Business Support and Consulting
We know that access to excellent business support services, including venture capital, is critical to your success. But, the City plays a key role in helping your company. We offer a team approach to expedite permit processing; we can collaborate with other regional agencies to look for grants and state funds; and we collaborate with our development community.
Business Support Services Access to Venture Capital and Angel Financing centers:
Local companies have attracted experienced management and venture capital to explore and create new products and services. The Bay Area has 34% of all active venture capital firms in the United States. In 2013, venture capital firms invested $1.4 billion in Bay Area companies, that is as much as 28% of all venture capital funding nationally. New City and State Incentives: State incentives (such as Cal Competes), Employment Training Panel and we are a targeted area (TEA) for EB-5. We have regional collaborations with Bay Bio, Joint Venture Silicon Valley and other groups. City Support for Small- and Medium-Size Firms:
• We have three REITs that build exclusively for the biotech industry on 15 R&D campuses and nearly 9 million square feet of space.
• A continued positive relationship with city, regional, and state units of government is essential.
• Facilities growth is not limited to a few large companies.
Targeted Employment Area (TEA) for the EB-5 Program
Two census tracts located in the City of South San Francisco have been identified by the State of California as Targeted Employment Areas (TEA). The TEA designation encourages foreign investors, interested to using the federal EB-5 program to receive a Green Card, to finance projects within the TEA area. The EB-5 program has been used to finance a large variety of projects across the United States, from restructuring military bases to building power plants to constructing condominiums. A number of cities have utilized the EB-5 program to their benefit. With the influx of foreign investment capital, especially from China, the City of South San Francisco encourages investors with EB-5 financing strategies to support future South San Francisco’s projects.
Economic & Community Development Department
P.O. Box 711
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Program
The City offers a Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Program for commercial businesses located in the Downtown area. The City currently has a Facade Improvement Program (also known as the Commercial Rehabilitation Program), which is supported by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. This program provides small grants and loans to help improve the facades of eligible Downtown businesses. The current program offers grants for signage and awnings and loans for exterior painting and structural facade improvements (see table below). The program only covers exterior improvements for Downtown businesses since only exterior commercial rehabilitation is an eligible CDBG activity.
To get started email firstname.lastname@example.org
Economic & Community Development Department
P.O. Box 711
South San Francisco, CA 94080
If you are not the owner of the building where your store is located, you will need written permission from the owner before you may proceed. It is also helpful if you have a design and estimate prepared to send with the application.
PACE Financing for Energy Upgrades for Residential and Commercial Properties
The City has partnered with the HERO Program, CaliforniaFIRST and Figtree to offer Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades for all residential properties.
Some examples on ways you can save money are:
• Heating and Air Conditioning
• Boilers and Chillers
• Energy Management Systems
• Windows and Exterior Doors
• Occupancy Sensors
• Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
• Solar Thermal Water Heaters
• Pool Equipment
• Programmable Thermostats
• Solar Photovoltaic Systems
• Solar Reflective Roofing
• Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures
• And Many More
South San Francisco commercial property owners have the choice to work with Figtree Energy Resource Company or CaliforniaFIRST for financing. You can contact the City or the financing agency directly at:
HERO: www.heroprogram.com | CaliforniaFirst: www.californiafirst.org | Figtree: www.figtreefinancing.com
Skyline College is currently creating curricula to establish a biotech certification program. Skyline would like to work with the City to reach out to our companies to help place students in jobs. The City would like Skyline's help promote career pathways from high school to the workplace with SSFUSD students and teachers to encourage our life sciences companies to offer more internship opportunities to high school and Skyline students.
www.skylinecollege.edu/ 3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066 (650) 738-4100
San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board
The City of South San Francisco partners with the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to help businesses find employees and train employees to help each company remain competitive. Last year, the City of South San Francisco, with help from the WIB, organized the Job Fair, which took place at the City’s Municipal Services Building at 33 Arroyo in South San Francisco. We invited all South San Francisco employers, who are recruiting at this time or in the near future, to use this event to recruit, accept resumes and possibly conduct interviews at the Job Fair. Job seekers took advantage of free resume critique services at the event, and access free employment resources. In addition, the WIB and the City can organize job readiness workshops, prepare documentation for the Employment Training Panel (ETP) program, and offer On-The-Job Training for qualified employers.
Contact the WIB at: www.peninsulaworks.org
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent agency of the federal government that counsels, assists, and protects the interests of small business. It's mission is to help Americans start, build and grow businesses. The SBA offers advice on getting loans, grants, licenses, tax identification numbers, business planning and more.
Small Business Assistance Program
There continues to be a need to help existing business remain in business or help entrepreneurs start a business. Many individuals lack the skills to prepare a realistic business plan or test the market. Many will use the wrong financial tools (such as a credit card) to start a business. The City is partnering with Skyline College to office a Small Business Assistance Program to assist South San Francisco-based businesses with the cost of complying with federal, state and local laws relating to disability access requirements, trash enclosures, sewer connections and other such obligations imposed on small businesses.
The Program has two components: Grants and Support Services. The Support component shall be utilized for One-on-One business advising targeted at South San Francisco-based businesses as well as for special events designed to support and assist small business. Interested participants are required to review and submit the Program Guidelines and Application. Specifically, the Center can help businesses with:
• Assisting viable small businesses with developing as well as making necessary adjustments to a business plan.
• One-to-one counseling to meet individual business needs.
• Referrals to other business programs, resources, and websites.
• Assist in helping small businesses develop a strong marketing plan.
• Provide information on the SBA Loan Programs and other resources.
Bay Area Center for International Trade Development (BACITD) Incubator
The City of South San Francisco supports the Bay Area Center for International Trade Development (BACITD) "Business and Entrepreneurship Center and Center for International Trade Development" at Skyline College. The Center is designed to help small- and medium-sized enterprises find opportunities in international trade. Using BACITD, the City of South San Francisco would be able to offer our businesses assistance in several forms, such as business improvement grants and loans to qualified merchants, and business planning and consulting assistance.
The Business Incubator is being designed to support entrepreneurship through the mentoring, instruction and connection of Skyline College's students to information, resources, expertise and innovation. The incubator will provide the necessary tools to achieve business success and have a positive impact on student learning objectives. The integration of business, education and training with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and competencies required by the new economy, provides new opportunities for workers, small companies and local business districts. The incubator (also known in some areas as startup hubs) will allow Skyline College to institutionalize entrepreneurship programs on campus and will result in connecting the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP), Skyline College certification programs and the Center for International Trade and Development (CITD) to other entrepreneurship opportunities that will leverage both training and resources. By connecting additional programs such as the Community Education Program, San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board and Small Business Development Center, the incubator will facilitate the interconnection between the college and the community. The incubator program provides the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of a positive and sustainable town/gown relationship and its ability to enhance and invigorate the economic vitality of the area.
The following business sectors will be targeted:
• Biotech firms
• Green businesses
• Entertainment, social media
• Women-owned businesses
• Veteran-owned businesses
• Youth Employment Program participants
• Tourism/hospitality businesses
• Other entrepreneurs that are identified by the college and advisory board that would benefit from start-up/incubator services.
Richard Soyombo (Dean, Global Learning Programs)
email@example.com | (650) 738-7099
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CalGOLD - CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT ONLINE
The CalGOLD website is designed to help business owners find the appropriate permitting information for the type of business that they plan to open. The website contains the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the state, local and regional agencies that issue the permits and licenses a business may need, as well as links to web sites.
CALIFORNIA BUSINESS PORTAL
The California Business Portal is sponsored by the California Economic Development Partnership. A number of resources are provided, including public and private sources, state and federal agencies, and local private non-profit organizations.
SECRETARY OF STATE'S BUSINESS PROGRAMS DIVISION
The Business Filings section processes applications for incorporations, limited partnerships, non-profits, and other businesses. Apostilles can only be obtained from the Secretary of State's Office by mail or in person. Once you choose a business structure (Step 4), you will file your papers with the Secretary of State's Office. This website contains information on the fees associated with filing as well as downloadable application forms. The Secretary of State's Office maintains more than two million records for business entities in California including a searchable database of those businesses.
STATE AGENCIES CONTACT INFORMATION
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
www.boe.ca.gov | (800) 400-7115, (415) 356-6600
The Board of Equalization issues Sellers Permits and Resale Numbers to wholesalers and retailers that sell or lease tangible personal property.
CA DEPT. OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL - ABC
www.abc.ca.gov | (415) 577-3660
This Office issues licenses to San Mateo and San Francisco County business seeking permission to sell alcoholic beverages.
CA DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES, FOOD & DRUG BRANCH
www.cdph.ca.gov | (916) 650-6500
The California Food & Drug Branch issues permits to food manufacturers and wholesalers.
CA DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES - COMMUNITY CARE LICENSES
www.ccld.ca.gov | (650) 266-8800
Day Care Business (650) 266-8843
Residential Care Business (650) 266-8800
This Office issues licenses to Day Care and Residential Care businesses in San Mateo County.
CA CONTRACTOR'S STATE LICENSE BOARD
www.cslb.ca.gov | (800) 321-2752
The Contractor's State License Board licenses and regulates contractors in 43 license classifications.
FRANCHISE TAX BOARD (FTB)
www.ftb.ca.gov | (800) 852-5711
The FTB is responsible for administering two of California's major tax programs: Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax.