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

Sep
30
Wed
San Francisco

San Francisco's Billion Dollar Unicorns: Have They Changed the Commercial Real Estate World Forever?

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Are billion-dollar tech start-ups driving our current commercial real estate boom? Has the success of these " unicorns " changed the fundamentals of San Francisco’s real estate market forever? Join SPUR in conversation with Dan Cressman, executive managing director with NGKF Capital Markets in San Francisco, to find out. Specializing in the sale of more than $3.5 billion of commercial properties in downtown San Francisco over the past 30 years, Mr. Cressman has been instrumental in representing both domestic and...
Aug
20
Thu
San Jose

Dave Cortese: The Issues Facing Santa Clara County

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Santa Clara County is widely recognized as a hotbed of innovation, a melting pot of rich diversity, beautiful open spaces and an environment where ideas germinate and flourish. The county has also recently made national headlines for less positive news, however, including having some of the highest housing prices, highest homeless population and some of the worst traffic in the nation. Join Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese as he discusses his plans to address some of...
Aug
11
Tue
San Francisco

The Resilient Future

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Getting our business community, governments and cities ready to survive the next disaster Featuring a conversation on the resilience of cities' economic and infrastructure lifelines in the face of a disaster. Panelists will include SF City Administrator Naomi Kelly, SF Chief Resilience Officer Patrick Otellini , and policy expert Laurie A. Johnson AICP. They will discuss how we prepare for the significant investments we will need to make in a post-disaster scenario. What are the predictions and plans we can...
May
20
Wed
San Francisco

Sam Mogannam of Bi-Rite Market: Community Oriented Business

Business Breakfast 2:30 p.m.
With a dollar per square foot revenue that accedes grocers around the country, Bi-Rite has become a model for what an urban market can be. Bi-Rite owner Sam Mogannam talks about how the company continues to stay successful in a competitive environment while staying an engaged community business within the context of a rapidly changing city.
May
20
Wed
San Francisco

Sam Mogannam: Founder, Bi-Rite Market

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
With a dollar per square foot revenue that accedes grocers around the country, Bi-Rite has become a model for what an urban market can be. Bi-Rite owner Sam Mogannam talks about how the company continues to stay successful in a competitive environment while staying an engaged community business within the context of a rapidly changing city.
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.