SF Chamber, SF African American Chamber announce strategic partnership

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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, build business and enhance influence.

The partnership combines the city’s largest and most vibrant business organization with one of the state’s most influential minority business organizations. Members of the San Francisco Chamber or the San Francisco African American Chamber will receive reciprocal membership, building the collective voice of business in San Francisco.

“We are thrilled that this partnership will give our members access to the San Francisco Chamber’s many events, such as Public Policy Forums, Supes for Lunch and Business After Hours networking programs,” said Fred Jordan, President and CEO of the African American Chamber. “The SF Chamber is renowned for its policy work on behalf of business.  We’re looking forward to this mutually beneficial relationship.”

Bob Linscheid, President and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber, said, “Together we are stronger than either organization is alone. Each of our Chambers will help the other publicize business events and opportunities, creating real benefits for all of our members.”

Founded in 1973, the San Francisco African American Chamber represents hundreds of minority-owned and operated businesses across the city. The San Francisco Chamber, founded in 1850, represents more than 1,500 businesses and organizations and is the largest business group in the Bay Area.

Both Chambers have identified education as the key for the continued success of San Francisco businesses and for local youth to be prepared for the 21st Century economy. The partnership will bring collaboration between the Chambers to build upon the success of the San Francisco Chambers UniteSF initiative. UniteSF, announced this spring by Mayor Ed Lee, brings together businesses, the city, schools and educational institutions to work together to achieve goals such as a 100 percent graduation rate for high school students. The African American Chamber’s efforts will focus on My Brother’s Keeper, one of the initiatives under UniteSF to engage minority youth in education.

“Our member businesses want to give back to the community while ensuring that our city’s students have opportunities for a quality education,” said Matt Thomas, Vice President of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce. “With UniteSF, our students benefit and our businesses benefit by being able to hire skilled, local workers.”