Promote Your Business this Holiday Season with “Shop SF – Get More”

Attention Bayview-Hunters Point businesses:

This holiday season, the City of San Francisco is coordinating the third annual  “Shop SF – Get More” campaign. This is a city-wide promotion designed to encourage residents of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area to shop, dine, play and stay in San Francisco this winter.

Participation is FREE and open to all businesses located in San Francisco. These offers, plus holiday events and hotel promotions will be widely promoted in a joint effort between the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development, the Office of Small Business/Shop Local, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, BART and others.

If you are interested in participating and have a good idea for a promotional offer, you can enter your offer today at www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/shopsfregister. The earlier you register, the more promotion your offer will receive!

For more details on the “Shop SF – Get More” campaign, see the application HERE, or check out the website at www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/shopsf.

“Shop SF – Get More” Application

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.

Diesel Exhaust Reduction Workshop for Bayview Truckers: Sept. 30th @ Southeast Community Facility

BMA Member Fleetcare International will be hosting a workshop on September 30th between 8:30am – 5:00pm at the Southeast Community Facility, to train all truck-using businesses in the Bayview on the usage of diesel exhaust after-treatment devices for trucks.  If you are a truck-using business in the Bayview and interested in this opportunity, please see details below and register HERE.

September 30, 2010
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
(October 1 – Optional Field Trip)
Southeast Community Facility
Alex L. Pitcher Jr. Community Room
1800 Oakdale Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
(916) 322-3937

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.

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!

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.

“Meet the Banker” Workshop: Wed, July 21st @ 6:00pm

  • Are you tired of paying high fees on your bank account or don’t have one?
  • Why spend hundreds of dollars at a check-cashing company when you can deposit your money for free and pay your bills at no additional cost?
  • Did you know that many people are “unbanked” or “underbanked”?
  • Need a banker who can speak a language other than English?
  • Have you had a bank about be closed by the bank within the last twelve months?

Without a bank account, the average person will spend 5% of there income at check cashing places each year. The Bank on San Francisco program’s mission is to give every San Francisco access to a bank account and has helped San Franciscans open over 25,000 accounts so far!  Come to the upcoming workshop in the Bayview and learn about Bank on San Francisco and other second-chance banking options so you and your family don’t have to continue to pay exorbitant fees to predatory financial institutions.  And bring your friends!  See the flier below for details.

When: Wednesday, July 21st 2010
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Where: Soo Fong Restaurant
3801 Third Street, Suite 370
San Francisco, CA 94124

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GRAND OPENING: ZellShaun E’Mon Apparel Boutique, Saturday, July 17th

Come celebrate ZellShaun E’Mon’s grand opening at 3582 San Bruno Avenue on Saturday, July 17th from 1pm – 6pm! The grand opening will be accompanied by raffles, music, food, and champagne as yet another Renaissance Bayview client marks the first day of her journey as a small business entrepreneur in San Francisco.

For the first two hours of the grand opening from (1pm -3pm) everything in the store will be 20% off!

ZellShaun E’Mon is an apparel boutique that specializes in the sales of necklaces, earrings, handbags, scarfs, bracelets, and more!  For more information, contact the store at 415-508-0060 or zellshaunemonapparel@yahoo.com.

SBC Special Meeting this Monday: Proposed Business Tax Revisions

This coming Monday, June 26th, a special meeting will be held at City Hall to discuss Supervisor David Chiu’s proposed revisions to the business tax structure in San Francisco known as the “Progressive Payroll Tax.”  This proposed ordinance will likely mean significant changes to the way San Francisco businesses are taxed through a change in the tax structure for those businesses who pay payroll taxes and those who rent commercial property.  The meeting will be held at the following time and location:
  • Special Meeting of the San Francisco Small Business Commission
  • June 28, 2010 at 2:00pm
  • San Francisco City Hall, Room 400
  • To discuss a proposed ballot initiative which, if passed, will change the business tax structure in the City and County of San Francisco.
If you are interested in hearing more about this topic and available on Monday at 2:00pm, please show up for this very important and informational meeting.  For more information on the proposed “Progressive Payroll Tax,” please read the email HERE for more details or contact Chris Shulman from the Office of Small Business at:

Chris Schulman
Senior Policy Analyst / Commission Secretary
Office of Small Business
City Hall, Room 110
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415.554-6408
Fax: 415.558-7844