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.

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.


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

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.

BMA President Al Norman’s Shipyard Op-Ed in the SF Business Times

BMA President Al Norman has an op-ed in the Friday, August 6th issue of the San Francisco Business Times.  In his piece, he praises Supervisors Chiu and Maxwell as well as Senator Dianne Feinstein, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Newsom, Former Mayor Willie Brown, and former Board of Supervisor Aaron Peskin for their leadership on the Hunters Point shipyard development project.  He goes on to laud the community benefits of the project as a way of helping to improve the neighborhood’s existing community:

Now, a huge parcel of underutilized land can become a dynamic community that promises to be clean, affordable, recreational and livable. The hope for jobs, for economic improvement, for better housing and safer streets is real. An unprecedented 32 percent of the 10,000 planned homes are set aside for affordable housing. The developer has committed to rebuild the Alice Griffith public housing development as the project progresses, and to ensure that residents can move directly from their existing units into the new complex. Tens of millions of dollars are being committed for housing assistance, workforce development, job placement, health improvements and education.

President Norman has been a huge advocate of the Shipyard Project from the beginning and is excited to watch the Project build momentum as it is ushered through the final stages of the legislative approval process. To read the rest of the article, please click here.

National Night Out Against Crime TOMORROW @ Mendell Plaza

Come on down to the Bayview’s Annual “National Night Out Against Crime” event TOMORROW NIGHT:

  • 2010 National Night Out Against Crime
  • Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
  • 4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Mendell Plaza (@ Third Street & Oakdale Avenue)
  • Bayview-Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA

Local comedian and activist, Donald Lacy, will serve as the night’s host.

Event highlights will include performances by The Reed Fromer Trio and Mazacote Salsa band, healthy food, FREE health screenings and fun activities for youth.

The SFPD Bayview Station will be on hand throughout the evening demonstrating some of their police and crime fighting services, including their police dog unit and mobile command center. In addition, police personnel including Chief George Gascon, Commander Kitt Crenshaw, Captain Greg Suhr and Sergeant Ava Garrick will welcome everyone and address the attendees on various home, personal and community safety techniques.

Local vendors and non-profits will also be present selling their food and wares and giving out information on their services to event attendees.

If anyone you know might be interested in joining in the festivities, please forward this along to them!

This event is being presented by the Third Street Corridor Project, and sponsored by several community-based organizations and local businesses.  Please see the flier below for further details.

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.

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!