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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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,

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,

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.

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.

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.

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,

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,

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?

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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July 30, 2015

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; 

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,

‘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.

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.

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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.

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,

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.

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,

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,

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Announces Winners of 23rd Annual Excellence in Business Awards

October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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SAN FRANCISCO – Nationally known leaders Salesforce.com and Wells Fargo were joined by up-and-coming businesses Bluxome Street Winery and NerdWallet as winners at the 23rd annual Excellence in Businesses Awards presented Wednesday by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE APPOINTS CRAIG VANDERMAUSE VP OF SALES AND MARKETING

September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, SEPT. 15, 2014—The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco’s largest and most vibrant business network with a membership of more than 1,500 business organizations,

ForecastSF 2014: SF Leads Nation in Economic Growth

September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Innovation Districts Showcased as Economic Drivers; Affordability and Quality of Life Key Components of Managing Economic Success

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, SEPT. 10, 2014—

More than 300 business and civic leaders convened today at ForecastSF 2014, the region’s leading economic forecast and jobs summit,

SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TAPS MARSHALL WILSON AS VP OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, SEPT. 8, 2014—The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco’s largest and most vibrant business network with a membership of more than 1,500 business organizations, today announced the appointment of Marshall Wilson to serve as the organization’s Vice President of Strategic Communications. 

SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RELEASES 2014 MID-YEAR SCORECARD

September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has released its 2014 mid-year scorecard, highlighting its efforts to advocate for and shape legislation that supports economic development and jobs.  

This scorecard reveals the Chamber’s efforts in the seven identified areas of its advocacy agenda including – affordability,

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Announces Finalists for the 2014 Ebbies

August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce today announced 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 Merrill Lynch.

“The 2014 finalists exemplify the outstanding creativity and drive unique to San Francisco,” said Bob Linscheid,

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Statement on Proposition B Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Chamber commends Attorney General Kamala Harris for bringing forward a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco to stop the implementation of Proposition B, Voter Approval for Height Increases on Port Property, from last month’s ballot.

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San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Statement on Lucas Cultural Arts Museum

June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is disappointed by the decision to locate the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum in Chicago and hopes the museum board will reconsider Mayor Ed Lee’s proposal to house the institution at Seawall Lot 330 along the Embarcadero when it votes on the location tomorrow.

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Statement on Minimum Wage Consensus Measure

June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco is in the midst of an affordability crisis, as the costs of living and doing business in our city continue to increase. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce recognizes minimum wage as one important factor in addressing affordability issues in our city,

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Statement on MUNI “Sickout”

June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce calls on Muni workers to get back on the job of helping people get where they need to go. Muni workers should complete the collective bargaining process to keep the city’s transit system moving until a new labor agreement can be reached.