Chic Black Book - San Francisco

Hey there! We get asked for recommendations daily from small business owners that are looking for services. We are always happy to share what we know about who we know...and here you have it! Introducing the Chic Black Book. It is a directory of organizations that we have vetted and feel comfortable recommending specifically for the San Francisco, CA region.

  • Accounting Services
  • Bookkeepers
  • Business Coaches
  • Catering & Events
  • Graphic Designers
  • Insurance Representatives
  • Legal Services (Business)
  • Legal Services (Creative)
  • Marketing Services
  • Merchant Services
  • Payroll Services
  • Public Relations
  • Printing Services
  • Staffing Services
  • Technical Services




Accounting Services
Mohler, Nixon & Williams: Accounting and Tax Services for Growing Companies In order to stay focused on building the value of your business, you need to ensure solid financial management with dependable accounting and finance processes. Mohler, Nixon & Williams (MNW) provides high-quality outsourced accounting and tax services for growing companies in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the Bay Area.  No matter what your size or fundraising status, we can tailor services to whatever makes the best sense for your company at any given time. Whether augmenting existing personnel or completely outsourcing your accounting and financial needs—MNW provides dependable and economical services so you can focus on your vision, not your accounting.
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Website: www.mohlernixon.com
Email: 
mnw@mohlernixon.com
Phone: 415-817- 5070 or 408-369-2400

WuHoover & Co. is a full service accounting firm offering business advisory, tax, and assurance services.  Rather than the "one-size-fits-all" approach that is sometimes unavoidable with the largest firms - we take the time to listen to your specific needs and ambitions to develop a tailored service plan that suits the character and prospects of your business.  Our professional team is composed of former partners and professionals from the Big 4 and local accounting firms who collectively have more than 250 years of industry and public accounting experience. We have extensive experience and expertise in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing and wholesale distribution, software and technology, biotech, renewable energy, financial services, real estate, venture capital, employee benefit plans, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities.

Website: www.wuhoover.com   
Email:
info@wuhoover.com
Phone: 650-212-3888

Do you dream of balancing your bank accounts, clean balance sheets and beautiful income statements? Maybe YOU don’t, but WE do – accounting and bookkeeping is our passion!! We specialize in making the task of preparing your books for your CPA less painful and help make sense of your financial position so you can run a successful business. We partner with owners who have a desire to focus on what they’re phenomenal at and letting us do what we’re awesome at – bookkeeping! We’re a small team in the heart of San Francisco with several small clients throughout the Bay Area and work with fun committed people who just need a little bookkeeping help so they can sleep better at night.

Website: www.anaduffy.com
Email:
ana@anaduffy.com
Phone: 510-396-6787

Outright's free online bookkeeping and accounting is for small business owners like you who need an easy way to keep track of your sales and expenses without getting lost in piles of paperwork and complicated accounting software - And let’s not forgot about being organized and prepared at tax time. Running a small business means you wear a lot of hats. You're the CEO, the marketer, the sales person, the customer service rep and yes, the bookkeeper. If spreadsheets are cutting it, you don't have time (or the energy) to learn QuickBooks, or maybe you want something like Mint.com, but for business – Outright is right for you. There’s no complicated setup, no data entry and it’s free!


Website:
http://outright.com
Email: info@outright.com

Phone: 650-440-6352


Business Coaches
John Van Dinther will introduce you to the best entrepreneurship tools available, clearly presenting the resources you need to help your business thrive: Learn the best tools for Internet marketing; Create a business operations plan that you’ll use daily; Get sales training focused on really helping people; Stay organized and focus on your prioritie; Work strategically to reach your goals; Foster great relationships with your community of entrepreneurs.

"John is able to clearly identify and explain key pieces of business, while providing tasks that keep clients on track and engaged in the process..."
Kaye Porter, Flourishing Today
Website:
www.johnvandinther.com
Email:
tommy2hats@gmail.com
Phone: 415-515-1252



Never before has food taken such a significant place in our collective consciousness; from farm to table, from table to television. The implications of our choices in what and how we eat have moved far beyond simple sustenance to having a profound impact on our ecology, economy and environment. It is my firm belief that as a chef it is my responsibility not only to provide a healthy, nutritious and delicious source of fuel but to preserve culture, foster communication and protect the environment.
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Phone: 415-322-8373



Graphic Designers
Atelier Mau Mau
At Atelier Mau Mau it is our privilege to help you achieve your online goals because we love making great websites. Our years of experience and passion ensure that when you partner with us on a custom web design project, you’ll get a stronger business and web presence. We design beautiful websites and develop strong and lasting infrastructures. Experienced and reliable web designers, we believe that successful visual communication starts with strategic thinking and is guided by the intelligence of practical, real life experience. We strive for the absolute best solution to every design challenge. In one company you get strategic marketing, creative design and technical expertise.
Website: AtelierMauMau.com
Email:
info@ateliermaumau.com

With over 10 years of experience in graphic design, creative art, and photography Zoe Lonergan is a creative thinker, but also understands the principles behind a good design. Her focus is on providing high quality work by transforming your abstract ideas into designs that look great and effectively communicate your message to your customers. Zoe Lonergan can help new products get off the ground or help existing brands take on new life.
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Website: www.zoelonergan.com

Email:
zoelonergan@gmail.com
Phone: 415-368-9305




Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP is a full service law firm with San Francisco origins dating back 125 years.  The firm serves mature businesses and entrepreneurs whose businesses have grown into notable global companies. From employment advice to business and intellectual property counseling, litigation and tax support, our clients appreciate the advantages of being represented by attorneys at the top of their profession and the top of their game.  Karen Frank, a Partner in the Intellectual Property practice, serves clients in the fashion, food and beverage, music, publishing, advertising, entertainment and other business sectors.  She frequently speaks and writes on intellectual property issues, is a California Super lawyer and Best Lawyer, and is the immediate past president of the Copyright Society of the USA.
Phone: 415-391-4800
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We advise founders, executives, directors and investors in startup companies and established businesses. If you’re an entrepreneur starting or joining a company, we guide you through the maze of legal decisions. We counsel regarding choice of legal entity (corporation or LLC) and state of formation.  We structure the relationships among founders and key employees and consultants, including equity ownership, director and officer roles, shareholder agreements, invention assignments and confidentiality (nondisclosure) agreements. When you raise capital for your business, we advise on investment structure, terms and documentation.  We implement programs to grant stock options to employees.  If you’re buying or selling a company, we structure the transaction to help you achieve success and manage risk.  We design, build and manage the legal infrastructure for your business.



CREATE Legal is a San Francisco-based law firm serving creative industry professionals and organizations in the music, visual art, film/television, fashion, internet, graphic design, theater, dance, and literary fields. Let CREATE Legal handle your intellectual property, contract, employment, nonprofit and business formation, and nonprofit and business governance matters. This law firm cares about building lasting relationships and supporting creative work. Managing Attorney Anne Ho knows the creative industry well. She is a professional actor/model and previously worked as a Law Fellow at California Lawyers for the Arts and as the Managing Director of a nonprofit theater company. CREATE Legal brings the knowledge, experience, dedication, and arts appreciation necessary to handle your legal matters effectively, efficiently, and at reasonable rates.

Website: www.create-legal.com
Email:
contact@create-legal.com
Phone: 415-799-2222


Oliver & Sabec P.C. is a boutique law firm with an international practice in transactions and litigation.The firm is a leading practitioner of art, copyright, and trademark law with particular expertise in entertainment law, advising recording and performing artists, songwriters, producers, and film and television talent. We are increasingly recognized as the "go to" firm for social entrepreneurship. Our practice includes all aspects of the life cycle of nonprofit and for profit ventures, including formation, governance, contracts, operation, and transformation. The firm believes that creativity, integrity and social responsibility are guiding principles in any decision and that creative solutions require considerable imagination - coupled with an expert knowledge of the law and current legal trends.
Website: www.oliversabec.com
Phone: 415-641-1116
Fax: 415-695-1116


Reboot Creative + Strategy is a boutique advertising and marketing agency in San Francisco. Our approach begins with establishing an unshakeable foundation for your brand, both in creative development and strategic positioning. Then, through carefully executed initiatives, enticing people to do what is natural – pass it forward – to organically build a lasting connection with your brand. Our values: fearlessness, hard work, transparency, clients we believe in, a Carneros pinot noir. Our services: brand development, marketing strategy, social media marketing, direct response marketing, art direction, graphic design, website development, SEO and SEM, copywriting. The media: web, digital, print, out-of-home, mobile, guerrilla, anything unusual Reboot’s founders, Jessica Brunner and Sara Tokarchuk, offer their clients over ten years of lessons learned, knowledge gained, and successes earned.
Website: www.rebootsf.com
Email:
info@rebootsf.com
Phone: 415-967-3593

Proudly serving small business owners for over 28 years, Sharper Cards strives to make marketing easy, fun and effortless.
We offer affordable direct mailing services, cards for all occasions (marketing, holiday, birthday, welcome, thank you, and more), personalized promotional products (magnets, pens, calendars), and business essentials (business cards, tote bags, wall art).
Choose from a huge selection of exclusive designs, or inquiry about our custom design service to create your own look.

Website: sharpercards.com
Email:
info@sharpercards.com
Phone: 1-800-561-6677


360 Payment Solutions is a privately owned merchant services company based in San Jose, CA. After several years of experience in the industry, the founders of 360 combined their knowledge and skills regarding payment processing with high moral standards they expect to be delivered to clients. 360 believes in giving back to charitable organizations and providing merchants with quality service with fair and fully disclosed prices while pledging to never lease equipment or raising rates or fees. Since launching March 9th, 2011, we are proud to have OVER 1000 merchants actively processing their credit card transactions with us. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to earn your business. Specialties: Merchant Services, Mobile Payments, Ecommerce Transactions, Cash Advances
 
Phone: 408-295-8360

Flint is the easiest way to accept credit cards on your iPhone.
There’s no extra hardware and no merchant account needed. You just use the Flint app to securely scan the card number instead of swiping it through a reader. Flint also enables you to customize electronic receipts with your branding, loyalty offers, and easy integrated social marketing. Get started in minutes with Flint’s FREE mobile app, no upfront costs, and low transaction fees starting at 1.95%+$0.20 / charge.

Easy Credit Card Processing • No Extra Hardware • Get Started In Minutes • Low Fees • Integrated Social Marketing

Website:
www.flint.com


Email:
support@flint.com
Phone: 650-549-5221



Algentis is an integrated HR Software & Services firm that handles payroll, benefits, insurance, and HR compliance. Algentis acts as a virtual HR department for clients and saves them money with discounted employee benefits and as a more cost-effective alternative to dealing with these administrative burdens internally. Algentis clients are an impressive collection of established organizations as well as the fastest-growing companies in California backed by VCs and Angels. Algentis works with companies with as few as 2 employees as well as those who have 100+ employees.

Website:
www.algentis.com
Email:
info@algentis.com
Phone: 415-962-7571

EPS provides a cost effective alternative using a state-of-the-art online payroll platform and web based timed clock (optional) to track, manage and process payroll data quickly and accurately. Each client is provided a secured dedicated portal accessible to both employer and employee. Services we provide: fees based on “one price per check”, direct connect remote support, web-based time clock w/export data capability, local printing or direct deposit with emailed employee copy, quick enrollment process (we do everything), we also offer a free quarter to new subscriptions.

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Website:
www.e-payservices.com
Email:
epayrollservices@gmail.com

Phone: 888-472-1086


Life is too stressful to have to worry about the details of payroll and human resources. Our specialized services cater only to the most elite clientele, allowing us to deliver incredible results at competitive rates.

We take the stress out of having employees. Reach out to us day, you will be glad you did!

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Website:
www.korody.com
Email:
info@
korody.com
Phone: 415-841-0969

Public Relations
Change Communications is a full service PR, branding and communications firm. We specialize in integrating traditional PR tactics and media relations with social media strategy. Our passion is working with startups, SMBs and emerging brands.  We only work with clients that we believe in, and we don’t treat you like billable hours. We love our work, our clients and our life.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ChangePR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChangeCommunications
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Website: www.bethechangepr.com
Email:
katy@bethechangepr.com

Phone: 415-375-0663

Named 2011 Technology Agency of the Year, HORN works with Fortune 500 global brands and hot emerging growth companies in technology, media and consumer markets. Established 21 years ago, the agency remains independent and currently has offices in San Francisco and New York. HORN is an award-winning digital communications agency that combines PR, social media and interactive services to help companies build their brand and move their business forward. By combining traditional PR tactics with digital communications, HORN makes sure that every facet of your communications program promotes discussion and meaningful engagement. HORN’s interactive department addresses business challenges with a strategic selection of communications services that influence how people sense – see, hear, feel – your brand.

Website: www.horngroup.com
Email:
inquiry@horngroup.com
Phone: 415-905-4000

 



Printing Services
3-Keys Communications is a graphic design company offering web and print solutions. We offer end-to-end design, branding web and print solutions that ensure your corporate message is effectively and clearly communicated to your target market. We love the excitement of helping other businesses grow, whether you are a new start up, or an established business.
Not only do we print, but can also procure the very materials you are looking to print on, whether it is glass, wood, steel, aluminum, acrylic, plastic, foil, etc. 3-Keys Communications can custom design solutions for growth to fit your budgets.
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Website: www.3-keys.com
Email:
info@3-keys.com

Phone: 925-989-5693

 

One Stop Shop!
Allow your imagination to run wild with Cellotape, where “Anything is Possible.” Our eco-friendly High Definition printing can bring your vision to life. Got an idea? Don’t know where to start? Leave it to us! With use of our state of the art printing equipment, our dedicated team of experts will give personal service and more bang for your buck.  Our high resolution graphics can capture exactly what your company needs. Let your product speak for itself and call us today for your free samples!
Contact: Christina “Tina” Tupper
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Website: www.cellotape.com
Email:
ctupper@cellotape.com
Phone: 510.651.5551 ext. 2650


Town + Country Resources is a recruiting & placement firm with nearly 30 years of experience working with busy professionals in the Bay Area. Our objective is to find you the one – the assistant who will significantly increase your productivity, make your job easier and your life better. 

Our team of dedicated professionals will search exhaustively to find the right Executive Assistant for you. We will take the time to understand you and your staffing needs, we will support you with advice and guidance throughout the entire process, and we will always be here whenever you need help.

San Francisco, CA 415-567-0956


Peninsula 650-326-8570
East Bay 925-627-1377
Wine Country & Marin 707-603-1169

Email: info@tandcr.com 
Website:
www.bayarea-ea.com
 

Technical Services
We are a technology consultancy group based out of San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

Born out of this idea:
Many companies need an IT department, but can’t afford one. We provide service and advice on an as needed basisto companies large and small, in order to keep technology working efficiently and cost effectively. We specialize in Website Design, Networking, Troubleshooting, Custom Program Engineering, Graphic Design, and much more. 
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Website: www.asyouwill.com


Email:
info@asyouwill.com
Phone: 415-830-3772

 



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