Business Member 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 includes a light continental breakfast followed by casual dialogue and a Q&A session.

Our Oakland Problem Solvers series features leadership from City of Oakland departments including planning and building, economic and workforce development, and transportation. At each Problem Solvers breakfast, SPUR invites business members to join a dialogue and contribute ideas to improve the functions of these departments.

Please note: These events are by invitation 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 Anna Nicholls, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, at 415-644-4882 or anicholls@spur.org.


Two Ways Your Business Can Join or Renew

1.Online: sign up online and pay by credit card.
2. Talk to us: contact Anna Nicholls at 415-644-4882 or anicholls@spur.org.

 


Thank You to Our 2018 Catering Sponsor:

Past Sponsors: 

 

Upcoming and Past Events

Aug
1
Wed
San Francisco

Airbnb and the Future of Home-Sharing

Business Member Event 5:30 p.m.
The intense growth of home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb has sparked debate on how cities should police short-term rentals in order to enable local economies to flourish while preserving the character and quality of communities. Home-sharing regulation is changing on an almost daily basis, with unprecedented action being taken in cities around the world. How is the future of home sharing being shaped by these new regulations? How is Airbnb partnering with local municipalities to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes? And...
May
8
Tue
San Francisco

The Future of Central SoMa

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood (SoMa) has transcended its industrial past, becoming fertile ground in which hundreds of companies — technology startups and established firms alike — have taken root. But as these businesses continue to grow, their expansion is often impeded by the planning and building decisions of the past. These concerns may soon be forgotten, however, as the city moves to adopt the Central SoMa Plan, a bold new vision that will shape the neighborhood over the...
Apr
25
Wed
Oakland

Problem Solver With Mike Hursh: What should the City of Oakland’s ongoing role be in workforce development?

Business Member Event 8:15 a.m.
Join us in contributing ideas directly to Mark Sawicki, director of the City of Oakland’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development, on how his department can address this question. The continued success of the Bay Area economy requires robust pathways to work, offering young people and low- and middle-wage workers opportunities to begin and advance in their careers. In light of reduced federal funding for workforce development, and an increased emphasis on regional strategies, SPUR invites business members and guests...
Apr
25
Wed
San Jose

Smart Cities: Reshaping Economy & Society

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
Andrew Blau has been a strategy and innovation advisor to business, government and NGO leaders across a wide range of topics, including mobility and transportation, healthcare, global commerce and corporate strategy. Join SPUR as Andrew discusses how rapid advances in technology are reshaping our economy and society. To solve complex urban challenges, traditional cities are increasingly adopting disruptive digital technologies and utilizing the power of data to transform into 'smart cities.' Thank you to our generous sponsor: RSVP today to...
Mar
29
Thu
San Jose

Modular Construction: Building the Future

Business Member Event 5:30 p.m.
Following several years of dramatic increases in the cost of construction and continued shortages in housing supply, modular or "prefab" construction is sparking renewed curiosity among developers, investors and residents. Factory-built housing has captured the interest of those in search of more effective, productive and potentially inexpensive ways to build housing. New projects underway and on the horizon indicate that modular housing might finally begin to fulfill its promise. Join us for an evening reception and discussion with Ken Lowney,...
Mar
29
Thu
Oakland

Problem Solver with Bill Gilchrist: Updating Oakland's Specific Planning Process

Business Member Event 8:15 a.m.
Join us in contributing ideas directly to William (Bill) Gilchrist, director of the City of Oakland’s Department of Planning and Building Services, on how his department can address this question: How is Oakland's specific planning process working, and how can it be improved? For the last few years, the City of Oakland has used specific and area plans as a tool for defining a clear vision for individual neighborhoods, outlining a process to achieve that vision and spurring investment. Now...
Feb
28
Wed
Oakland

Problem Solver With Mike Hursh: Shaping AC Transit’s Workforce of Tomorrow

Business Member Event 8:15 a.m.
Join SPUR business members and guests to contribute ideas to Mike Hursch, general manager of AC Transit, on how his department can address the following question: How can AC transit help develop a workforce of tomorrow? Public transit relies on skilled and healthy workforce to do the difficult job of keeping buses and trains running, and keeping customers happy. Alarmingly, 40% of AC Transit’s workforce is eligible for retirement today, and there isn’t an adequate pool of incoming bus drivers...
Feb
8
Thu
Oakland

Problem Solver with Mark Sawicki: What Should Oakland's Retail Strategy Be?

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
This event is generously sponsored by Comerica. What should Oakland’s retail strategy be and how could Oakland benefit from the changing retail climate? Downtown Oakland was once the retail and shopping heart of the East Bay. Today Oaklanders must often leave their neighborhoods, and even the city, for basic goods. The resulting “leakage” of sales taxes to adjacent communities has impacted the city’s budget: Oakland now has the lowest sales tax per capita of any big city in California. In...
Jan
24
Wed
San Jose

The Rise of Tech in San Jose

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
More and more technology companies are choosing to relocate to San Jose from other parts of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Join SPUR in a conversation with Colin Yasukochi and Lexi Russell, co-authors of CBRE's 2017 Tech-30 report, CBRE to discuss reasons for this shift — including access to transit, financial considerations and the vibrancy of an urban center — and what these trends mean for the future of San Jose. The SPUR Business Breakfast Series is an exclusive...
Jan
18
Thu
San Francisco

How to Build a New Arena in San Francisco: A Conversation with Rick Welts, President and COO of the Golden State Warriors

Business Member Event 8:00 a.m.
The Golden State Warriors' new $1 billion, privately-funded arena broke ground in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood in January 2017. As well as being the new home for the Warriors, Chase Center will host nearly 200 events a year and anchor an 11-acre district of restaurants, cafés, offices, public plazas and a new five-and-a-half-acre public waterfront park. Join Rick Welts, president and COO of the Golden State Warriors, to hear how he navigated negotiations with local stakeholders in the face...