Import Export Workshop

Basics of Importing and Exporting

SEACC’s Business Department has offered technical assistance and loan programs to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years. During this time, we have provided assistance to more than 2,000 business clients in San Francisco and other cities in the region.

As a non-profit service provider funded by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Investment and the US Small Business Administration, we usually work with entrepreneurs and business owners at the early stages of their businesses, i.e. businesses that have been in operation for 12 months or less and prior to the start-up of the business. Over the years, we have been able to develop special expertise in working with these businesses and assisting them with the unique issues they face.

SEACC has two ongoing programs for small businesses. If your business is located in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area (and surrounding regions) and you are interested in receiving services under any of these programs, please contact us at 415-885-2743 or by e-mail at Our office hours are 8AM to 5PM, M-F.

SEACC offers periodic workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs.  For information on upcoming workshops, see the News section.


Technical assistance for small businesses in San Francisco

  • This program is designed for small businesses located in San Francisco that have the potential to create new jobs and that need assistance on marketing, licenses/permits, lease negotiations, buy/sell agreements, business plan development, and small business loans. Services under this program are available to all small businesses located in San Francisco. Services are free of charge. Our staff is multi-lingual and can provide these services as needed in Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

SBA 7(m) Microloan program

  • This is a loan program for small businesses that need up to $50,000 for an existing or start-up business. Typically, the business applicant will have been unable to qualify for a conventional bank loan. Term loans for 2-4 years. No lines of credit. The business must be located in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area or surrounding counties (see details for the list of counties covered). For details on this program, see Microloan program.

For a description of current and former business clients, see Profiles of small business clients assisted by SEACC.