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…


“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


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

BMA Small Business Mixer @ Wells Fargo TOMORROW NIGHT!

In celebration of San Francisco Small Business Week, the Bayview Merchants’ Association & Wells Fargo are hosting a Bayview-Hunters Point Small Business Mixer tomorrow night at Wells Fargo’s Bayview branch:

  • Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Wells Fargo, Bayview branch
  • 3801 3rd Street, #116 (In the Bayview Plaza)

Come on down to meet and mingle with Bayview-area small business representatives, learn about business payroll services and other small business opportunities, and enjoy delicious food catered by local neighborhood merchants!

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to: Daniel Palacios at or 415.401.1320.

Welcome new members of the BMA Executive Committee!

Last night at the March Bayview Merchants’ Association meeting, elections were held for all four offices of the Executive Committee: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The election results, in order of position, are as follows:


Alvin P. Norman, Jr.
Owner, Al Norman Mechanical, Inc.

La Shon A. Walker
Realtor, Embassy Realty/Center Manager, Renaissance Bayview

ShaMauda Bishop
Owner, Simply Fabulous Beauty Salon

Hahn “Patrick” Tang
Branch Manager, US Bank

Congratulations to the new and existing members of the Bayview Merchants’ Association Executive Committee!  2010 looks to be an exciting year for the association.

BMA Member in the News!

Our very own Brigette LeBlanc of LeBlanc & Associates was in last week’s Oakland Post in a piece celebrating Women’s History Month. LeBlanc is quoted for her thoughts on black women in politics and providing leadership for the next generation:

This opinion is also echoed by Brigette R. LeBlanc, president of the San Francisco chapter of Black Woman Organized for Political Action, which advocates for Black women in politics.
“Black women are doing a lot of great things politically,” said LeBlanc. “But we need to make sure we plan for the future for the next generation. We need to mentor our younger women, so they will be prepared when the baton of leadership has to be passed.”

Full article here.

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Is Social Networking Valuable for Your Business?

A pretty excellent answer from author and marketing expert Seth Godin:

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: or 415-661-3860

For further information, please visit their website at

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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