San Francisco Prepares for APEC in November

This November, San Francisco will be hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting, which will be the biggest global event hosted by our city in recent years.

During the week of November 12-18, the City is expecting approximately 30,000 delegates from across 21 APEC Member Economies, 1,200 CEOs from around the world, and 600 media representatives for this 30th annual event.

With so many world leaders in San Francisco, The City has a unique opportunity to showcase our city’s unique and diverse small businesses and welcome delegates from around the world to commercial corridors and cultural districts.

The Office of Small Business is working closely with other agencies and organizations ahead of this event.

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The City has invited Merchant Associations, Community Benefit Districts, and Cultural Districts to curate “Perfect Days” in their neighborhoods.

These will be featured on the ShopDineSF webpage and social media @ShopDineSF, and shared with APEC attendees. ShopDineSF is a City initiative to attract locals and visitors to support small businesses.

This effort will continue past APEC.

Here is an example from the Mission District.


The City, in coordination with the Office of Small Business, is organizing dozens of events for APEC attendees, beyond their official programming. These will range from tours of key landmarks and industries, cultural events, performances, and opportunities to meet local entrepreneurs.

If you have events between November 12-18, email