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Inaugural Bay Area Summit on Urban Manufacturing

FOUR CITIES. FOUR MAYORS. ONE BAY AREA MAKER ECONOMY. Announcing the Inaugural Bay Area Summit on Urban Manufacturing November 17th 11:30-1:30 at Pier 70, Building 12 SF CA A monumental shift is underway in global manufacturing and the Bay Area is poised to lead this transforming economy. Join Mayors and city leaders from San Francisco, […] Read more

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Monthly Goods: Vacay Style

Product We Love: Looking for the perfect travel threads this summer? With curated 5-piece collections that mix and match to make 14+ outfits, all our travel prayers have been answered thanks to Vacay Style! Want one? Find them here. Read more

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Company Spotlight: Nomiku

“Feels good to do the impossible everyday,” said Lisa Fetterman, CEO of Nomiku. Lisa is referring to reskilling folks for high tech manufacturing, something she said people told her would be impossible in the U.S. Nomiku started in 2012, after Lisa left the restaurant industry to make a DIY common professional kitchen tool for home […] Read more

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Monthly Goods: Cannella Spirits

Product We Love:  This new member sources some of the best cinnamon in the world to bring you a unique spirit, a cinnamon liqueur that makes for a zesty addition to cocktails! Want one? Find them here.  Read more

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Company Spotlight: UBI-IND Denim

Veteran apparel industry professional, Ulrich Conrad Simpson, known lovingly within the industry as “Ubi”, has a unique business, producing high quality jeans for men who want a great looking and great fitting pair. Ubi was having all of his jeans made in Los Angeles before he attended SFMade’s “How to Manufacture Locally” workshop. “We started […] Read more

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Company Spotlight: Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Home to many of San Francisco’s manufacturing businesses, the Speakeasy Ales and Lagers brewery is tucked away in the Bayview. Having grown from just four employees to a total of 50 since 1997, Speakeasy boasts that business is good and therefore needed more dedicated employees. Jerron and Keith were born and raised in Visitation Valley […] Read more

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Monthly Goods: Prisma Guitars

It doesn’t take a guitar player to recognize how cool Prisma Guitars are. All of them are built using the wood from broken and used skateboards. Prisma Guitars are all 100% handmade and the colors are completely one-of-a-kind for every build. Nick Pourfard, a self taught woodworker and industrial design student, started the business based […] Read more

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Company Spotlight: Hot Chakras Yoga

Guys, feeling left out at yoga class with your black and blue shorts amongst all the snazzy patterns? Jessica Zavala, owner of Hot Chakras Yoga has you covered. After being a yogi for nearly ten years, Jessica decided to make it her mission to develop fun, wild and colorful yoga shorts and capris that everyone […] Read more

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Join us for Ramp it Up!

Tickets include general entrance, drinks, food, and an SFMade shopping bag from Rickshaw Bagworks. Bites provided by Whole Foods Market. Printed on the spot t-shirts by Social Imprints, Beer floats from Humphry Slocombe, and more from the following SFMade companies: Future Glory Co, UBI-Ind, Beneduci Shoes, Eileen Walsh, Blackbird Guitar, Elem Body, Sutton Cellars, and Nosh […] Read more

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Monthly Goods: Beneduci Shoes

Product: We love footwear made to last, especially The Workboot, a vintage design duplicated for authenticity, long life and comfort. Made with oil infused calf skin from Milwaukee WI, this leather heals most scratches and is semi waterproof. About: Owner Frank Beneduci was born in Brockton Massachusetts in the 1960s and was the grandson of […] Read more

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Company Spotlight: Fort Point Beer Co

Fort Point Beer Company is the only SFMade member we know of that’s manufacturing at the Presidio. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the brewery makes for an iconic backdrop—and a visual reinforcement that this is a company planning on being a San Francisco brand for many years to come. Two years ago […] Read more

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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Makers Making Makers: Youth Interns at Imagination Supply Co

By Genise Choy, Workforce and Youth Programming Intern Toy manufacturer Imagination Supply Co. is in the business of making makers. From their new space in Potrero Hill* equipped with a laser cutter and 3D printer, they design and craft DIY kits for kids to build their own playthings, from go karts to miniature dining sets. […] Read more

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YouthMade: Natalie, Julia Turner Studio and The Aesthetic Union

By Genise Choy SFMade Workforce and Youth Programming Intern There’s a lot going on inside the Heath Ceramics’s San Francisco building*: Blue Bottle’s café fills the air with the smell of coffee, the Heath tile factory floor hums behind a wall of windows, and to the right is Heath’s expertly curated retail store. But there’s […] Read more

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SF Design History: Phoenix Day’s Archived Drawings

On our latest visit to Phoenix Day, a lighting and metalwork manufacturer based in the Bayview, the team shared with us a collection of over 2,000 drawings made between the 1920s and 1970s by their former senior designer. Phoenix Day is one of San Francisco’s oldest businesses, and played an important role in the rebuilding […] Read more

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The Monthly Goods: Petel’s Assaita Clutch

Product We Love: Each Petel design is unique, sewn in San Francisco and made from vintage West African ceremonial blankets handwoven in a traditional style by master Fulani weavers. Proceeds support their efforts to train the next generation of weavers. The fabric used for this clutch is more than thirty years old. Want one? Find […] Read more

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Bolt: The Electric Motorbike Made Here

“I moved to San Francisco in 2006, and back then Craigstlist was good to me. I found my job, my apartment, and my first moped,” says Nathan Jauvtis. “I so quickly realized that these two-wheelers were perfect for getting around the city.” Jauvtis is the owner of Bolt Motorbikes, a company manufacturing a fully electric […] Read more

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Ramp It Up!

On May 7th we celebrated our 5th anniversary at Ramp It Up! It was a fun-filled night of shopping, networking, and collaborations. Here are some photos by Neumatic Digital of the event. Read more

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Welcome Home to Henry’s House of Coffee

Henry’s House of Coffee is a family business. Third generation roaster and current proprietor Hrag learned the trade from his father, who learned the trade from his. There is a sense of pride in each cup of coffee that is served there, along with a profound history. The business first began in Lebanon where Hrag’s […] Read more

Presenting the SFMade Earthquake Kit!

When catastrophe strikes on the San Andres fault there’s no reason not to be prepared, especially now with the SFMade earthquake survival kit. It has everything you need to survive. It’s locally made. And most importantly, it’s artisanal. The kit includes: ~Droplet from Crave. Because your vibrator will be too bulky (wink wink) to carry […] 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

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Turning One Man’s Dream Into a Reality

The first thing you notice about Tunde from Tunde San Francisco is his impeccable style. Dressed to impress in a blazer, trousers, and a pocket square, the true pinnacle of his outfit is his oxford shirt, self-designed and made in San Francisco.   A few months ago that oxford shirt was just a dream. Having […] Read more

February Newsletter: Meet These Bag Makers, Our Favorite Kombucha, and More SFMade News

SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs SFMade OrientationMarch 10th Learn what we do and how we help manufacturers to succeed! How to Manufacture Locally for Food & Beverage Products Thursday, March 26th If you are planning to produce food or Beverage products, this session is for you! Featuring guest speaker, Mary Gassen of Noe Valley Bakery. […] Read more

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Mafia Bags: One Big Happy Family (Seriously)

We’ve seen our fair share of upcycled products, but bags made out of recycled sails? That was a new one. Mafia Bags first came to SFMade through our How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Products workshop. The start-up company uses materials from recycled kite surf, wind surf and boat sails to construct backpacks, […] Read more

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Biro & Sons: Silver in SOMA

By Katy Podbielski, Workforce Hiring Intern Nestled between the beer gardens and tiny tech offices in SOMA lies an old-fashioned art you’d be surprised to discover. Biro & Sons is a silversmith business that was started by Alex Biro, who learned the trade while serving as an apprentice in Hungary during the early 20th century. […] 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

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By: Katy Podbielski Workforce and Hiring Intern, SFMade   One of the greatest aspects of life in San Francisco is the city pride that holds strong in the hearts of local residents: we all want to live, work, and play in the Bay. One of the ways SFMade helps local businesses and job seekers find […] Read more

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Make the Holidays Sweeter at these SFMade Storefronts

Looking for a last-minute treat to put under the tree or on the table? Or maybe you just need to stop in somewhere and get some sweet relief from holiday shopping? We’ve got you covered. Hearth Coffee (just opened!) Hearth’s brand new cafe and roastery opened its doors in the Castro just in time for the […] Read more

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Discover Locally Made in San Francisco

Our new Discover Locally Made map is here! Click here to view full size version. *SFMade member DODOcase also welcomes walk in customers during business hours at 2525 3rd Street.     Read more

This weekend: Gifts from vendors new to our 4th Annual Holiday Sale

Find something for everyone at our upcoming 4th Annual Holiday Gift Fair this weekend! Each day will feature 40 different local manufacturers and artisans who make their products in San Francisco.  Make your shopping plan and view the vendor list for Sat & Sun here. *New this year* Live demos and Lev’s Kombucha on both days, and hot mulled […] Read more

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Relax, It’s Just the Holidays! Holiday Fair Gifts for Stress Relief

Find something for everyone at our upcoming 4th Annual Holiday Gift Fair! Each day will feature 40 different local manufacturers and artisans who make their products in San Francisco.  Make your shopping plan and view the vendor list for Sat & Sun here.   *New this year* Live demos and Lev’s Kombucha on both days, and hot mulled […] Read more

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Gifts for the accessory lover at our 4th Annual Holiday Gift Fair

    Find something for everyone at our upcoming 4th Annual Holiday Gift Fair! Each day will feature 40 different local manufacturers and artisans who make their products in San Francisco. New this year there will be live demos and Lev’s Kombucha both days, and hot mulled wine from Sutton Cellars on Saturday.Here are a few unique […] Read more

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Gifts for the Sweet Tooth at 38Makers

A few gifts for the sweet tooth at the 38Makers holiday gift fair inside the colorful and pintastic Pinterest headquarters! We’re thinking stocking stuffers… or maybe just office snacks.  Shop while enjoying free sweet and savory holiday treats and beverages donated by Pinchefs Tony and Danielle of the Compass Group. New SFMade members Le Dix-Sept will have nougut […] Read more

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Gifts for SF’s Biggest Fans at 38Makers

A few gifts for all the San Francisco die-hards at the 38Makers holiday gift fair inside the colorful and pintastic Pinterest headquarters! Shop while enjoying free sweet and savory holiday treats and beverages donated by Pinchefs Tony and Danielle of the Compass Group. Say happy holidays with your favorite bridge featured in these lovely cards from Notefiy. Good thing […] Read more

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Sold-Out Crowd heard about growing sector at State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast

SFMade’s 3rd Annual State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast opened to a sold-out crowd of 240 professionals connected to the local manufacturing sector. Mayor Ed Lee inspired the crowd with his 5-point PDR (Production, Distribution and Repair) work plan to create more space for industrial uses in San Francisco. Kate Sofis, SFMade’s Founding Executive Director, presented the […] Read more

Gifts to Get Cozy: More Holiday Gifts at 38 Makers

  A few gifts to get you all cozy at the 38Makers holiday gift fair inside the colorful and pintastic Pinterest headquarters! Shop while enjoying free sweet and savory holiday treats and beverages donated by Pinchefs Tony and Danielle of the Compass Group. Shorter days call for long leggings (and hoodies!) from DDCC. Pladra says this heavyweight 100% cotton flannel […] Read more

2014 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

Join us on Facebook The SFMade Holiday Gift Fair is back with a two-day shopping extravaganza featuring locally made gift items from 80 vendors! *New* This year there will be special holiday-themed DIY booths and demos from select vendors. Saturday: DIY vertical garden demo from Urban Farmgirls at 2 p.m. Live letterpress demos with Lilikoi (ongoing). Sunday: […] 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

Social Imprints

By: Katy Podbielski Workforce and Hiring Intern, SFMade Social Imprints is a local business and SFMade member that manufactures quality screen-printed items and boasts an impressive 95% customer satisfaction rate. Social Imprints is also well known for its mission to provide career opportunities and a living wage to residents in San Francisco who need a second […] Read more

38 Makers

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 11:00AM – 5:00PM at the Pinterest Headquarters Join on Facebook! 38Makers is a holiday gift fair specially curated by Pinterest for the early-bird shoppers looking for artisan, locally-made gifts in a unique and festive setting! Imagine you stumble upon a Pinterest board of hand-picked holiday gifts from makers in your city, and […] Read more

Halloween

Halloween is next week! These SFMade companies have great locally made products to help you celebrate. Glammic: Looking for a children’s costume? From dinosaurs to unicorns, Glammic has a variety of options available. Find them here. Bowtie Factory: The Bowtie Factory offers a more elegent approach to Halloween. Find them here. Headline Shirts: Interested in a simple […] Read more

Individual tickets now available for the 3rd Annual State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast

Join SFMade at our 3rd Annual State of Local Manufacturing Breakfast. Hear from Mayor Ed Lee on the City’s efforts to support local manufacturing. Kate Sofis, SFMade’s Founding Executive Director will reveal the results of our annual State of Local Manufacturing survey and discuss the latest trends in the manufacturing sector. Learn about Magnolia Brewing’s growth and discover what’s happening in […] Read more

Company Spotlight: Betsy Barron

We visited Betsy Barron’s jewelry gallery and atelier, Love & Luxe last week to learn about how the jeweler got started and the mission behind her retail business. “I’ve been making jewelry since high school. My mother had a jewelry business and would host these parties where women would come over and she would design beaded […] Read more

Manex Consulting Events

  Our partner  is hosting two great consulting events happening on October 22nd and 23rd. Risk Management – Supply Chain Development Tools October 22, 2014: 9:00am – 5:00pm Risk is everywhere and it impacts companies large and small. It doesn’t sleep and it often shows up uninvited. This session helps you to identify the triggers of risk […] 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

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

  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 25th If you’re planning to […] Read more

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Company Spotlight: MiraVos Jewelry

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 commercial theatre for over 20 […] Read more

Save Time and Make a Job Description Count

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 range for hourly positions. DOE […] Read more

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How To Use The SFMade Brand: Spotlight on McVicker Pickles

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 also be found on the […] Read more

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Four Things You Should Know When Planning to Open a Retail Space

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 friends, and Heliotrope’s own skin […] Read more

Apply for Ebay’s Investival

Do you want to reach new customers? Are you also looking for investors? Do you want to develop a working relationship with ebay Inc.? Come and meet the employees at ebay Inc. on October 2nd, 2014! Ebay Inc. is partnering with SFMade to connect small businesses with the tools they need to grow. If you […] Read more

Instagram Takeover Week: Companies

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 NANA JOES GRANOLA September 15th […] 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

The Monthly Goods: Austin Press

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 the only ones, she’s an […] Read more

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SF’s New Gluten-Free Kitchen from Leadbetter’s Bake Shop

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 to get out of office […] 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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Company Spotlight: Studio for Metropolitan Craft

Want to take your city home with you? Meet Studio for Metropolitan Craft, an architectural model company with build-your-own table top models of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sutro Tower, Oakland waterfront cranes, and more of your favorite local landmarks. Laurence Srinivasan was working as an architect when he realized he had a knack for model […] Read more

Workin It! Two YouthMade Interns Hired by SFMade Companies

We’re thrilled to announce that two YouthMade interns were hired by SFMade companies! Kenneth was hired by T-We Tea to work at the store in the Crocker Galleria and Carol was hired by Timbuk2 to work in the indirect sales department. Both are headed to college in the fall. Carol and Kenneth were part of […] Read more

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Your SFMade Summer Cocktail Recipe with No.209 Gin

Distillery No.209 is a true SFMade artisanal spirit: It’s made right on the water in the shadows of AT & T park. Plus, they work with local bartenders to create mouth-watering cocktails. Here’s the perfect summer drink from Zachary Safron of Gaspar Brasserie: Rosie’s Elevation 1.5 oz No.209 Gin .75 oz Lemon Juice .5 oz […] Read more

Application: SFMade & Pinterest Holiday Sale

You’re invited to apply as a vendor for the first SFMade and Pinterest holiday sale, held at the Pinterest headquarters! When: Saturday, November 22nd 11 am -5 pm Cost: $100 Number of vendors: 40 You will be provided with one 6 x 3 table, booth sizes TBD. CRITERIA Vendors will be selected by Pinterest and […] Read more

How To Use The SFMade Brand: Spotlight on Nana Joes Granola

What They’re Making: Granola and specialty items made with love, freshness and a focus on sustainability. How They Use the SFMade Brand: You’ll find the SFMade logo in black and white on the back of her beautiful canvas bags—made right down the street from her factory at Rickshaw Bagworks. “The SFMade logo always sparks the […] Read more

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How Many Minutes Late is Late? How Defining Lateness Can Encourage Your Employees to Arrive On Time

We know that most SFMade companies are small and feel like a family. You expect your employees to treat you the way you like to be treated, without having to spell everything out. But attendance issues happen at all kinds of businesses, so it’s important to address them with clear communication. Here are some helpful […] Read more

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Five Ways to Create a Productive Shared Manufacturing Space

Hopefully you picked up a few lessons about sharing in kindergarten, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Especially when it comes to sharing business space, tools and expenses. With some help from SFMade three jewelry businesses, Corey Egan, Sharon Z Jewelry and Luana Coonen just moved into a light-filled studio in the heart of […] Read more

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Meet Your Local Cut & Sew Contractor, Globia Design

Inside Globia Design Group’s factory sewing machines hum, Chinese pop songs blast out from the radio, large windows open up the room to a view of downtown San Francisco, and William Lin sits at his desk. Lin’s parents started Globia Design Group about 15 years ago and have now retired the apparel factory to him […] Read more

A Different Kind of Motorcycle Business

Many businesses start with people building things in garages. For the guys at Mission Motors, it was electric motorcycles. But to get there the team needed the parts and the technology to build an electric motor, which didn’t exist. So, they started making them from scratch.  Mission Motors now sells electric and hybrid powertrain products […] Read more

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Three for Three at Aion LED

Aion LED is three for three! When the custom lighting fixture company was hiring they listed three open positions on the SFMade job board and filled all of them with our help, and with help from our workforce partners, Mission Hiring Hall and the Laney College Machine Technology and Industrial Maintenance Program.  The new team […] Read more

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June Newsletter: Summer Products, Parties and More

  SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Products Wed, June 11th If you’re planning on producing apparel or sewn products, this workshop is for you! Fashion Rules! (And Laws) Wed, June 25th Learn how to protect your work, the dos and don’ts of social media and sharing content, […] 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

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April Newsletter: Create Your Own Locally Made Adventure

  SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs Hiring Made EasierTuesday, April 1st This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about hiring employees and complying with all of the applicable laws and regulations. SFMade Orientation Tuesday, April 8th Come learn what we do and how we help manufacturers. How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and […] Read more

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February Newsletter: Mark Your Calendars for SFMade Week!

  SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs SFMade OrientationTuesday, March 11th Come learn what we do and how we help manufacturers. Making Returns Wednesday, March 19th An investment presentation and networking event for growing manufacturers, individual investors and service providers. Hear from a local manufacturer about a successful equity investment round, and from a seasoned investor. […] 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

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Don’t Miss Out: JobsNow Wage Subsidy

Heard of wage subsidies but don’t know how to take advantage of them? SFMade member Lila B Design figured it out, and so can you! The company, which makes container gardens and living landscapes, hired Nathena three months ago as a part-time employee and they’re getting $5,000 of her wages reimbursed to them over a […] Read more

January Newsletter: Deepening Our Impact

  SHOP LEARN DONATE Upcoming Programs SFMade OrientationTuesday, February 18th Come learn what we do and how we help manufacturers. How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Products Tuesday, February 25th If you’re planning on producing apparel or sewn products, this workshop is for you! SFMade and Gorilly Roll Out First Mobile Showroom Coming […] 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

Inside Manufacturing

SFMade launched Inside Manufacturing in 2013, a specialized program that combines both educational and experiential elements to expose high school students to the local manufacturing economy in San Francisco. The program is funded by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in partnership with Jewish Vocational Services (JVS,)  Brightworks and Techshop San Francisco. The goal of […] Read more

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Capital Eyewear: Handcrafted Wood and Acetate Sunglasses

You wear them every day. Shed a tear when you accidentally step on them. Get into bidding wars for them on eBay. But when’s the last time you bought a pair of sunglasses and knew where they were made or who made them? At Capital Steven Kilzner makes each pair of glasses by hand, right […] 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

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Your Map Was Born Here

Woodcut Maps Blends Technology & Craft to Make Personalized Maps Remember the exact spot where you fell in love? How about your favorite neighborhood during your last vacation? Thanks to Woodcut Maps, you can commemorate a special place by designing your own wood inlay map and carrying it with you on your iphone (they also […] Read more

Jack/Knife Outfitters: Clothing Made to Last, and Now Sold Online

They started with motorcycles. John and Nick met at the University of Georgia, and spent many hours of their friendship buying old bikes and fixing them up in a garage. At some point they began repairing clothing too. “I realized that clothing could be compared to tools— we wear out our clothing just like we […] 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

Honoring Sally Spicer

It’s with great sadness that we share this news with our community: The founder of Sally Spicer Bags – Sally Spicer Bergman – passed away last month. She had gracefully been fighting a battle with cancer, but finally succumbed to the disease surrounded by friends, family and the people she loved most. Sally Spicer bags […] 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

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Five Things You Need to Know About Doing a Retail Pop-Up

To pop-up or not to pop-up? Pop-ups can be a great way to expose your brand to new markets, meet your online customers face-to-face, and create another revenue source, but what should you consider before doing one? Here are a few things to think about: 1. Determine the right kind of space for your business. […] 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

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Discover SFMade products at Citibank during SFMade Week

Head to your local Citibank during SFMade Week to discover SFMade products made in your hood! Manufacturer’s goods and information will be displayed in San Francisco branches from May 6th-12th, where you can review and cast your vote for your favorite local manufacturer. Winners will receive a Citibank Local Manufacturer Award and get cash prizes […] Read more

Meet more SFMade members sponsoring SFMade Week

Meet the Member Companies Sponsoring SFMade Week – An ongoing series   Bi-Rite Family of Businesses With two markets, a creamery, and a PUBLIC label, we don't need to tell you about Bi-Rite's contribution to the local manufacturing sector. Walk into their market, and you'll find aisles celebrating local producers. Their PUBLIC label turns the notion of a private […] Read more

Meet more SFMade members sponsoring SFMade Week

Meet the Member Companies Sponsoring SFMade Week – An ongoing series *These SFMade members, among others, will be participating at Ramp It Up! Check out which ones will have Interactive Maker Stations, booths inviting you to sample products, see how they're made, or make them yourself!  Buy your tickets here. Heath Ceramics- Ramp It Up! 2013 Host Edith Heath founded Heath Ceramics […] Read more

Meet the SFMade Members Sponsoring SFMade Week

Meet the Member Companies Sponsoring SFMade Week Hilside Bags As a high school student, Hilary Wehlitz was the “go to girl” for friends and family who needed a unique handbag. By hand sewing remnant fabrics from old jeans and dresses, she was there to bail them out of all their potential fashion malfunctions. Fast forward, and […] 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

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SFMade Week Home

SFMade Week May 6-12 A week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector. Read more

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Spotlight on Cayson Culinary Designs

In its 20th year, Cayson Culinary Designs has grown on the strength of its quality, attention to detail, and supreme customer service. Cayson’s classic line of culinary apparel has attracted some of the City’s most loved restauranteurs and chefs. 
Cayson Design’s founder, Lynette Cayson has been in the apparel business for over 25 years. In […] 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

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Spotlight on Awesome Bars

Sisters Leah and Stephanie have hand-crafted the ultimate all natural, uber delicious energy bar. It’s wrapped in biodegradable paper, made in San Francisco, and sold in over 100 local cafes and natural food stores. You can’t get more wholesome than that. The business began in 2010 when Chef Leah was training for a marathon, and […] Read more

Spotlight on Cut Loose

Rosmarie Ovian has always loved the sound of a sewing machine and the production process. Rosemarie began her 29 years of local manufacturing experience as an Assistant Manager at one of Koret’s San Francisco factories manufacturing women’s clothing. For the past 23 years she has been General Manager and then Co-Owner of Cut Loose, a […] Read more

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Spotlight on T-We Tea

Chris Coccagna has big plans for tea in San Francisco Truth, beauty, and community. Chris Coccagna started T-We Tea in 2010 with those three guiding principles and three handcrafted tea blends. Now he has more than 18 blends, all found inside his new retail store in the Crocker Galleria. Brightly colored boxes of tea cover […] Read more

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Spotlight on California Saw and Knife Works

Making Saws in SOMA Since 1886 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 […] Read more

What’s Your Exit Strategy?

Business advisor Chris Andersen guest blogs about looking towards your business future. Every month I speak privately with business owners and business groups about obtaining growth capital or planning for the sale of their business. I will share insights about 1) when to plan for a sale, 2) the qualities of businesses with high valuations, […] 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

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Ten Ways To Tackle Corporate Responsibility, Guest Blog from Timbuk2

By Lizzy Fallows Brand Experience, Timbuk2 Timbuk2 has continuously manufactured made to order bags in the San Francisco since 1989. We are very proud of our manufacturing heritage in San Francisco and of our thriving made to order business today. But we also manufacture overseas. This blend of at-home and abroad manufacturing enables us to […] Read more

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Maker2Maker: Launch a Product with a Buzz, Advice from Tasty Ties

Manufacturing Model: Outsource to local factories Age: 1 Employees: 2 Neighborhood: SOMA Member since: 2012 Product: Bow-ties Website: www.tastyties.com           What gave Tasty Tie’s new product launch a buzz? Well, as most buzz’s do, it started with cocktails. After selling out of their first collection- each bowtie representing the spirit of […] Read more

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Spotlight on Faze Apparel: Evolution of a Fearless Brand

Manufacturing Model: Outsource to local factories Age: 5 Employees: 2 Neighborhood: Mission Member since: 2011 Product: Men’s hats, hoodies, t-shirts and button downs. Website: www.fazeapparel.com Retail Location: 3236 21st Street, San Francisco     “Risky” is a word that comes up often when talking with Johnny Travis and Herbert Gracia, the owners of FAZE Apparel. […] 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

SFMade Receives Nomination for Ebbies Economic Development Award

SFMade has been nominated for the Economic Development Award at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Annual Ebbies Awards! We’re proud to receive this recognition on behalf of the hundreds of manufacturers building San Francisco’s economic base one business at a time! Read more here. 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

SFMade Pop-Up Shop at Banana Republic

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June Newsletter

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We’re Workforce Champions!

In May of 2012, SFMade was presented a Workforce Champion Award for our Hiring Made Better program at The Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s 2nd Annual Celebrating Workforce Champions Awards. More here. Read more

SFMade Receives Joe Belew Award

SFMade received the Joe Belew Award from Wells Fargo Bank and the Consumer Banking Association for Innovation in Economic Development, read more here. Read more

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

SFMade Receives Bank of the West Innovation in Philanthropy Award

Bank of the West awarded SFMade as a Finalist for the Innovation in Philanthropy Award, recognizing an emerging nonprofit. 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