More than 100 members mingled at Business After Hours Thursday at the Empress of China Roof Garden Restaurant. From Left: Alicia Guess, ACCO Engineered Systems; Paul Ponsiglione, KTVU.com; and Stacy Quan, PG&E. [Photo courtesy of Drew Altizer Corporate Photography].
Moscone Center Expansion – The City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Tourism Improvement District (TID) will develop a 25-year master plan for the expansion of Moscone Convention Center to help attract more economy-boosting conventions and meetings to the city. “Many of our convention clients are simply outgrowing [Moscone Center],” said Chamber member Joe D’Alessandro, President and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association. “San Francisco can’t sit back and let other cities around the world take our business away.” Chamber member Skidmore, Owens & Merrill LLP was selected to create the master plan over the next six months. Moscone Center attracts 50 events annually and is a major generator of demand for city hotel rooms. Read more.
SBAC gets Insights from Chamber Board – The Chamber’s Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) met Tuesday with Chamber Board member Michael Walker, Northern California Market President, U.S. Bank. The group discussed the state of the local economy, small business lending and the impacts of the potential transition from a payroll to a gross receipts tax. “Not unlike a bank’s loan portfolio, the City of San Francisco should support growth across small, mid-sized and large companies and diversify it's risk and sources of revenue across all business sectors,” said Walker. “With the leadership the Chamber has shown, specifically in recent months working with Mayor Lee to create a gross receipts tax model that is affordable to all sectors, the economy is moving in a positive direction.” In August, the SBAC will meet with Robert Brant, executive vice president/N. California, City National Bank. For more information or to join the SBAC, contact Lydia Hernried at email@example.com or 415.352.8841.
Economic Development: June Update – While Bay Area unemployment showed a slight decrease between April and May 2012, the regional economy continues on its upward trend. According to the most recent data, commercial real estate and homes sales continue to soar. San Francisco’s retail market is also showing strong performance. Biotech continues to be a leading emerging industry cluster with over one-third of U.S. biotech firms located in California. The Chamber’s foundation partner, the San Francisco Center for Economic Development (SFCED), projects the addition of up to 2,880 new biotech jobs in San Francisco until the year 2020. Read more.
Bring Your Game to CityGolf – Foursomes are going fast for the Chamber’s 2012 Annual CityGolf Classic presented by Recology July 26 at Harding Park. Sign up today to join the Chamber and leading San Francisco executives for a day of business and pleasure on the green made possible through the generous support of Recology, GoPago, Degenkolb, Hornblower Cruises & Events and NRG. Sponsorships packages are also available. Contact Melanie Seltzer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.352.8840. Read more and register.
Advertise in the 2013 Chamber Directory – Thousands of people rely on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce each year for referrals to local businesses. One of the best ways to capitalize on these referrals is to advertise in San Francisco Business, the Chamber’s Annual Member Directory and Resource Guide. The Chamber is now in production for our 2013 edition. Advertisers receive multiple free Internet hyperlinks and benefit from 24/7 online exposure. Reasonable ad rates with free ad copy and design preparation available. Contact, Tommy Stroup at email@example.com or 408.858.5418 . Read more.
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