Business Development

Our business development program assists entrepreneurs in San Francisco to start and expand their businesses.  Services provided through individual consultations and group workshop curriculum, in both English and Spanish, include access to capital, business assessment, business planning, financial projections and budgeting, marketing, lease consultation, and services tailored specifically to family childcare providers in San Francisco.  To be eligible for these free services, entrepreneurs must be meet income eligibility requirements and own (or plan to own) a microenterprise in San Francisco.  A microenterprise is defined as a business with five employees or less, including the owner(s).

Learn how to:

  • Attract more clients to your business
  • Write a business plan
  • Obtain permits and licensing
  • Negotiate a commercial lease
  • Understand financial statements
  • And more…

Who Qualifies?

  • Entrepreneurs who are low or moderate income
  • Entrepreneurs who own or plan to own a microenterprise

Download the Business Development Intake Form: English | Spanish

Contact:  415-282-3334 ext. 101 or



Funded in part through a grant award with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Additional Resources:

Small Business Administration (SBA) and SF SCORE:
offers free and low-cost workshops on a variety of topics related to starting or managing a small business.  (

San Francisco Office of Small Business:
provides information related to starting or managing a small business in San Francisco.  They also run the San Francisco Small Business Assistance Center, a one-stop shop for small businesses in the City.  (

La Cocina:
provides affordable commercial kitchen space and industry-specific technical assistance to low-income food entrepreneurs.  Services are available in both English and Spanish.  (

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center:
programs and services to support the life cycle of a business, including business workshops is English.  (

official business link to the U.S. Government with comprehensive information on how to start and manage a business.  (

Accelerate SF

The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) in partnership with the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has created a new program called AccelerateSF. AccelerateSF is an innovative model that breaks down the barrier between workforce development and business development by serving both businesses and job seekers in the same space. The goal is to accelerate small business growth in businesses that are established and employ between 5 and 20 employees. This is achieved through technical assistance, access to resources and referrals to several different strategic partners.

On the workforce side, we aim to funnel qualified low-income workers and job seekers as well as entrepreneurs into roles at companies working with AccelerateSF. Several partners, including Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), are on-site to provide workforce development including assistance with resumes, interviewing and job searches. AccelerateSF lives in the Mission District of San Francisco and is housed within Plaza Adelante, which also provides services ranging from financial education to free tax preparation, with the goal of improving the financial stability of low-income families.

Visit the calendar of events for a full listing of AccelerateSF events.

Childcare Business Development

Start, Expand or Improve Your Childcare Business!

MEDA believes quality childcare is an integral part of a healthy community. The Family Childcare Business Development Program helps providers and early childhood educators to establish and grow successful operations.

Through individualized consultations and workshops, our consultants identify childcare providers’ needs and develop strategies and systems to address them. Whether starting or expanding a childcare business, we can assist you free-of-charge every step of the way, in English or Spanish.

MEDA’s business consultants can help with:

  1. Budgeting
  2. Break-even Analysis
  3. Developing Business & Financial Plans
  4. Packaging Grants
  5. Packaging Loan Proposals
  6. Market Research
  7. Record Keeping and Pricing

Contact:  415-282-3334 ext. 115 or