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Mandarin Oriental Makes “World’s Best” List

July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco has been named in the Top 25 of the Top Large City Hotels in the Continental US in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2014. Read more.

Northwestern Mutual Receives Accolades from Standard & Poor’s

July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Northwestern Mutual was highlighted as a “strong and respected” brand by Standard & Poor’s who also reaffirmed the company’s AA+ financial rating. Read more.

Dick’s Last Resort Opens S.F. Location

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partner Dick’s Last Resort opened its first San Francisco location this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Representatives from the Chamber were in attendance and helped welcome the new restaurant. “This is going be a good place for us here,”

Starbucks Announces Employee College Program

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Starbucks announced a new partnership with Arizona State University to make online degrees available to its 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week.Read more.

City CarShare Partners With Next Village

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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City CarShare has partnered with Next Village San Francisco to provide free memberships to volunteers in order to provide more transportation options to senior citizens. Read more.

Webcor Builders Ranked 25th in Nation

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Webcor Builders was named 25th in the nation’s Top 100 Construction Management-at-Risk Firms by the Engineering News-Record. Read more.

SF Honda named “Best Auto Mechanic”

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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SF Honda was named the “Best Auto Mechanic” in the Bay Area Reporter’s 2014 Best of the Bay reader’s poll. Read more.

Happy Birthday, Southwest Airlines!

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Southwest Airlines celebrated its 43rd birthday. Read more.

Gwyneth Border Appointed to SFMTA

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mayor Lee appointed Gwyneth Borden, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and commissioner on the city’s Planning Commission, to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Read more.

United Begins New Route

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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United Airlines began new nonstop service between San Francisco International Airportand Chengdu, China. Read more.

SF Symphony Summer Series Announced with Chamber Discount

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Summer and the Symphony series returns to Davies Symphony Hall featuring the San Francisco Symphony and top performers and concerts including Melissa Etheridge, Pink Martini, Cheyenne Jackson, Pixar in Concert, and so much more! The Chamber of Commerce friends and members can enjoy 25% off Melissa Etheridge coming to the San Francisco Symphony July 30th and July 31st.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Honored by U.S. Secretary of Commerce

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP with the President’s “E” Award for Exports, the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Read more.

HOK Wins Prestigious Award

June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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HOK was named the Engineering News-Record’s “2014 California Design Firm of the Year.” Read more.

Mark Dwight Named a “Small Business Advocate of the Year”

June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Mark Dwight, founder of SFMade and Rickshaw Bagworks, has been named a “Small Business Advocate of the Year” by the California Chamber of Commerce. Dwight, who serves on the San Francisco Chamber’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Small Business Commission,

California Academy of Sciences Opens New Exhibit

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The California Academy of Sciences unveiled its new “Skulls” exhibit. Read more.

PG&E Announces Vehicle Charging Program

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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PG&E announced a new employee vehicle charging pilot program. Read more.

The Presidio Opens New Restaurant

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Presidio opened its new restaurant, The Commissary, this week. Read more.

Westin St. Francis Celebrates Anniversary and Renovation

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Westin St. Francis Hotel is celebrating its 110th anniversary this month and completed a $20 million renovation of its Tower Building. Read more.

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa Launches Drone Service

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa launched a champagne delivery service via drone. Read more.

Wells Fargo Launches Wells Fargo Works for Small Business

May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Wells Fargo introduced Wells Fargo Works for Small Business, a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and services to help more small businesses achieve financial success. With the new initiative, Wells Fargo also is announcing a goal to extend $100 billion in new lending to small businesses by 2018. 

Northwestern Mutual to Sponsor Rose Bowl

May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Northwestern Mutual signed a deal with ESPN to be the presenting sponsor of the Rose Bowl beginning in 2015. Read more.

Sheppard Mullin Partners Recognized

May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLP had six partners recognized as “Top Women Lawyers in California.” Read more.

Gibson Dunn Makes Top Corporate Firms List

May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher was ranked one of the “Top Corporate Firms in America.” Read more.

SFO Named “Best in Class”

May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco International Airport was named “Best in Class” at the 2014 Interactive Media Awards. Read more.

Chamber Partners Work to Provide Summer Job Opportunities

May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Summer is rapidly approaching, and that means Chamber partners are planning for jobs and internships for those out of school during this time. SF Summer Jobs+ is a city-wide summer program to help young adults (ages 16-24) find summer employment with a goal of providing 7,000 jobs and work opportunities in 2014.

Warriors and Salesforce.com Agree to Land Deal in Mission Bay

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber congratulates partners Golden State Warriors and Salesforce.com on their deal to build the new Warriors event center in Mission Bay. The center will be built on 12 acres of private, inland property, bounded by 3rd, 16th and South Streets,

Philippine Consulate General Holds WWII Commemoration

April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco launched a commemorative exhibit of World War II memorabilia with a short flag-raising ceremony on April 7th, in preparation for this week’s commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor). Araw ng Kagitingan,

Salesforce.com Founder Donates $100 Million to Children’s Hospitals

April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Salesforce.com’s founder and CEO Marc Benioff and wife Lynne donated $100 million to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to fund new facilities and bring in world-class doctors and researchers. The donation will be split between UCSF and Children’s Hospital Oakland,

United Unveils New Route

April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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United Airlines unveiled a new non-stop route connecting its San Francisco hub and Taipei, Taiwan. The company marked the importance of this flight to tourism and economic development by sending a delegation of VIPs on the inaugural flight,

Beach Blanket Babylon Turns 40, Announces Scholarship

March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Beach Blanket Babylon is celebrating its 40th anniversary and announced “Scholarship for the Arts” program. Read more.

American Red Cross Bay Area Wins Merit Award

March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter was selected by the Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association as the winner of the Merit Award for Medium-size Workplaces. Read more.

Northwestern Mutual Wins Corporate Citizenship Award

March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Northwestern Mutual’s video “The Domino Effect of Childhood Cancer” won the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship 6th Annual Film Festival. Read more.

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa Unveils Dramatic Renovation

March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa completed a $20 million renovation of the entire 64-room property and unveiled a new $10,000-a-night suite. Read more.

Boxbee Redefines Urban Storage

March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco based Boxbee has raised over $1.5 million from a number of angel investors in order to transform how city dwellers live and store their stuff. Read more.

Chamber Partners Work to End Homelessness

March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As San Francisco city leaders begin to place a renewed focus on homelessness and updating the city’s 10-year plan to address the issue, Chamber partner businesses are doing their part to make a difference.

Salesforce Turns 15, Sets Corporate Giving Challenge

March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partner Salesforce celebrated its 15th year in business and announced a new partnership with San Francisco non-profit Tipping Point to create a new program called “SF Gives.” The program presents a corporate challenge to the San Francisco business community to raise $10 million over the next 60 days for Bay Area antipoverty programs.

Google Donates $6.8 Million to Muni Youth Program

March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber applauds Google for its unprecedented donation of $6.8 million to fund the Free Muni for Low Income Youth pilot program. The donation, hailed as one of the largest private contributions to city services in San Francisco’s history, will allow the program to provide free monthly Muni passes to 31,000 low-income San Francisco kids between the ages of 5 and 17 for the next two years.

UCSF and Walgreens Form Unique Store Partnership

February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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UC San Francisco and Walgreens opened a unique Walgreens store on the UCSF campus that aims to improve medication safety, decrease health care costs and help patients use medicines more effectively by offering pharmacist-based patient care and expanded health and wellness services to the community.

Wells Fargo Named Largest Workplace Campaign by United Way

February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Wells Fargo was named the largest workplace campaign by United Way, with team members pledging more than $64.9 million during the company’s annual giving campaign. Read more

Comcast Acquires Time Warner Cable

February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Comcast announced it will acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal worth about $45.2 billion in stock. Read more

GGRA Hires New Executive Director

February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Chamber partner organization, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), has named Gwyneth Borden its new executive director. Borden, who most recently managed corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM, currently sits on the San Francisco Planning Commission. Read more

Virgin America to Launch Social Network

February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Virgin America announced it will launch an in-flight social network to allow travelers to connect on flights using LinkedIn connections. Read more

Beverly Hill Rent-A-Car Announces Philanthropic Partnership

February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Beverley Hills Rent-A-Car announced an alliance and partnership with Fame & Philanthropy, a celebrity-hosted benefit and gala on the night of the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Read more

Southwest Awards Hospitals Free Medical Transport Flights

February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Southwest Airlines awarded 73 nonprofit hospitals, including four in the Bay Area, as 2014 recipients of more than $2.8 million in free flights through its medical transportation grant program. Read more

SFO Sets Record

February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco International Airport announced a record 45 million passengers in 2013. Read more

CPMC Donates Meals, Provides Grants

February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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California Pacific Medical Center donated 9,500 meals to the Next Door Shelter in the Tenderloin neighborhood. CPMC also provided a grant to assist the shelter in purchasing its own emergency food supply. Read more

CVS Announces End of Tobacco Sales

February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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CVS Caremark expands SF policy nationwide to become the country’s largest drugstore chain to discontinue selling tobacco products. Read more

Southwest Goes International

February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Southwest Airlines announces it will begin flying to international destinations beginning July 1, 2014. Read more.

The Exploratorium Holds Annual Fundraiser

February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Exploratorium holds its fourth annual “Science of Cocktails” fundraising event. Read more.

Hilton SF Gets Makeover

February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the largest hotel in the city, gets a $25 million makeover. Read more.