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


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!

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

A Mentor-Protege Mixer @ Union Bank Next Wednesday

Next Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:00pm at Union Bank in the Bayview Plaza, the Renaissance Bayview invites you to a Mentor-Protege mixer sponsored by Lennar Urban.  This mixer is intended for local Bayview-Hunters Point contractors interested or involved the the Renaissance/Lennar mentor-protege program.  If interested in attending, please RSVP to Yamilet Gonzalez at 415-647-3728 or at