BMA Merchant Retreat Recap

On Monday, September 27th, the Bayview Merchants’ Association had its first-ever Bayview Merchant Retreat at the South Beach Harbor building next to the AT&T Ballpark.  The meeting was attended by around 30 merchants and other BMA stakeholders.  The day was packed with information intended to benefit the businesses represented by retreat attendees.  Here is the general schedule from the day:

  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    • Opening Breakfast
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm
    • Merchant Safety Training and Discussion
    • Contractor/Developer Panel Discussion
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm
    • Bayview Shop Local Campaign Presentation and Discussion
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    • Lunch
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    • BMA Visioning Exercise
  • 4:00pm – 5:00
    • Retreat Debrief

To see a more detailed event agenda, please CLICK HERE.

Throughout the day,  there were several productive discussions, speeches, and networking opportunities for BMA members who attended the event.  From a merchant safety training for storefront merchants, to a contractor panel discussion with representatives from local development firms, to an end-of-day merchant visioning exercise that solicited members’ input on new projects and activities to be undertaken by the BMA, there was something at the retreat for everyone.  Here are some photos recapping some of the retreat’s sessions:

 

BMA President Al Norman Addresses Attendees at 2010 Bayview Merchant Retreat.

 

 

Bayview Merchants and Other Stakeholders Participate in a Merchant Safety Workshop at the 2010 Bayview Merchant Retreat.

 

 

Bernal Bucks Co-founder Arno Hesse Gives Presentation to Bayview Merchant Retreat Attendees On Bernal Heights' Successful Shop Local Campaign.

 

To check out a couple of video snippets from the retreat, click HERE and HERE.

If you are curious to learn more about the retreat or the general goings on of the BMA over course of the coming year, please contact BMA Outreach Coordinator Ben Kaufman at (415) 647-3728 x6407 or via email at ben@rencenter.org.

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2010 Bayview Merchant Retreat THIS MONDAY

If you are not already aware, the Bayview Merchants’ Association (BMA) will be holding its first ever BMA merchant retreat this coming Monday!

  • Monday, September 27, 2010
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • South Beach Harbor Building
  • The Embarcadero @ Pier 40 (Next to AT&T Ballpark
  • San Francisco, CA, 94107

If you go to one BMA event this year, make it this one.  The Merchant Retreat will be both informational and participatory, culminating in a visioning exercise, in which members will give their input on what projects and activities we should prioritize as we move forward as an organization.  The retreat will go all day and some topics will include:

  • merchant safety workshop
  • contractor workshop
  • Bayview “Shop Local” Campaign presentation & discussion

Both breakfast and lunch will be catered by delicious, local Bayview Caterer and BMA member, Spice It Up Catering.

To attend the BMA Merchant Retreat, you must be a 2010 paid member of the BMA. To RSVP or apply for membership, please contact Ben Kaufman at (415) 647-3728 x407 or via email at ben@rencenter.org. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

To RSVP on Facebook, CLICK HERE.


BMA August Meeting Recap

Thanks to all that came out to last night’s BMA meeting at Taqueria La Laguna on Third and Fairfax.  Despite the extreme heat (yesterday’s high was a whopping 99 degrees!) and the low  attendance (low being a relative term, as we usually have  upwards of 30 attendees) due to summer vacation and a District 10 Supervisor candidates’ “Meet & Greet” a few blocks away, there was a wealth of information at the meeting of concern to Bayview merchants and residents alike. And thanks to BMA Secretary ShaMauda Bishop’s videotaping of the meeting, the BMA is able to share this information with everyone who wasn’t able to make it.

The meeting began with a brief report from the SFPD Bayview Station, followed by an introduction and subsequent debate on Proposition G, a Proposition on the November ballot that would change the work rules and pay structure of MUNI drivers and operators. District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, author and sponsor of the proposition, and Rafael Cabrera, interim President of the San Francisco Transit Workers’ Union, discussed the merits of the Proposition:

This conversation was followed by another MUNI-related issue: fare evasion “stings” conducted by the SFPD and SFMTA to set an example for folks who do not pay their MUNI fares and to help generate revenue for the cash-strapped agency.  Critics attest that these “stings” are being disproportionately targeted at low-income communities of color.  Here is the second half of the Proposition G debate followed by SFPD Deputy Chief of the MUNI Response Team speaking to the Bayview merchants about the recent uptick in these “stings” that have resulted in several fines and even some arrests:

The remainder of the meeting was dedicated to a couple of presentations and announcements, including a presentation on the Southeast Food Access (SEFA) Working Group’s efforts to improve safe & healthy food access in the Bayview and a presentation on the available affordable apartments for sale at 4800 Third Street at Oakdale in the heart of the Bayview.  For more information on this meeting, please see the meeting’s minutes or the Bayview Merchants’ Association’s Youtube channel, where the rest of the meeting’s footage is posted.

Free Interior Make-Overs for Bayview Businesses: Applications Due Next Week

This information didn’t come to the desk of the Bayview Merchants’ Association until late last Friday, but is a HUGE opportunity for the Bayview-Hunters Point small business community:

Wells Fargo is awarding 3 Bayview businesses a $3,000 grant for a redesign of their interior space.  Not only does this opportunity come at no cost to the business, but it also includes free consultations with design professionals, free marketing workshops, and free design and printing of additional marketing materials.

If you are a Bayview business in need of an economic boost, please apply for this opportunity today! Applications are due at 5pm on Wednesday, August 25th.

To apply, contact Robyn Fountain, Program Coordinator at Renaissance Bayview, at (415) 647-3728 x408 or via email at robyn@rencenter.org.

If you don’t have all of the necessary documents for your business, you are still encouraged to apply, and a Renaissance Bayview staff member will assist you throughout the entire application process.

Bayview Friends of the Library Celebration on August 31st @ Flora Grubb

On Tuesday, August 31st at 6:00pm, in collaboration with “Friends of the San Francisco Public Library,” the beautiful (and proud BMA member) Flora Grubb Gardens will be hosting a neighborhood party to support the upcoming development of the Anna E. Waden Bayview Branch Public Library.

The party is open to the public and will play host to Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, City Librarian Luis Herrera, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patricia Gray, and will be catered by Old Skool Cafe.

For more information on the event, please contact Marian Chatfield-Taylor at (415) 626-7512 x103 or via email at marian.ctaylor@friendssfpl.org.

How To Apply for an Installer Position at Lowe’s

Attention all Bayview-Hunters Point Contractors: This information was included in this past week’s BMA meeting minutes, but Lowe’s has come out with a short & easy-to-read Powerpoint presentation on how to apply to become a contracted installer through the new Lowe’s store going up on Bayshore Avenue.  The Powerpoint can be viewed HERE.  If folks reading this can think of anyone who might be interested in this contracting opportunity, please forward this post along to them!

BMA July Meeting Minutes

If you did not get a chance to make it to Tuesday night’s BMA meeting at Auntie Aprils, and you are interested in what was discussed, please see the meeting’s minutes here.

A big thank you to everyone who showed up and we’ll see you all at next month’s meeting!

Weekly Email Round-Up

  • The Office of Small Business discusses a possible Alcohol Mitigation Fee & automobile congestion pricing in the northeast quadrant of the city.

Turner School of Construction Management Offering FREE Training Program this Fall

The second annual Turner School of Construction Management training program is scheduled to commence September 14th at the South Beach Harbor facility. The cost of the program is FREE for accepted applicants.  If you are interested in attending, please see the attached brochure for details.

About the Turner School of Construction Management:

Turner is deeply committed to programs that support and expand the social, economic and educational growth of the community.  We believe our responsibilities go beyond the business of “bricks and mortar”. Our construction management training program began in Cleveland, Ohio in 1969, and is offered annually across the country to minority-owned, women-owned, and small emerging businesses. It is uniquely designed to enhance the technical, business, and administration skills of the participants in order to make a profi t and build a reputation for effi ciently managing construction projects.  Individuals enrolled in the program gain insights and meaningful tools that help them target their business for quality and growth while, at the same time, develop new strategic business relationships.  In addition to the opportunity to take a course at NO COST, each participant will receive the following benefits:

  • Instruction by industry experts – Turner key staff and/or industry experts members instruct all of the classes.
  • A “Certification of Achievement” signed by program sponsors for successfully completing the program (presented at a graduation ceremony).
  • A “Class Program Book” which includes a compilation of profi les for all the participating companies and letters of congratulations from program sponsors. This book is used as a networking tool among the participants and is sent to major construction companies, public agencies, and community-based organizations.
  • A wealth of information that is outlined in the course syllabus.
  • Six weeks of networking opportunities with other program participants and key Turner staff.
  • Recognition and credibility with other industry leaders for having completed the program.
  • Describe necessary elements for being a contractor and Identify challenges of being a contractor
  • Describe fundamentals of estimating and effective methods for locating, obtaining, managing, and scheduling work
  • Understand key concepts of contract management.
  • As a bonus, you will also receive over 1,000 hours web-based learning courses free that includes: How to Read and Analyze Financial Statements; Insurance and Bonding for Subcontractors; Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Word; Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Excel. In addition, an OSHA 30 Hour course, the bulk of which can be taken online, will be offered at a discounted rate.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Minority-owned, women-owned, and small emerging businesses that are general contractors, specialty contractors, construction managers, construction consultants, and other companies that work closely with construction firms.

If you have any further questions about the program, please contact Elena Anaya, Community Affairs Director at Turner at 510-267-8241 or via email at eanaya@tcco.com.

July 27th BMA Meeting Agenda Now Available

This coming Tuesday, the BMA’s July meeting will be held at Auntie April’s on Third and McKinnon. We will be talking about a whole bunch of issues including contracting opportunities for local contractors, affordable housing on Third Street, a Third Street beautification project, and a local merchant-run energy savings program, among others.  Please see the below flier for further details.  We look forward to seeing you all there!