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July 2015 E-Brief Highlights

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Message From the President & CEO

Joanne Webster

San Rafael Chamber of Commerce: Your Chamber Representing Local Values

I have been hearing a lot lately about the US Chamber, particularly its position on tobacco and climate change. It has been very timely news. Though the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce (SRCC) has not taken a formal position on tobacco, we do have a strong commitment to a more sustainable future, protecting the livelihood of our employees and the health of their families and ensuring a diverse workforce for the future of Marin County. It just so happened that the Board of Directors recently re-examined its relationship with the US Chamber and voted unanimously to NOT renew our membership based on these values.

The SRCC is a member-based business advocacy organization providing a strong voice in support of the economic vitality of our community. We are interested in the well-being of our entire community. Leading companies invest in the San Rafael Chamber because we have aligned ourselves with the local values that make San Rafael special.

Expand Your Connections
Tonight, Tuesday, July 14, 5-7pm
Saturday, July 25, 8-9am

Tuesday, July 28, 7pm
Thursday, July 30, 5:30-7:30pm
Friday, August 7, 9-10am
Coffee with the Police Chief, Board Chair, and President & CEO 

Wednesday, August 12, 5-7pm

Wednesday, September 9, 4-7pm

California Bank & Trust
CB&T is one of the largest banks headquartered in California with over $11 billion in assets and nearly 100 branches statewide. CB&T provides a full array of financial solutions for businesses and individuals, including commercial banking, business banking, small business lending, treasury management, international banking and wealth management.  More about CB&T

Infiniti Marin
General Manager Mike Christian and his experienced staff welcome you to come by to view their superb inventory of Infiniti automobiles that personify the Infiniti motto, "Inspired Performance."  Visit their beautiful showroom and experience what true "luxury and performance" means. And, with available advanced technology such as Back-up Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Brake Assist and Welcome Lighting, you can add safety and convenience to the equation as well. More

Marin IJ
Marin Independent Journal
The Marin Independent Journal has been serving Marin since 1861 and covers the important news, events and issues that affect Marin County. Today the Marin IJ delivers valuable localized content in print, online, tablet and mobile apps and offers a full suite of marketing products to serve the local business community in print and online. The IJ's print and online audiences reach up to 67% of Marin adults in a given week. More
Chamber News
showcaseExhibitor Space for the 2015 San Rafael Chamber Business Showcase is Selling Fast!

Don't miss the 27th annual San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase!  It is the largest business expo in the North Bay, and the best way to get directly in front of your local residents, other business owners, neighbors and friends in the Community!

This year's event takes place on Wednesday, September 9 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Peacock Gap Clubhouse in San Rafael. Due to the event's popularity and success, we moved to a new venue that offers more exhibitor space, lots of parking and the ability to host a larger audience. 

Also, in our continued efforts to bring you quality events that help you gain the greatest exposure to the Marin community at large and to interact with a variety of local businesses, the San Rafael Chamber is proud to announce our partnership with both the Sausalito and Novato Chamber of Commerce.

Sponsorships are available for additional business exposure!

woiNominations for the 2015 Women of Industry Award are Open Now! Submission Deadline is August 1.

Do you know a woman doing business in Marin who deserves to be recognized for her outstanding contributions to our community? Fill out a nomination form for the 2015 Women of Industry Award today. Submission deadline is Saturday, August 1.
pacificsChamber Night at the Pacifics, Tuesday, July 28, 7pm

Connect with your fellow members and support our home team by joining us for our annual 'Chamber Night at the Pacifics' outing! Save money on your ticket by purchasing in advance online with the code 'chamber'.  
srliSan Rafael Leadership Institute 2015-2016 Program Now Accepting Applications

The San Rafael Leadership Institute (SRLI) is Marin County's premier leadership development program for professionals seeking to make a difference in their community, expand their network, and understand Marin from the ground up. SRLI has been offering a singular opportunity to develop leadership and team-building skills while learning about current issues that impact Marin County for nearly 30 years. The program brings together many of Marin's policy makers and provides participants the chance to build relationships with key stakeholders in the county.

Participants of the 2014-2015 Leadership Institute at the Marin Human Race
Leadership Institute Testimonial:

I absolutely recommend the San Rafael Leadership Institute. The program proved a great source of knowledge on how the community functions and how we, as a business, can operate more effectively within the community. The sessions were relevant and interesting and the networking was excellent. I found the entire program completely worthwhile and enjoyable. The benefits far exceeded the minimal cost of this well-run program.
Steve Fox, Chief Financial Officer,
EO Products
Business Resources
Free Workshop on California Competes Tax Credit

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a free workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit on Monday, July 20 in Santa Rosa for all Marin and Sonoma County businesses.

Attend this workshop, titled "How Sonoma County Area Businesses Can Apply for Tax Credits: GO-Biz California Competes Workshop", by registering on Eventbrite
Keep Your Business Compliant: Labor Task Force Releases New Educational Materials for Workers and Employers 

The Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) has released new materials to inform workers of their rights and help employers understand their responsibilities. Please see below for links to the new materials. Materials available in multiple languages on the LETF website.

Dominican University Seeking Team Projects for Students

The Leadership Practicum offers students practical experience of working collaboratively on a team to complete a real business or community project. DUC invites leaders of profit and nonprofit businesses in Marin to propose a team-based project for 3-4 students that they would like accomplished between September and November. 

City and County News
Proposed Amendment to Plan Bay Area -- Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Project. Comments on the Amendment are being accepted until Monday, July 20, 2015.
Proposed Amendment to Plan Bay Area -- Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Project. Comments on the Amendment are being accepted until Monday, July 20, 2015.
Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) Conducting a Survey on Forming a Strategic Path Forward for Transportation in Marin. Click here to share your thoughts.
Downtown News
Promoting & Connecting Our Community
North Bay Business Journal Launching 'Create-a-Thon'. You could win a $25,000 ad campaign in the NBBJ and provide North Bay college students with a real world marketing project experience. 
AT&T Hiring Retail Sales Consultants. AT&T offers employees a competitive salary and benefits. 
New Chamber Member Style Rescue Featured in the Tiburon Ark and the Marin County Bar Association Newsletter. Style Rescue helps women 35+ find, define and refine their personal image.
Chamber Members
June 2015 New Members

1050 Northgate Property Owner, LLC - Real Estate Commercial
Andrew Pino Plumbing - Plumbing Contractors
Bevara Design - Furniture
Buckelew Programs - Social Service Organizations/ Non- Profit
Green Lynx - Construction and Construction Consultants
Marin Local Media - Advertising
Staples - Office Equipment, Supplies & Furniture
Yucatech Technology Solutions - Electronic Equipment
June 2015 Member Milestones

95 Year Members
Minto & Wilkie Insurance Agency

54 Year Members
Marin Cleaners

45 Year Members
Martin & Harris Appliances

36 Year Members
Proshop, Inc.

21-40 Year Members
Keegan & Coppin
Mato Account Works

11-20 Year Members
Extreme Pizza
Marin History Museum
Scott Technology Group, Inc.
Sol Food
The Mechanics Bank

4-10 Year Members
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership
College Cash Solutions
Fourth Street Press
Global Medical+Safety
Law Offices of Louis Napoli
Precision Bookkeeping
San Rafael Clean Campaign
Sutter Terra Linda Health Plaza

1-3 Year Members
Gainer Financial & Insurance Services, Inc.
Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Home Care Assistance
Mad Rags Fashions
Marinscope Community Newspapers
Private Ocean
Red Whale Coffee
Rising Design & Construction
Snelling Total Wellness
Tranquil One Entertainment
Zero Breast Cancer
About Us
Chamber Staff
Main Office Number: 415-454-4163 x104
President & CEO
Leonard Weingarten
Director of Business Development
Emily Maloney
Marketing & Program Manager, x104
Evan Williams
Management Strategy Analyst
Jesse Taylor-Vermont
Front Desk Manager, x102

Our Core Values

Strengthening the Local Economy - Promoting & Connecting the Community - Providing Quality Networking Opportunities - Representing Business to Government - Political Action

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