BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION
& MARKETING OF YOUR BUSINESS:
- Business categorical listing on Chamber website, www.sausalito.org, with direct link to your web site. 25,000 visitors to www.sausalito.org per month.
- Business category and alpha listing in Chamber Guide and Directory. Directory mailed annually to 6,000 households, and 1,000 businesses in Sausalito.
- Brochure & Business Card Display opportunities at the chamber office
- Opportunity to be listed on the Sausalito Visitor’s Map. 100,000 maps are distributed annually to tourists through the Sausalito Visitor’s Center, and concierge staff at major San Francisco and Bay Area hotels.
- Opportunities for cooperative advertising, event sponsorship. Events include the annual Concierge Tour, the Gingerbread House Tour, 12 Days of Christmas and many other visitor promotional programs.
- Opportunities for Visitor Kiosk Sponsorship at the downtown ferry landing.
Professional events at which you can expand your network of business referral contacts:
- Monthly Biz X (Business Exchange) Meetings
- Monthly Mixers
- Weekly B2B e-newsletters
- Special Committee Meetings and Forums
- Community Events & Activities
- Professional Development and Educational programs & events
- Ribbon Cuttings & Promotion
GOVERNMENT & COMMUNITY REPRESENTATION:
Through the Business Advisory Council, Business Economic Development and other committee participation, chamber board members and staff meet monthly with City staff, elected officials and key opinion leaders. This collective voice participation allows increased access to address issues affecting maintenance and promotion of your business, on a city, state, and national level.
MEMBER TO MEMBER DISCOUNTS:
We encourage our members to ReMember to eat, drink, shop and do business with fellow Chamber members. Take advantage of the many Member to Member discounts and your membership can pay itself in a matter of months. See enclosed a list of discounts currently being offered by Chamber members.
ACTION COMMITTEES & COMMUNITY FOCUS GROUPS:
Members can participate in groups which best strengthen their business: Business Economic Development, Hospitality, Education and Training, Membership, and Special Events.
Each year, there are many annual, special events in which to celebrate and participate. The Chamber sponsors and co-sponsors, the following: Artists Open Studios, Caledonia Street Faire, Celebrate Sausalito Chili Cook-Off, Gingerbread House Tour, Jazz by the Bay, Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito Film Series, 12 Days of Christmas and Winterfest.
HIGH RETURN FOR LOW INVESTMENT!
(For as little as 64 cents per day, you can become a Chamber business member)
I owe a great deal of my business success to the Sausalito Chamber. I am not exaggerating when I say that I would probably not be in business if it weren't for the Chamber. I joined in 1994 and over the years I have calculated (being the good CPA, of course) that up to 35% of my clients as well as 35% of my revenue has come from Chamber members and/or referrals from those great clients. The business did not come through advertising, but through networking and actively supporting the Chamber through volunteering on committees and on the Board. I've also poured my share of wine and participated in many fun Chamber functions. As a result, I have met many wonderful people who have become great friends if not clients.
- Cathy Stierhoff
I have enjoyed being an active member of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce for nearly 20 years. We have renewed again this year as it has been good for buisness and for doing buisness with other members. Word of mouth is the best advertizing and providing excellent chiropractic and massage services has been great for everyone involved. I try to use local services with local members whenever possible.
- Eva Dahl
Gene Hiller Menswear has been a member of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce for 35 years. Our current Chamber has been the most productive in most difficult times. The Chamber's ability to network Businesses and City officals has been priceless.
- Tom Gangitano, VP Gene Hiller Inc.
I want to thank you for encouraging me to join the Chamber of Commerce. After coming back to manage the gallery that Scott and I have owned in Sausalito for over twenty-five years, joining the Chamber of Commerce was the best thing I could have done for our business.
Today, I went to my first Bix X meeting, I was so impressed with the group. Their professionalism and the willingness to assist each other was refreshing. Already I feel so much more a part of this community and the interesting mix of people that make our city so special.
On a personal note, I have found Oonagh to be a dynamic, engaging and a passionate leader for our Chamber. I look forward to being part of the business community and contributing in any way I can.
Nautilus of Marin Health Club has been a member of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce for years. Dollar for dollar it is the most effective means we have to market our business. The contacts and networking opportunities have been invaluable. Plus, the Chamber acts a strong voice for the business community in all local/government related issues. I canít imagine not being a part of the Sausalito Chamber!î
- Jim Zayac, Regional Manager at Nautilus of Marin
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I work with the Chamber to build my business network?
Your Chamber membership is similar to a gym membership. The more you attend and participate in the activities, the more you will gain and achieve. The goal of all Chamber programs is to provide the opportunity to make new contacts, and strengthen the relationships you have.
2. Who are Chamber members?
The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce has a membership of approximately 345 members, representing a wide variety of businesses related to services, hospitality, dining, shopping, lodging, attractions, transportation, and consultants.
3. If my company is a Chamber member, am I a member as well?
Yes, when your company is a member, all the employees have full access to Chamber events, programs, and activities. There are some exceptions to this rule so please feel free to contact Yolanda Finstaad at 415-331-7262 Ext. 10 if you need further clarification.
4. How do I join a committee?
The Chamber’s various committees (Biz-X, Membership, Mixer committee) create the content and activities of their respective program. You can contribute as a member, or depending upon your level of expertise and experience, as a committee chair. For more information, call Oonagh Kavanagh, Chamber CEO at 415-331-7262 Ext 12.
5. How do I figure out which meetings I should attend?
You are welcome at all of them. Mixers tend to be more for social and business networking. Biz X hosts a set agenda, involving Chamber, City, and Community representatives, and we are currently developing a series of bi-monthly educational programs and lectures.
PARTICIPATE & PROMOTE
Make a Difference in Your Business & Your Community!
The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce runs over 30 events and programs every year and coordinates 10 different organizational Committees. We are always in need of volunteers to help us organize successful and fun events and to keep our Committees energized and effective.
Volunteering is a great way to meet and get to know your fellow residents and business people AND to help support and promote our great Sausalito community. Make a Difference today!
TO SIGN UP or to find out more information about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Oonagh Kavanagh, CEO Chamber of Commerce by phone at 331-7262 ext 12 or email Oonagh@sausalito.org
2014 EVENTS, PROGRAMS & COMMITTEES
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS & PROGRAMS in date order
> Mixers 3rd Thursday of every month, Jan-Dec
Chairs: Chris Gallagher, Joseph Smith & Lisa Theodoratus
> Biz Ed, Business Education Seminars Wed. Feb. 19, Apr. 23, Jun. 18 & Oct. 15
Chair: Dolores Cordell
> Concierge Tour Tuesday, May 6
Chairs: Marina O’Neill, Aaron Singer & Lisa Scopazzi
> Sausalito Film Festival Sat. May 31
Chairs: Oonagh Kavanagh & Cheryl Popp
> Chamber Food Booth at Jazz by the Bay, Fri. July 25
Chairs: Oonagh Kavanagh & Jeff Scharosch
> Chamber Food Booth at Sausalito Art Festival Sat. Aug. 30 – Mon. Sept. 1
Chairs: Oonagh Kavanagh, Cathy Stierhoff, Lisa Scopazzi & Joseph Smith
> Celebrate Sausalito Friday, Oct. 24
Chairs: Oonagh Kavanagh & Jeff Scharosch
> Halloween Friday, Oct. 31
Volunteers: Oonagh Kavanagh & Jeff Scharosch
> Gingerbread House Tour Dec. 1-31
Chairs: Yolanda Finstad & Oonagh Kavanagh
> Sausalito 3rd Annual Winterfest Fri. Dec. 12- Sun. Dec. 14
Chairs: Jeff Scharosch & Merv Regan
> Lighted Boat Parade Sat. Dec. 13
Chair: Merv Regan
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE COMMITTEES & MEETINGS
in alphabetical order
> BAC Business Advisory & Economic Development
Committee: Tom Gangitano, Cheryl Popp, Paul Dines & Jeff Scharosch
> Biz X (Business Information Exchange) Meetings
Chairs: Sally Calef, Deborah Royston & Susan Roe
> Caledonia Street Merchants Meetings
Chairs: Elizabeth Nebot, Yoshi Tome & Oonagh Kavanagh
> Hospitality Business Development
Sausalito Chamber Representatives: Christopher Holbrook, Oonagh Kavanagh & Jeff Scharosch
> Marin Economic Forum
Sausalito Chamber Representatives: Jeff Scharosch & Oonagh Kavanagh
> Marketing Website & PR
Chairs: Kim Huff, Marina O’Neill, Oonagh Kavanagh & Cheryl Popp
> Membership & Business Education
Chairs: Lisa Scopazzi & Jeanette Alford
Committee: Dolores Cordell, Sandra Esposito, Yolanda Finstad, Chris Gallagher, Oonagh
Kavanagh, Joseph Smith & Marjorie Thomas
> Nominating Committee
Committee: Ann Arnott, Sally Calef, Chris Gallagher & Cathy Stierhoff
> Non-Profit Focus Group Meetings
Chair: Kim Huff
> Resident Focus Group Meetings
Chairs: Kim Huff & Oonagh Kavanagh
Events & Networking
The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce offers many opportunities for members to meet, network and socialize.
Monthly Biz X Meetings:
Biz X is an abbreviation for “Business Information Exchange”. Biz X Meetings are hled on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 8:30-10:00am.
Biz X is a monthly business meeting where Chamber members, the Chamber President and CEO, the City Manager and representatives from the Chamber Board of Directors and City Council meet to discuss current business issues and to promote upcoming events and programs.
The Biz X Committee set the Agenda of topics to be presented and discussed, one week in advance of the meeting and the Agenda is emailed our to members via our B2B enewsletter, on the Friday prior to the meeting. If you would like to have a particular topic discussed at the meeting, please contact the Chamber at 331-7262 or email Chamber@sausalito.org two weeks prior the meeting.
Chamber Mixers are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, from 5:30-7:30pm. Mixers are an opportunity for both Chamber and non-Chamber members to meet and network, in an informal setting.
The locations of the Biz X Meeting and the Mixers vary each month. Hosting a Biz X Meeting or a Mixer is a great opportunity to showcase you business. We have already scheduled our locations for 2013 but if you are interested in being a host in 2014, please contact the Chamber at 331-7262 or email Chamber@sausalito.org.
Sausalito is proud to host a wide range of special events and activities, year-round, for old and young alike.
One of the most important events held every year is the Sausalito Art Festival which attracts thousands of people to Sausalito over Labor Day weekend. The Sausalito Chamber runs a food booth at the Sausalito Art Festival, along with many of the other non-profit organizations in Sausalito. We encourage Chamber members to volunteer to work at the food booth as it is a great opportunity to meet other Chamber members and business people as well as local residents and visitors to town.
No matter what the season, Sausalito offers a full calendar of festive street fairs and parades, as well as outdoor concerts and special events on the waterfront. Such events include: The Hotel Concierge Tour in Spring, Jazz by the Bay in Gabrielson Park in Summer, Chili Cook Off and Celebrate Sausalito in Fall and the Gingerbread House in Winter. There truly is something for everyone year round.
For more detail on these events and many more, CLICK HERE to link to our Events calendar
Small Group Forums & Meetings:
The Sausalito Chamber also organizes small group forums for specific sectors of the business and resident community. Some of small group forums we host, include the Sausalito Resident Focus Group, Women in Business and the Caledonia Merchants.
If you are interested in joining one of these small groups or if would like to set up a small group forum, please contact Oonagh Kavanagh, CEO at 331-7262 ext 12 or email Oonagh@sausalito.org
Sausalito Chamber of Commerce
Business Education Program
The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce believes in the importance of continuing business education and our Membership Committee has together a series of Educational seminars over the past 3 years.
These seminars are free and are open to Chamber members, as well as non-Chamber members at a minimum cost. Seminars are held at the Bay Model Visitor Center at 2100 Bridgeway, from 8:15 – 9:30am. Coffee and pastries are served.
If you would like to attend one of these seminars or if have any suggestions for future educational seminars, please call the Chamber at 415-331-7262 x 10 or email Chamber@sausalito.org