December 11, 2023 Small Business Commission Meeting

Monday, December 11, 2023

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    1. Call to Order and Roll Call
    2. Approval of Legacy Business Registry Applications and Resolutions (Discussion and Action Item)

      The Commission will discuss and possibly take action to approve Legacy Business Registry application.

      a. Earwax Productions (Application No.: LBR-2022-23-047)

      b. Thai House Inc. (Application No.: LBR-2023-24-004)

      c. Elixir (Application No.: LBR-2016-17-032

      d. Friends of SCRAP, Inc. (Application No.: LBR-2023-24-006

      e. Heroes Club, Inc. (Application No.: LBR-2023-24-008

      f. Il Pollaio (Application No.: LBR-2020-21-007

      g. City Art Gallery 2.0 (Application No.: LBR-2023-24-019

      h. Firefly Restaurant (Application No.: LBR-2023-24-018

      i. Lamplighters Music Theatre (Application No.: LBR-2023-24-003

      j. Orale Orale (Application No.: LBR-2023-24-013

      k. Polly Ann Ice Cream (Application No.: LBR-2023-24-020

      l. San Francisco Women Artists (Application No.: LBR-2023-24-017

      Presenter: Richard Kurylo, Legacy Business Program Manager, Office of Small Business

    3. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) Briefing (Discussion Item)

      SFMTA Director Jeffrey Tumlin will provide an overview of upcoming projects that will likely impact the small business community and discuss current and future communication strategies.  

      Presenter: Jeffrey Tumlin, Director, SFMTA 

    4. San Francisco Business Tax Reform (Discussion Item)

      The Commission will hear an update on the City’s ongoing efforts to review the City's current business tax structure and develop recommendations for needed reforms.  

      Presenter: Amanda Fried, Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector 

    5. BOS File 230768 Authorizing and Permitting Neighborhood Amenities (Discussion Item)

      The Commission will learn about an ordinance amending the Public Works Code to streamline and authorize the approval of certain neighborhood amenities in sidewalks and other public right-of-ways within the Department of Public Works’ jurisdiction, to reduce the fees for certain minor encroachments, and to clarify the permitting, revocation, and restoration requirements for all minor encroachment permits. 

      Presenter Beth Rubenstein, Department of Public Works 

      Explanatory Document: Legislation

    6. Legacy Business Program Fund Conceptual Framework (Discussion Item)

      The Commission will review the current Legacy Business Program grant structure and discuss a strategy to make improvements to the existing Rent Stabilization Grant. 

      Presenter: Richard Kurylo, Legacy Business Program Manager, Office of Small Business 


    7. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes (Discussion and Action Item)

      The Commission will discuss and possibly take action to approve the draft 9.11.23 meeting minutes. 

    8. General Public Comment (Discussion Item)

      Allows members of the public to comment generally on matters that are within the Small Business Commission’s jurisdiction but not on today’s calendar, and suggest new agenda items for the Commission’s future consideration.

    9. Director's Report (Discussion and Action Item)

      Update and report on the Office of Small Business and the Small Business Assistance Center, department programs, policy and legislative matters, announcements from the Mayor, and announcements regarding small business activities.

    10. Commissioner Discussion and New Business (Discussion Item)

      Allows President, Vice President, and Commissioners to report on recent small business activities, make announcements that are of interest to the small business community, and make inquiries of staff. Allows Commissioners to introduce new agenda items for future consideration by the Commission. 

    11. Adjournment

    Date & Time

    Monday, December 11, 2023
    4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    City Hall, Room 408

    1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
    San Francisco, CA 94102
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    SBC Meeting Minutes 12.11.23

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    Sunshine Ordinance


    Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City exist to conduct the people’s business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that city operations are open for the people’s review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, please contact the:

    Sunshine Ordinance Task Force:

    1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244

    San Francisco, CA 94102-4683

    415-554-7724 (Office); 415-554-5163 (Fax)



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    Disability Access Policy

    Commission hearings are held in Room 400 at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place in San Francisco (unless otherwise noted). City Hall is wheelchair accessible. Remote public participation is available upon request for individuals who cannot attend in person due to disability. Making a request to participate remotely no later than 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting helps ensure availability of the meeting link. Sign Language Interpretation is also available upon request. 

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    Language Access

    Language Access

    Per the Language Access Ordinance (Chapter 91 of the San Francisco Administrative Code), Chinese, Spanish and or Filipino (Tagalog) interpreters will be available upon requests. Meeting Minutes may be translated, if requested, after they have been adopted by the Commission.  Assistance in additional languages may be honored whenever possible. To request assistance with these services please contact the Commission Secretary, Kerry Birnbach, at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing. Late requests will be honored if possible.


    根據語言服務條例(三藩市行政法典第91章),中文、西班牙語和/或菲律賓語(泰加洛語)傳譯人員在收到要求後將會提供傳譯服務。翻譯版本的會議記錄可在委員會通過後透過要求而提供。其他語言協助在可能的情況下也將可提供。上述的要求,請於會議前最少48小時致電 415-554-6134 或電郵至 向委員會秘書[your name here]  提出。逾期提出的請求,若可能的話,亦會被考慮接納。

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