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.