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

Apr
9
Thu
San Francisco

Ken Rosen: Economic & Real Estate Market Outlook

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Ken Rosen is Chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and will present his economic and real estate market outlook for San Francisco and how its market reflects the greater region, as well as the country.
Jan
28
Wed
San Francisco

Matier + Ross: A Political Update for 2015

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 continuing economic boom and changes in the political landscape across the Bay Area, what will the year ahead hold for the city and region? Matier and Ross weigh in with their predictions for 2015.
Dec
3
Wed
San FranciscoSan Jose

Forecasting the Future: Wells Fargo Senior Economist Mark Vitner

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
2014 was in incredibly strong year for the Bay Area, with numerous publications ranking the region as the top market for commercial real estate investment, while job and income growth continue to outpace the nation. However, an ever-tightening housing market and national trends may impact the boom. Join Mark Vitn er, managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo , for a commentary on the Bay Area's economic future.
Oct
29
Wed
San Francisco

Science and Sustainability: California Academy of Sciences ED Dr. Jonathan Foley

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Dr. Jonathan Foley has dedicated much of his career to understanding how to feed 9 billion people while minimizing environmental destruction. In his new role as Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences he takes a broad look at the most urgent threats facing Earth's organisms and ecosystems. Join him as he shares his thoughts on how museums and the private sector can partner to protect our planet’s fragile biosphere for generations to come.
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.