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THE CHAMBER AT A GLANCE

In today’s economy, growing a business is more challenging than ever. Competition comes from home and abroad. Government regulations increasingly impact the bottom line. Businesses must do more with less.

For more than 160 years, the Chamber has been helping to grow local business and the regional economy through public policy advocacy, business and professional development programs and economic development.

Chamber membership is a proven investment in growing your business. Membership in the Chamber allows your business – and all its employees – to benefit from the work of the Chamber and its many programs and services.

Mission
The mission of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is to attract, develop and retain business in San Francisco.

Chamber By the Numbers

The Chamber represents:

• 1,500 members
• 200,000 employees
• Companies of every size and industry, from every neighborhood in San Francisco and around the Bay Area
• Small Business: 85 percent of Chamber members have fewer than 250 employees

The Chamber delivers:

• 1 million annual referrals to member companies via phone, website, staff and programs
• 250 annual programs and events
• 5,000 subscribers to the Chamber's weekly e-newsletter, San Francisco Business This Week
• 2,000 subscribers to the Chamber's quarterly newsletter, San Francisco Business This Quarter
• 30,000+ unique monthly page views at SFCHAMBER.COM
• Credibility with voters: 35% of city voters follow the Chamber's lead on ballot recommendations

CHAMBER ADVOCACY: ADVANCING A PRO-BUSINESS AGENDA

As the leading advocate for business in San Francisco, the Chamber works to create and sustain a favorable business environment in which all businesses can grow and prosper. The Chamber’s 2012 advocacy agenda (available at www.sfchamber.com) prioritizes jobs and business growth to ensure sustained economic prosperity in San Francisco.

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The Chamber is proud to have a proven track record in championing the needs of businesses and advancing public policies that help to grow jobs and the local economy. Some of our recent accomplishments include:

• Successfully advancing incentives to help businesses grow, including the Biotech Payroll Tax Exclusion, which has attracted more than 3,000 life science jobs to the city. More recently, the Chamber helped pass the Mid-Market Payroll Tax Exemption and a six-year payroll tax exclusion on employee stock options for pre-IPO technology companies.

• Derailing and defeating multiple tax and regulatory issues harmful to business, including new taxes on parking, alcohol and commercial rents, as well as tax increases on parking and hotels. The Chamber also defeated a mandatory drug take-back program for local pharmacies, developing instead a voluntary program.

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• Championing quality of life reforms such as Civil Sidewalks, which is helping to quell aggressive street behavior in commercial corridors. The Chamber was also involved in Muni Reform and other initiatives that continue to have a positive impact on local merchants, residents and visitors.

• Helping gain approval for significant development projects, including the Hunters Point Shipyard, Treasure Island base reserve and the Parkmerced redevelopment, which together will create more than 50,000 jobs. The Chamber continues to support economy-boosting developments such as the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) rebuild, the Transbay Transit Center and other developments.

• Helping to secure the America’s Cup for San Francisco by supporting the city’s winning bid. The Chamber continues to support efforts to help prepare for the series of sailing regattas estimated to generate nearly 9,000 jobs and more than $1.2 billion of new economic activity for the Bay Area.

• Joining with leading business organizations across California to support statewide projects and issues including Redistricting, High Speed Rail, the state budgeting process, water and other issues.

Leaders

• Connecting our members with top lawmakers at the federal, state and local levels through ongoing advocacy, legislative trips and neighborhood business summits. In 2011, the Chamber connected our members with officials including: Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke; Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Senator Dianne Feinstein; Representative Jackie Speier; California Business, Transportation & Housing Secretary Traci Stevens; Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Marty Morgenstern; Senators Mark Leno and Leland Yee; Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Fiona Ma; San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; San Francisco Board Supervisors and many others.

Public Policy Programs

In addition to the ongoing advocacy the Chamber provides for its members and the broader business community, the Chamber offers a wide variety of programs and events giving members access to elected and appointed officials, as well as resources to assess key policy issues impacting business.

Public Policy Forums: Monthly noon-time forums connecting members with city leaders and subject-matter experts in a facilitated dialogue about issues of concern to the business community.

Supes for Lunch: Monthly luncheon series bringing members together with different members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in an informal discussion focused on pressing policy issues.

Legislative Trips: Each year, the Chamber leads a delegation to the State Capitol and Washington, D.C., to meet with top lawmakers and administration officials to advocate for San Francisco and discuss state and federal policies impacting local businesses.

Chamber Delegation

Paychecks & Pink Slips Scorecard: Twice each year, the Chamber publishes its award-winning legislative scorecard, ranking the performance of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on their actions to create jobs, grow the economy and improve government efficiency.

SF Forward Political Action Committee (PAC): The voice of San Francisco business is made loud and clear through the Chamber’s PAC. SF Forward supports initiatives that strengthen the local economy, improve the business climate, streamline the operation of government and promote sound economic policy in San Francisco.

PAYCHECKS & PINK SLIPS SCORECARD

The Chamber’s Paychecks & Pink Slips Scorecard was honored with a 2011 Bronze Award for Communications Excellence from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for its success in increasing community awareness of local legislation through integrated marketing efforts, including public relations, social media and an advertising campaign created by Chamber member Gumas Advertising.

SF FORWARD POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

The Chamber’s SF Forward Political Action Committee (PAC) is the political voice for San Franciscans who believe sound economic policy is the key to creating an exceptional quality of life for all in the city. The PAC serves as the engine behind the Chamber's public policy agenda. Contributions allow us to communicate with city residents though ballot handbook arguments, neighborhood newspaper ads and slate cards, educating voters on the Chamber’s position on a wide variety of local ballot measures. For more information, call the Public Policy Department at 415.352.8841.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: CONNECTIONS TO BUSINESS PROSPECTS & OPPORTUNITIES

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Referrals and connections are essential to every company’s growth. The Chamber offers a full range of networking and business development programs and events to connect business leaders and forge relationships.

Business After Hours Networking Receptions: Popular mixers bring hundreds of professionals from small, mid-size and large Bay Area companies and organizations to network and build relationships.

Business Alliance: One of the city’s top leads-exchange programs provides opportunities for members to promote their business, product or service to prospective customers – and ask for the order. Participants in the 2011 program generated more than 228 leads and closed over $500,000 in businesses.

Ambassadors Club: Network of active members who volunteer to help engage new and prospective members, while actively extending their own business contacts and the visibility of their company.

Neighborhood Business Summits: Semi-annual events bring together local merchants and city officials in each of the city’s 11 supervisorial districts to network, strengthen neighborhood business ties and dialogue about issues of concern in San Francisco’s distinctive neighborhoods.

Women in Business Roundtable: Nationally recognized program connects dynamic, achievement-oriented businesswomen through speaker-led programs, workshops and mixers.

Member Orientation: Monthly programs for new, existing and prospective members to learn how to get the most out of their Chamber membership. Orientations also provide members with opportunities to network and introduce themselves – and their companies – to fellow members.

A Focus on Small Business

Small businesses are the backbone of the San Francisco economy. And the Chamber is here to help small businesses succeed. The Chamber, in partnership with our Small Business Advisory Council, is an active participant in neighborhood business associations and in the development of grassroots networks to influence public policy affecting the city’s small business community. The Chamber also serves as an important conduit between local small businesses and City Hall.

Small businesses look to the Chamber for assistance in growing their businesses and their effectiveness in the market. The Chamber is helping small businesses thrive through a wide array of professional development, skills training, networking and other member programs. Programs also help connect small businesses with top government officials and executives from leading Bay Area companies.

As a champion for small business, the Chamber plays a leadership role in San Francisco’s Annual Small Business Week observance and other city-wide initiatives, such as Shop SF. Get More. Recently, the Chamber was named Small Business Advocate of the Year by the San Francisco Small Business Network.

Small Business Advisory Council 2012

David Becker, President
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Jeanine Cotter, CEO
Luminalt

Tracy Dearman, President
HSM Realty & Finance

Steve Fee, Partner
FME Architecture & Design

John Gumas, President
Gumas

Michelle Horneff-Cohen, Owner
Property Management Systems

Michael Janis, General Manager
San Francisco Produce Market Association

Gwen Kaplan, CEO
Ace Mailing

Mark Klaiman, Senior Counselor
Pet Camp

Rich McDerby, Principal
McDerby Business Law, P.C.

Krista Mitzel, Principal
Mitzel Group

Elizabeth Shwiff, CPA, Partner
Shwiff, Levy & Polo, LLP

Eric Steckel Partner & Director of Operations
BARS + TONE

Paul von Beroldingen, Principal
PVB Public Relations

Jude Winterhalter Vice President of Sales
Pennbrook Insurance Services/CAIB

Signature Events

In addition to the Chamber’s ongoing business and professional development programs, the Chamber hosts several high-visibility signature events each year.

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CityBeat Breakfast: The Annual CityBeat Breakfast is the Chamber’s largest event of the year, convening members and springboarding the Chamber’s advocacy agenda for the year ahead. The event is attended by the Mayor of San Francisco and other leading officials and visionaries.

Grand Expo: San Francisco’s largest annual networking event features more than 150 exhibitors, live music, catered hors d’oeuvres from top Bay Area restaurants and complementary wine from premier California wineries.

Excellence in Business Awards: The “Ebbies” is San Francisco’s preeminent celebration of business excellence. Now in its 21st year, the Chamber has indoctrinated more than 113 companies into the prestigious Ebbies Hall of Fame.

Forecast SF: Deemed the city’s “Job Summit” by local media, Forecast SF provides an annual economic outlook and seminar on San Francisco’s leading industries and growth horizon. The event is attended by top government officials and visionaries from leading Bay Area companies.

CityTrip: Each year, the Chamber leads a delegation of business, government, civic and nonprofit leaders on a CityTrip to help shape an agenda to advance San Francisco’s regional competitive advantage, attract new industries and enhance our quality of life. CityTrip 2012 will go to Austin, Texas.

ChinaTrip: The Chamber’s award-winning ChinaTrip brings members and community leaders on a nine-day trip to discover the wonders of China.

CityGolf Classic: The Chamber’s 18-hole shotgun scramble tournament is held at world-famous Harding Park – home of the 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The tournament includes networking, a silent auction and reception on the greens.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: RESOURCES TO ENHANCE BUSINESS & CAREER

The Chamber offers a variety of professional development programs to help members enhance their business and career.

Professional Development Programs Business Success Series: Informative presentations from speakers on topics of interest to sales, marketing and business-development professionals, as well as entrepreneurs who want to sharpen their skills.

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Member-led Workshops: Hosted by members who are experts in their field, member-led workshops provide relevant, insightful presentations to member businesses covering a wide range of topics.

Small Business Issues Forum: Informal, monthly brown-bag discussion group for small business members to connect and share best practices.

Small Business Programs: Monthly workshops and panel presentations tailored to help small business members grow their businesses by providing skills training and access to resources.

Job Forum: A weekly community service providing career resources for those seeking employment or planning a career change.

Spirit at Work: A monthly brown-bag lunch series featuring an informal conversation about ways to incorporate spirituality and awareness into work, business or profession.

LEADERSHIP SAN FRANCISCO

Leadership San Francisco (LSF) is a program of the Chamber’s foundation dedicated to educating and developing future community leaders who are both knowledgeable about the city and concerned with its well-being.

Signature Program: The Leadership San Francisco signature program is a unique opportunity for participants to increase their understanding of the complex social and economic issues of San Francisco. Participants are exposed to the challenges facing San Francisco’s leaders and learn how they – as individuals – may respond to those community concerns. Individuals selected to participate in the Leadership San Francisco signature program explore community trusteeship, the ambition to work for the common good and serve the primary needs of others by holding their community in trust. Ten full-day monthly sessions are held from September through June. For more information about the program and applications, contact executive director Dianne M. Easton at 415.352.8826 or visit www.leadershipsf.org.

Building Legacies: Leadership San Francisco alumni are challenged to use the knowledge and leadership skills they gain through the program and apply them to enhancing San Francisco’s quality of life. Giving back to the community is strongly encouraged and LSF alumni support one another’s efforts. To learn more about the distinguished LSF Alumni visit www.leadershipsf.org.

Chamber Publications

The Chamber delivers a wide variety of publications that help keep members and the Bay Area business community abreast of key policy issues and the topics most important to businesses.

San Francisco Business This Week: The Chamber’s e-mail newsletter includes in-depth information on the activities of the Chamber, the latest on developing public policy issues, upcoming events and other announcements from the Chamber and its members. Delivered via email on Thursdays to more than 5,000 members and subscribers.

Industry

San Francisco Business This Quarter: The Chamber’s quarterly print newsletter provides in-depth information on the activities and events of the Chamber, key public policy developments, Chamber member anniversaries and other news of interest to the business community. Delivered via U.S. Mail once a quarter to more than 2,000 members.

How We See It: How We See It is a twice-monthly blog from Chamber President & CEO Steven Falk offering commentary on the politics and topics impacting business in San Francisco.

SFCHAMBER.COM: When people from around the country, and the world, are looking for information about San Francisco, www.sfchamber.com is their first stop. The Chamber’s website serves as a resource, providing information on member companies, as well as Chamber activities, programs and events. SFCHAMBER.COM receives over 30,000 unique page views each month.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: SUSTAINING A VIBRANT SAN FRANCISCO

The Chamber partners with its foundation program, the San Francisco Center for Economic Development (SFCED), to promote San Francisco as a great place to do business and to advance policies and initiatives that encourage business retention, expansion and attraction. The Chamber supports the SFCED’s efforts to attract key industries including biotechnology, digital media, information technology, clean technology and professional services.

SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The mission of the San Francisco Center for Economic Development (SFCED) is to attract and retain business to San Francisco and promote a business-friendly environment. The SFCED works collaboratively with the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and other like-minded organizations.

The SFCED works with companies, industry organizations and their representatives to facilitate business location and expansion in San Francisco. Building on the strengths of San Francisco and the Bay Area, the SFCED focuses on domestic and international companies in the biotechnology, clean technology, digital media and entertainment, information technology and professional services industries.

The SFCED is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit division of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Foundation. More information can be found at www.sfced.org or by calling 415.217.5187.

CHINA SF

ChinaSF is an award-winning public/ private economic development initiative operated by the Chamber’s foundation program the San Francisco Center for Economic Development (SFCED) and the City of San Francisco. San Francisco’s ChinaSF works to attract Chinese investment and businesses to San Francisco and the Bay Area, and assist businesses with an interest in China. ChinaSF has bilingual staff with offices in San Francisco, Beijing and Shanghai. Since its founding in 2008, ChinaSF has facilitated and supported the expansion of 10 Chinese companies in San Francisco, bringing more than 120 jobs and significant investment to the city. More information on ChinaSF is available at www.sfced.org.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mark Adkins President, San Francisco Chronicle

Jeff Album Vice President/Public and Government Affairs, Delta Dental of California

Mario Alioto Senior Vice President/Corporate Marketing, San Francisco Giants

Darius Anderson Founder and President, Platinum Advisors

Eunice Azzani, Emeritus

David Becker President, Philippe Becker

Nils Behnke Partner, Bain & Company, Inc.

Marty Bitter Manager/State Government Affairs, Chevron Corporation

Marc Blakeman Regional Vice President – External Affairs, AT&T California

Lee Blitch, Emeritus Executive Director, SF State Center for Education Excellence SF State Downtown Campus

Kofi Bonner President, Lennar Urban Bay Area Division

Robert Brant Executive Vice President, N. California, City National Bank

Pam Brewster Vice President/Government Affairs, Charles Schwab

Harold Brooks CEO, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

Jay Cahill Jr., Emeritus Chair & CEO, Cahill Contractors Inc.

Jeff Campbell Chief Financial Officer, McKesson

Richard Cerussi President & General Manager, NBC Bay Area

Claudio J. Cipollina Market Executive, Senior Vice President – Business Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Art Cimento, Emeritus Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Recology

Robert A. Corrigan, Emeritus President, San Francisco State University

Greg Cosko President & CEO, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction

Mariann Costello Vice President, Scoma’s Restaurant

Ed Cymerys Senior Vice President & Chief Actuary, Blue Shield

Shelley Doran Vice President, Webcor Builders

Michael Dunne General Manager, Hilton San Francisco

Sandra Edwards Partner, Farella Braun & Martel

Steve Falk President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Steve Farrand, Emeritus Senior Partner, Farrand Cooper P.C.

Steve Fee Principal, F M E Architecture and Design

Marc Flax President, Northern California Unisource Solutions

Melinda Yee Franklin Director/Government & Public Affairs, Western Region, United Airlines

Barbara J. French Vice Chancellor/University Relations, UCSF University of California, San Francisco

Frank Fudem Senior Vice President/Partner, Cassidy Turley/BT Commercial

Carlos Garcia Superintendent of Schools, San Francisco Unified School District

Susan Garner President/Middle Market Banking, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Peter Gruebele Executive Vice President/Regional Manager, Wells Fargo San Francisco Regional Commercial Banking Office

John Gumas President, Gumas

Tom Hart Executive Vice President, Shorenstein Realty Services L.P.

Warren Hellman, Emeritus Chair, Hellman & Friedman LLC

Daniel Herling Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP

Robert Herr Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Robert Hite Vice President of Business Affairs & CFO, Golden Gate University

Michelle Horneff-Cohen Managing Broker, CCRM, MPM® RMP®, Owner/Property Manager, Property Management Systems

Mary Huss Publisher, San Francisco Business Times

Gwen Kaplan CEO, Ace Mailing, Inc.

Dan Kelleher General Manager, San Francisco Marriott

Travis Kiyota Senior Regional Director/Local Government Relations, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Sylvia Kwan, Emeritus President, Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning Inc.

James Lamble Manager/External Affairs & Communications, Bechtel Corporation

John Legnitto Vice President & Group Manager, Recology

David Lewin General Manager, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Judy Li Vice President, Health System Innovation & Community Benefit, California Pacific Medical Center

David Lonergan Managing Director, Global Securities Lending BlackRock

Ron Longinotti President & General Manager, CBS 5 & CW Bay Area

Janis MacKenzie President, MacKenzie Communications

Stephen D. Mayer President & CEO, Burr, Pilger & Mayer, Inc.

Adam McDonough President & CEO, Lockton Insurance Brokers, Inc.

Deborah McDonald Messemer Managing Partner, KPMG LLP

Louis Meunier Executive Vice President, Macy’s

Martha Miller Manager/Government Affairs & Public Policy, Gap Inc.

Robert Nava Vice President for University Advancement, San Francisco State University

Nathan Nayman Head of State and Local Relations/Legal-Government Relations, Visa

Leigh Oshirak Vice President/Public Relations & Marketing Communications, William Sonoma Inc.

Regina Phelps, Emeritus President, Emergency Management & Safety Solutions

Bert Polacci Director, Community Outreach & Government Relations, Parkmerced

Chris Poland Chairman & Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers

William J. Pratt Managing Director/Client Executive Practice, Marsh Risk and Insurance Services

Wade Rose Vice President/External & Government Relations, Catholic Healthcare West

Rhea Serpan, Emeritus

Scott Smith Audit Partner, Deloitte & Touche

Michael Soza Partner, BDO

Eric Steckel Principal, Bars + Tone

Tyson Stevenson Vice President, Aon Risk Solutions

Matthew Stolte Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Stuart Sunshine Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Debra Taylor Senior Vice President/Regional Manager, Union Bank

Rob Tibbetts Managing Director, HOK

Laurie Thomas CEO, Nice Ventures

Diana Walke Vice President/Planning & Sales, Virgin America

Dwight Walker General Manager/VP, Entercom Communications

Michael Walker President, US Bank

Daniel Winey Vice President & Managing Principal, Gensler

Randy Wittorp Director/Public Affairs, Kaiser Permanente

Jim Woolwine, Emeritus Chair, Presidio Bank

Jim Wunderman, Emeritus President & CEO, Bay Area Council

Manny Yap Enterprise Sales Manager, Microsoft

INDEX OF CHAMBER NUMBERS

Main Number — 415-392-4520

Customer Service/Referrals — 415-352-8888

Executive Office — 415-352-8816

Membership

Membership Information — 415-352-8824

Membership Benefits — 415-352-8842

Marketing & Programs

Strategy, Research & Development — 415-352-8821

Member Affinity Programs — 415-352-8842

Partnership Marketing — 415-352-8821

Ambassadors Club — 415-352-8840

Business After Hours — 415-352-8803

Business Alliance — 415-352-8842

Business Success Series — 415-352-8803

Job Forum — 415-392-4520

Neighborhood Business Summits — 415-352-8841

Small Business Programs — 415-352-8803

Spirit at Work — 415-352-8803

Women in Business Roundtable — 415-352-8803

Communications

Bookstore — 415-352-8888

San Francisco Business This Week — 415-352-8839

San Francisco Business This Quarter — 415-352-8839

SFCHAMBER.COM — 415-352-8839

Public Policy & Advocacy

Advocacy & Lobbying — 415-352-8810

Political & Policy Information — 415-352-8810

SF Forward Political Action Committee — 415-352-8810

Public Policy Forums — 415-352-8841

Supes for Lunch Programs — 415-352-8841

Legislative Trips — 415-352-8841

Signature Events

CityBeat Breakfast — 415-352-8858

Grand Expo — 415-352-8803

ChinaTrip — 415-352-8818

Cultural Exchange Trip — 415-352-8803

CityGolf Classic — 415-352-8858

Forecast SF — 415-352-8858

Excellence in Business Awards — 415-352-8858

Chamber Foundation Programs

Leadership San Francisco — 415-352-8826

San Francisco Center for Economic Development — 415-352-8819

HOW DO I USE MY MEMBERSHIP?

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Make the most of your membership in the Chamber. Here we provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Chamber.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

1. If my company is a member, does that mean I am a member, too? Yes! When a company becomes a Chamber member, all employees of that company’s local branch/offices are considered Chamber members and have full access to programs and benefits.

2. How can I use the Chamber to market my business? The Chamber offers comprehensive marketing-benefit packages through our publications, website, programs and signature events that can help your company achieve multiple objectives. These include increasing your visibility and exposure within the Chamber membership and the Bay Area business community, standing out from your competition through exclusive sponsorship opportunities, using promotions and merchandising opportunities, entertaining valued clients at prestigious events and driving sales. Contact your member representative to learn more.

3. What is the best way to use the Chamber to build my business network? The best way to build your business network is to develop relationships with other Chamber members. All Chamber programs are designed to give you an opportunity to make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships. The more events you attend and the more actively you participate, the faster and deeper your network will grow. The Chamber also produces a number of programs that are specifically designed for networking, such as Business After Hours, the Women in Business Roundtable, the Ambassadors Club and others. Learn more about Chamber events at www.sfchamber.com.

4. How can the Chamber help me enhance my professional skills? The Chamber has a number of programs to help you develop the skills you need to excel in business. Program offerings, including Business Success Series and Small Business Programs, are updated on an ongoing basis to ensure the Chamber matches what’s offered to members’ needs. Let us know if you have ideas for new offerings.

5. How do I find out about speaking at Chamber programs? The Chamber is always looking for good speakers and workshop leaders. Speakers are booked who are relevant to ongoing series, and we always look first to our membership. Contact your member representative and be prepared to send an outline of your proposed presentation, a profile of your target audience and an overview of your speaking experience, including references.

6. How do I use the Chamber for business leads and referrals? As you attend Chamber events and programs and expand your network, you will have access to people who are in a position to provide you with business leads. As you get to know them and they gain trust in your professionalism, your fellow Chamber members can become an important source for referrals for your business. If you are looking for leads, be sure to check out Business Alliance, the Chamber’s leads-exchange program. Each week, the Chamber receives more than 800 calls from all over the country looking for referrals on businesses or services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our customer service representatives will give a caller up to three referrals from among Chamber members. And finally, our membership directory is available online at www.sfchamber.com.

7. How can I help shape and support the Chamber’s public policy positions and agenda? The Chamber’s public policy agenda is shaped by input from many sources, including the results of regular voter polls that tell us about which issues voting San Franciscans are most concerned. The Chamber’s position on any given local or state ballot measure is determined via a multi-step process that starts with analysis and a Public Policy Forum. At these forums, presentations are made by Chamber staff and guest speakers representative of proponents and opponents of the initiative. These meetings are open to all Chamber members. The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee then makes a recommendation, which is forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and finally to the full Board of Directors for a vote.

8. How can I stay informed on legislative and community issues that affect my business? There are several ways to keep yourself “in the know.” Visit the Chamber’s website at www.sfchamber.com for updates and information. Subscribe to the Chamber’s weekly e-mail newsletter, San Francisco Business This Week, and read the Chamber President & CEO Steven Falk’s twice-monthly blog, How We See It. In addition, you are encouraged to attend the monthly Public Policy Forums and the Supes for Lunch programs, which feature a different city supervisor each month. And the Public Policy staff is reachable by phone and e-mail to respond to specific questions and to help you stay informed.

9. How can the Chamber help my company get involved in community issues? The Chamber currently supports two Foundation programs: Leadership San Francisco, which educates and develops community trustees, and the San Francisco Center for Economic Development, which works to attract and retain business – and jobs - in San Francisco.

10. How can I stay informed on what is happening at the Chamber? The Chamber has a variety of communication tools to keep members informed about what is going on in and around the Chamber and the business community. All members receive the weekly e-mail newsletter, San Francisco Business This Week, and Chamber President & CEO Steven Falk’s twice-monthly blog, How We See It. The Chamber’s website at www.sfchamber.com is also an excellent resource.

 

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