How We See It

2015: Advancing the Agenda

As the Chamber prepares to dim its lights for the year and spend the remaining days of 2015 focused on family and friends, I’d like to reflect and take stock on some of our key activities over the past year as we look at the year ahead and all there is to achieve in 2016. … Read more »

‘Tis Always the Season to Shop Local

Last week, we gathered with family and friends and observed our national day of gratitude. As Thanksgiving drew to a close, it signaled the holiday season being in full swing – and where better to spend this special time of year than in San Francisco? Whether it’s ice skating beneath Union Square’s 80-foot fir, or… Read more »

Warriors’ arena plan follows Giants’ successful ballpark model

If San Francisco solely had followed the advice of economic consultants when making land-use decisions, rather than seeking a balance of public uses, biotech and other commercial and residential uses, Mission Bay likely would be offices, retail, an auto mall — and no housing. Economic consultants, after all, agree that commercial uses bring more revenue… Read more »

Celebrating San Francisco’s Business Excellence

Last night we announced the winners of the Chamber’s 2015 Excellence in Business – or ‘Ebbies’ – Awards at the 24th annual gala event. This year’s ceremony, presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, was held at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square. If you weren’t among the 600 business and community leaders on-hand… Read more »

Demystifying the San Francisco Economy’s Little Known Catalyst

What do a $3 billion stem cell research headquarters, Consumer Report’s 2014 “Best U.S. Airline,” and the nation’s most attended solar exhibition all have in common? The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Virgin America, and Intersolar North America — and the millions of dollars in economic activity that they generate in this region — may very… Read more »

No on Prop F: Neighborhood businesses deserve better

San Francisco’s neighborhood stores and restaurants are the backbone of our economy. They shape our communities, enhance our neighborhoods and are part of the character that forms our city. In fact, small businesses employ approximately half of all San Francisco workers and comprise nearly 90 percent of all our businesses. As our city has become… Read more »

How to solve the housing crisis? Build more housing!

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. The rising cost of living in The City was recently featured in a slightly satirical “news” article,… Read more »

How to improve brand awareness

  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, medium and large businesses in San Francisco — all eager for publicity and exposure to a wider audience. One solution, of course, is to… Read more »

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

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, have limited resources. It’s up to The City’s business community to supplement the resources to give the… Read more »