January News: Meet Your Local Bike Maker, and More News


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Upcoming Programs

How to Manufacture Locally: Apparel
Tuesday, January 29th
If you are interested in producing locally made apparel and sewn products, this session is for you.

An Apparel Factory Tour
Tuesday, February 12th
A unique opportunity to see a sewing factory in action.

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

How to Manufacture Locally: Food and Beverage
Tuesday, February 19th
If you're planning to produce packaged food and beverage products, this session is for you.

Factory Tour: Dandelion Chocolate
Thursday, February 28th
Take a tour of the Mission's newest chocolate factory, and sit down with the makers to learn about their path to success. A great study tour for aspiring producers.

 

 
 
 
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.

Go mobile with ShopNear.me
Now retailers who sell SFMade products can be listed in the coolest new mobile shopping app, ShopNear.me! SFMade retailers are highlighted with an SFMade decal. For more information email yuan@shopnear.me.

 

Open Jobs with SFMade Members

Jr. Finished Goods Tile Inspector

Business Development Coordinator

Shop Assistant

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.

 

Like Us More in 2013?

We want you to stay in the loop this year, but with so many channels of communication buzzing around you, we know it must be hard to keep track. Besides reading this newsletter, here are all the ways for you to stay informed about SFMade news and events in 2013:

Facebook ButtonFacebook-  We like you, so like us! All of our events and major news can be found here.

twitter-button copyTwitter- For up to date, fun facts about our member companies and the manufacturing sector.

instagramInstagram-  A behind the scenes look at SFMade member companies and other cool stuff we're doing (we promise to never post pictures of our lunch).

Our website- The central hub of information for all of SFMade's programs, events, and resources.

Coming soon: Specialized newsletters and blog posts for each sector, so stay tuned!

 
The Monthly Goods:
elizabethW Perfume Candle
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Product We Love:   To set a mood, keep a mood, or change a mood, these soy candles hand-poured on Russian Hill are the perfect locally made ambiance maker. Choose from twelve elizabethW perfume scents (in travel size as well).
I want one! Order online here

Company Spotlight: Mission Bicycle Company
Building the Bike of Your Dreams
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Years ago, there were hand-built track bikes zipping around the streets of San Francisco— they were interesting, they were colorful, they were lightweight and low-maintenance and fast — and they couldn’t be bought in a bike shop. These bikes required know-how, time and energy to find compatible parts, and the tools to put them together. Enter Zack Rosen and Matt Cheney, two techies who had the tools to configure a website that would allow anyone to build the bike of their dreams. They launched the site, hired a mechanic, and started building bikes. Since then the company has shipped a bike to every country in the world (well, except Australia), opened a retail store on Valencia Street, and hired ten employees.

Nearing their 5th year in business, the challenges the company faces are not uncommon to San Francisco manufacturers— working under the constraints of a small production space and hiring the right people. Mission Bicycle Company recently joined the SFMade Manufacturer’s Accelerator program, to work with an advisor on leaning their production processes. “Even when I’m not directly taking advantage of what SFMade has to offer, I know they’re working behind the scenes to make San Francisco a more make-friendly city," said Jefferson McCarley, General Manager. "Not only is that good for small manufacturers, it’s good for the city, it’s good for the environment, it’s good for workers, and it’s good for the economy."

Learn more about Mission Bicycle Company 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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