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Upcoming Programs
SFMade OrientationTuesday, October 3rd

Learn what we do and how we help manufacturers to succeed.

Finding, Securing, and Activating Production Space

Tuesday, October 23rd

Through a series of case studies highlighting SFMade member companies, we will illustrate what kinds of spaces are available for light industrial production, where they are, and what you need to do to secure them.

How To Manufacture Locally

Tuesday, July 31st 

In this highly practical workshop you’ll learn how to locally produce apparel, accessories, food/bev and furniture.

UPDates and member events
Save the Date!

The SFMade Holiday Fairis December 9th at Fort Mason featuring over 75 vendors and their locally made goods.

NEW! Logo Usage Guide for SFMade Members

Hey SFMade members, now it’s easy to rep the SFMade brand! Check out our handy new guide, which includes and order form for free SFMade stickers, table tents, and other collateral.

Invitation to Apply: SFMade Consumer Products Guide

Due to popular demand, SFMade is launching the SFMade Consumer Products Guide, a new tool to help retailers, organizations, and corporations source and purchase SFMade consumer products. SFMade members who make consumer products are encouraged to learn more and apply here.

Help Us Complete the Annual Survey of SF Manufacturers

Are you an SFMade member? Have you completed our annual survey? The data collected helps to inform local programs, so make your voice heard by clicking here.

Open Jobs with SFMade Members
Head Pastry ChefSalesperson

Project Manager

Design Manager or Director

Skilled Leather Worker

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.
 

Taking Manufacturers to The Next Level: Accelerator 2.0
Last month, SFMade kicked off its second round of our advanced business advising program, the Manufacturer’s Accelerator. The cohort-based program is a combination of advising and monthly educational events for growth-stage companies like DODOcase, Magnolia Pub and Brewery, OHIO Design, Charles’ Chocolates and seven others. A team of eight advisors will be helping these companies to reach their business milestones over the course of the next year. Learn more here and if you’re interested in aplying for 2013′s program (to begin in March) contact jud@sfmade.org.
Company Spotlight:Tanko Lighting
Tanko Lighting

Jason Tanko always had a thing for street lights. “Ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with street lights, and I got the idea for my business in college,” he said. “I had seen how lights were just thrown away when they still had a lot of good utility in them— it’s essentially like throwing away a car because of a flat tire.” That idea has turned into a thriving business, helping cities and municipalities save tons of money- and stay safe- by retrofitting old street lights.  The Bayview-based company, soon to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, employs over 30 people, mostly from the neighborhood.For Tanko Lighting, affordability and sustainability are not mutually exclusive when it comes to outdoor lighting, and the company has moved into designing comprehensive packaged lighting solutions that increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions and waste, while helping cities save on costs.Tanko Lighting is using SFMade’s Accelerator Program to access new markets and showcase their unique model. “We’re going to be working on how to use our San Francisco-ness to showcase proof of concept projects, and tap into new markets in our own backyard,” said Clare Bressani, Vice President. “Even in just the few weeks we’ve been in the Accelerator Program, we’ve been more dialed in to the resources we need.”

 

The Monthly Goods:Bushakan
3P_3DProduct We Love: We don’t know about you, but we’re always looking for a stylish place to put our sunglasses. The Bushakan Three Pocket Glasses Stand is sold wood, organic and modern, and comes in ash or walnut. The dock ain’t bad either.I want one! Order online here.
Vote Yes on E!
A proposal is on the November ballot to do away with Payroll Tax!So what does that mean for manufacturers?It means that any business with less than $1M in revenue will pay no tax, and larger manufacturers should see a reduction in tax obligations since they will pay on far lower percentages than other industries as a manufacturer under the new gross receipts system.



SFMade Founding PartnersCity 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.
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