2015 Ebbies Winners Announced

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Announces Winners of 24th Annual Excellence in Business (Ebbies) Awards

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SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its prestigious Excellence in Business (Ebbies) Awards, presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, at the 24th Annual Ebbies Award Gala held yesterday evening at the Westin St. Francis.

“The Bay Area is fortunate to have an array of businesses driving the region’s economic engine, and this year’s field of deserving nominees was particularly crowded,” said Bob Linscheid, President and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “Each represents the best of San Francisco in their respective category,” he added while addressing the 600 business and community leaders at this year’s gala.

Nearly a quarter century ago the Chamber created the Excellence in Business Awards, known as the Ebbies, to honor San Francisco businesses for their innovation, to celebrate their vision, and publicly appreciate their contributions to their employees and our community.

‘And the 2015 Ebbies go to…’

  • The United Airlines Excellence in Business Award presented to SquareTrade, the SoMa-headquartered company that offers protection plans millions trust to protect their mobile devices, laptops and tablets, and other consumer electronics and appliances.

  • SFMade received the Kaiser Permanente Economic Development Award in recognition of the San Francisco-based nonprofit’s commitment to building and supporting a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco.

  • The Innovation Through Technology Award sponsored by Comcast and Visa was bestowed upon Airbnb, the trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.

  • Sponsored by Recology and Wells Fargo, the Emerging Growth Award was given to Planet Labs to recognize them as the “art meets aerospace” company that furthers its mission to image the entire Earth every day, and provide universal access to that data.

  • The American Express Small Business Award was presented to Covet Boutique, the women’s jewelry, clothing, and accessories company. Founded in San Francisco just eight years ago, today the company offers its products and services at three separate locations.

  • The Building San Francisco Award, presented by Hathaway Dinwiddie, was given to the City of San Francisco, HOK, Mark Cavagnero Associates, and Charles Pankow Builders Ltd for the new Public Safety Campus located in Mission Bay. The facility hosts the San Francisco Police Headquarters, Southern District Police Station, Fire Station No. 4, and the Arson Task Force, and also meets the LEED Gold rating for sustainability.

  • The inaugural Bank of America Small Business Woman of the Year Award was presented to Bu Nygrens, co-owner and director of purchasing at Veritable Vegetable, the San Francisco-based company that distributes high quality, organic produce to independent cooperatives, retailers, restaurants, schools, corporate campuses and wholesalers.

  • This year the first-ever Step Up Excellence in Energy Award, presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, was bestowed upon The California Center, 345 California LP, in recognition of their commitment to their community’s energy reduction goals.

  • Rounding out the Ebbies Awards this year was the Economic Impact Award, sponsored by the San Francisco Center for Economic Development (SFCED). This special award was presented to Virgin America to recognize the exceptional economic impact they have made after selecting San Francisco as their corporate headquarters. The SFCED was instrumental in ensuring that the Bay Area became the home to the air carrier.

“These awards reflect the innovation that occurs daily in San Francisco,” Linscheid said. “These winners are not only leading the world in creativity but are also giving back so much to our community. We applaud them all.”

More information on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Ebbies is available at www.SFChamber.com.

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Founded in 1850, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is recognized as the preeminent business organization for advocacy, networking and economic growth. The Chamber  delivers on its mission to attract, develop and retain business in San Francisco by representing companies and organizations that make San Francisco a preferred destination for businesses and visitors.