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Restaurant & Food Business Planning: Restaurant/Food Business Planning

Find resources on restaurant and food business planning with an emphasis on San Francisco resources.


This guide is intended to help you find  information to develop a business plan for a restaurant or other food business. Some resources are localized to San Francsico, specifically.


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Permits & Govt Agencies

This website assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer & issue these permits. Search by city, county and business type.

SF Planning Dept - Restaurant & Foodservice
This Getting Started Guide walks you through the necessary permits, codes, application processes.

Mobile Food Facilities
Registration, permits, applications to legally operate a food truck in SF. FAQ

San Francisco Dept. of Health - Food Safety Program
Provides information on the restaurant scoring system, restaurant inspections and detailed descriptions of violators.

FDA: Overview of Requirements ofr a Food Business
Food business must pass regulatory requirements. Some of these requirements apply to all food businesses, and some are specific to the particular food product, such as low-acid canned food, seafood, or juice. This FDA resources is a good starting point ot learn of the specific requirements for any given food business; additinal stte and local requirements may also be applicable.

San Francisco Tax & Treasurers Office:  Starting a Business
Business resource center for San Francisco business people. 

Oakland Business Assistance Center
Business resource center for Oakland business people. 

Support Organizations & Programs to Assist in Food Entrepreneurship


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Andrea Niosi
Statler Library
Statler Wing, Rm. 10
Ocean Campus

Food Entrepreneurship Web Links

Food Entrepreneur: Your Resource Guide to the Food Industry
North Dakota State University Extension Service. Links to resources to aid individuals establishing themselves in the food industry.

Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship
Cornell University. New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.  Provides comprehensive assistance to beginning and established food entrepreneurs, thus promoting sustainable economic development of rural communities.

Library & Learning Resources, City College of San Francisco
50 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco, CA 94112 (415) 452-5541