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

Mar
24
Thu
San Jose

Disrupting Transportation in Silicon Valley

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
In Silicon Valley, traffic has never been worse, transit never more crowded. Join us as Nuria Fernandez, head of the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority, speaks to the challenges and opportunities of moving people in, around and through the valley—and shares VTA’s visions for tackling those changes.
Feb
18
Thu
San Francisco

Annual Political Update 2016: Phil Matier and Andy Ross

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Phil Matier and Andy Ross join us for their annual update on all things political in San Francisco and beyond. How are the results of the recent elections playing out across the Bay Area? What big political forces will shape 2016? Join us for a great conversation, but don't come empty handed--Matier and Ross will talk until our questions run out.
Jan
27
Wed
Oakland

Tools for Urban Economic Development: EIFDs Explained

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
In the wake of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies around California, developers and others have searched for creative ways to finance affordable housing and other economic development investments. Join SPUR for a deeper look at Enhanced Infrastructure Finance Districts (EIFDs) and learn how this tool could shape private and public investments in Oakland and elsewhere. We will hear from Joshua Simon, Executive Director of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), who stitched together the patchwork quilt of financing...
Nov
6
Fri
San Jose

Mayor Sam Liccardo: What's next, San Jose?

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
The Mayor’s First Year: San Jose is on the move with explosive growth at levels not seen in over a decade. Looking forward, it is projecting to add nearly half a million people and jobs in the next 30 years. What lies ahead for California's 3rd largest city? Join Mayor Sam Liccardo as he reflects on his first year in office and provides our audience with an exclusive look at his urban agenda for 2016 and beyond.
Oct
14
Wed
San Jose

What's the best case scenario for the future of downtown San Jose (and what's the worst case)?

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Mike Kim of Simeon Properties, Mark Ritchie of Ritchie Commercial and Lydia Tan of Bentall Kennedy will bring their residential, broker and investor perspectives to the table for this provocative discussion on the future of downtown. What's the state of the market in downtown San Jose today? What will it take to spark a new commercial building here? How long until major planned projects — such as the Diridon Station Plan, urban villages, and BART to downtown — impact development...
Oct
14
Wed
Oakland

Planning Oakland's future: the short-term vs. the long-term

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Downtown Oakland is experiencing a renaissance and is poised to take on a larger role in the region. The future is not guaranteed, however, and downtown still faces a number of key challenges. We believe that the best path forward is to plan for growth — and to shape that growth to make downtown Oakland a great place that provides benefits to all. Join us as Oakland Planning Director Rachel Flynn and Lane Partners Principal Drew Haydel talk about their...
Sep
30
Wed
San Francisco

San Francisco's Billion Dollar Unicorns: Have They Changed the Commercial Real Estate World Forever?

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Are billion-dollar tech start-ups driving our current commercial real estate boom? Has the success of these " unicorns " changed the fundamentals of San Francisco’s real estate market forever? Join SPUR in conversation with Dan Cressman, executive managing director with NGKF Capital Markets in San Francisco, to find out. Specializing in the sale of more than $3.5 billion of commercial properties in downtown San Francisco over the past 30 years, Mr. Cressman has been instrumental in representing both domestic and...
Aug
20
Thu
San Jose

Dave Cortese: The Issues Facing Santa Clara County

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Santa Clara County is widely recognized as a hotbed of innovation, a melting pot of rich diversity, beautiful open spaces and an environment where ideas germinate and flourish. The county has also recently made national headlines for less positive news, however, including having some of the highest housing prices, highest homeless population and some of the worst traffic in the nation. Join Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese as he discusses his plans to address some of...
Aug
11
Tue
San Francisco

The Resilient Future

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Getting our business community, governments and cities ready to survive the next disaster Featuring a conversation on the resilience of cities' economic and infrastructure lifelines in the face of a disaster. Panelists will include SF City Administrator Naomi Kelly, SF Chief Resilience Officer Patrick Otellini , and policy expert Laurie A. Johnson AICP. They will discuss how we prepare for the significant investments we will need to make in a post-disaster scenario. What are the predictions and plans we can...
May
20
Wed
San Francisco

Sam Mogannam of Bi-Rite Market: Community Oriented Business

Business Breakfast 2:30 p.m.
With a dollar per square foot revenue that accedes grocers around the country, Bi-Rite has become a model for what an urban market can be. Bi-Rite owner Sam Mogannam talks about how the company continues to stay successful in a competitive environment while staying an engaged community business within the context of a rapidly changing city.