Business Breakfast Events

SPUR's Business Breakfast Series and Oakland Problem Solvers Series are benefits of business membership.

SPUR's Business Breakfast Series features talks by prominent business and civic leaders, political insiders and cultural luminaries. Each Business Breakfast features a light continental breakfast, followed by casual dialogue and a Q&A session.

Oakland Problem Solvers Series features leadership of the departments of planning and building, economic and workforce development, and transportation. At each Problem Solving Breakfast SPUR invites business members to have a dialogue and contribute ideas to improve functions of these departments.

Please note: These events are by invite only. Invitations to SPUR business members go out primarily by email. (Please make sure we have your current email address.)

Sponsorship Opportunities:  To inquire about opportunities to host or sponsor a breakfast, please contact Heather Olinto, Chief Development Officer, at 415-644-4281 or holinto@spur.org.

Three Ways Your Business Can Join or Renew

1. Online: sign up online and pay by credit card.
2. Talk to us: contact Heather Olinto at 415-644-4281 or holinto@spur.org 
3. By mail: print out this form (pdf) and send or fax your payment.

 

Thank You to Our 2017 Catering Sponsor:

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Past Business Breakfast Events

Aug
17
Thu
San Jose

SB1 and the Future of Transportation

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Members joined Senator Jim Beall as he discussed his instrumental work in passing is the SB1 transportation package, which increases road maintenance funding by $5 billion annually. Senator Beall has left his mark on Silicon Valley over three decades of public service as a San Jose city councilman, Santa Clara County supervisor, and state assembly member. As the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, he is committed to solving California’s most pressing problems. Together, Senator Beall and SPUR...
Jul
6
Thu
Oakland

What's the Best Model for Community Engagement in Oakland?

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
As change comes to Oakland, community members are asking how planning decisions get made and what role there is for the public in shaping the future of the city. How can Oakland’s Planning and Building Department better engage and mobilize the community in planning processes? SPUR members and Darin Ranelletti, interim director of the City of Oakland Planning and Building Department, gathered in an Oakland Problem Solvers session to share ideas and brainstorm solutions on community involvement.
Apr
27
Thu
San Jose

SJSU’s Role in the Urban Landscape

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Members joined SJSU President Mary Papazian as she shared her plans to expand the university's physical, intellectual and cultural footprint. An 832-bed residence hall opened last year, and a 161,000-square-foot science and innovation complex will break ground in spring 2018. She discussed the plans next up: development and renovation of SJSU’s south campus athletic facilities and a potential expansion of housing and other development opportunities surrounding the main campus.
Apr
6
Thu
Oakland

SunCal's Oak Knoll Development to House 900 Families

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Members joined Sam Veltri , project manager at SunCal , and Chris Hall, from Hart Howerton, in conversation to learn about the housing and community project lined up for Oakland's Oak Knoll neighborhood. Once the legendary home of the Naval Hospital Oakland, Oak Knoll will house more than 900 families within one of the Bay Area’s most significant master-planned community opportunities.
Mar
30
Thu
San Francisco

Annual Political Update 2017

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Phil Matier and Andy Ross joined us yet again for their annual update on all things political in San Francisco and beyond. How are the results of the recent elections being played out across the Bay Area? What big political forces would shape 2017? Business members joined us to engage in great conversation complete with a question and answer with our guest speakers.
Mar
14
Tue
Oakland

How Can Oakland's Building Permit Process Improve?

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
In the coming years, the City of Oakland will be expecting more development, which means its Planning and Building Department will need to process more permits, more quickly. Darin Ranelletti, the interim director of the City of Oakland Planning and Building Department, joined SPUR in this Oakland Problem Solvers session. Members of SPUR helped brainstorm ways to improve the city's development permitting process.
Feb
16
Thu
Oakland

How Can BART Become a Better Developer?

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
As BART looks to emphasize transit-oriented development around its stations, the agency is starting to take on a bigger and bigger role in shaping our built environment. BART managers came to SPUR members to seek expert insights to help guide them with this growth. Members proposed ideas to help the agency think about ways to become a better developer. BART Managers: + Val Menotti / Chief Planning & Development Officer + Sean Brooks / Group Manager, Real Estate & Property...
Feb
9
Thu
Oakland

The Growing Business of Cannabis in Oakland

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
As the Oakland cannabis industry comes out of the shadows, there are many issues to resolve. Members heard from Robert W. Selna, Attorney at Law, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, and Andrea Unsworth, Owner of StashTwist, a delivery-only marijuana dispensary, who are shaping Oakland's approach to this potentially lucrative and still controversial industry.
Feb
8
Wed
San Francisco

What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for San Francisco?

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Just 10 percent of the vote in San Francisco went to Donald Trump. Since his election, the city’s elected leadership has spoken out against many of the president's stated priorities. California Assemblymember David Chiu, Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief at The San Francisco Chronicle, and Fred Blackwell, CEO at The San Francisco Foundation, joined members for a discussion and exploration of the upcoming issues and possibilities facing America's famously progressive city.
Jan
25
Wed
San Jose

2-4-6-8 Who Do We Appreciate?

Business Breakfast 5:30 p.m.
Members joined us in welcoming four emerging councilmembers and heard how they their priorities will shape San Jose's future. The newly elected leaders are: Sergio Jimenez, District 2 Councilmember Lan Diep, District 4 Councilmember Dev Davis, District 6 Councilmember Sylvia Arenas, District 8 Councilmember