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!

BMA Monthly Meeting @ Auntie April’s Soul Food

Everyone mark your calendars for July 27th at 6:00pm when the BMA will be having its monthly meeting at none other than award-winning Auntie April’s Soul Food at 4618 Third Street (between McKinnon and Newcomb).  April will be catering, so bring your appetites!  Look out for the meeting agenda, which will be posted sometime next week…

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

Good News for Bayview Merchants from Congress’ Financial Reform Bill Negotiations

Via the Huffington Post, some positive news in the financial reform bill that could substantially benefit the Bayview community’s small businesses:

Wall Street reform negotiators struck a deal Monday to regulate the swipe fees that major banks and credit card companies can charge to merchants — costs that are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. The cost to merchants of using credit cards has more than doubled since 2003 even as merchants’ profits have declined, a contradiction only explained by the monopolistic system that lets banks continuously raise swipe fees.

Read the full article for details on the compromise.

Bayshore Blvd Economic Action Plan Meeting NEXT TUESDAY

Next Tuesday, June 22nd, the Bayview and Bernal Heights communities will convene at 6pm at the Iron Workers Local 377 building on 570 Barnevald Ave (@ Industrial off of Bayshore) to discuss future plans for Bayshore Boulevard. This is the second in a series of three meetings on the issue of the redevelopment of Bayshore and, the city tells us, the most important of the three meetings.

As a result, the Bayview Merchants’ Association’s monthly meeting will not convene as usual and will instead will be replaced by this meeting, so as to have maximum representation from the Bayview community.  This is the BMA’s chance to have our voice heard as it pertains to the redevelopment of Bayshore Boulevard and the economic opportunities associated with this redevelopment project.

Please see the flier below for details and invite your family, friends and neighbors.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Small Business Network “Mega-Mixer” TONIGHT

For anyone interested in attending, there is a city-wide small business “mega-mixer” tonight sponsored by the San Francisco Small Business Network and its member organizations.

Monday, February 22, 2010 • 6-8 pm
First Bank, 550 Montgomery Street
(corner of Clay Street) 10th Floor, San Francisco

Members of our Member Organizations:  In advance: Free • At the door: $10
Non-members:  In advance: $10 • At the door: $20
To RSVP, contact Michelle Horneff-Cohen: michelle@propertymanagementsystems.net or 415-661-3860

For further information, please visit their website at www.sfsbn.org