August 2015 E-Brief Highlights

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12, 5-7pm
Saturday, August 22, 8-9am

Wednesday, August 26, 6-8pm
Wednesday, September 9, 4-7pm

Graton Resort & Casino

Designed with a sense of casual, contemporary California elegance, the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino opened November 2013 and is the Bay Area's largest gaming and entertainment destination. Owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and managed by Station Casinos LLC, Graton Resort & Casino has brought Sonoma County more than 2,000 jobs.
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San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by Hearst in 2000, the San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence.The Chronicle is committed to coverage of subjects that are uniquely important to our readers: local issues and those topics with national impact such as economy, politics, technology, ecology, as well as breaking news, crime, education, national and foreign news. More Information 


Toyota Marin
Toyota Marin's roots run deep. As a member of the Price Family Dealerships, Toyota Marin is owned by Tom and Gwen Price, residents of Marin County for over 40 years. This dealership puts a premium on building long-term relationships, focusing directly on the needs of its customers and community. Toyota Marin is "the" place to go to purchase a brand new Toyota, vehicles that are synonymous with dependability, style and eco-friendliness. More Information
Chamber News
showcaseLAST CHANCE to Register for Showcase! Almost Sold Out!

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. Booths are almost completely sold out!

Sponsorships are available for additional business exposure!

strollChamber Partners With Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District on Indian Summer Stroll

We are pleased to present the 2015 Indian Summer Stroll in partnership with the San Rafael Business Improvement District.

Join us for a fun afternoon, strolling through Downtown, tasting premium wines and savoring bites from local eateries. Your ticket includes the wine tasting and entry into the raffle for great prizes from Downtown merchants. Proceeds benefit the San Rafael Fire Foundation, Downtown San Rafael and the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.

It is a great way to support our community while enjoying a delightful Indian Summer's evening on Fourth Street. 

Tickets are available on the Chamber website. All tickets sold here support the Chamber.
pbaChamber Urges Plan Bay Area and 2015 Transportation Improvement Plan to Add Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Access Improvement Project

Through the Business Retention and Expansion interviews carried out by the Chamber's Economic Vitality Committee, we have learned that one of the major issues impacting businesses in our community is traffic congestion caused by backups at the bridge.
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.

Please contact Emily Maloney with any questions ([email protected], 415-454-4163 x104) 
Participants of the 2014-2015 Leadership Institute at the Marin Human Race
Leadership Institute Testimonial:
The San Rafael Leadership Institute experience has broadened my understanding of how our community functions. We can't be involved in every aspect of the community, so these class sessions introduced me to new areas like our educational system and agriculture and expanded my understanding in familiar areas like nonprofits, foundations, government and the arts. A full day a month is a big commitment, but worth every minute.

Yvonne Roberts, Development & Marketing Director, Whistlestop
Business Resources
tttChamber Partners with Mill Valley Film Festival on That's the Ticket!

That's The Ticket! gives Chamber members the opportunity to offer a special discount or offer to MVFF ticket buyers. MVFF will encourage traffic to your business by listing you on the That's The Ticket! webpage and promoting the program through flyers, promotional materials during the festival, and more.
dir_adSupport the Chamber and Promote Your Business by Advertising in the 2016 San Rafael Chamber Membership Directory

Early Bird advertising rates will be available through September 30.
Chamber and Marin Builders Association Conducting Survey on San Rafael Building Permit Process

If you have applied for a building permit in the City of San Rafael in the last 18 months, please share your experiences in this survey.
Marin Sanitary Service Holding Community Tour and Green Cart Composting Class - Learn About Food 2 Energy Program

Saturday, August 15, 10:00am
City and County News
Downtown News
Promoting & Connecting Our Community
Mary Kaye Gerski Joins Sunny Hills Services as Chief Program Officer. Gerski is a visionary administrator with expertise in senior-level strategic planning, policy-making, and financial and program management.
Chamber Members
July 2015 New Members

A&B Insurance - Insurance
American Heart Association, North Bay Office - Social Service Organizations/ Non- Profit
Limitless Body - Health,  Nutrition  & Education
Marin Art and Garden Center - Meeting & Conference Centers
Marin Business Forum - Business & Community Advocate
Pro Auto Service Center - Automobile Repairing & Service
Safran Consulting - Business Management Consultants & Training
Sustainable San Rafael - Social Service Organizations/ Non- Profit
July 2015 Member Milestones

44 Year Members 
Farnsworth Moving

35 Year Members 
Luther Burbank Savings

33 Year Members 
YMCA of Marin

31 Year Members 
Latino Council of Marin/United Way

21-30 Year Members 
City of San Rafael 
Marin Mazda/Subaru 
11-20 Year Members 
City Carpets 
F. Lofrano & Son, Inc. 
High Definition Home 
Hospice By the Bay 
Il Davide 
Marin County Federal Credit Union 
MarinLink, Inc. 
Mazzoni + Associates 

4-10 Year Members 
DPP Consulting, LLC 
Lotus Chaat and Spices 
Lotus Cuisine of India 
Marin Bocce Federation 
Marin Honda 
Montessori de Terra Linda 
Opportunity'$ Knocking, LLC 
Optique de Fleur Opticians 
Plastiras & Terrizzi 
Sean Murphy-Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant 
Sun First Solar 


1-3 Year Members 
Bank of America 
Bordenave's Bakery 
Brewer Phillips Hair Design 
Craig Stuart Adams, Coldwell Banker Realtor 
Downtown Streets Team 
Eden Housing 
Judy's Automotive 
Misti Norton 
Shira Ridge Wealth Management 
SSU School of Business & Economics 
Western Health Advantage 
Working Solutions
About Us
Chamber Staff
Main Office Number: 415-454-4163 
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

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

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