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

Nov
6
Fri
San Jose

Mayor Sam Liccardo: What's next, San Jose?

Business Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
The Mayor’s First Year: San Jose is on the move with explosive growth at levels not seen in over a decade. Looking forward, it is projecting to add nearly half a million people and jobs in the next 30 years. What lies ahead for California's 3rd largest city? Join Mayor Sam Liccardo as he reflects on his first year in office and provides our audience with an exclusive look at his urban agenda for 2016 and beyond.
Oct
14
Wed
San Jose

What's the best case scenario for the future of downtown San Jose (and what's the worst case)?

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Mike Kim of Simeon Properties, Mark Ritchie of Ritchie Commercial and Lydia Tan of Bentall Kennedy will bring their residential, broker and investor perspectives to the table for this provocative discussion on the future of downtown. What's the state of the market in downtown San Jose today? What will it take to spark a new commercial building here? How long until major planned projects — such as the Diridon Station Plan, urban villages, and BART to downtown — impact development...
Oct
14
Wed
Oakland

Planning Oakland's future: the short-term vs. the long-term

Business Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Downtown Oakland is experiencing a renaissance and is poised to take on a larger role in the region. The future is not guaranteed, however, and downtown still faces a number of key challenges. We believe that the best path forward is to plan for growth — and to shape that growth to make downtown Oakland a great place that provides benefits to all. Join us as Oakland Planning Director Rachel Flynn and Lane Partners Principal Drew Haydel talk about their...
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.