This guide serves as a resource directory for Distribution and Repair businesses located in San Francisco.

The links below will direct you to public and private agencies and organizations that can help you grow, strengthen, and expand your business. The Business Retention Team at Working Solutions aims to assist businesses in utilizing these services to increase business longevity and resiliency here in San Francisco.



City of San Francisco and Government Resources:

The City of San Francisco offers many services to help small business owners through various processes, such as opening a business and navigating through the permitting and licensing process. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and Office of Small Business (OSB) can provide guidance and assistance to small business owners. The below resources are available through the City of San Francisco for owners of Distribution and Repair Businesses:

San Francisco Small Business Portal

San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Small Business Assistance Center (Office of Small Business)

How To Start A Small Business in San Francisco (PDF)

Industry Programs Directory

Tax Credits & Incentives

Employer Services & Resources

On The Job Training

Grant & Loan Programs

SF Biz Connect

Invest In Neighborhoods Homepage

-       ADA Small Business Assessment Program
-       Jobs Squad
-       Customized Programs

Legislation Impacting Small Businesses (Office of Small Business)

Legacy Business Program

San Francisco Planning Department

San Francisco Department of Building Inspection

Small Business Administration

OSHA – Autobody Repair and Refinishing


Community-Based Lenders:

Financing from traditional lenders and banks is often a challenge for small business owners. The Bay Area has many locally-based, community-oriented lenders that can provide financing to small businesses in order to help them grow, expand, and thrive. Many of these lenders are particularly focused on under-served communities and specialize in different industries and areas. The below list contains a myriad of different lenders that may be able to service your financial needs:

Working Solutions – Microloans from $5,000 to $50,000

TMC Financing – SBA 504 Lender

Pacific Community Ventures – Small business loans from $10,000 to $200,000

Main Street Launch – Small business loans from $10,000 to $250,000

MEDA Adelante Fund – Small business loans from $5,000 to $100,000

Kiva U.S. – Crowdfunding loans up to $10,000

Opportunity Fund – Small business loans ranging between $2,600 and $100,000

SAFE-BIDCO – Small business loans up to $25,000 and working capital loans up to $750,000


Community-Based Organizations:

There are numerous local community-based organizations that provide services to help small businesses grow, expand, and thrive in San Francisco. The below directory contains service providers that operate and offer services within San Francisco that Distribution and Repair Businesses can directly utilize:

Working Solutions Business Retention Program – Real Estate and Leasing Services

SFMade – Business Consulting and Real Estate Assistance

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center of San Francisco – Training and Business Planning Services for Businesses

SCORE – Business Mentoring and Workshops

Pacific Community Ventures  – Small Business Mentoring

Centro Community Partners – Entrepreneurship Education Services

ICA Fund Good Jobs – Entrepreneurship and Business Acceleration Services

Mission Economic Development Agency – Business and Workforce Development

San Francisco LGBT Center – Business Counseling and Mentorship Services

San Francisco Economic Development Alliance – Coalition of San Francisco-based economic development organizations

Townsquared – Free advice and resource sharing platform for small business owners

Localwise – Job sharing platform for small business owners and job seekers