction projects in and around the downtown shopping districts where 50 percent of the street frontage is devoted to business, will temporarily halt so that people can travel to and from more easily to support our local businesses. Contractors will resume normal work and construction hours after the New Year. Emergencies and urgent matters are excluded from this moratorium.
This year, we celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 25th. In honor of Small Business Saturday we will light the City Hall dome blue. Join Anita and me as we Shop and Dine in the 49! Let’s support our local businesses by pledging to shop local and to help maintain San Francisco’s diversity and distinctive flavor. #shopdine49, www.shopdine49.com