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:

Past Sponsors:  

 

Past Business Breakfast Events

Nov
8
Wed
San Jose

Creating Vibrant and Healthy Cities for All

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Member joined Guillermo (Gil) Peñalosa, the founder and chair of the board of the internationally recognized nonprofit organization 8 80 Cities , as he discussed how to apply a simple but powerful philosophy to San Jose: If you create a great city for both an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people. Gil advises decision makers on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities and focuses on the design...
Oct
26
Thu
San Francisco

Best Cities to Score Tech Talent

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
The shortage of tech workers remains a vexing problem for employers. CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent report analyzes labor market conditions for tech workers in 50 U.S. and Canadian cities and helps employers and investors better understand tech talent supply and demand dynamics. SPUR members joined CBRE Research Team, Colin Yasukochi and Lexi Russell to discuss how these growth patterns are impacting cities and real estate from the Bay Area to Boston.
Oct
17
Tue
Oakland

How to Build Affordable Single-Family Homes For Less

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Members joined David Waal, Principal Alliance for Revitalized Communities, LLC , in conversation to learn how Alliance for Revitalized Communities has creatively addressed building single-family housing — for less. We also covered political and building department challenges, as well as achieving a less expensive building option with higher end results, including zero-net energy homes with no monthly utility bills.
Sep
19
Tue
Oakland

How Should Oakland Fund Improvements in Underinvested Areas?

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Since the dissolution of redevelopment agencies, California cities have struggled to find a substitute for tax increment financing to fund needed infrastructure and affordable housing. In that void, cities had to get creative. SPUR members and Mark Sawicki, director of the City of Oakland Department of Economics and Workforce Development, gathered in an Oakland Problem Solvers session to get creative ideas about where else to look for sources of financing to improve underinvested areas of the city.
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.