The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce provides members with over 15 different networking opportunites to connect at signature events, mixers and workshops all year:
- Women of Industry Luncheon Peacock Gap Clubhouse - November 17, 2015
- State of the City Dinner Peacock Gap Clubhouse
- Excellence in Education Recognitions - Microsoft, Corte Madera May 13, 2015 (5:00-7:00pm)
- Business Showcase and Reception - Peacock Gap Clubhouse September 2016
- New Teacher Welcome - October 14, 2015 (5:00-7:00pm)
- Forecasting the Future Economic Conference - October 29, 2015 (7:30-10:00am)
- Business After 5 Networking Mixers
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.
Nominations for the 2015 Women of Industry Award are being accepted now! The deadline to submit your nominations to the Chamber is Saturday, August 1.
In 2014, we honored Ann Brebner, Emeritus Board Member of the California Film Institute. As a young entrepreneur in the 1960’s, Ann started a casting agency in Marin, contributing her talents to films such as American Graffiti, Bullitt, and Harold and Maude. Ann founded the Marin Shakespeare Festival, which she ran for 10 years before putting her talents and energy into revitalizing the Rafael Theater in San Rafael. Ann’s business talents and community contributions have made a significant impact on the business climate of San Rafael over the past 50+ years.
State of the City Awards Dinner
Annual event, also known as "Taste of San Rafael" with the City of San Rafael, with a "State of City" address by Mayor Gary Phillips and an awards ceremony to celebrate Citizen of the Year, Employee of the Year, and the Small and Large Businesses of the Year and Green Business of the Year. The Taste of San Rafael will include samples of culinary creations by Chamber member restaurants and caterers. Cocktails are served, along with dinner and program. Cocktails are served at a no-host bar along with dinner and program. Wine and food are both included in the event ticket price. Winners will be announced at the event on Thursday, March 19th at the Peacock Gap Clubhouse, 5:30-9:00pm.
The State of the City brings 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 provides 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 you’ll hear firsthand, the key issues important to San Rafael and Marin County businesses from Mayor Gary Phillips.
At the State of the City Event you will:
· Have access to 400+ local, top San Rafael business leaders and key elected officials from all parts of Marin County
· Meet new people and make connections while networking with other Chamber members and San Rafael residents
· Dine Around Marin in just one place by sampling food from local Chamber restaurants and caterers
Become a knowledgeable and well-connected member of the San Rafael community!
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.
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 2015:
- Best New Member Table: Perfect Timing Personnel Services
- Most Sustainable Booth: Green Lynx
- Best Booth Overall: Bank of Marin
- Enjoy San Rafael: 32 Ten Studios
- Diamond Sparklers: Bill Fort
- Sprouts Basket: Pacific Gas & Electric
- CFI Membership: Randy Gordon
- Sausalito: Greg Keller
- Novato: Alta Cuisine
- Door Prize #1: HL Commercial Real Estate
- Door Prize #2: Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Passport Drawing: Kimberly Tilton
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 Mixer Schedule for 2015 here
HEAR WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING-
“It’s been a great resource for us to participate in the Chamber’s Showcase, as it affords us the opportunity to meet people who may be a source of support for those we serve. Plus, our exhibit is seen by Marin County businesses and individuals so they can learn about the value of what we offer the community.”
Lauren Kitchen-Visiting Angels Home Care
“The Business Showcase is an opportunity to spread the word about your business! Since my business is a food item, we hand out samples, so people can taste and see the quality of our cakes. I value the friendliness of the Chamber members and I enjoy meeting the great community of business owners and residents.”
Nick Puliz-Nothing Bundt Cakes
“We support community events and like to share who we are with local businesses and Marin residents. We have participated every year and this event always gives us great pleasure. Thank you to the San Rafael Chamber for putting on such a fine event!”
Barbara Jones- Marin Builders Association