San Francisco

Breaking Barriers, Building Wealth: Policies for Supporting BIPOC-Owned Businesses

In-Person Forum

Business Member Event


8.23 forum
This event is for SPUR business members and invited guests. Please contact April Gubatina at [email protected] for information on how your organization can get involved and support our work.

Small businesses are critical components of the social and economic vibrancy of our neighborhoods amidst the evolving landscape of commercial vacancies and retail. According to research from the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, 29% of all businesses in the nine-county Bay Area are estimated to be Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) owned. Entrepreneurship is one proven pathway for economic success for BIPOC communities, but these businesses were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and subsequent economic slowdown. As we look to boost our city and region’s economy, it’s important that we have policies in place that help BIPOC-owned businesses thrive.

Join SPUR for a discussion on how local agencies and organizations are supporting and sustaining the growth of BIPOC-owned small businesses. We will explore how federal funding, city-wide initiatives in San Francisco, and local groups are providing resources and opportunities to entrepreneurs in our region.

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  • Tiffany Carter / Chef + Owner, Boug Cali; Commissioner, SF Small Business Commission; and Co-Founder, SF Black Wallstreet
  • Michelle Huang / Associate, PolicyLink
  • Diana Ponce De Leon / Director of Community and Economic Development, OEWD

This business event will be moderated by SPUR's San Francisco Director, Sujata Srivastava.

Doors open at 8:30 am for coffee and breakfast bites.


This event is generously sponsored by:

Sponsor logo for DIALOG.


Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

Auxiliary Services

If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to [email protected] or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.