Saylor's Restaurant & Bar - September Business Exchange Forum
Many thanks to Sean and Sonja Saylor for hosting the September Business Exchange featuring Emily Washcovick and Kevin Blum from YELP.
This was a fascinating presentation on all the free tools that YELP provides to business owners. While YELP is often seen by some as only a place for "reviewers" to complain there are many features that are so positive for businesses. Emily walked through how to claim your page and set up your business on YELP which aids people in finding your business, reading reviews and promoting it! Be sure to claim your business page on YELP!
Firehouse Coffees & Teas - August Business ExchangeThanks to all who attended the Business Exchange! Paul Anderson from the Sausalito Art Festival spoke of the colorful history of the upcoming 65th Annual Sausalito Art Festival this Labor Day weekend. We learned about the new and exciting updates to the Festival (think: no brand name sodas, Moscow Mules taking center stage AND Irish Coffees from the Buena Vista!). We discussed--Chamber Food Booth volunteers are needed, and how to sign up for volunteer slots during weekend. We welcomed New Chamber Member Jean Schwarz of Lumina Financial!Jill and David spoke about the new exciting Visit Sausalito Landing Page downtown for visitors, and we enjoyed hearing member event updates in the back patio of Firehouse Coffees & Teas. Thanks, DJ and staff for hosting us!Check out our NEW Visit Sausalito Landing Page!
Created for visitors to easily access at the Sausalito Kiosk and when traveling, www.visitsausalito.org is our new one stop shop for visitor information!
Click the photo below to check out the new website, and email David@sausalito.org with any inquiries.
Studio 333 - July Business Exchange ForumMany thanks to Christopher Holbrook of Studio 333 for hosting our morning meeting and Driver’s Market for providing coffee and bagels. Christopher filled us in on what’s happening with Studio 333 and their services and activities. In addition to collaborative space, there is also a private office vacancy, so if you’re looking for a unique location to work be sure to contact Christopher.This morning we had a great turnout of members from all different member categories who were able to catch a glimpse into the backside of SEO, Online Marketing/Integration from our guest speaker Max Mashore, SF Chronicle/SF Gate. This all ties together with the Chambers new downtown Sausalito Landing Page created by SF Chronicle/SF Gate that greets visitors (B2C) who seek wifi once they are at the Kiosk. It’s very exciting! Businesses who are interested in expanding their web reach may want to contact Max to discuss how SF Gate can help. Max will be sending a recap of services they offer that we will send out to our members. Max Mayshore can be reached at 202-714-4177 or MMashore@sfchronicle.com.David Archer brought us up to date on map advertising which is due this week, as well as the new soon to be released Chamber Landing Page which works in conjunction with our existing Chamber website. This new page in its launch will include all map listing advertisers which will be a fantastic link for visitors once in town. In addition to the Landing Page’s great user interface, the backside is almost more exciting for our members. We are currently capturing unique contact information and demographics on our visitors—more info to come on this next month. In the meantime please be sure to get your map advertising listing in this week to Ashley White.Tying the current Chamber webpage and the Landing Page together gives Sausalito a larger social reach. David mentioned members have an advantage in social ranking due to their affiliation with our high ranking website. Kim Huff mentioned that the Chamber is currently auditing our current member listings and updating keyword and social media links as a service to our members — and members are encouraged to log in to their member profile and do their own updating regularly. Keeping your page updated helps in keeping your social and SEO reach current and invigorated. If you have questions on how to log in and make changes, please contact Ashley White.New member Susan Sternau of Susan Sternau Gallery was welcomed as a new member. Susan a 16 year resident has a gallery on Napa Street and is currently involved in the 2nd Wednesday Artwork. She is working in collaboration with Casa Madrona and TG Travel Group providing painting workshops.Jill Giordano made announcements about the upcoming 2nd Wednesday Artwalk and need for more locations! We have more artists that want to be involved but need more members in the Caledonia corridor to host, as well as the need for members to get involved in committees which serve as a conduit for members to get further involved in areas of interest, it’s also a great way to meet fellow business members and network. She also invited everyone to come and stop by her table at Jazz and Blues by the Bay any Friday this summer to socialize. Please contact Jill or David to participate in upcoming events and committees.Multiple announcements about the Countywide Networking Mixer at Bay Club StoneTree next week as well as the Sarky Square Mixer hosted by Katya, Marco Art of Hair and Sausalito Stationery the following week, multiple events are being held at the Book Passage by the Bay and a 3 year anniversary party at Madrigal Family Winery downtown. Lastly Chris Gallagher mentioned that the Flynn Creek Circus has come to town (Marinship Park, Thursday – Sunday)Looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2nd Wednesday Artwalk!
Sausalito Cruising Club - June Business Exchange ForumNew Members Carolyn and Chad Carvey of The Principal Auctioneer were welcomed at the Sausalito Cruising Club this morning during our June business exchange.Jim Swindler of Golden Gate Ferry discussed the upcoming Sausalito ferry landing project and congratulated the collaborative efforts of Sausalito Bike Return, Sausalito Plus and the Chamber Kiosk as well as bike queuing staff in the steps towards making the downtown ferry landing less congested and more successful.David Archer discussed the new Fun Band and encouraged Chamber Member's who would like to participate to send him an email. Coffee was provided by Firehouse Coffee & Tea, a new cafe opened on the corner of Bridgeway and Johnson St.We look forward to seeing you all at the Caledonia Art Walk this week and the Chamber Mixer this Thursday night!Head here for all community events.
Sushi Ran -
May Business Exchange ForumMany thanks to all our members for taking the time to attend the Business Exchange Forum hosted by Yoshi Tome. We were treated to a lovely traditional Japanese breakfast courtesy of Sushi Ran--and a great meeting.Community Development Director, Danny Castro gave an outstanding update regarding the General Plan. There are many ways the Chamber and it's members can get involved in the future of our city. Please see the link to the pdf of the presentation from this morning. Pages 12 and 13 are specifically designed for members of the chamber (Task 4 and 5). If you are interested in serving on the GP Task Force, the city is accepting applications until May 17. Visit the General Plan website for details.Mayor, Ray Withy gave us an informative update from City Hall. The items of focus were about the Resignation of City Councilman, Herb Weiner, the Anchor Out issues facing Sausalito as well as the exit from the Richardson Bay Regional Agency, the ongoing litigation with the Golden Gate Ferry over the Ferry Landing and the Downtown Congestion. Considering the mayor only had 15 minutes to discuss these items, we were pleased to have the updates.First , City Council is hoping to make an appointment of a new council member as soon as possible. It is a tremendous loss to have had one of our esteemed councilmen decide to step down before his term has ended. Herb Weiner has been a huge asset in helping the downtown congestion during peak visitor season, in addition to many other roles he has played in supporting our city. Applications are due no later than May 17. For more information on the process, please click here.Second, the City is tremendously concerned about the criminal aspect related to many of the boats anchored out in the Richardson Bay (Anchor Out's). This problem has nothing to do with houseboats and live-aboards in the marinas. The City of Sausalito has been faced with fighting a multitude of crimes and derelict boats anchored out.The City of Sausalito has decided to pull out of the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency (RBRA). Keep an eye open for updates from the City through the Chamber and the Sausalito Currents (subscribe here).Third, the ongoing litigation with Golden Gate Ferry (see more info here). City Council and Staff are hoping to find a time to come together with Ferry officials to come to an agreement that both sides are happy with.Lastly, Congestion related to the number of bikes being parked downtown. Mayor Withy is thrilled that the new Sausalito Bike Return program is having a positive effect in removing bikes efficiently, but we still have a long way to go. They are hoping by Fall to have a plan for improved downtown congestion. This will take the cooperation of the City of Sausalito and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as bike rentals companies and downtown businesses. Stay tuned for more information.New Members Carol Ann Flint, FCR's Managing Director of Commercial Sales & Leasing, Michael Witt, Owner of Anytime Fitness and Jeff Battis, Book Passage By the Bay were presented their business plaques. Welcome!Updates from President & CEO, David Archer regarding the new Landing Page and free Internet for Visitors and Businesses downtown, Downtown Promotions, Kiosk Staffing were presented.Board Chairwoman, Jill Giordano brought the attendees up to date about the 2nd Wednesday Artwalk, Caledonia Street Committee plans, Regional Committee's needs and more.All in all this was an outstanding meeting and we hope more business owners and reps will attend the June 13th Meeting.Please watch for details--you don't want to be left out of the loop in the future!
Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center - April Business Exchange Forum
Many thanks to all our members who came to the Business Exchange Meeting this month. Our meeting was hosted by Janis Bosenko, President of the Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center.
An informative session was held on the Bike and Ferry plans in progress for our upcoming busy Spring and Summer season. TRAFFIC SAFETY is our main focus for our visitors who come by bicycle and ferry, as well as our residents who are affected during peak season. Great plans, cooperation and teamwork are in progress with Sausalito Police Department, Golden Gate Ferry, Sausalito Plus, Sausalito Bike Return and of course the Chamber of Commerce. We were pleased to have Chief Rohrbacher, Collette Martinez and Lisa Scopazzi all give updates on how they are working together. We hope to have a representative from Sausalito Plus and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition speak next month.Our President & CEO David Archer brought us up to date on all the activities and events happening in Sausalito as well as all the behind the scenes activities and Board Chairwoman Jill Giordano explained how all the committees have been updated and revamped, as well as the need for non-board members to get involved with the Chamber committees. Our organization is stronger together when we all work as one.We also had the pleasure of introducing several new members: Michael Witt, Anytime Fitness; Chad and Carolyn Carvey: The Principal Auctioneer; Carol Ann Flint: FCR Commercial Sales & Leasing, Linda Mazzuchi, Global Real Estate Advisor with Engel & Völkers and Christina Lopez, Sotheby's International Realty.We look forward to seeing you all at the May meeting to be held at Sushi Ran. RSVP today!
Monthly Business Exchange
Business Exchange Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 8:15-9:30am
Business Exchange is a monthly business meeting where Chamber members, the Chamber Chair 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 Business Exchange 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.