Message From the Board Chair
Each year the San Rafael Chamber is proud to recognize Chamber member businesses that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to San Rafael, especially in the areas of leadership, giving back to the community and making a significant contribution to strengthening our local economy.
This year we highlight five small businesses that are passionate about San Rafael, getting involved in areas from cleaning our streets, one-cigarette butt at a time, to capturing the sun’s energy for powering some of our municipal buildings. They have preserved our financial health and dressed our workforce for success.
We are also recognizing fifteen companies that are taking extraordinary efforts to adopt sustainability principles into their business operations, mission and values.
The Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year nominees are bringing local eaters together with local farmers, supplying power to over one thousand Marin homes and going paperless. They are recycling, composting and repurposing 95% of their waste, as well as conducting trainings for tenants and staff in other green practices
The final category is large business of the year. This year there are eight nominees representing an essential part of the economic health of San Rafael and contributing to the vibrancy of life here. Our large businesses provide thousands of jobs; teaching our children, selling our homes, driving our seniors, brewing that special blend and caring for those that need it the most. They give away soap to homeless shelters and fund programs for children with special needs. Our large business nominees generate millions of dollars in sales tax revenue and also donate back to San Rafael by supporting our local nonprofits.
The nominees in all three categories are contributing to causes we care about, ranging from the Downtown Streets Team, the Boys and Girls Club, the Marin Humane Society, and entrepreneurial incubators to local schools and trade organizations. We are grateful for their civic engagement and look forward to recognizing them all at this year’s State of the City dinner.
And the winner is…? Please join us Thursday night at the State of the City to find out!
Stephanie K. Plante
President, CPi Development