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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.

Partnership Survey

October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As a valued Chamber partner, you will soon find a survey arriving in your inbox that asks you a series of questions about your reasons for belonging to the Chamber and ways we can strengthen our partnerships and our influence.

Discover and Explore Rio de Janeiro with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce!

October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Enjoy the beauty and fun of Rio de Janeiro on a tour sponsored by your San Francisco Chamber of Commerce that departs on April 14, 2015. Highlights include: six nights in Rio de Janeiro – only unpack once; a unique opportunity to meet with business leaders;

Discover and Explore Rio de Janeiro with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce!

October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Enjoy the beauty and fun of Rio de Janeiro on a tour sponsored by your San Francisco Chamber of Commerce that departs on April 14, 2015. Highlights include: six nights in Rio de Janeiro – only unpack once; a unique opportunity to meet with business leaders;

SF Chamber and San Francisco Travel celebrate Business After Hours at the Presidio Officers’ Club

October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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More than 400 people enjoyed great food, wine and entertainment at our September 25 Business After Hours event at the newly transformed Presidio Officers’ Club. Some of the highlights included cool photo booth selfies provided by 2Dudes & A Booth,

Supervisor Jane Kim at the Chamber

September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partners heard from San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim Wednesday at the September Supes for Lunch event. Supervisor Kim discussed her top concerns for the City and District 6, including the need to balance the development of new buildings with supporting infrastructure and to ensure the City provides its residents with housing options at all levels.

Join the Conversation – Market Street Prototyping Festival

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Representatives of the Financial District and Embarcadero are hosting a Market Street Community Conversation to discuss ideas for interactive installations to be placed on the sidewalks for the Market Street Prototyping Festival. The installations will represent community input with the goal of bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Chamber talks Formula Retail

September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President for Public Policy, spoke to the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Tuesday discussing formula retail, and the intended and unintended impacts restrictions on businesses may have on the community. The City of Mill Valley currently has a unique arrangement with the Chamber of Commerce to perform many of the tasks typically provided by Business Improvement Districts,

Better BART, Better San Francisco

September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partners heard from Grace Crunican, BART General Manager at the Chamber’s Public Policy Forum. Ms. Crunican provided attendees with an overview the current state of the BART system, how BART is responding to increased ridership demands, and plans for the future.

Small Business Issues Forum Teaches “Cloud Based Technology”

September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partners heard from Ray Simon with Enpio at the Chamber’s Small Business Issues Forum (SBIF) Wednesday. The SBIF provides a monthly venue for small business owners to meet, share information, and educate one another. This month, Ray provided an in-depth presentation on cloud-based software,

Film Tax Credit Bill Signed by Governor Brown

August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Governor Jerry Brown signed the Chamber supported AB 1839 yesterday, tripling funding for California’s film and TV tax-credit program. This bill will make California more competitive for creating and retaining jobs in motion picture and television production and expands the incentive program to ensure California can capture the thousands of good jobs that are created by big budget films.

Water Bond Approved for November Ballot

August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A $7.5 billion water bond measure was approved by California state legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown last week. The bond will now head to CA voters as Proposition 1 on November 4th. The bond, reduced in size from the original $11 billion,

Ebbies Finalists Announced

August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber announced Friday the finalists for the 2014 Excellence in Business Awards (the “Ebbies”), San Francisco’s preeminent awards competition honoring excellence in business, presented by Bank of America Merryll Lynch.

‘Ban the Box’ Goes Into Effect

August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber-supported Fair Hire Ordinance, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories until after the first interview, went into effect for private employers with 20 or more employees on Wednesday.

Public Policy Forum: Feeding Forward

August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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At the August Public Policy Forum Chamber partners heard from Komal Ahmad, CEO and Founder of Feeding Forward, an innovative application connecting businesses with excess food to organizations that serve the hungry and underserved populations.

District 6 Packs the House

August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber, in partnership with Supervisor Jane Kim, hosted a Neighborhood Business Summit last Thursday at collaborative work space WeWork.

ChinaSF to Host California Asian Business Summit

August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber foundation partner ChinaSF is partnering with the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, and the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce to host the Californian Asian Business Summit, sponsored by PG&E.

Chamber Hosts Exciting Business After Hours Event

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber held its monthly Business After Hours event at the Bluxome Street Winery on Wednesday.

“Ban the Box” Begins August 13

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber-supported Fair Hire Ordinance, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories until after the first interview, goes into effect for private employers on August 13.

Commuter Shuttle Pilot Program Starts Rolling

July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Commuter Shuttle pilot program launches on August 1st.

CCSF Special Trustee Reappointed

July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber applauds the reappointment of City College San Francisco Special Trustee Robert Agrella. At the California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting Monday, California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris recommended amending a resolution that would authorize him to reinstate CCSF Special Trustee Robert Agrella, with future consideration for restoring the board of trustees.

Public Policy Forum: Water Conservation Efforts

July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partners learned about the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Water Conservation Efforts at the Public Policy Forum Tuesday. California is currently experiencing extreme drought conditions and the SFPUC was on hand to discuss various ways San Francisco businesses can help reduce water use.

ChinaSF Helps Bring Wing Lung Bank to San Francisco

July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber foundation partner ChinaSF was successful in recruiting Wing Lung Bank, headquartered in Hong Kong and a subsidiary of China Merchant’s Bank, to open its first San Francisco location.

Chamber Expresses Disappointment Over Lucas Museum Decision

June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber spoke out against the decision to locate the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum in Chicago with a statement on Tuesday.

Leadership SF Graduates 2014 Class

June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber’s foundation partner, Leadership San Francisco, graduated its Class of 2014 last week.

Chamber Wins Prestigious Awards

June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber has been awarded two prestigious accolades for its new website and rebranding campaign.

Chamber’s Voice Heard in Sacramento

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber led a successful advocacy trip to Sacramento last week focused on key priorities in the state budget and policies impacting water, transportation and jobs in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Chamber Supports S.F. Olympic Bid Opportunity

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber applauded the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) decision to include San Francisco on the short-list of candidates for a potential U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

GO-Biz Releases California Competes Tax Credit Recommendations

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) released the final list of 31 companies it is recommending for the first allocation of California Competes tax credits totaling $30 million.

Transportation 2030

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partners heard from San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin Tuesday at the June Public Policy Forum.

Chamber Launches SF Up

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber launched its newest initiative, SF Up, Thursday at a launch party attended by over 200 up-and-coming professionals energized about engaging with the Chamber and the city.

Minimum Wage Consensus Measure Announced

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mayor Ed Lee introduced a consensus measure for the November ballot to raise San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by July, 2018.

CSU Chancellor White Talks California Higher-Ed

June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy White discussed the state of California’s higher-education system at a lunch hosted by the Chamber and the Bay Area Council.

Chamber Speaks Out Against Muni “Sickout”

June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber spoke out strongly against the illegal Muni “sickout” which had significant impact on commuters, residents and visitors earlier this week.

Voting Begins for the June 2014 Election

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Early voting for the June 3 Primary Election has begun and absentee voters are starting to receive ballots in the mail. San Francisco voters will decide on two initiatives that will shape the future landscape and resiliency of San Francisco.

Ebbies Nominations Now Open

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Excellence in Business Awards (Ebbies), San Francisco’s preeminent award program recognizing the contributions of business.

Supervisor Katy Tang at the Chamber

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partners heard from San Francisco District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang Wednesday at the May Supes for Lunch.

Economic Update

May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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According to the latest figures from the San Francisco Center for Economic Development, San Francisco continues to have one of the strongest real estate markets in the U.S.

Transit Funding Bond Measure Proposed

May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber applauds Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for moving ahead with a bond measure for the November ballot which would greatly improve transportation infrastructure in the region.

S.F. Kicks-off National Small Business Week

May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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National Small Business Week kicked-off in San Francisco at Twitter’s headquarters Monday. Political and business leaders from across the country, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee all spoke about the importance of small businesses to the national economy.

New Graffiti Policy Helps Businesses

May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Board of Supervisors passed on the first reading Chamber-supported legislation Tuesday shifting the city’s graffiti policies to penalize vandals, rather than victims.

Take Action to Keep Lucas Cultural Arts Museum in S.F.

May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber-supported Lucas Cultural Arts Museum should stay in San Francisco, the birthplace of digital arts.

Formula Retail Findings Announced

May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Planning Commission heard the results of the economic study it commissioned to assess the city’s formula retail policies Thursday.

The Chamber Remembers John Legnitto

May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber remembers former Board Chair and longtime Chamber supporter and Board Member John Legnitto, Vice President and Group Manager for Recology, who passed away Saturday.

Supervisor Mark Farrell at the Chamber

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partners heard from San Francisco District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell Monday at the April Supes for Lunch. Supervisor Farrell discussed the growing tech economy, the city’s budget process, housing issues and measures likely to appear on the November ballot, including at least one, and possibly multiple, measures to increase the minimum wage.

New Tool to Prepare for Business Tax Changes

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco business can get informed about the business tax changes ahead atwww.sfbiztax.org, launched as part of a broader outreach initiative by Mayor Ed Lee and Treasurer José Cisneros.

The Chamber in San Diego

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber led a delegation of business and civic leaders to San Diego last week for a California best practices exchange focusing on regional economic and infrastructure development, tech incubators, convention and tourism, waterfront height restrictions, graffiti abatement, minimum wage and an innovative airport expansion model linking San Diego to Tijuana.

Chamber Joins Federal Research Funding Coalition

April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber has joined with 32 other chambers of commerce from across the country to form “Business for Federal Research Funding,” a new coalition advocating for strong research funding growth in the federal budget.

Hospitality Ordinance Coming Soon

April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Supervisors Jane Kim and Malia Cohen will soon introduce the Hospitality Industry Worker Retention ordinance requiring large hotels, restaurants with more than 200 employees, and concessionaires to retain existing employees for 90 days for preferential hiring purposes when undergoing a change of ownership.

More Evidence for Immigration Reform

April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Federal officials announced Monday that the 85,000 H-1B visa cap for highly skilled workers for the 2015 fiscal year was reached only five days after applications were accepted.