SF LGBT Center

The Small Business Services program of the LGBT Center is geared to help businesses throughout the spectrum of their development lifecycle, from pre-startup to existing and expanding, and are creating jobs for our community by helping LGBT entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. To that end, we offer a variety of programs including one-on-one counseling, an innovative rapid credit-building microloan, workshops on access to capital preparation, small business mentorship and referrals to our vast small business development network.

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One on One Business Consulting: with a specialist to help entrepreneurs review their current situation, assess their business needs, and develop a concrete action plan.

B-Lab: is a free, drop-in incubator for growing small businesses. These weekly gatherings enable business owners and entrepreneurs in the community to share, learn and work towards their goals. Participants gain access to peer support, mini-workshops, innovative technology tools and quiet time to work on projects.

Lending Circles: This innovative peer-to-peer community loan program can help entrepreneurs and small business owners steady their cash flow, rebuild credit, pay down debt, purchase new equipment or rapidly build credit in order to access larger loans.

Workshops: Periodic workshops are held at the Center and offsite for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Mentorship: The mentorship program is designed to help existing small business owners advance to the next stage of development by providing a match with a seasoned expert in their industry sector.

Cost for Services: All services are free.

Target Client Profile

Clients should be at an inflection point of growth and ready to advance to the next stage of business development. Examples: pre-startup to start-up, existing business to expanding, etc.

Contact Information

Contact: Jacob Gelfand
Phone: (415) 865-5645
Email: jacobg@sfcenter.org