Small Business

For S.F. Businesses, Relaxed Masking Rules Fuel Both Relief and Anxiety

Some merchants are celebrating a cautious return to normalcy, while others are disenchanted over seeming inconsistencies in the city’s ever-changing health codes.

Here’s How San Francisco Deep Cleans Its Streets

In its effort to fight filth, San Francisco spends $96 million a year on street cleaning. We spent a morning with one of the teams on the frontlines.

In ‘Eerie’ Financial District, Merchants See Long Recovery Ahead

Despite a devastating eighteen months, merchants in San Francisco’s downtown are holding out hope for recovery—and calling for help.

Battle Brews Over Back Rent as S.F. Landlords Sue City for Relief Law

With up to $637 million in unpaid commercial rent, S.F. landlords and business tenants may have a bumpy road ahead in figuring out who will pay.

Supervisors Approve Commercial Rent Relief Fund As Debts Climb Past $600M

San Francisco small businesses owe as much as $637 million in back rent as of August, and it’s unclear who will foot the bill.

Indoor Mask Mandates Dampen Outlook for S.F.’s Downtown

San Francisco health officials say they will revise mask restrictions as soon as they can, but that’s small comfort to struggling downtown merchants.

S.F. Offers Small Businesses Relief Grants for Vandalism, Broken Windows

The program provides neighborhood businesses with grants of up to $2,000.

‘Imminent Crisis’: S.F. Moves to Create $25M Fund to Cover Small Businesses’ Back Rent

The fund would require landlords and small businesses to work out a deal on remaining back rent.

San Francisco Small Business Growth Lags Despite Efforts to Speed Approvals

Prop H, designed to streamline small-business permitting, is not making a big impact. Some policymakers and business lobbyists say further reform is needed.

Meet the Firefighting Goats Helping to Mitigate San Francisco’s Wildfire Risk

City Grazing’s herd of 100 goats provides sustainable land management through goat grazing.