Congratulations again to all the honorees of our 2014-2015 Excellence in Education awards program! And a big thank you to the team at Microsoft, our wonderful host. We also thank Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke for joining us.
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Message From the President & CEO
Continuing to Represent What Matters Most to You
Joanne Webster
Delegates from the San Rafael Chamber and the Santa Rosa Chamber created a legislative agenda and took it to Sacramento last month to meet with our elected officials. We met with Assemblymember Marc Levine, Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblemembers Bill Dodd and Jim Wood. High on our list was the critical importance of a transportation infrastructure that supports a thriving economy. Main concerns are the completion of the widening of the Marin Sonoma narrows, expediting the opening of the third lane on the Richmond Bridge and funding for local road repair and maintenance. Also of great importance and a key element of growing our economy is our ability to attract and retain a skilled workforce.

Expand Your Connections

Wednesday, June 10, 5-7pm

Luau theme - wear a Hawaiian shirt!


Wednesday, June 17, 6-8pm

Green Business Committee Presents Green Brief: Triple Bottom Line Best Practices  


Friday, June 26, 7-8:30pm

Saturday, June 27, 8:00am

Tuesday, July 14, 5-7pm

Thursday, July 30, 5:30-7:30pm


Thank you to Board Member Tim Hoyle for hosting another great Member Networking Seminar on June 2!
Leaders Circle
Cal-Pox Inc.

Cal-Pox, Inc. is a family owned San Rafael based real estate development company that has been a member of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce for nearly 45 years. The company has its origins in San Quentin Disposal, the city's former landfill, and one of Cal-Pox founder Martin Bramante's first acquisitions. Martin operated the landfill for twenty years, closing it in 1987 to develop Shoreline Center.


Mr. Bramante passed away at 94 in March of 2014, leaving a lasting legacy. Martin's daughter, Susan Kirby, helped transform the land into a buzzing business center where today Sonnen BMW, Home Depot and Target are located. When Susan passed away in 1999, her daughter Stephanie Kirby Plante, assumed the presidency of the company.


Since 1978, Linbro has been offering their customers a delicious experience in the world of import / export of food products and ingredients. Long-standing relationships with well established suppliers enable this San Rafael based company to deliver the highest quality international food products from East Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Europe, and other countries.

Linbro is a well respected family business that delivers the highest quality of food products in various formats from throughout the world. Their product and presentation formats includes vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, grains, flour and starch, noodles and seafood items that are canned, dehydrated, in retort pouch, frozen, organic, or fruit puree and concentrate.


Redwood Credit Union


Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is a not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to the financial well-being of its Members and communities. RCU offers full-service banking at exceptional value, as well as free financial education, budget and credit counseling, and a host of other tools to assist people and small businesses with improving their financial picture.  


RCU offers full-service banking, including checking, savings, auto and home loans, credit cards, youth accounts, investment services, financial planning, and more. RCU also offers a full suite of small business banking services, including SBA and commercial loans; comprehensive insurance through RCU Insurance Services; new and used auto purchasing through RCU Auto Services. Anyone living or working in eight local counties, including Marin and San Francisco can bank with RCU.


Learn more about Redwood Credit Union 

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Chamber News
Chamber Goes to Sacramento to Meet With Elected Officialssacramento

Leaders from the San Rafael Chamber and the Santa Rosa Chamber came together last month to travel to Sacramento to meet with legislators to discuss four top concerns facing businesses in our state: transportation, housing, workforce development and water.
Chamber Supports Career Technical Education Program Bill SB 148sb148
The legislation, sponsored by Chamber-backed State Senator Mike McGuire, seeks to expand career and job skills in public, middle and high schools
Chamber Supports Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program in AB 35ab35
Advocating for the availability of affordable workforce housing is one of the priorities of the San Rafael Chamber. AB35 would increase California's Low Income Tax Credit by $300 million for the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing units across the state.
Business Resources
Does Your Business Info Show Up on Google?

The Chamber has partnered with Google 's Let's Get Our Cities on the Map program, a tailor-made program designed to strengthen 30,000 communities across the nation by helping their local businesses get online. 

Getting your business listed online is key to increasing exposure and helping your potential customers find you. It is a great way to make your location, hours and other information accessible on the front page of a search without the searcher having to find your website. 

Click here to see if your business is listed on Google, and learn all the reasons why getting your business listed online is so important.
Chamber Releases Business Barometer for 1st Quarter 2015bizbarom
The latest data on San Rafael building permits, hotel occupancy rates, and more
Free Responsible Beverage Service Training
Presented by the San Rafael Police Department. Monday, June 22, 1:00 to 5:00pm at Marin Health & Wellness Campus - Learn More
Downtown News
Green Business News 
City and County News
Schools Rule Marin holding 'Enchanted Circus' at Marin County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, June 30th to raise funds for Marin schools
Summer Fire Safety Tips from the City of San Rafael Fire Department
County Budget Sets Aside Reserves for the Future
Promoting & Connecting the Community
San Rafael Pacifics "Green Team" Volunteer Opportunity -- Be the first to wear a "No Litter in Baseball" wristband
Chamber Members
May 2015 New Members
Aging Solutions, Inc. - Consultants
Bay Area Business Consultant - Business Management Consultants & Training
Cade Insurance Agency - Insurance
Direct Current Solar - Solar Energy
Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin - Retail Shopping
Green Music Center - Entertainment
Malcolm W. Ruthven, Esq - Legal Services
Millennial Venturing - Finance & Investments
Miller Hauser Law Group - Attorneys
NatureBridge - Social Service Organizations/ Non- Profit
North Bay Payroll - Payroll Management Services
Real Change West Coaching - Coaching-Professional/Life
Recharge - Health & Fitness Clubs/Trainers & Equipment
REV - Business Management Consultants & Training
Rising Sun Energy Center - Social Service Organizations/ Non- Profit
Sprouts Farmer's Market LLC - Grocers
Style Rescue - Fashion Stylist
Trend Draperies - Window Coverings & Screens
Zest Marketing - Marketing Communications
May 2015 Member Milestones

64 Year Member
The Dutra Group

63 Year Member
Loch Lomond Marina

54 Year Member
Petersen-Rake Estate

50 Year Members
Keegin Harrison Schoppert Smith & Karner LLP
Shades of Marin

42 Year Member
Rafael Floors, Abbey Carpet Center
21-29 Year Members
Cushman & Wakefield
Marin Association of Realtors
Marin Builders Association
Performance Allies
Seagate Properties, Inc
Semple Appraisals, Inc.

11-20 Year Members
Aegis of San Rafael
Allen, Bettini & Carter, Inc.
Anspach Financial Group
Kappe Architects
Marin Center/Marin County Fair
4-10 Year Members
Dan Fix Landscape Construction Co.
Fenix Supper Club
Medical Center of Marin
My Mapbook, LLC
San Rafael Self Storage
Zeisler, Zeisler, Rawson & Johnson LLP

1-3 Year Members
Anya Bandt, MD
Bonnie Fells, Nerium International Brand Partner
Debbie Ghiringhelli Catering
Digital Ciggz
Enriching Lives through Music
Greg Knell
Kevin O'Keefe, Wells Fargo Mortgage Consultant
Marin Law Center
Marin Lodge
Paganini Enterprises
The Responsive Body
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Chamber Staff
(Main office number 415-454-4163)

Joanne Webster 
President and CEO

Emily Maloney 
Marketing and Program Manager

Jesse Taylor-Vermont
Front Desk Manager

Leonard Weingarten
Director of Business Development

Evan Williams

Management Strategy Analyst

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Strengthening the Local Economy

Promoting and Connecting the Community

Providing Quality Networking Opportunities

Representing Business to Government