SF Small Business Development Center

The San Francisco Small Business Development Center provides free, confidential one-on-one customized consulting services and training workshops in English, Spanish and Chinese to established and start up businesses in San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County.

Our team of professional consultants are not only counselors but also business owners with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a variety of industries such as restaurant and specialty food service, fashion retail and manufacturing, wholesale, technology and social media, government contracting, among others.

For the most up to date information, please visit the SF SBDC’s website.


Free, Confidential one-on-one business consulting: Our expert consultants help entrepreneurs clarify goals, develop action plans for success, design low-cost promotional campaigns and create financial strategies that work for them. Our consulting services include strategic planning, internet marketing, sales and marketing, technology integration, technology commercialization, bookkeeping and financial management, human resources management, restaurant management, international trade and access to capital (loans and equity financing).

Hands-on Workshops: These free or low-cost workshops are filled with practical advice, true stories, and action steps. In addition, they are a good place for networking with the small business community. Some of the topics covered are: Strategic Planning, Bookkeeping and Financial Management, Marketing and Sales, Social Media, Internet Marketing, Restaurant Management, Specialty Foods, Government Contracting, Basics of Exporting, Human Resources, Green Business, among others.

Target Client Profile

Individuals that are planning to start a business and start-ups (less than 1 year in business) must have a complete business plan if they want to receive free counseling.

Established businesses don’t need to have a business plan to receive free counseling.

All small businesses must be located in San Francisco or North San Mateo County.

Contact Information

Sign up online at www.sfsbdc.org

If you do not have email, give us a call at the numbers below:

For English (415) 841-4050

For Spanish (415) 841-4052

For Chinese (415) 841-4056