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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Connecting for Business Success

As San Francisco’s largest and most vibrant business network, the Chamber delivers an exciting array of networking and business development programs and events connecting members with each other and the broader business community to help boost business success. These programs include:

Ambassadors Club: Network of active member volunteers helping to engage new and prospective members, while greatly extending their own business contacts and the visibility of their company.

Business After Hours: Popular networking events bringing hundreds of professionals from small, mid-size and large Bay Area companies and organizations together at diverse member locations to network and build relationships.

Business Alliance: Top leads-exchange program providing opportunities for members to build referral networks, promote their business, product or service to prospective customers – and ask for the order. Over the past six years, Business Alliance has generated over 2,000 deals valued at $2.2 million.

ConnectForLunch: Bi-monthly lunchtime networking program enabling members to make up to 50 new professional connections each year.

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.

Member Savings: Exclusive discounts and special offers on essential business products and services, as well as attractive employee perks for member businesses.

Chamber President Roundtable: Bi-monthly members-only roundtable discussion for small groups of members to meet personally with SF Chamber President & CEO Bob Linscheid and discuss business and industry issues.

Neighborhood Business Summits: Semi-annual events bringing together local merchants, city officials and small business resource providers 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 Networking Program: Nationally recognized program connecting dynamic, achievement-oriented businesswomen through speed networking events.

SIGNATURE EVENTS

The Chamber hosts numerous high-visibility signature events for members and the broader business community each year. These events include:

CityBeat Breakfast: The Chamber’s largest event of the year, convening members and springboarding the Chamber’s advocacy agenda. The event is attended by the Mayor of San Francisco and many other civic leaders and visionaries.

CityTrip: Annual economic development and study trip helping to shape an agenda to advance San Francisco’s competitive advantage, attract new industries and enhance our quality of life. CityTrip 2014 will go to San Diego, California.

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

Excellence in Business Awards (The “Ebbies”): San Francisco’s preeminent celebration of business excellence recognizing the leading businesses and entrepreneurs that are shaping the region’s unique character and robust economy. Now in its 23rd year, the Chamber has indoctrinated more than 130 companies into the prestigious Ebbies Hall of Fame.

ForecastSF: San Francisco’s leading economic forecast and jobs summit. Co-hosted by the San Francisco Center for Economic Development and Wells Fargo Bank, this high-level event is attended by top business visionaries and government officials and provides a preview of the city's economic landscape.

SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS

Small businesses are the backbone of the San Francisco economy. The Chamber is a champion of small business, serving as a political advocate, engaging in small business activities across the city, and offering a wide array of networking, professional development, and other programs designed specifically for small businesses. These programs include:

Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC): An appointed board of SF Chamber small business members who provide counsel and strategic direction related to the Chamber's small business initiatives. The Council meets monthly and is engaged with all aspects of the Chamber’s advocacy, business and professional development programs.

Small Business Issues Forum: Informal, monthly brown-bag discussion group for small business members to connect and share best practices. Guest speakers provide skills training and access to resources.

San Francisco Small Business Week: The Chamber plays a leadership role in San Francisco’s Annual Small Business Week, delivering a weeklong schedule of exciting events to educate, inform and inspire local small business.

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