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

Oct
27
Mon
San Jose

Patenting Innovation in the South Bay: USPTO San Jose Director John Cabeca

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Silicon Valley has long acted as the nation's top innovation incubator, with 1 in 8 registered patents originating from the region. The opening of a new United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in San Jose in early 2015 points to the South Bay continuing to be a hotbed of world-changing ideas far into the future. Join the USPTO's director, John Cabeca , for a conversation about how the new office will help spur the regional economy by continuing to inspire innovation.
Aug
20
Wed
San Francisco

Connecting the State at High Speed: CAHSR CEO Jeff Morales

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Once completed, California's high-speed rail system will create a transportation backbone for the state, connecting Sacramento to San Diego and up to 24 stations in between. The project will also spur the modernization of rail statewide. Join Jeff Morales , CEO of the California High Speed Rail Authority, for a discussion of the necessary steps still ahead for getting tracks laid and trains running.
Jul
24
Thu
San Jose

Planning San Jose: San Jose Planning Director Harry Freitas

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
A civil servant since 1990, Harry Freitas recently moved into his new role as director of the City of San Jose 's Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department. Join us for a discussion of challenges and opportunities as San Jose seizes a moment of rapid growth and change in the South Bay.
Jul
9
Wed
San Francisco

Tying Tech to the Community: Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
An early adopter of Mayor Lee's payroll tax exemption for Mid-Market and Tenderloin business, cloud-based software company Zendesk has reciprocated the city's generosity by becoming deeply involved with organizations that work to break the cycle of poverty, bridge the technical divide and promote workforce development. Join CEO Mikkel Svane for a discussion on what's next for Zendesk.
Apr
24
Thu
San Francisco

San Francisco's Economic Future: Chief Economist Ted Egan

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
San Francisco is in a boom. Analyses show that fears of a bubble are unwarranted, but how reliant on the tech sector is this forward momentum? Join Ted Egan , Chief Economist for the City of San Francisco, for a look at what this rapid growth could mean for the future of the city.
Mar
25
Tue
San Francisco

Media, Tech + the City: James Temple and Kim-Mai Cutler

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
It's easy to write a story about Google shuttles but far more complicated to provide thoughtful, contextual analysis of the rapidly changing world of tech and urbanism in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two of the sharpest journalists covering these issues today are Recode's James Temple and Techcrunch's Kim-Mai Cutler . Join them for a discussion of the issues facing the cities and tech, how they choose their stories, and their thoughts on the evolving media landscape.
Feb
5
Wed
San Francisco

Matier + Ross: A Political Update for 2014

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Phil Matier and Andy Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle share their thoughts on the rapidly changing political landscape in San Francisco. With our regional economic boom well underway and cranes dotting the skyline, what will 2014 hold for the city and region?
Dec
5
Thu
San Francisco

Building the Future of SF State: President Dr. Leslie Wong

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
With over 141 acres and nearly 28,000 students, San Francisco State University is the largest educational institution in the city. Helmed by President Dr. Leslie Wong , the universtiy has just launched a new strategic planning effort , providing an opportunity to reexamine both its academic and physical master plans as well as the institution's connection to the broader city context. Join Dr. Wong as he discusses the impact that the plan will have on both the university and the city at large.
Sep
18
Wed
San Francisco

Design Thinking: Tim Brown of IDEO

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
IDEO' s singular approach to design has consistently awarded them recognition as one of the most innovative companies on the planet. IDEO's CEO and president, Tim Brown , joins the Business Breakfast series for a discussion of how the company continues to strive to better shape the interactions we experience in our day-to-day lives.