Business Breakfasts

A benefit 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.

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 Vanessa Bilanceri, Corporate Relations Manager, at 415-644-4882 or vbilanceri@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 Vanessa Bilanceri at 415-644-4882 or vbilanceri@spur.org.
3. By mail: print out this form (pdf) and send or fax your payment.

 

Thank You to Our 2016 Catering Sponsor:

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Past Business Breakfast Events

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.
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
Dec
8
Thu
Oakland

Downtown Oakland's Biggest Project Yet

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Downtown Oakland’s largest project to date proposes three acres of office, housing, and retail space for 2100 Telegraph Avenue, in the heart of the Uptown arts and entertainment district. Managing Partner at SUDA, Alan Dones, Principal at Lane Partners, Drew Haydel, and Senior Associate/Studio Director at Gensler, Manan Shah, discussed plans for large floorplate offices, retail, restaurants, and community arts and open spaces.
Dec
7
Wed
San Francisco

A New Vision for the Presidio: A Conversation with Jean Fraser

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
This fall, Jean Fraser took the helm as CEO of the Presidio Trust. Fraser, a former deputy city attorney, public health executive and SPUR board member, joins the Trust with an eye toward making sure that as America becomes more diverse, the benefits of parks are available to all. Members heard about her vision for stewardship of this unique national park.
Oct
10
Mon
Oakland

More Housing On the Way for Downtown Oakland

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
With so much going on in downtown Oakland it is hard to believe that we haven't seen a new tower go up – yet. Alex Waterbury, President of Lennar MultiFamily Northern California, came to SPUR to talk about plans in the works for a 33­-story, 254­-unit residential high rise community at 17th & Broadway and a 224-­unit mixed­use community at 19th & Harrison.
Sep
22
Thu
San Jose

The 49ers Foundation: A Big Win for Community

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
San Francisco 49ers Vice President and Executive Director of Community Relations, Joanne Pasternack, discussed the team’s philanthropic engagement in Silicon Valley. The 49ers Foundation supports programs for underserved youth to keep them “Safe, On Track, and in School.” In 2015 it contributed $4 million to nonprofits, including City Year San Jose, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute. Since its inception in 1992, the Foundation has contributed $34.6 million to strengthen Bay Area communities.