SFMade Blog

Celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 3rd

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 | No Comments

Join the rest of the country and celebrate our U.S. manufacturers by attending an event hosted by an SFMade member company on National Manufacturing Day. In true SF style, there are a range of factories—from chocolate makers to 3D printers—opening their doors including: Blackbird Guitars Poco Dolce DODOcase Moddler DNA... [ READ MORE ]

September News: The New Factory on the Block, Fun with IG and More

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

  SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs Strategic Planning Workshop Today In this workshop we will offer an overview of the strategic planning process to help you establish objectives, goals, and strategies to help maximize profitability and set your company's direction.How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel & Sewn Products Thursday, September... [ READ MORE ]
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Company Spotlight: MiraVos Jewelry

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | No Comments

In 2007 Roxanne Goodfellow bought a bracelet in Buenos Aires, its design specifically modeled after the Recoleta neighborhood, the hub of the city's aristocracy, french architecture and the famous Recoleta cemetery. Every time she received a compliment on the bracelet, she talked about the neighborhood. Roxanne had been working in... [ READ MORE ]

Save Time and Make a Job Description Count

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | No Comments

Remember these four points when writing a job description and you'll get better applications hitting your inbox pronto. 1. Keep duties and requirements separate. There should be two distinct parts of your job description: skills and experience required and a separate description of the actual duties. 2. State a salary... [ READ MORE ]
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How To Use The SFMade Brand: Spotlight on McVicker Pickles

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | No Comments

What They're Making: Pickled veggies, mustards, and the like. How They Use the SFMade Brand: Walk into Pig and Pie, where Kelly makes her products, and you'll see a beautiful display shelf with dill pickles, spicy dilly green beans, and the SFMade logo front and center. Hint: Her products can... [ READ MORE ]
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Four Things You Should Know When Planning to Open a Retail Space

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | No Comments

There's a lot you'll need to know before you open a retail space, but for brevity's sake we compiled some of the key lessons learned by Jonathan Plotzker of Heliotrope while opening his new space on Valencia and 15th Street. It's a joint venture, featuring home furnishings and accessories for human and animal... [ READ MORE ]

Instagram Takeover Week: Companies

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 | No Comments

Our first Instagram takeover week is next week, and we are excited to introduce our participating companies! From September 15th - 19th each day one of the companies will take over our Instagram to show us how their product is made. Make sure to join us and follow our Instagram throughout the week. #sfmadetakeover... [ READ MORE ]
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3rd Annual State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | No Comments

WHAT? SFMade’s Third Annual State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast is a limited-capacity, high-level event that offers a fantastic opportunity to visibly demonstrate your support of our efforts and to learn about new opportunities and deals arising in the rapidly growing local manufacturing sector. SFMade, in partnership with Mayor Lee and... [ READ MORE ]

The Monthly Goods: Austin Press

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Product We Love: Some of the prettiest letterpress we've seen is done right here in San Francisco, and Austin Press has been printing away in her lovely Pier 70 studio for ten years. We think these letterpress Thank You cards with gold foil are perfect for anyone, and we're not... [ READ MORE ]
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SF’s New Gluten-Free Kitchen from Leadbetter’s Bake Shop

Posted by Ferron Salniker | Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Last time we wrote a story on Jamieson Leadbetter he was just getting his English muffin business off the ground. Jamieson comes from a long-line of bakers and entrepreneurs, starting with Nancy Leadbetter, who opened the first Leadbetter's Bakery in Portland, Maine in 1931. A few years ago Jamieson decided... [ READ MORE ]