Local, National, International Promotion & Marketing of Your Business
- Business categorical listing on the Chamber website, www.sausalito.org, with a 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
- Job Postings & Hot Deals visibility on the Chamber website
- Brochure & Business Card Display opportunities at the chamber office
- Opportunity to be listed on the Sausalito Visitor’s Map. 150,000 maps are distributed annually to tourists through the Sausalito Visitor’s Center, and concierge staff at major San Francisco and Bay Area hotels
- Map advertisers are listed on our Downtown Landing Page for Visitors and Resident with complimentary wifi
- Opportunities for Visitor Kiosk Sponsorship at the downtown Ferry Landing
- Brochure & Business Card Display opportunities at the downtown Ferry Landing
- Cooperative advertising, event sponsorship. Events include the annual Concierge Tour, the Gingerbread House Tour, 12+ Days of Christmas (Holidays in Sausalito) and many other visitor and local promotional programs throughout the year
- Affinity Programs available for Chamber Members (please contact the Chamber to obtain these services)
- Office Services - Copies, Fax Service, Certificate of Orgin, Office Space
- Office Depot Savings Program
Professional events at which you can expand your network of business referral contacts:
- Monthly Business Exchange Meetings
- Monthly Networking Mixers
- Weekly B2B e-newsletters
- Social Media exposure
- Ribbon Cuttings & Promotion opportunities for New Businesses
- Special Committee Meetings & Forums
- Community Events & Activities
- Professional Development, Educational Programs & Events
- Business Affinity Programs
GOVERNMENT & COMMUNITY REPRESENTATION
Through the Business Advisory Council, Hospitality Business Development Committee, 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 support fellow businesses by eating, drinking, shopping 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. Watch b2b and the Chamber website for discounts currently being offered.
ACTION COMMITTEES & COMMUNITY FOCUS GROUPS
Members can participate in groups which best strengthen their business: Business Economic Development, Hospitality Business Development Committee, 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, Celebrate Sausalito, Chili Cook-Off, Gingerbread House Tour, Jazz by the Bay, Sausalito ArtWalk, Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito Film Series, 12 Days of Christmas (Holidays in Sausalito) and Winterfest.
Dates are always changing and new events and programs are being added.
For an up to date Calendar of Events, please visit our Chamber Calendar.
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 over 300 members, representing a wide variety of businesses related to services, hospitality, dining, shopping, lodging, attractions, transportation, and consultants. Explore our Business Directory
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 Ashley White at 415-331-7262 Ext. 10 if you need further clarification.
4. How do I Join a Committee?
The Chamber’s various committees (Business Exchange, Membership, Mixer) 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, Ashley White at 415-331-7262 Ext. 10
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. Business Exchange hosts a set agenda involving Chamber, City and Community representatives, and we have educational programs and lectures as topics arise.
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 Business Exchange 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 the chamber to be a dynamic, engaging and a passionate leader for our business community. I look forward to being part of the business community and contributing in any way I can.
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 the Chamber of Commerce by phone at 415-331-7262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Business Exchange Forum
Business Exchange Forum is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 8:15-9:30am. The locations of the forums vary each month. Check our Event Calendar for set meeting locations.
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. Hosting a Business Exchange Meeting or a Mixer is a great opportunity to showcase you business.
The Business Exchange Committee sets the Agenda of topics to be presented and discussed, one week in advance of the meeting. Agendas are emailed our to members 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 415-331-7262 or email email@example.com at least 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 Mixers vary each month. Check our Event Calendar for set meeting locations. Hosting a Mixer is a great opportunity to showcase you business. We have already scheduled our locations for the upcoming year, but if you are interested in being a host, please contact the Chamber at 415-331-7262 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 the Fall and the Gingerbread House in the Winter. There truly is something for everyone year round.
For more details on these events and many more, visit 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, the Caledonia Merchants and the Home Based Business Forum.
If you are interested in joining one of these small groups or if would like to set up a small group forum, please contact Ashley White at 415-331-7262 Ext. 10 or email email@example.com.
All our events and Chamber activities need a group of organized people to generate enthusiasm and keep activities fresh. By joining a committee you will meet new people, have the opportunity to promote your business and get involved for a great cause!
> Ambassador (Member Mentoring) Committee
Chair: Lisa Scopazzi
> BAC (Business Advisory) Committee
Chamber Representatives: Christopher Holbrook, &
> Business Exchange Meetings (2nd Tuesday of every month)
Chairs: Kim Huff, Lisa Scopazzi & Katya Wittenstein
> Caledonia Street Merchants Meetings
Chairs: Yoshi Tome & Jill Giordano
> Hospitality Business Development Committee
Chamber Representatives: Jeff Scharosch
> Marin Economic Forum
Chamber Representatives: Jeff Scharosch
> Marketing & PR
Chairs: Kim Huff, Adam Driver, Jill Giordano, Christopher Hollbrook, Peter Van Meter,
Ashley White & Pam Wycliffe
> Membership and Business Education Committee
Chairs: Lisa Scopazzi & Jill Giordano
Committee: Bridget Edwards, Chris Grimm & Ashley White
> Nominating Committee (meets as needed)
Chair: Lisa Scopazzi
Committee: Chris Gallagher, Kim Huff & Aness Pogni
> Public Affairs Committee
Committee: Kim Huff, Lisa Scopazzi, Jeff Scharosch, Aaron Singer & Peter Van Meter
> Website Committee
Chairs: Kim Huff, Ashley White & Pam Wycliffe
Dates are always changing! For an up to date
Calendar of Events visit our Chamber Calendar
> Celebrate Sausalito Awards Gala (date TBA)
Chairs: Chamber Staff & Jeff Scharosch
> Chamber Food Booth at Sausalito Art Festival
(Sat-Mon, Labor Day Weekend)
Chairs: Jeff Scharosch & Ashley White
> Concierge & Destination Management Companies “Fam” Tour (date TBA)
Chair: Christopher Holbrook, Jeff Scharosch & Lisa Scopazzi
> Gingerbread House Tour (Dec 1-31)
Chairs: CJ Spady & Kate Rose
> Mixers (3rd Thursday of every month)
Chairs: Chris Gallagher
> Sausalito Film Series (date TBA)
Chairs: Ashley White Cheryl Popp & Cathy Stierhoff
> Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade & Winterfest (Friday Dec 7- Sunday Dec 9)
Chairs: Jeff Scharosch & Merv Regan
> Young Professionals
Why Join the Sausalito Chamber?
The Real Value of Joining a Local Chamber of Commerce
The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based market research firm, found positive attitudes among adults in 2012 have actually increased over the very favorable findings of the first study in 2007.
Advocates of chambers of commerce have long believed that when a company is active in its local chamber, it is doing the right thing not only for the community but for its own success as well. This project, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives a a replication of its 2007 study of the same name, is designed to determine the real value to companies in terms of consumer outcomes of joining and being active in their local chamber of commerce. Read the summary