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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.

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,

Partner Spotlight: Fieldwire

October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Fieldwire is a mobile construction management platform designed for the jobsite. Comprised of a team of construction and computer science experts, Fieldwire provides workers in the field with the collaboration tools they need. To learn about how Fieldwire’s customers save 5 hours a week per person,

Partner Spotlight: Cirque du Soleil

October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
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From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to close to 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over 40 countries on six continents.

SF Chamber of Commerce Statement on Brisbane Baylands Development

September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Contact: Juliana Bunim, VP of Strategic Communications/San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
415.310.8180/jbunim@sfchamber.com

The Bay Area is in a regional housing crisis, and the City of Brisbane needs to do its part to address it. San Francisco and the Bay Area desperately need places for people to live,

SF Chamber Announces November 2016 Election Ballot Measure Positions

September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Business advocate weighs in on 24 local measures, one regional measure and seven state measures

San Francisco, Calif. – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2,500 member businesses and more than 200,000 employees in San Francisco and across the Bay Area,

Partner Spotlight: University of the Pacific

September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked university with a goal that educates and prepares the leaders of tomorrow through intensive academic study, experiential learning, and service to the community. Pacific’s history in San Francisco began in 1896 with the founding of the Arthur A.

Partner Spotlight: McGuireWoods LLP

August 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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McGuireWoods LLP is a leading U.S. law firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in 23 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. March 2016 saw the opening of McGuireWoods’ San Francisco office — its 22nd location worldwide and third in California.

Partner Spotlight: HireMojo

August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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younger-headshotHireMojo is about the relentless pursuit of connecting the two people who matter the most, the hiring manager and the person who is the perfect fit for the job. Read our Partner Spotlight interview with CEO and Mojo Master John Younger,

Chamber Members Honored at Corporate Philanthropy Awards

August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Twenty-eight Chamber partners were named in the San Francisco Business Times’ list of Top 80 Corporate Philanthropists for 2016, including seven of the top 10.

The top 80 Largest Bay Area Corporate Philanthropists gave more than $287 million in cash to Bay Area charitable organizations in fiscal year 2015,

SF Chamber Statement Against the Mayoral Recall

July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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As the leading advocate for business in the city, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce fully supports Mayor Ed Lee and opposes the current recall effort. Our city, like many cities across the country, has experienced a great number of challenges.

Partner Spotlight: Greenberg Traurig LLP

July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Greenberg Traurig LLP helps clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient and effective strategic advice and legal services. The company’s San Francisco attorneys have deep Bay Area roots and practice both locally and nationally at the intersection of business,

SF Chamber Honors Chevron Employee for Fire Intervention

July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce commended and thanked Maria Christina Bustos for her swift intervention during the fire of February 29, 2016 at the Chevron Station located at 9th and Howard Streets in San Francisco.

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Chamber Partners with 49ers to Bring Training Camp to Kezar Stadium

June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco 49ers will begin the celebration of its 70th anniversary by returning to its roots at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on Wednesday, August 10th, for a team practice and youth football exhibition.

The return of the 49ers to Kezar Stadium is being orchestrated in collaboration with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

Partner Spotlight: Tech CU

June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Todd HeadshotTechnology Credit Union (Tech CU) is a financial institution dedicated to delivering technology and personal expertise that inspires, educates and empowers its members to succeed financially. Founded in 1960 by the employees of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Semiconductor Division with a few thousand dollars and a couple of accounts,

Open Letter Regarding the Resignation of San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr

May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Open letter to Mayor Lee, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Police Commission from Organizations and Businesses throughout the City:

Chief Greg Suhr committed himself to a lifetime of public service on behalf of the residents of San Francisco and we commend him for that dedication.

Partner Spotlight: Wells Fargo

May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A Rich San Francisco History
Wells Fargo opened for business on Montgomery Street in San Francisco on July 13, 1852 to provide banking and express services to the West. Rapid expansion followed to the mining camps and new cities and by 1866 covered 3,000 miles of territory with stagecoaches.

San Francisco Small Business Week Kicks Off May 21

May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Press Contact: Juliana Bunim, VP Strategic Communications, jbunim@sfchamber.com / 415.352.8839

SFSmallBusinessWeekLogos_socialmedia_highresSan Francisco Small Business Week 2016 (#SFSBW2016) kicks off May 21, celebrating the more than 85,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs who call San Francisco home.

SF Chamber Statement Supporting Treasure Island as Site for Lucas Cultural Arts Museum

May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, representing more than 2500 local businesses, wholly supports Treasure Island as the site for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum. The Lucas Museum has the vision, programming and financial commitments to compliment the revitalization of Treasure Island by creating a world-class institution that will draw a significant number of visitors,

SF Chamber Statement on SFPD Chief Suhr

May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce fully supports Police Chief Greg Suhr, a native San Franciscan and 35-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department. He has spent his career inside the SFPD and no one is better equipped to make the necessary reforms to improve public safety.

Super Bowl 50 Revenue By the Numbers

May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber of Commerce celebrates the success of Super Bowl 50. The Controller’s Office report reflected the positive impact that the SB50 events in San Francisco had on the city budget. 

The nine-day span from Saturday,

Partner Spotlight: California Institute of Integral Studies

May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an accredited university that strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the earth. CIIS expands the boundaries of traditional degree programs with transdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies utilizing face-to-face,

Chamber Partners Honored as 2016 Best Places to Work in Bay Area

April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Congratulations to all 14 Chamber partners that were listed as the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area for 2016 by the San Francisco Business Times!

The list is produced annually by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal to honor Bay Area companies that have exceptional workplaces and value the contributions of their employees.

Partner Spotlight: Care Indeed

April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Care Indeed Non-medical care at home is designed to meet the needs of families requiring personalized health care for loved ones from qualified non-medical caregivers. Read more in our interview with Vanessa Valerio, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Patient Care of Care Indeed.

Homelessness and Affordability Tops List of San Francisco Voter Concerns in 2016

March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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HOMELESSNESS AND AFFORDABILITY TOPS LIST OF SAN FRANCISCO VOTER CONCERNS IN 2016

SF Chamber of Commerce’s annual poll reveals support for many city services, while quality of life wanes.

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San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Taps Juliana Bunim as VP of Strategic Communications

January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2016
415-352-8816
CONTACT:
Bob Linscheid
bob@sfchamber.com 

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (SF Chamber) today announced the appointment of Juliana Bunim as its Vice President of Strategic Communications.

Vision of Gold: Super Bowl 50 and the Bay Area

January 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This past Sunday, football teams across the nation hit the field in the NFL’s final week of regular season play. The stakes were high as, by the end of the day, it was determined which 12 teams qualified for the playoffs and,

2015 Ebbies Winners Announced

November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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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,

Small Business Advisory Council Meeting with Tim Colen

September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) of the Chamber met this morning to discuss the November Housing Ballot Initiatives as well as hear legislative updates from the public policy team. Tim Colen, Executive Director of the Housing Action Coalition,

SF Chamber, SF African American Chamber announce strategic partnership

September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce today announced a strategic partnership to help members of both organizations share resources,

Vision Zero: Safe Streets SF

September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Did you know…

…that you must stop for a pedestrian, whether the pedestrian is in a crosswalk or not?

…that if you are a pedestrian, did you know that you are not supposed to enter a crosswalk once a countdown clock has started or the red hand is flashing?

How to solve the housing crisis? Build more housing!

September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid

It’s no surprise voters place the cost of housing on top of the list of major issues facing San Francisco. Hardly a day goes by without a news story about rent spikes and bidding wars.

Business After Hours – Legion of Honor on September 24

August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Join the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and SF Travel for an evening of networking at the Legion of Honor.

The Chamber’s popular Business After Hours mixers bring together hundreds of professionals from small, mid-size and large Bay Area businesses and organizations to network and build relationships.

Small Business University: Building Community through the Sharing Economy

August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Tuesday, August 25, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Administration for an informative panel discussion about the new sharing economy. How can you utilize the growing sharing economy to increase your business?

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Congratulates Partner Companies as Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Drought Update: Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board Talks to the Chamber

August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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chamber_exclusivesSpeaking to a packed room Tuesday at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, called on all Californians to cutback water usage wherever possible in the face of the state’s searing drought.

Two New Partnerships

August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Announces Partnerships with the San Francisco Council of District Merchants and the San Francisco Small Business Development Center

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San Francisco—The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce two strategic partnerships with the San Francisco Council of District Merchants and the San Francisco Small Business Development Center,

How to improve brand awareness

August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid

At the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, we are often asked how a business can stand apart from the crowd. After all, there are thousands of small,

Chamber submits Brodie nomination to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Pro Football Hall of Fame announces unique partnership with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to co-sponsor the Pro Football Hall of Fame Merlin Olsen Super Bowl Luncheon honoring John Madden and John Brodie; 

3 Myths on Starting a Small Business in San Francisco

July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Starting a small business in San Francisco can be an exciting prospect. Who wouldn’t want to be an entrepreneur in the beautiful bayside city where such storied companies as Twitter, Salesforce, Uber and Airbnb got their start?

Is your business a leader in energy?

July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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One of our new Ebbies Awards is the Pacific Gas & Electric Step Up Excellence in Energy Award, which will go to a San Francisco company that has demonstrated a commitment to the community’s energy reduction goals by combining technological solutions with ongoing to efforts to instill an energy efficient culture.

Join the Chamber for lunch with D2 Supervisor Mark Farrell

July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Want to know the latest news out of City Hall regarding the budget and November 2015 election?showimage

Then join the Chamber for lunch with Supervisor Mark Farrell on July 23rd. Register here.

Nominations Open for the 2015 Excellence in Business Awards

July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Nominations are now being accepted for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Excellence in Business Awards, the most highly regarded business awards program in the Bay Area.

The awards, known as the Ebbies,

Mission Rock Development Update on July 14

July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Join us on Tuesday, July 14, as Jack Bair, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the San Francisco Giants, updates us on the Mission Rock development. The Giants are bringing the development to the voters as an initiative measure for the November 2015 election to get the various height limit changes for this project approved.

ForecastSF 2015: Economic insights and what it takes to succeed as a city and as a region in the coming decades

July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – More than 300 business and civic leaders convened at ForecastSF: Cities of the Future, the region’s leading economic forecast and jobs summit, presented by Wells Fargo in partnership with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and its foundation partner,

Learn More about UniteSF

July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Join us for an evening reception to learn more about the work of UniteSF, the newest initiative of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Foundation. UniteSF_WORD_Color[3]

Launched in March, UniteSF represents a unified commitment by key San Francisco leaders to support collaborative change in our approach to student’s preparation for college and the 21st Century global economy and workforce.

How data will drive cities of the future and why San Francisco needs to pay attention

June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid and Rick Hutley

thumbnail_Forecast-SF_transpRecent studies have proclaimed San Francisco as the top city in the nation for economic potential and for creating and sustaining jobs. Check out the numbers:

San Francisco has added 105,000 jobs since 2009,