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Signature Events

The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce provides members with over 15 different networking opportunites to connect at signature events, mixers and workshops all year:

Excellence in Education Recognitions held at the May Mixer

2014 Excellence in Education Winners and select Chamber members

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.


Business Showcase

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Don't miss the 27th annual San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase in September 2015!  It 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.


New Teacher Welcome held at the October Mixer

New Teacher Welcome October Mixer at Toyota Marin Certified San Rafael Chamber

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.


Forecasting the Future

The 11th Annual Forecasting the Future Economic Conference was held at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael and featured esteemed keynote and panel speakers discussing local, regional and global trends and issues that impact business in Marin County. 

Due to Marin's push to attract more Life Sciences businesses and employment to the region, our speakers provided a snapshot of the Bay Area and Life Sciences as they exist currently, trends in the industry and the possible challenges in the future. Additionally, we invited Superintendent Mary Jane Burke to discuss the Marin Career Pathways Grant, how it will aid in workforce development in the future and how this change impacts our children moving forward.


Check out the Speakers' Powerpoint Presentations:

Dr. Robert Eyler, CEO Marin Economic Forum
Gail Maderis, President & CEO BayBio
Larry Gerrans, President & CEO Sanovas


Women of Industry

2014 Women of Industry Honoree Ann Brebner

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 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

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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!


"Business After 5" Networking Mixers

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 Hosted by a Chamber Member on the second Wednesday of each month, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, during every month of the year except month of Business Showcase.  Admission is complimentary for members.  Prospective members are encouraged to contact the Chamber to be placed on Guest List.  $20 for all other Non-Members.

Interested in Hosting a mixer? Click here for more information and click here for an application.

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 Angles 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