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:

Past Sponsors:    

Past Business Breakfast Events

Jul
21
Thu
Oakland

A New Direction for the Port of Oakland

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Members heard from two of the key transportation and infrastructure leaders in the Bay Area, Chris Lytle, head of the Port of Oakland, and Bryant L. Francis, the port's new director of aviation. Lytle is leading the port through a period of change. His vision for this critical public entity will affect the region's economic sustainability for generations to come. Francis brings more than a decade of aviation management experience to Oakland. He shared his vision for continuing the growth...
Jun
14
Tue
San Francisco

SF Has 6,000 People Living on the Streets: Here's How to House Them

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Mayor Ed Lee promised to get 6,000 people off the streets during his term. Just last month, Jeff Kositsky made the commitment to achieve that goal when he was appointed director of the city's Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. Join us on June 14th as Jeff discusses his role in the newly created department dedicated to tackling the city's longtime struggle with homelessness.
Jun
1
Wed
San Jose

San Jose: What’s Next for Downtown and District 3

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Following an 8-year career with the San Jose Police Department, Councilmember Raul Peralez was elected to represent San Jose City Council's District 3. Peralez is committed to restoring the police department and improving public safety. Peralez has jumped right in, prioritizing the economic vitality of downtown, addressing homelessness, planning for Diridon Station's future as a transit mecca, and working to rebuild the strained relationships between the city's leaders, public employees, and community. Join us as Peralez reflects on his first...
Apr
28
Thu
San Francisco

Institutions, Innovation, and Inequity in the Bay Area and Beyond – Edelman’s 2016 Trust Barometer

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
A keen understanding of the factors driving income inequality and institutional distrust are essential to leadership in a divided world. Join Ravi Moorthy, Managing Director of Edelman’s Bay Area Corporate & Public Affairs team as he presents the results of Edelman’s 2016 Trust Barometer and explores the widening trust gap between the elite and mass populations, and what it means for those who work, innovate and create policy in Northern California.
Apr
21
Thu
Oakland

A Vision for Tackling Oakland’s Housing Crisis

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
In response to growing concerns about housing affordability, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has unveiled a plan to protect 17,000 existing affordable homes and apartments and build at least 17,000 new ones over the next eight years. Join Assistant City Administrator, Claudia Cappio for a discussion of the proactive solutions Oakland is proposing to meet its housing challenges head on.
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
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...