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Upcoming Programs
SFMade OrientationTuesday, March 11th

Come learn what we do and how we help manufacturers.

Making Returns

Wednesday, March 19th

An investment presentation and networking event for growing manufacturers, individual investors and service providers. Hear from a local manufacturer about a successful equity investment round, and from a seasoned investor. At Bluxome Street Winery.

How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel and Sewn Products

Tuesday, March 25th

If you’re planning on producing apparel or sewn products, this workshop is for you!

How to Manufacture Locally for Food and Beverage Products

Thursday, March 27th

If you’re planning on producing packaged food or beverage products, this workshop is for you!

Hiring Made Easier

Tuesday, April 1st

This workshop will teach you everything you need to know about hiring employees and complying with all of the applicable laws and regulations.

 

UPDates and member events
Logo Usage Guide for SFMade MembersHey SFMade members, it’s easy to rep the SFMade brand! Check out our handy guide, which includes an order form for free SFMade stickers, table tents, and other collateral. YouthMade is Back!

Interested in hosting a youth intern at your business? Contact [email protected] for more details.

 

Open Jobs with SFMade Members
HR Generalist, McRoskey MattressesThree Positions at Heath CeramicsPart-time Retail Associate, Rickshaw Bagworks

More here…

SFMade Job Board

SFMade members can post a job on SFMade’s Job Board, and we’ll help you screen for qualified candidates too, including for seasonal hires! Email job descriptions to [email protected].

Save the Date: SFMade Week is May 5th-11th
It’s almost time for our favorite week of the year, SFMade Week! SFMade Week features seven days of  education, exploration, and innovation designed to heighten local awareness and understanding of the local manufacturing sector and the companies and people who bring locally made products to fruition.So, what do you have to look forward to this year?

  • Free factory tours across the city
  • Workshops and classes offered by local makers
  • Pop-up shops and sales events
  • San Francisco’s first wine and beer trail
  • Makerhoods: Neighborhood-wide activities with local manufacturers
  • Ramp it Up! An evening celebration and fundraiser at the San Francisco Design Center

Stay tuned for updates!

Members interested in planning an event can learn more and sign up here.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

 
Company SpotlightDollhouse Bettie
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“To make an underwire bra is like building a bridge,” joked Michelle Metens, owner of Dollhouse Bettie, a  vintage-inspired lingerie line sewn in San Francisco.  In 2006 Michelle surveyed the domestic landscape of contract manufacturers hoping to find someone to make her first line, and found that the kind of specialized sewing required for sophisticated lingerie wasn’t available to her. So, she started a factory and began building her own bridges.

“I tried doing one run overseas,” said Michelle, explaining that with the costs of miscommunications, shipping, and import and export taxes, it ended up costing less to sew her products here. “Plus, when you manufacture locally  you employ local people, and have complete control of the production process from beginning to end.” It took about two years to find the right equipment, space and people. Since then Dollhouse Bettie has been selling their lines of  bras, garters, hosiery, panties and sleepwear online and at their retail store in the Haight.

Last year, the company expanded their factory—moving into a larger space and hiring three more seamstresses—so that they could take their lace and satin-filled racks  to New York  for their very first wholesale tradeshow just last week. They went from three sewing machines to twelve, and if all goes as planned, Michelle said she hopes to hire six new people this year.

The Monthly Goods:Coat Rack With Double Shelf from Carlysle Manufacturing
doubleshelfProduct We Love:  We first set eyes on these shelves when an SFMade member used them to vertically expand their booth at the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair.  It was perfect for such a small space, which makes sense because Carlysle designs these sleek, adjustable shelves with small, versatile spaces in mind. The shelves can mount with no hardware, so you can painlessly add another dimension to your walls (and hang your coat!)Want one? Find them here. 


SFMade Founding PartnersCity of San Francisco, Rickshaw Bagworks, Citi, FHL Bank San Francisco, Anchor Brewers and Distillers, Wells Fargo, Levi Strauss & Co, Ritual Coffee Roasters, Cayson Culinary Designs, Hanson Bridgett, New Resource Bank, Pacific Waterfront Partners, Bank of America, McRoskey Mattress Co, TechShop, BayPoint Benefits, DODOCase, North Point Advisors, and Insperity.
SFMade’s mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce. SFMade is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.sfmade.org

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