Empowering manufacturers. Creating jobs. Transforming our city.

People, Space & Capital



Before you pay to post on Craigslist and spend hours sorting through applications… try SFMade’s Hiring Made Better Program! We understand the needs of manufacturers and can make the hiring process quicker, less expensive, and less painful. Hiring Made Better is free!

SFMade’s Hiring Made Better Program can help you to:

  • Craft a job description
  • Connect to a pool of local job seekers through the SFMade job board
  • Get information about hiring tax incentives
  • Choose between final candidates for an open position
  • Get sample HR materials such as employee handbooks, attendance policies, annual review forms, etc.
  • Connect to professional assistance such as: HR consultants, lawyers, payroll companies, etc.
  • Connect to local youth through our program called YouthMade: interns receive a grant funded stipend and are covered by worker’s comp.
  • And more!

In addition to our youth internship program YouthMade, SFMade has launched a new partnership called Inside Manufacturing to expose local high school students to potential careers in the manufacturing sector.

Submit a Job now!

More Info
For more info contact Claire Michaels, Director of Workforce and Hiring at clairem@sfmade.org or (415) 408-5605 ext. 7



SFMade’s Places to Make suite of services are designed to help local manufacturers make the best use of one of their most important – and expensive – assets: their urban industrial space. Places to Make services are uniquely tailored to the special needs of – and opportunities for – manufacturers, who seek to locate new, expanded, or start-up space for production, distribution, and related retail operations in the City limits of San Francisco.

Program elements:

Locate, Secure and Activate Space:
SFMade will work with you to find the industrial space – to lease or to buy – that is ideally suited to your needs. We begin the process by listening to understand your specific needs and then work together to create an effective real estate strategy. We provide education on the process of searching for spaces including understanding what types of spaces are suited to your needs and the cost implications of moving into a new space. We will identify all candidate spaces that best suit your needs and then assist in the transaction process to ensure we structure and negotiate the most advantageous lease or purchase to achieve your objectives. SFMade will also work with you to activate your space – ensure you obtain all necessary approvals/permits and oversee the project from start to finish.

To get started on finding your own Place to Make, click here. 

To look at available locations, click here.

List Your Space:
SFMade will help you market your available industrial/commercial space on our Space Listings page. This service is designed to help connect makers with spaces that are typically not found on traditional real estate listing sites and are represented by owners. If you are an owner with available space or a manufacturer with permission from the owner to sublease your space, click here. 

More Info
For more information please contact: spaces@sfmade.org.



SFMade can help you to access capital and provide tailored financial advising. To get started, click here to complete the Craft Capital questionnaire and SFMade will work with you to review your finances, and help access the appropriate source(s) of capital for your business.
This program is for SFMade members only.

Access to Capital Assistance:
SFMade can help you access capital for a variety of purposes including startup costs, working capital, equipment, inventory, tenant improvements and real estate purchases. There are two ways we can help:

1. Educational Workshops
Throughout the year, SFMade conducts workshops focused on how to raise money and on the steps to financial health specifically for manufacturers – including how to analyze your financial statements. Please visit our calendar of events for workshop listings and schedules.

2. Phone or in-person Consultation
Looking for capital right now? We will work together to understand your specific needs, identify the appropriate types of capital for your business, and give you access to the sources that are the best fit for you. To get started, click here to complete the Craft Capital questionnaire.

Financial Advising:
SFMade will start by reviewing your company’s financial statements. Depending on your needs, the SFMade staff or one of our advisors can help to:

  • Analyze your financial performance
  • Identify red flags
  • Analyze your gross margin and your various income streams / product lines
  • Recommend indices / KPIs to track
  • Help with budgeting and forecasting

We will contact you to schedule a consultation after you complete the Craft Capital questionnaire.

More Info:
For more information please contact:
Martine Neider
Director, Manufacturing Operations, SFMade
(415) 408-5605 x 6