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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,

Chamber Celebrates U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The following is a statement from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce on today’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the rights of all couples to marry:

“This is a historic day for the basic human right to marry the one you love,” said Bob Linscheid,

Flexible Work Schedules and Telecommuting Workshops June 29 & 30

June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Want to improve productivity, morale, and recruitment/retention? Wonder if telecommuting or flexible work schedules are right for your company?Flex Sched

To find out, come to our free lunchtime workshop: Implementing or Expanding Flexible Work Schedules and Telecommuting,

Join us for Supes for Lunch with Supervisor Jane Kim

June 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Want to know the latest news out of City Hall and what’s on the agenda for 2015? ShowImage

Then join the Chamber for lunch with District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim on June 17th. Register now.

BiotechCorp is First Asian Biotech Incubator in San Francisco

June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & THE SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF BIOTECHCORP FROM MALAYSIA
BiotechCorp is the first Asian biotech incubator in San Francisco

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‘5% Pledge’ Spreads Wealth to Small Businesses in S.F.

June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This article originally appeared on NerdWallet.com.

San Francisco, home to giants like Twitter and Salesforce that are helping fuel a booming city economy, is asking the big guys to give small business a hand.

San Francisco Among Top 10 Places for STEM Graduates in the Nation

June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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NerdWallet considers industry size, income and affordability

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to identify the best places in the U.S. for STEM graduates – and San Francisco ranked seventh in the nation.

Circle the Schools gives SF students the tools they need to succeed

June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid, Kimberly Wicoff and Steve Sarner

The 57,000 students who attend schools in the San Francisco Unified School District deserve the richest and most fruitful education The City can provide. Yet our schools, as we know,

Business Alliance Visitors’ Day – Join for 2015

May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Come join the group that has generated over $500,000 in closed business since January 2015!Glassdoor

Join us for Visitors Day on Wednesday, June 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Members of Business Alliance:

  • Meet twice a month to network and exchange leads.

Mayor Lee Launches SF Biz Connect – A Business to Business Buy Local Campaign to Increase Purchasing at Local & Small Businesses

May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee has launched SF Biz Connect, an initiative challenging businesses to shift at least five percent of their spending to local San Francisco small businesses.Square-Logo

“SF Biz Connect challenges businesses to look to their neighbors when making purchasing decisions and to buy local,” said Mayor Lee.

Good times at CityGolf!

May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We thank all of the players and our sponsors of today’s CityGolf 2015 at TCP Harding Park.IMG_6798

Check back in a few days for a full photo gallery by the Chamber’s official photographer,

Join Supervisor Katy Tang at Supes for Lunch

May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Join the Chamber this Thursday, May 21, with District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang.

Learn more.

As District 4 Supervisor, Katy has worked on a number of issues to improve the quality of life for residents.

Small Business Week Kicks Off Saturday, May 16

May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Come out and show your support for our local small businesses by celebrating Small Business Week 2015 at everything from sidewalk sales to free seminars!iStock_000001667178Large - Copy

The week kicks off Saturday with sidewalk sales.

San Francisco Chamber CEO Applauds Small-Business Rebels

May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Small businesses take center stage in San Francisco next week, with an emphasis on disruptive technology and businesses that have butted heads with the status quo.

Uber and Airbnb sprang up in this city, beginning as startups testing new,

Advocating for Our City and Your Business in Washington DC

May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We are leading a delegation of local business, civic and government leaders in Washington, DC, over the next two days. What do we support and why?IMG_6679

Learn about our priorities by clicking here and tell us what you think on Twitter,

Immigration reform, affordable housing, job programs top agenda of Chamber delegation to Washington, D.C.

May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid

San Francisco’s red-hot economy has created untold opportunities for entrepreneurs and dreamers of all types. A recent study by a division of the London-based Financial Times named San Francisco as the top city in the United States for economic potential.

Nation should follow SF’s lead on minimum wage

May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Edwin Lee, Tim Paulson And Bob Linscheid

Starting today, the minimum wage in San Francisco will increase to one of the highest in the nation. We’re joining together as San Franciscans — leaders in government, labor and business — to call on Sacramento and Washington,

Neighborhood Business Summit: What’s your top concern in District 3?

April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Office of Supervisor Julie Christensen, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and merchant associations are pleased to present the District 3 Neighborhood Business Summit on Thursday, April 30, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Neighborhood Business Summit: What’s your top concern in District 3?

April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Office of Supervisor Julie Christensen, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and merchant associations are pleased to present the District 3 Neighborhood Business Summit on Thursday, April 30, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Propel your small business to the next level — April 29 with the Asian Business League

April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Join the Chamber and the Asian Business League – San Francisco for a special panel on propelling your business to the next level! The esteemed panelists will share their strategies for growing business sales in 2015.

Guests will also enjoy Madelines and Petite Brownie Bites courtesy of Sugar Bowl Bakery,

Technology Event with golfer Paula Creamer

April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If you are a golf fan, you can’t miss meeting pro golfer Paula Creamer (making headlines for her game and by calling for a women’s Masters at a special event on Monday, April 27, hosted by RICOH and the Ray Morgan Company.

San Francisco Tops ‘American Cities of the Future’ for Economic Potential, Second in Foreign Direct Investment

April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco Bay - Skyline from the high point of Twin PeaksWith 26,000 patents granted in a decade and recent growth in foreign investment, San Francisco ranks No. 1 overall for economic potential for 2015-16, according to fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times.

We’re Hiring!

April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We’re hiring for a Manager of Small Business and Community Partnerships. Learn more.

Why the business community is fueling the backlash in Indiana

April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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At the Chamber of Commerce we are often asked what is the secret behind our city’s — and the Bay Area’s — economic success.

The answer is found in two words: diversity and inclusiveness.

Diversity in thought,

Register Now: Tools to Help Your Business Succeed

March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Do you own or work for a small business? Check out our Small Business University event, Arming Small Merchants to Combat Fraud.

Join us at CityState 2015

March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Please join the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce on April 7 for CityState 2015, our annual advocacy trip to Sacramento. During this one day trip we will meet with top California lawmakers and key government officials to discuss issues and legislation impacting San Francisco business. 

Register now for Business After Hours at Il Fornaio

March 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Join us and other members from the business community for a night of networking and connecting with business professionals in the Piazza at Il Fornaio this Wednesday, March 18.
Space is limited for this “Business After Hours” special event so register now at http://bit.ly/1FpPcRbil fornaio square

It was jobs, jobs, jobs – now it’s housing, housing, housing

March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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You can leave your heart in San Francisco. You just can’t afford to live here.

That’s the takeaway of a poll of 600 San Francisco voters commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce: Voters are deeply concerned about the cost of housing and their ability to control their cost of living.

CityBeat Poll Results: The Pulse of San Francisco Voters

March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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San Franciscans continue to be generally content with their city and the services it provides, as well as supportive of our growing economy, according to the results of the 2015 Dignity Health CityBeat voter poll released today by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce,

Business, government announce partnership with bold goal of 100% high school graduation rate, students ready for college and careers

March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Mayor Edwin M. Lee and school Superintendent Richard Carranza, today announced a bold initiative with the goal that every student will graduate from high school prepared for college or a skilled vocational program.

What issues impact small businesses in California?

February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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What issues impact small businesses in California? Take this survey from Small Business Californiab1ba53ef-79c6-467a-ac02-8c422c6f3292

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SBCAL2015

The results will be sent to policy makers, the news media and others. It’s your opportunity to help shape the state’s business climate.

How businesses can apply for the California Competes tax credit

February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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You are invited to join the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)for a free workshop on how to apply for the California Competes Tax Credit. Companies large and small Taxthat are adding jobs in the state are encouraged to apply for tax credits to help expand their business.

Have you registered for CityBeat? This year it’s all about talent

February 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We invite you to join us at our CityBeat Breakfast to hear from an all-star lineup of speakers and to learn the results of the Dignity Health CityBeat Voter Poll, which takes the political pulse of San Francisco.

We have a new registration page that make signing up easier than ever.

For a prosperous future, the focus needs to be on education and talent

February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid and Leslie E. Wong

As a global economic powerhouse, San Francisco has experienced remarkable prosperity over the past few years.

Tens of thousands of people have returned to work since the recession, driving down the December unemployment rate to 3.8 percent,

State of the Cities: Mayors’ Economic Forecast Summit Feb. 19

January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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What does 2015 hold in store for San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area?

The San Francisco Business Times Presents State of the Cities: Mayor’s Economic Forecast Summit

Thursday, February 19,

Invest in Neighborhoods: Learn More on January 27

January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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We kick off the year with a presentation by Jorge Rivas, Project Manager of the Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative, on Tuesday, January 27, from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Chamber.Invest In Neighborhoods_326375212

He discuss how the program aims to strengthen and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts around San Francisco by bringing economic development services such as loan programs,

Join us at Supes for Lunch with Supervisor Mark Farrell

January 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Want to hear the latest news out of SF City Hall and what’s on the agenda for 2015?  Then join the Chamber this Wednesday as we host Supervisor Mark Farrell at Supes for Lunch!

There is no fee to attend and we want to say a special thanks to our partners San Francisco Soup Company and Halo Fine Confections for providing a light lunch for everyone.

Chamber applauds Mayor Lee’s pragmatic, sensible agenda for 2015

January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the city’s largest and most vibrant business network with a membership of more than 1,500 organizations, today applauded the agenda Mayor Lee outlined for 2015 in his State of the City address.

“Our members tell us all the time that the biggest issues facing business in San Francisco is growing,

Register now for CityBeat Breakfast — the Chamber’s largest annual event

January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Registration is now under way for the Chamber’s CityBeat Breakfast, the Chamber’s largest annual event that brings together 1,000 of the Bay Area’s top business and civic leaders to apply fresh thinking to today’s greatest economic challenges.CityBeat_thumb_3

Attendees will be among the first to hear the results of the highly-anticipated annual CityBeat voter poll that takes the political pulse of San Francisco.  

GETdiversity Summit: Will you join the conversation on diversity in the tech sector?

December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Join Chamber President and CEO, Bob Linscheid, along with leaders in the tech space to discuss workplace diversity via a live webcast this Wednesday, December 17.get diversity

The GETdiversity Summit includes a keynote by Jolen Anderson,

Chamber Offices Closed Today

December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Due to the storm, the Chamber offices are closed today.

For storm-related updates, follow the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management @SF_emergency

For tips on how to prepare and for other updates,

Chamber Applauds Action by Mayor Lee on Hiring, Staffing Practices

December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the city’s largest and most vibrant business network, applauds Mayor Ed Lee’s decision not to sign legislation that regulates hiring and staffing practices of certain employers.

“In his message to the Board of Supervisors,

What does it take to be a boss in San Francisco?

December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Being the boss isn’t easy, especially for small business owners in San Francisco. Regularly faced with regulatory and legislative changes, and having to choose among the hot, new, game-changing technologies of the moment, being the boss just isn’t what it used to be.

Let the sun shine on supervisors

December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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When it comes to crafting public policy, San Francisco has two worthy traditions. The first is boldness — think same-sex marriage. The second is openness — the Sunshine Ordinance, for instance, requires government to reach “decisions in full view of the public.”

Take the Shop and Dine in the 49 Holiday Challenge

November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber this morning was on hand in the Castro to support Mayor Ed Lee’s “Shop and Dine in the 49” campaign to encourage residents to do all of their holiday shopping within the city’s 49 square miles.

Check out www.shopdine49.com for details.

Chamber Opposes Formula Retail Legislation

November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Formula Retail Employer Requirement Ordinances passed their first reading at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The ordinances require Formula Retail businesses to provide schedules to their workers two weeks ahead of time, and give part time workers priority access to extra hours before the hiring of new workers.

Join us in Celebrating Small Business Saturday! #ShopSmall

November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need – getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving – this year, November 29.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to partner with other local organizations including SF Travel,

Want to learn more about our upcoming trip to Rio?

November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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We invite you to the Chamber on Monday, November 17, at 6:00 pm to learn more about our upcoming trip to Rio de Janeiro. The trip promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you will not want to miss!Rio de Janeiro - Flamengo Beach - large

On Monday we will be joined by Cindy Gotoski of Chamber Discoveries.