When I was in the advertising business I attended Chamber of Commerce Sundowner’s. They were monthly cocktail mixers for networking with other business owners. Today I went to an orientation meeting for the Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, along with 30 or so other business owners and execs who were introduced to how the Chamber can help promote our business and how they work to improve San Francisco’s business community and support job development.
The meeting was held in spacious conference room of the Chamber on the 12th floor in the Lusk Building at 235 Montgomery Street in the financial district. Attendees included Zipcar, two professional business consultant Coach’s, a construction manager looking for job connections, the LGBT friendly paper-The Bay Area Reporter, The San Francisco Business Times, Orange-Events Photographers, a social media marketing expert from Fanpage Direct, a financial planner and A52 signs among about 25 more local business owners and entrepeneurs.
Some attendees had been in business for just a few months, others new to San Francisco and all looking for support from the local business community. one group, www.PrepareUsToday.com is a disaster Preparedness company providing readymade packages for sale along with a lifetime refill program to individuals and business. I’m a huge proponent of hyperlocal marketing. Getting to know who provides our services and goods on a personal level. These are the people that drive our economy and community development.
We were able to meet and greet after and network. The chamber provided us with a copy of all of the business cards for the attendees…a nice perk! They too offer monthly mixers, an ambassadorship program for volunteers, a Wednesday job meet-up at the Chamber, providing free advice to job seekers, and a wall of members marketing materials made available to the public in their reception area. I’ve only tapped the surface of what promises to be a mutually positive and beneficial relationship with San Francisco’s business community. Look for info about the wonderful business people I meet and what they have to offer on this blog and in the Local Vendor Reccommendations category on my blog!
While I promote my service as a luxury Realtor, I’m also provided with new contacts to pass along to my clients to make their homes, business’ and lives richer.