Available Grants for Tenderloin Storefront Retail - Apply by October 15th

The City of San Francisco and the Tenderloin Equitable Development Project have opened a grant program for small storefront businesses in the Tenderloin.  There are 3-4 grants available up to $3,000 for marketing, social media and technology upgrades and 2-3 grants available between $3,000 and $15,000 for larger projects.

To apply for a grant, your business must be located in the area bounded by McAllister, Larkin, Geary, and Taylor Streets. The business must also fulfill two of the following criteria:  

  • Be located in a first floor retail storefront
  • Provide resources to the low-income Tenderloin community
  • Create new economic opportunities


Check out the Program page on this web site and contact helen.bean@tedpsf.org for more information.

TEDP joins forces with Tenderloin businesses opposed to proposed Turk Street 24-hour homeless center


TEDP has collected 30 signatures from Tenderloin business owners opposed to the proposed Turk Street 24-hour homeless center.  Addressed to Mayor Lee, this letter opposes the center because businesses in the Tenderloin are already impacted by rampant drug use, drug dealing, loitering, homelessness, and the violence and despair this brings to the neighborhood. Creating a 24-hour homeless service center on Turk Street will intensify these problems and create further obstacles to business success.

Tenderloin businesses want a neighborhood that is respected by the City and not seen as a place that serves primarily the socially dispossessed. The businesses are just beginning to organize their voices and are determined to demand they be afforded the same public process as all other neighborhoods when a decision of this magnitude is considered. 

Although it is important to care for people with needs, businesses are asking the City to consider their needs in making this decision and stand by the commitment that every neighborhood accept its fair share of homeless services. A better alternative is the original proposed use of 440 Turk as office space. Office workers would be an asset to our neighborhood and our businesses. They would become local customers and get to know and support the community.

Find the signed petition here

Statement from the Board of Directors - Tenderloin Equitable Development Project

14 JUNE 2017

Tenderloin Equitable Development Project (TEDP) wishes to announce the departure of our Executive Director, John Butler, with effect from Friday 16th June. We thank John for his contribution to advancing the Tenderloin's agenda through TEDP and wish him well in his future endeavors. 

TEDP has been an advocate and partner for the Tenderloin and its residents for the past 18 years. We remain committed to our shared vision of building a neighborhood with opportunity, community, and justice for all. TEDP's Strategic Plan, which was adopted by the Board of Directors in December 2016, remains the framework through which we will work with partners and develop initiatives around the pillars of equitable development, neighborhood livability and community mobilization.

We are excited about continuing the work initiated on the Tenderloin Merchants Association and are now taking it to the next stage. We also look forward to with working with our partners on its implementation. With an engaged Board and professional staff, we are excited for the challenges and opportunities that this new phase of our organization's story brings.




For governance issues and related matters please contact the Board President, Carmela Gold carmela.gold@tedpsf.org.

For all other inquiries please contact TEDP's Senior Advisor Helen Bean, helen@tedpsf.org.

Support Lafayette Coffee Shop KIVA loan funding campaign!

Lafayette Coffee Shop, owned by Stanley and Stephanie Chan, is an old school American diner that has been an important neighborhood institution in the Tenderloin for 91 years. Stanley and Stephanie keep the menu as affordable as possible, which consists of complete meals under $9. Retirees and other low-income Tenderloin community members see the restaurant as their second home. Instead of eating at a meal program, customers prefer to enjoy a cup of coffee and a good home-cooked meal at Lafayette Coffee Shop, where they can eat in dignity and talk to their friends and neighbors.

Three months ago, the restaurant suffered the fate of many of San Francisco’s small businesses and was forced to move so their landlord could find a tenant that would pay higher rent. Luckily we were able to relocate the coffee shop to Little Saigon, at 611 Larkin Street, so it can stay open and serve the community.

 The move to their new location was very expensive, costing a total of $50,000. Stanley is seeking to fund a zero interest KIVA loan that he will use to offset a portion of these costs.

You can plan an important role in keeping restaurants like Lafayette Coffee Shop in the Tenderloin by loaning a minimum of $25 to Stanley through this link:




TEDP Press Release: Guest Mentors Support Tenderloin Small Business Growth

The Tenderloin Economic Development Project (TEDP) is partnering with Executive Path, a non-profit research group, and the San Francisco Ho Chi Minh City Sister Cities Committee (SFHCMCSSC) in a program that is bringing five overseas Guest Mentors to the United States to assist local Tenderloin businesses. The majority of these mentors will be from Vietnam and will be matched with Vietnamese-owned businesses that can benefit from business, computer science, and hospitality skills offered through a six-week intensive mentoring process. The program will be kicked-off the first week in June, right after the May 28th Ho Chi Minh City Sister Cities Committee May 26th “Bridging Two Cultures” Celebration.


TEDP’s role will be to identify Tenderloin small businesses that wish to participate and work with the mentors. TEDP will pair small businesses with mentors based on the business interest and needs and the mentor’s skills.  Executive Path is the sponsor of the mentors. The role of SFHCMCSSC is to promote understanding and cooperation and act as a nexus between the United States and Vietnam.


Pairing mono-lingual small business owners in the Tenderloin with skilled mentors from their native countries, will bridge the linguistic isolation that is so often a significant obstacle to the growth and development of these businesses.  Carmela Gold, President of TEDP said, “The Tenderloin Economic Development Project believes our local Vietnamese businesses  will benefit from the skills and expertise of native Vietnamese mentors who share their cultural heritage and speak their language.”


Press Release January 2016

For Immediate Release: 1/22/16

Contact:     Anh Nguyen

Org:        Tenderloin Economic Development Project

Cell:        415-894-0649

Email:        anh@tedpsf.org

Twitter Supports Tenderloin Small Business CommunitySan Francisco:

In January 2016, Twitter granted the Tenderloin Economic Development Project (TEDP) $10,000 to support its “Tasting the Tenderloin” program.  This grant will be announced on Thursday January 28th at 12pm at the New Delhi Restaurant, 160 Ellis Street.

Tasting the Tenderloin” is a program dedicated to forging connections between the San Francisco’s new technology companies and small businesses in the Tenderloin and ultimately helps drives new customers to these businesses. TEDP organizes a monthly lunch for tech employees at small Tenderloin, immigrant-owned restaurants. The program introduces the tech employees to the great ethnic foods in the neighborhood and to the immigrant business owners.

Tasting the Tenderloin fulfills a key commitment of Twitter to “fostering the rich cultural diversity and voices of San Francisco”. Through this program, technology employees become familiar with the Tenderloin, meet and hear the story of the low-income, immigrant restaurant owners, and have the opportunity to taste great ethnic food. From the restaurant owner’s perspective, Tasting the Tenderloin is an opportunity to meet customers that are part of a demographic they do not usually cater to. Catering to this demographic is essential to the survival of these small businesses, more than ever, as costs rise and neighborhood demographics shift. The small business owners experience the benefits of marketing to this group, which then teaches them to adapt, and to see the benefits in developing a business plan for the future.  After the Tasting the Tenderloin event, TEDP follows up with the business owner by providing access to zero interest loans, technical assistance, and referrals so the business can have access to resources that will remove obstacles to success.

As Mid-Market transforms, TEDP’s commitment is to stabilize small businesses and position them to create wealth. TEDP believes that once introduced to these delicious and affordable dishes, tech employees will come back, tell their friends and colleagues, and contribute to the restaurants’ online presence (i.e. Yelp, Urban Spoon, Four Square). Anh Nguyen, Executive Director of TEDP said “ Small businesses are a part of the fabric that characterizes the Tenderloin. These restaurants contribute to the Tenderloin’s unique flavor. Ethnic and immigrant communities should not be excluded from this influx of money and resources coming to San Francisco. Why shouldn’t small businesses be a part of Mid-Market’s new found wealth?”

About Tenderloin Economic Development Project (TEDP): Our mission is equitable development for the Tenderloin community.

TEDP primarily serves the diverse small business community and indirectly serves the residents. We believe that a serious and direct anti-poverty strategy is absolutely essential for the future well-being of the Tenderloin. Poverty places a huge burden on the economic output and productivity of the neighborhood. Thus, our economic development strategies and initiatives are aimed directly at reducing poverty and its effects by increasing the capacity of local businesses that in total employ thousands. Local small business owners understand that their financial survival is based on a healthy neighborhood. Moreover, the local businesses generate millions of dollars in disposable income and reflect the racial and ethnic, and linguistic, diversity of residents of the city. Our Ten Tech Connect business retention program introduces small isolated ethnic businesses to new technology, offered by area start-up businesses and corporations, in hopes of a 41% increase in revenue.