San Francisco Business Press Release

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San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Honors Six Leading Companies and 40 Centurion Businesses at 2010 Excellence in Business Awards

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 19th Annual Excellence in Business Awards ("Ebbies") presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Attended by more than 1,000 business and community leaders, the 2010 Ebbies also honored San Francisco's centurion companies that have been in business 100 years or more and have helped shape the city's unique character and robust economy.

"The Ebbies were created to recognize businesses for what they do well - create jobs, contribute to the local economy and give back to the community," said San Francisco Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Falk. "Our Ebbies winners and finalists exemplify the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship that our city is known for. The Chamber salutes all of this years winners for their accomplishments and contributions to San Francisco."

The competition's most prestigious award - Excellence in Business - was awarded to AT&T, a centurion company that has consistently provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and excellent customer care. In the Bay Area AT&T has also been ranked the Number 1 most generous company for the past 3 out of 4 years, with annual charitable giving of more than 18 million dollars and tens of thousands of donated employee hours. The Excellence in Business Award was sponsored by United Airlines.

The award for Small Business was presented to McRoskey Mattress Company, a local, family-owned centurion company now in its third generation of ownership by the McRoskey family. The only mattress manufacturer in the city to survive the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, McRoskey Mattress Company is committed to making the highest quality mattresses and box springs in America and is doing its part to keep manufacturing in San Francisco. The Small Business Award was sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

This year's winner of the Building San Francisco award was Millennium Tower, a 58-story high-rise, late-modernist, residential condominium in the San Francisco Financial District, South of Market. Developed by Millennium Partners and opened to residents in April 2009, Millennium Tower is the tallest concrete structure in San Francisco and the fourth tallest building in San Francisco overall. The Building San Francisco Award was sponsored by Degenkolb Engineers and Lennar.

The award for Economic Development was awarded to the centurion organization, University of California, San Francisco. With 22,000 employees, UCSF is the second-largest employer in San Francisco and the fifth-largest employer in the Bay Area. UCSF is the birthplace of biotechnology - pioneering work in gene splicing and incubating more than 80 biotech firms including Genentech and Chiron. UCSF's lead role in stem cell research has also made San Francisco and its 303-acre Mission Bay campus a magnet for large private sector firms, biotech start-ups and the coveted headquarters of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for stem cell research.The Economic Development Award was sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

The Innovation through Technology Award was presented to Zynga, the leading social gaming company with more than 230 million monthly active users. Leveraging social networking sites like Facebook, Zynga is transforming the gaming experience into a social activity for players to spend time with their real-life friends and connect in a fun and meaningful way. Boasting over 35 million daily active users, Zynga employs 900 people in its San Francisco headquarters. The Innovation through Technology Award was sponsored by Microsoft.

As the Chamber celebrates its 160th anniversary, this year's Ebbies also honored San Francisco's centurion companies that have been in business 100 years or more and have helped shape the city's unique character and robust economy. Centurion companies honored include: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction, PG&E, Bechtel Corporation and many others.

The Ebbies were created in 1991 by the Chamber to honor San Francisco businesses for their vision and innovation and to celebrate their many contributions. The 19th Annual Ebbies awards gala was held October 28 at the Nob Hill Masonic Center and made possible with the generous support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Recology, Lennar Urban, United Airlines, Microsoft, PG&E, Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo. More information on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Ebbies is available at

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About the Chamber
Founded in 1850, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is recognized as the pre-eminent business organization for advocacy, networking and economic growth. The Chamber  delivers on its mission to attract, develop and retain business in San Francisco by representing companies and organizations that make San Francisco a preferred destination for businesses and visitors - a great place to live and work.