The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce provides members with over 15 different networking opportunites to connect at signature events, mixers and workshops all year:
- Business Showcase and Reception - Peacock Gap Clubhouse September 22, 2016
- New Teacher Welcome - October 12, 2016
- Forecasting the Future Economic Conference - October 27, 2016
- Women of Industry Luncheon Peacock Gap Clubhouse - November 15, 2016
- State of the City Dinner | Taste of San Rafael
- Excellence in Education Recognitions
- Business After 5 Networking Mixers
Our Business Showcase is the largest business expo in the North Bay, and the best way to get directly in front of your local business owners, neighbors and friends in the San Rafael Community!
Get to know your local businesses, neighbors and friends at our largest networking event of the year! Whether you are new to the community or a long time resident, this is the perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with our local San Rafael business owners. Come experience the vibrancy and diversity that the San Rafael community has to offer.
At the San Rafael Chamber, we believe that one way to experience the diversity and vibrancy that the San Rafael business community has to offer is to support local business. Our popular Business Showcase provides hundreds of attendees the opportunity to meet local business owners' face-to-face, taste their wares, chat about their services, and meet other business owners and residents as well.
Photos available here!
Our Booth Winners in 2016:
- Best New Member Table: SF Bay Adventures, Freda B
- Most Sustainable Booth: Marin Sanitary Service
- Best Booth Overall: An Affair to Remember
- Enjoy San Rafael: Jerry Tallman, Minute Man Press Marin
- Door Prize: Alex Stadtner, Healthy Building Science
Event to welcome new techers to our community and support the mission of the Chamber Education Committee: to identify, promote and support common goals by fostering understanding, cooperation and collaboration between the business and education communities. Each teacher is introduced and given a goody bag of supplies donated by Chamber member businesses at the October mixer on Wednesday, October 14th.
Please direct all event questions to the Chamber at (415) 454-4163.
The 12th Annual Forecasting the Future Marin Economic Conference was be held at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael.
Watershed 2016 - The program agenda featured the drought, elections and the economy. Marin Economic Forum's Dr. Robert Eyler presented the "National and Marin Economic Forecast". He then moderated our esteemed panel that shared with us the impacts of the drought on their businesses:
David Gross, Heritage Landscapes - Powerpoint
Jodie Clay, Kaiser Permanente
Lynn Giacomini Stray, Point Reyes Cheese Company - Powerpoint
Krishna Kumar, Marin Municipal Water District - Powerpoint
Our Keynote Speaker, Mac Taylor, California's Legislative Analyst, closed the event with "Elections 2015-Effects on the Economy into 2016 and Beyond".
Dr. Eyler's Powerpoint
The “Women of Industry” Luncheon is in recognition of the successful Women Business Owners, Professionals and Entrepreneurs here in Marin County. The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual luncheon in recognition of one exemplary San Rafael businesswoman. This honor goes to a businesswoman who exemplifies extraordinary leadership in her industry or company and has made a significant contribution to the citizens and the businesses of Marin County.
In 2015, we honored Patty Garbarino, President of Marin Sanitary Service, Marin Recycling Center and Marin Resource Recovery Center and has been since 2000. Patty began her career at Marin Sanitary Service in 1987, in company Development and Human Resources, a combination that facilitated her learning both the operations and administration of the business. Her background in the education field has been a major benefit to Marin Sanitary Service’s Public Education Program. In fact, Patty worked closely with her father, Joe, in establishing the Company’s Environmental Classroom and its ongoing outreach to environmental organizations and public and private schools in Marin County with more than 3,200 student visits per year.
The State of the City brought together over 400 business owners, Presidents, CEO’s, Elected Officials, Regional Community Leaders, and Chamber Board members. This year, the San Rafael Chamber State of the City Awards Event provided an excellent opportunity to place your business in the spotlight for hundreds of top business leaders and key elected officials from all parts of Marin County. In addition we heard firsthand, the key issues important to San Rafael and Marin County businesses from Mayor Gary Phillips.
Large Business of the Year: Bank of Marin
Small Business of the Year: 101 Surf Sports
Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year: Lotus Family of Restaurants
Event to recognize exceptional professionals in the local Educational arena. The Chamber Education Committee has honored over 100 deserving recipients with these awards over the past 15 years of sponsorship. The committee consists of education leaders from the San Rafael and Dixie Districts, Dominican University and College of Marin. The business members include representatives from businesses with a long history of supporting education and individual members passionate about the interests of business and education.
Six educators will be selected and recognized in 2014-2015. Each honoree will be listed in the Marin Independent Journal as an Educator of the Month November-April and all honorees will be recognized at the May Mixer on Wednesday, May 13th, 5-7pm at Microsoft - 1640 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera.
The Mixer Schedule for 2016 here
HEAR WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING
The Business Showcase "was truly one of the best Chamber events and business expo's I've been a part of in a while. It was packed, people were engaged and there was a buzz in the room that clearly demonstrated a positive business climate. I was able to make two appointments and an opportunity to generate new business from this event.
In addition, I saw at least five classmates from the leadership program offered by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.
My participation in the class has enabled me to develop deeper personal and business relationships that make events like this business expo even more enjoyable.
I highly recommend anyone doing business in San Rafael to join the Chamber and make the investment for the Leadership Institute.
Keep up the great work."
- Shawn Langwell, Marin Independent Journal
"Participation in the San Rafael Chamber Business Showcase gives Hospice by the Bay an opportunity to tell the greater San Rafael community about our compassionate care services and programs and is the perfect event to see and be seen by our local businesses. Most importantly, we are able to personally thank our many community partners and individual donors face to face for their generous support. We wouldn’t miss it!”
- Ann Peronetto, Hospice by the Bay