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

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
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.
Sep
13
Tue
San Francisco

Can We Make Our Cities Safe?

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Members joined us to hear Interim Chief of Police Toney Chaplin's plans for the San Francisco Police Department and its duty to serve and protect the city’s public realm. Chief Chaplin voiced the importance of reform in light of our civic and national conversation about police, violence and racism in America.
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...