The HVNA has a long history of supporting small, local entrepreneurial businesses in Hayes Valley, and a large percentage of HVNA members are businesses and other organizations, including non-profits. Historically, small local business has played an enormous role in the revitalization of the neighborhood. It is important to the HVNA that the unique commercial and cultural character of Hayes Valley as a good place for small local entrepreneurs be nurtured and encouraged. Shopping locally helps maintain Hayes Valley’s one-of-a-kind small businesses and encourages the diversity of San Francisco’s workforce. The BR Committee was successfully involved in the recent debate over formula retail in San Francisco and the overall plan recently adopted reflects most of our concerns.

The Business Relations Committee aids our local business and organizational members by supporting them in their various permit and application processes with city government, and by encouraging patronage and awareness of local business and institutional members.

We generally maintain contact with and seek input from our business and institutional members, and monitor business trends in the neighborhood and how these are impacted by other aspects of neighborhood life; we actively look for ways to aid our valued small business and organizational members. Working with the Public Safety Committee, we prepared a flyer on public safety issues for businesses in Hayes Valley.

Goals for the near future include encouraging local businesses to hire neighborhood youth for temporary jobs and internships, and encouraging more neighborhood-serving businesses, such as hardware stores, shoe repair shops, laundromats and others, to locate in the many new retail locations opening in Hayes Valley.

The Business Relations Committee meets on an as-needed basis depending on current issues. Feel free to contact us if you would like to get involved!

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last updated in 2014