February Newsletter





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Upcoming Programs

SFMade Orientation
Tuesday, March 12th
Come learn what we do and how we help manufacturers to succeed.

How to Manufacture Locally
Tuesday, March 19th
If you're planning to produce a local product, this session is for you.

An Apparel Factory Tour
Wednesday, March 20th
A unique opportunity to see a sewing factory in action!

How to Manufactuure Locally for Sewn Products
Tuesday, March 26th
If you're planning to produce sewn apparel or accessories, this session is for you.

Women in Manufacturing
Thursday, March 28th
This popular panel returns with three new female leaders in the industry. 

 

 
 
 
UPDates and member events

Logo Usage Guide for SFMade Members
Hey SFMade members, it's easy to rep the SFMade brand! Check out our handy guide, which includes an order form for free SFMade stickers, table tents, and other collateral. 

Invitation to Apply: SFMade Consumer Products Guide
Due to popular demand, SFMade has launched the SFMade Consumer Products Guide, a new tool to help retailers, organizations, and corporations source and purchase SFMade consumer products. SFMade members are encouraged to learn more and apply here.

 

Open Jobs with SFMade Members

Guitar Production Technician

Customer Service Superstar

Coffee Bar Manager

More here…

SFMade Job Board
SFMade members can post a job on SFMade's Job Board, and we'll help you screen for qualified candidates too! Email job descriptions to ferron@sfmade.org.

 

SFMade in the News
Made in San Francisco: SFMade represents city of makers, Smart Planet

California nonprofit helps manufacturers stay local, Apparel News

Save The Date: "Ramp It Up! Making it Real" is on May 8th

It's our favorite time of year again! On Wednesday, May 8th, SFMade will host its fourth annual Ramp it Up! event- San Francisco’s largest and most dynamic celebration of the manufacturing sector and its contribution to the economic vitality and diversity of the City. We expect over 500 local manufacturers, business leaders and community steak holders to attend the event- hosted at the spectacular new Heath Ceramics factory in the Northeast Mission. Tickets available here.

Ramp It Up! is part of SFMade Week 2013, seven days of education, exploration, and innovation, designed to celebrate and heighten awareness and understanding of the local manufacturing sector and the companies and people who bring locally made products to fruition. Stay tuned for more info. 

 
The Monthly Goods:
Liz Palacio's Cocktail Rings 
Liz Palacio's Cocktail Ring

Product We Love:   We love Liz Palacio's collections of stunning, elegant, fun fashion jewlelry— made in San Francisco since 1987! Her turquiose and crystal cabochon cocktail rings are pictured here. 
I want one! Visit their website or facebook page. 

Company Spotlight: California Saw and Knife Works
Making Saws in SOMA Since 1886
California Saw and Knife Works
About: The factory of California Saw and Knife Works on Brannan and 6th Streets has equipment that's survived the 1906 earthquake. We're not quite sure if they're the oldest manufacturer in San Francisco (Phoenix Day in the Bayview comes close), but they're most certainly veterans in the industry.

Four of the ten employees here are family members, carrying on a long tradition of designing and manufacturing circular saw plates for the lumber industry, as well as knives used in food processing machinery around the globe. 

How SFMade has helped them: When faced with a new energy ordinance, the owners, Karen and Warren Bird, were worried about new costs. They came to the SFMade workshop, "Save Energy and Reduce Your Bill," in November with PG & E and SF Energy Watch, where they made the connections they needed to save thousands of dollars . "The money we saved was a direct result from that workshop," said Karen. 

Learn more about California Saw & Knife Works here



SFMade Founding Partners
City of San Francisco, Rickshaw Bagworks, Citi, FHL Bank San Francisco, Anchor Brewers and Distillers, Wells Fargo, Levi Strauss & Co, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Cayson Culinary Designs, Hanson Bridgett, New Resource Bank, Pacific Waterfront Partners, Bank of America, McRoskey Mattress Co, TechShop, BayPoint Benefits, DODOCase, North Point Advisors, and Insperity.
SFMade's mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce. SFMade is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.
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