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


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

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.


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

“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


Community Workshop re: Hunters Point Shipyard on May 1st

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and Office of Economic and Workforce Development are co-hosting a workshop this coming Saturday, May 1st between the hours of 9:00am-12:00pm on the redevelopment of the Hunters Point Shipyard.  If you are a member of the community, please come out and learn about what is going on and how the community will benefit from this project.  See flier below for details:

Free Tax Payroll Workshop TONIGHT

There is a FREE tax payroll workshop tonight for any and all interested business owners.  It will basically explain a new, free service for businesses in which payroll can go into your business’s bank account, with each employee receiving a debit-type card they can use to take out their paycheck money.  This is a great way for employees who don’t have a bank account to access their money without going through check-cashing places and the like.  Please swing by and check it out if you have a chance!  Details are below:

  • Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010
  • Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: Renaissance Bayview, Bayview Plaza, 3801 Third Street (@ Evans), Suite 616, San Francisco, CA 94124
  • FEE: Free

FACILITATORS: Diana Schwarz, Senior Payroll Sales Specialist, Wells Fargo

Payroll card product.
Please call to register at (415) 647-3728 Ext. 402

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities,

please call (415) 647-3728 for details.

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