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2015 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

SFMade presents its fifth Annual Holiday Gift Fair on Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The shopping extravaganza is free and open to the public and features locally made gift items from over 60 SFMade vendors. The fair’s unique products include jewelry, bags, chocolate, […] Read more

SFMade & San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

SFMade and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the continuation of a small business partnership into 2016! Through this partnership SFMade members are granted a networker level membership ($1000 value) to the SF Chamber and with that, entry and connection to the Chamber’s wide array of events and resources. We invite […] Read more

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38Makers Holiday Gift Fair November 21 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm | $5 580 7th Street, San Francisco WHAT: 38Makers is a holiday gift fair specially curated by Pinterest for early-bird shoppers looking for artisan, locally-made gifts in a unique and festive setting! Imagine you discover a Pinterest board of hand-picked holiday gifts from […] Read more

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4th Annual State of Local Manufacturing

4th Annual State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast San Francisco, CA | The W Hotel Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM The Fourth Annual State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast, presented by SFMade in partnership with Mayor Lee and the City of San Francisco, will unveil the results of the State of Local Manufacturing survey […] Read more

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MFG Day 2015

Join us for a week of events September 28th through October 2nd celebrating National Manufacturing Day! Dogpatch Food & Wine Tour: A behind-the-scenes food tour of one of our favorite makerhoods, the Dogpatch. Featuring Maison de Monaco, Poco Dolce, and Sutton Cellars. 9/28 | 12-1:30 p.m. | $10 From Design to Manufacture: What’s Possible in […] Read more

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Opening This Weekend: The Yard at Mission Rock!

Baseball and SFMade fans get ready for The Yard at Mission Rock! The pop-up village constructed out of recycled shipping containers is open to the public starting Friday, and will house: Rotating pop-up shops from SFMade members Local food and drink establishments Public open space and cultural and community programs and events PLUS, sales at […] Read more

Members, Get Involved in SFMade Week 2015!

The time has come again! SFMade Week is May 4th-10th, and we want your participation! For those of you that don’t know, SFMade Week features seven days of education, exploration, and innovation, designed to celebrate and heighten local awareness and understanding of the local manufacturing sector and the companies and people who bring locally made […] Read more

2014 State of Local Manufacturing Report

 Read the Annual State of Local Manufacturing Report outlining the sector’s impact, opportunities and challenges. Download it here Read more

Celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 3rd

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 Group Bluxome Street Winery and […] Read more

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3rd Annual State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast

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 the City of San Francisco, […] Read more

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Photos: YouthMade Summer 2014

This summer about 20 interns are working at SFMade member companies through SFMade and Juma Venture’s YouthMade program. We went out to their host companies to check out what a few of them were up to! Read more

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Video: Ramp it Up! Award Winners

Every year SFMade honors San Francisco manufacturers for exemplifying the values of SFMade: Manufacturing a quality product, exhibiting innovation, creating jobs for the local economy and making a significant and positive contribution to the SFMade community. We also honor an individual or an organization who has made an extraordinary contribution to making San Francisco a […] Read more

Members, Get Involved: SFMade Week is May 5th-11th

SFMade Week features seven days of education, exploration, and innovation, designed to celebrate and heighten local awareness and understanding of the local manufacturing sector and the companies and people who bring locally made products to fruition. How to Get Involved: PLAN AN EVENT There will be four types of events happening during SFMade Week: Factory […] Read more

Introducing the SFMade Recruiting and Hiring Manual

SFMade presents a hiring and recruiting manual for our members who are making their first hires! This guide includes information on how to recruit and select candidates, onboard new employees, comply with regulations, and access workforce incentives. Access it here. Read more

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October Newsletter: SFMade Holiday Fair and More

  SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs SFMade Orientation Tuesday, November 12th Come learn what we do and how we help manufacturers. SFMade Thanksgiving Factory Tour and Tastings Tuesday, November 12th Celebrate Thanksgiving with SFMade food and beverage manufacturers! Luke’s Local will be opening up their commercial ktichen so you can meet the SFMade foodmakers they […] Read more

2013 State of Local Manufacturing Report

Read the Annual State of Local Manufacturing Report outlining the sector’s impact, opportunities and challenges. Download it here. Read more

September News: The New Accelerator, Handcrafted Body Products, and More

SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs Practical Problem Solving Monday, September 30th This workshop will teach you a systematic way of solving problems that will transform your business. Six Sigma is a critical problem solving tool that can be applied to any area of business operations to create the highest levels of productivity and efficiency. Come learn form […] Read more

Kauffman Foundation Awards Urban Manufacturing Alliance $150,000 for Support of Manufacturing Sector in the U.S.

Oakland, CA, September 30, 2013 – As dozens of domestic manufacturing leaders from across the country convene in the city of Oakland this week, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced its award of $150,000 to the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA). A national collaborative supporting local manufacturing in cities, the UMA is the only organization of […] Read more

State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast-Sponsorship Information

A renaissance of local urban manufacturing is underway and San Francisco is leading the charge! We invite you to SFMade’s 2nd Annual State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast on October 31st, from 7:30-10 am at The W Hotel. Learn how the resurgence in local production is fueling growth in San Francisco and what this means for […] Read more

August News: Save the Date, Coffee & Clothes Makers, Plus More

SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs SFMade Orientation Tuesday, September 10th Learn what we do and how we help manufacturers! How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Manufacturers Tuesday, September 24th If you're thinking about producing apparel or sewn products this session is for you! Problem Solving Workshop Monday, September 30th Lear how to accelerate profits […] Read more

July News: Ten SFMade Companies to Follow on Social Media, and More News

SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs How to Manufacture Locally- For Apparel Tuesday, July 30th If you're planning to produce apparel or sewn products, this session is for you! SFMade Orientation Thursday, August 8th Learn what we do and how we help manufacturers! Export Opportunities for Food & Beverage Manufacturers Wednesday, August 14th Learn how your […] Read more

Application: 2013 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

You’re invited to apply as a vendor for the 2013 SFMade Holiday Fair! This year we’re taking over the beautiful Fort Mason Fleet Room for two days. Fort Mason is home to hundreds of shopping events throughout the year, including the weekly Farmers Market coinciding on the second day of the fair. The event will […] Read more

June News: Our New Youth Internship Program, and More News

SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs SFMade Orientation Tuesday, July 9th Learn what we do and how we help manufacturers to succeed.  Making Your First Hire Tuesday, July 23rd Are you thinking about hiring your first employee? Have you hired some employees but not sure you've done everything correctly? This workshop will give you everything you […] Read more

Announcing the Winners of the Citibank Local Manufacturers Awards

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the Citibank Local Manufacturer Awards! Three small businesses won $12,000 to help them grow. 1st Place-$5,000: iDreamcase – www.idreamcase.com 2nd Place – $4,000: Dimension 3 – www.dimension3sf.com 3rd Place – $3,000: Woodcut Maps – www.woodcutmaps.com The winning companies were selected during SFMade Week, May 6 – 12, a […] Read more

May News: San Francisco’s 3D printer, absinthe distillery, and more news

SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs An Apparel Factory Tour Thursday, May 30th A unique opportunity to see a sewing factory in action! SFMade Orientation Tuesday, June 12th Learn what we do and how we help manufacturing companies to succeed! How to Manufacture Locally Tuesday, June 18th If you are planning to produce metal or building/furniture products, […] Read more

SFMade Members: Host a Youth Intern at Your Business

YOUTHMADE: An innovative new collaboration between SFMade and Juma Ventures. YouthMade matches manufacturing businesses in San Francisco with the next generation of makers. Interns are local low-income students who are college-bound and will be the first in their family to earn a four-year degree.  WHY 100% of youth (ages 18-21) have participated in work-readiness training from Juma […] Read more

March Newsletter: Meet Our New Staff Member and Community Builders

The Elegant Email Company SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs Women in Manufacturing Tonight This popular panel returns with three new female leaders in the industry.  SFMade Orientation April 9th Learn what we do and how we help manufacturers to succeed! Finding and Securing Production Space for Your Business April 24th Through a series of case […] Read more

Tickets Now on Sale for Ramp It Up!

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February Newsletter

The Elegant Email Company SHOP LEARN DONATE 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 […] Read more

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

SHOP LEARN DONATE 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 […] Read more

December News: A Big Year for Local Manufacturing

The Elegant Email Company SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs From Maker Movement to Industrial Revolution Tuesday, January 15th Come hear the visionary Chris Anderson, author of New York Times best selling book, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, speak about how the maker movement (digital tinkering) is scaling up to create a new class of manufacturing […] Read more

November News: How to Shop SFMade This Holiday Season

The Elegant Email Company SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs How to Manufacture Locally- Apparel and Sewn Products Tuesday, November 27th In this highly practical workshop you'll learn how to locally produce apparel and sewn products.  Save Energy and Reduce Your Bill Thursday, November 29th  Join us for an evening discussion on how  PG & E can […] Read more

October Newsletter

SHOP LEARN DONATE 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, […] Read more

Banana Republic Pop-Up Shop Returns— and Goes National

The SFMade Banana Republic Pop-Up Shop is relaunching with new vendors and new locations! Available now inside the Chicago, LA, NYC and SF flagship stores: NYC: Rockefeller Center SF: Grant Ave Chicago: Michigan Ave Los Angeles : 3rd Street Promenade (Santa Monica) Read more

The 2012 State of Local Manufacturing Report

The 2012 State of Local Manufacturing Report— highlighting the industry’s growth, challenges, and opportunities— was released today. Download it here. Read more

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 is regularly approached by entities who want to source locally made products for their stores, staff parties, gifts and other events. This new guide is our way […] Read more

Use Your Card, Donate to SFMade! New Resource Bank’s Planet-Smart Rewards Program

SFMade has been selected as a participant in New Resource Bank’s Planet-Smart Rewards Program! When customers use the New Resource Bank Planet-Smart Debit Card, which comes with every checking account, New Resource Bank automatically makes a donation to SFMade. Every swipe of the debit card earns cash for the Planet-Smart Rewards fund: 5 cents for […] Read more

Invitation to Apply: SFMade Holiday Fair on Dec 9th

Calling all SFMade Members! You’re invited to apply as a vendor for the 2012 SFMade Holiday Fair. This year we’re taking over the beautiful Fort Mason Herbst Pavilion for an even bigger event. Fort Mason is home to hundreds of shopping events throughout the year, including the weekly Farmer’s Market coinciding on the day of […] Read more

August Newsletter

Here’s the August news from SFMade: A freshly made website and lots of upcoming programs. Read more

June Newsletter

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SFMade Pop-Up Shop Returns to Banana Republic

It’s back! The SFMade pop-up shop at Banana Republic’s Grant Avenue flagship continues through Mother’s Day, featuring previous participants and new SFMade members: Heliotrope, Etta + Billie, Hilside Bags, Cocoa, Poco Dolce, Dependable Letterpress, Cardoza-James Binding, Hello!Lucky, Blueblood and Lila B. Swing by 256 Grant Ave and grab some locally made goods. Read more

SFMade’s 2011 State of Local Manufacturing Report: Made In San Francisco

Click to download the SFMade 2011 State of Local Manufacturing Report The 2011 State of Local Manufacturing Report: Made In San Francisco is the result of a detailed survey we conducted of the manufacturing sector in early 2011, representing data from over 75 local manufacturers. The picture that emerges? Modern manufacturing in San Francisco is a […] Read more

Mayor Ed Lee announces FashionSF initiative at SFMade Member Company

On Wednesday Mayor Ed Lee announced FashionSF, a new economic development initiative focused on supporting the retention and growth of apparel manufacturers and fashion designers in San Francisco. He made the announcement at SFMade member company, Cayson Culinary Designs headquarters. Read more here. Read more

President Clinton recognizes SFMade’s Urban Manufacturing Alliance

Watch the video! With support for local manufacturing gaining momentum across the country, SFMade’s executive director Kate Sofis was a key participant at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America conference in Chicago this week, where she announced the launch of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, an initiative to form a national network of regional manufacturing efforts […] Read more

Women in Business Award Goes to SFMade Executive Director

Kate Sofis gets the Women in Business Award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian! Read the full article on the 2011 Small Business Awards here. Read more

“Made in California” Label Introduced to State Senate

“Made in California” may soon be an official branding bonus for California manufacturers. Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) has introduced a bill, SB 823, to establish a program similar to the “California Grown” but for products manufactured in California- allowing companies to seek a “Made in California” label and partner with the state to advertise […] Read more

Press Conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, SFMade Founder Mark Dwight and McRoskey Mattresses President Robin McRoskey Azevedo

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and SFMade Founder Mark Dwight spoke at a press conference today at McRoskey Mattress Factory in San Francisco. Speaker Pelosi spoke on the importance of local manufacturing to the growth of the economy and job creation. SFMade was acknowledged as an important aid in local job creation. The House recently passed […] Read more