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The Winners of the 2018 Ebbies Are…

November 9, 2018 | Comments Off on The Winners of the 2018 Ebbies Are…
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Announcing the 2018 Ebbies Finalists

October 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Announcing the 2018 Ebbies Finalists
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We are excited to announce our list of Award Finalists for the 2018 Excellence in Business Awards! Join us on November 7th to honor the great work of these finalists and celebrate the diversity and strength of the San Francisco business community.

November 2018 Voter Guide

October 2, 2018 | Comments Off on November 2018 Voter Guide
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Announcing our November 2018 Voter Guide. Take a look at our stances on key issues and state and local measures that could impact San Francisco businesses this coming election.

SF Chamber Members Honored as Glassdoor Top CEOs

July 3, 2018 | Comments Off on SF Chamber Members Honored as Glassdoor Top CEOs
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Glassdoor, a website that helps its users find the perfect job, has announced their list of this year’s Top CEOs from large, medium, and small companies. We are ecstatic to recognize the awarded honorees from our member companies!

SF Chamber Members Celebrate Pride 2018

June 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Nearly one million spectators gathered at the San Francisco Pride Parade for its 48th annual march up Market Street.

As one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ+ parades in the world, the San Francisco Pride Parade’s mission of celebrating and commemorating LGBTQ+ culture began in 1970.

June 2018 Election Results Recap & November Election Forecast

June 20, 2018 | Comments Off on June 2018 Election Results Recap & November Election Forecast
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The June election results are all finally in. We’ve broken down the outcomes and how each of the measures that passed will impact the business community.

Measure Chamber Position Outcome Effect on the Business Community
State Measure 68 (Beautiful Parks and Clean Water) Support Passed Increased funds for parks and water system improvements using dollars raised from bond
RM 3 (Bay Area Traffic Relief) Support Passed Increases bridge tolls to fund highway and public transit improvements to reduce traffic congestion
Prop A (Power Facilities Revenue Bonds) Oppose Passed This measure could be used by the City to remove from the voters final authority on municipalization of San Francisco’s power facilities
Prop B (Appointees Running for Office) Support Passed Requires that candidates seeking local or state office resign from City Commissions or Boards
Prop C (Tax Increase for Childcare) Oppose Passed Increased commercial rent costs that may lead businesses to relocate out of San Francisco
Prop F (Legal Representation for Evicted Tenants) Oppose Passed Decreased general funds dollars due to the program costs and increased private costs to address tenant issues

Props D (Tax Increase for Housing and homelessness),

Partner Spotlight: Trade and Invest, British Columbia

June 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Trade and Invest, British Columbia
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Trade and Invest British Columbia works with international enterprises to help them build strong links to the resources, skills, and businesses that make British Columbia an attractive place to work and invest. They support international organizations who want to do business with British Columbia’s innovative and competitive manufacturers and service providers.

Partner Spotlight: Cala Restaurant

May 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Cala Restaurant
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Cala Restaurant strives to exceed expectations in service and to provide guests with food and drinks prepared with the best ingredients. Cala is passionate about improving our skills and the experiences of their guests, knowing that attention to the smallest details of their restaurant and genuinely caring for their team,

CleanSafe365 Update: Safe Injection Sites, Are They an Answer?

May 16, 2018 | Comments Off on CleanSafe365 Update: Safe Injection Sites, Are They an Answer?
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While there are many contributing factors to the deteriorating state of San Francisco’s streets, the opioid epidemic’s role in perpetuating the cycle of homelessness, crime and filth cannot be ignored. About 8,000 needles are picked up off the streets each month by the public health department alone.

Chamber Members Named 2018 SFBT Best Places to Work

May 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Chamber Members Named 2018 SFBT Best Places to Work
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Congratulations to the 11 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce members that were honored by the San Francisco Business Times as the Bay Area Best Places to Work for 2018! This prestigious annual ranking shines the spotlight on local companies that rise to the top in terms of having a happy and engaged workforce.

Partner Spotlight: Collaboration Business Consulting

May 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Collaboration Business Consulting
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The mission of Collaboration Business Consulting is to inspire, educate and empower proactive leaders to achieve breakthrough performance. Their firm aids businesses in embedding scalable management and accountability structures while accelerating financial growth, with the average client reaching a 322% three-year growth in revenue.

2018 June Voting Guide

April 16, 2018 | Comments Off on 2018 June Voting Guide
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The June election ballot contains critical initiatives that impact San Francisco businesses. Join the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, SF Forward, and the local business community in voting for a better San Francisco on June 5, 2018.

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PROP B / Appointees Running for Office

A Charter amendment requiring appointees on San Francisco boards and commissions to give up their seats when running in state or local elections,

SF Chamber Wraps Up Action-Packed #CityTripDC 2018

March 28, 2018 | Comments Off on SF Chamber Wraps Up Action-Packed #CityTripDC 2018
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s delegation of business and civic leaders spent a busy two days in our nation’s capital for the annual CityTrip D.C. advocacy trip.

Our delegates were on Capitol Hill in the middle of a controversial omnibus bill vote and were able to hear from influential policymakers and elected officials on not only the vote but also the inside scoop on other issues facing the federal government.

SF Chamber Welcomes 2018 Board Chair and Committee Assignments

February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce announced today its new Board Chair and committee chairs for 2018. Janis MacKenzie, President of MacKenzie Communications is the 2018 Chair of the Board, and John Gingrich, Managing Director at Accenture is the 2018 Vice Chair.

Partner Spotlight: BKW Partners

February 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: BKW Partners
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BKW Partners (the agency formerly known as Rassak) has been based in San Francisco for a decade, working worldwide and across sectors. Addressing communications issues in smart, creative, proactive ways can often bring big, meaningful change to an organization.

Public Safety, Homelessness and Affordability are Biggest Issues in 2018 SF Chamber Poll

February 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Public Safety, Homelessness and Affordability are Biggest Issues in 2018 SF Chamber Poll
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SAN FRANCISCO – Homelessness, public safety and affordability rank as the top concerns among San Francisco voters, according to the 2018 Dignity Health CityBeat Poll which was unveiled February 2 at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s annual CityBeat Breakfast event attended by nearly 900 business and civic leaders.

Partner Spotlight: Honeybee

January 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Honeybee
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HoneyBee is a social impact company and a Certified B Corporation®. We’re creators and providers of the world’s first PTO Loan℠, empowering millions of working Americans to use their accrued PTO and vacation days to source loans at zero interest,

Partner Spotlight: Jamba Juice

January 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Jamba Juice
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Jamba Juice was founded in 1990 in San Luis Obispo, California, with the vision to Inspire and Simplify Healthy Living. Jamba Juice® is a leading restaurant retailer of “better-for-you” specialty beverage and food offerings which include flavorful, whole fruit and vegetable smoothies,

SF Chamber Remembers Mayor Ed Lee

December 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Statement from Tallia Hart, President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce: 

The Board of Directors, staff and members of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce are deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Mayor Edwin Lee. 

Partner Spotlight: Implants Pro Center

November 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Implants Pro Center
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Overlooking San Francisco’s Union Square, Implants Pro Center provides dental services that are unparalleled in quality and aesthetics. With a team that is not only tremendously talented, but also holding the best credentials, patients can expect nothing but the best in terms of technology and results when visiting our dental office.

2017 Excellence in Business Awards Winners Announced

November 14, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 Excellence in Business Awards Winners Announced
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SAN FRANCISCO – Business and community leaders convened at the SHN Orpheum theater last night to celebrate the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s 26th annual Excellence in Business (Ebbies) Awards and to enjoy a private showcase of Disney’s hit Broadway musical Aladdin.

Partner Spotlight: Keller Williams San Francisco

November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Keller Williams San Francisco
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The San Francisco branch of Keller Williams launched in May of 2016 and has quickly become one of the fastest-growing real estate brokerages in the area, nearly doubling its number of producing agents over the last year. Their mission is to employ the highest quality real estate agents to provide clients with the best real estate experience while creating a work environment that fosters collaboration,

UniteSF: Highlights from October 2017

November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on UniteSF: Highlights from October 2017
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The SF Chamber’s UniteSF program is dedicated to convening leaders in the business and education communities to collaborate to help students prepare for college and today’s global economy and workforce.

UniteSF is a foundation program of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce,

Chamber Members Give Back to Northern California Fire Evacuees

October 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Chamber Members Give Back to Northern California Fire Evacuees
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As the Bay Area continues to reel from the effects of fires spreading across Northern California, we have been humbled by many of our members who have reached out in an effort to help.

Below, you will find various resources on how you and your organizations can support those affected by the fires,

Partner Spotlight: Wallbeds “N” More

October 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Wallbeds “N” More
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Wallbeds “N” More offers semi customizable, made-to-order Murphy beds and wallbeds that provide space-saving solutions that fit any lifestyle. A national company, Wallbeds “N” More just opened their first San Francisco location owned and operated by San Francisco native Eric Partridge.

Minority-Owned Small Business Partner Spotlight powered by First Republic Bank: YCAT-C

October 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Minority-Owned Small Business Partner Spotlight powered by First Republic Bank: YCAT-C
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Yolanda’s Construction Administration and Traffic Control (YCAT-C) is an African-American woman-owned business that offers a range of administrative and traffic control services to support public and private sector clients on engineering and construction projects. Based in Bayview-Hunters Point,

Statement Regarding Signage of Housing-First Policies by Governor Brown

September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Media Contact: Juliana Bunim, jbunim@sfchamber.com 

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce applauds Governor Brown and the city’s state representatives for their leadership charting a new course for addressing the state’s critical housing shortage. 

2017 Mid-Year San Francisco Legislative Scorecard

September 20, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 Mid-Year San Francisco Legislative Scorecard
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In line with our agenda for prosperity released earlier this year, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce works to encourage City Hall to prioritize legislation and policies that support San Francisco employers. View our scorecard from the first half of 2017 below.

SF Chamber Statement on Announcement Regarding DACA

September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Immigrants are job creators who have made – and continue to make – incredible contributions to the economic well-being of our city, and whose talents are critical to keeping San Francisco at the forefront of American innovation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) has protected nearly 800,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation,

Partner Spotlight: SHN

August 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: SHN
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SHN is the preeminent theatrical entertainment company in the Bay Area, bringing live entertainment experiences to San Francisco’s premier venues. SHN presents current hits fresh from Broadway, original Broadway cast productions, pre-Broadway premieres and one-of-a-kind events that are at the forefront of the national theater scene.

Important Information Regarding Business Impacts on Aug. 26, 2017

August 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Important Information Regarding Business Impacts on Aug. 26, 2017
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The Golden Gate National Recreation Area has approved a permit for the Patriot Prayer group for a rally at Crissy Field on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2 p.m.

The City has no jurisdiction over Crissy Field. Crissy Field is owned and operated by the Federal Government and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is responsible for permitting all events.

Partner Spotlight: Safesite

August 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Safesite
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Safesite is a data driven safety management platform that leverages the latest mobile, IoT and wearable technologies to facilitate safety communication, improve compliance and reduce incident rates on construction worksites. Their mission is to make every worker a safety champion.

Bay Area Groups, including SF Chamber, Sign Letter Supporting Extension of California Cap-and-Trade Program

July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
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The State legislature is scheduled to vote to renew California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system to 2030, a key tool to reduce emissions from greenhouse gases by offering pollution allowances and offsets.

The previous 2013 – 2017 cap-and-trade program provided significant economic benefits to the Bay Area with more than $84 million in funds allocated to San Francisco alone.

15 SF Chamber Members are LinkedIn’s Top U.S. Companies of 2017

June 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Fifteen members of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce were named to LinkedIn’s Top Companies of 2017 in the United States. The Top Companies list is based on the billions of actions taken by LinkedIn’s 500+ million members and looks at three main pillars: interest in a company’s jobs,

Chamber Members Named SFBT Bay Area Best Places to Work

May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Congratulations to the 12 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce members that were honored by the San Francisco Business Times as the Bay Area Best Places to Work for 2017! This prestigious annual ranking shines the spotlight on 130 local companies that rise to the top in terms of having a happy and engaged workforce.

Partner Spotlight: TOTO

May 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: TOTO
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For nearly 100 years, TOTO has been the recognized leader in performance innovation and design products that enhance the luxury bathroom experience. Concept 190, A WASHLET Studio located in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, is TOTO’s first experiential showroom.

San Francisco Small Business Week Kicks Off May 15

May 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Press Contact: Juliana Bunim, VP Strategic Communications, jbunim@sfchamber.com / 415.352.8839  

San Francisco Small Business Week 2017 (#SFSBW2017) kicks off May 15, celebrating the more than 85,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs who call San Francisco home.

Chamber Partners Honored as Best Workplaces in the Bay Area

May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Congratulations to the six Chamber partners that were listed as the Best Workplaces in the Bay Area!

Published together with their partner, Fortune, the Best Workplaces in the Bay Area rankings are based on feedback from more than 227,000 employees at Great Place to Work–Certified™ organizations with locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Partner Spotlight: National Brain Tumor Society

March 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: National Brain Tumor Society
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National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to the brain tumor community. NBTS drives a multi-faceted approach to influence and fund strategic research, as well as advocate for public policy changes to better support brain tumor patients.

Partner Spotlight: OUM & Co. LLP

March 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: OUM & Co. LLP
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OUM is one of the leading CPA firms in California, with offices in San Francisco and Carlsbad, CA. Since its formation in 1976, OUM has grown to over 85 professional staff members by providing a diverse range of client services to individuals and public and private companies across multiple industries.

Partner Spotlight: SXSW

March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
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South by Southwest is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year.

Navigation Centers, Sanctuary City and Greater Housing Density Gain Broad Support in 2017 Poll

March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
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SF Chamber of Commerce’s annual poll reveals homelessness and affordability top the list of voter concerns in annual survey

San Francisco – Homelessness and affordability rank as the top concerns among San Francisco voters, according to the 2017 Dignity Health CityBeat Poll which will be unveiled today at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s annual CityBeat Breakfast event attended by nearly 1,000 business and civic leaders.

Partner Spotlight: EvoShare

February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
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EvoShare works with companies in the Bay Area and beyond to help customers get the most out of their purchases. The company partners with local businesses and quality online vendors, helping them expand their customer base by enabling certain customers to use part of what they spend toward their retirement earnings or student loan repayment.

Partner Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente

February 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente
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Kaiser Permanente has been providing care for San Franciscans since 1948 when it opened a 35-bed hospital in the Potrero Hill area. Six years later, Kaiser Permanente opened the current facility on Geary Boulevard. With its new state-of-the-art medical office building in Mission Bay,

Partner Spotlight: Portola Grocery Outlet

January 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Partner Spotlight: Portola Grocery Outlet
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Grocery Outlet is the nation’s largest extreme value grocery store with more than independently operated stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The chain just opened its third location in San Francisco, independently owned and operated by Raymond Ng,

Partner Spotlight: Hood & Strong

January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Founded in 1917, Hood & Strong LLP is one of Northern California’s oldest, largest and most respected public accounting firms, providing audit, business advisory, tax, and information technology services to nonprofit organizations and privately held businesses throughout the United States.

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Names Tallia Hart as President & CEO

January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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SAN FRANCISCO – Following an extensive national search, The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has selected Tallia Hart, 43, as its new president and CEO. Hart was selected for her inspiring leadership, in-depth non-profit management experience and passion to advocate for the business community.

2016 Highlights at the SF Chamber

January 17, 2017 | Comments Off on 2016 Highlights at the SF Chamber
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Thank you all for helping the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce make our city one of the best places to live and work.

As we launch into a busy 2017, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on our key accomplishments from the last year.

Minority-Owned Small Business Partner Spotlight powered by First Republic Bank: Yvonne’s Southern Sweets

January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Yvonne’s Southern Sweets has been a staple of the Bayview neighborhood since its inception in Yvonne Hines’ home kitchen in 2002. In the 14 years since, Hines has opened a storefront, created wholesale connections with numerous other local venders,

SF Chamber Announces Winners of 2016 Ebbies

November 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Press Contact: Juliana Bunim, SF Chamber, (415) 310-8180, jbunim@sfchamber.com

SAN FRANCISCO – Nearly 1000 business and community leaders gathered under the big top last night to celebrate the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual Excellence in Business (Ebbies) Awards and to enjoy a private performance of Cirque du Soleil’s latest show,