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Upcoming Programs

How to Manufacture Locally- For Apparel
Tuesday, July 30th
If you're planning to produce apparel or sewn products, this session is for you!

SFMade Orientation
Thursday, August 8th

Learn what we do and how we help manufacturers!

Export Opportunities for Food & Beverage Manufacturers
Wednesday, August 14th

Learn how your business can scale globally in this practical workshop.

How to Manufacture Locally for Food and Beverage
Tuesday, August 20th

If you're thinking about producing a packaged food or beverage product, this session is for you!

How to Finance in 2013: Real Estate, Equipment, Working Capital
Wednesday, August 21st

Learn about financing strategies for real estate, tenant improvements, equipment and working capital for manufacturers. 

 

 
 
 
UPDates and member events

2013 SFMade Holiday Fair Vendor Application NOW OPEN
The 2013 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair will be at the beautiful Fort Mason Center December 7th and 8th. SFMade members are invited to apply here, applications are due by August 25th. 

Logo Usage Guide for SFMade Members
Hey 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. 

Invitation to Apply: SFMade Consumer Products Guide
Due to popular demand, SFMade has launched the SFMade Consumer Products Guide, a new tool to help retailers, organizations, and corporations source and purchase SFMade consumer products. SFMade members are encouraged to learn more and apply here.

 
Alert- California Enterprise Zone Program is Winding Down
Businesses interested in accessing hiring credits need to move fast. The state program that awards tax credits to businesses for hiring eligible employees will be undergoing significant changes in 2014. Companies that are interested in obtaining credits or who have filed and are waiting for vouchers should contact [email protected]

 

Open Jobs with SFMade Members

Office Manager (Quickbooks)

Desktop Applications Software Engineer

Manufacturing Technician

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! Email job descriptions to [email protected].

 

SFMade in the News
San Francisco Chronicle
SFMade Brands Pop-Up at Westfield Shopping Center
Ten SFMade Companies Rockin it on Social Media

Is your Facebook feed getting a little stale? Mix it up with news from your neighborhood manufacturers! Here are ten SFMade members who keep us regularly informed and entertained on various platforms— they're good inspiration for businesses looking to start using social media, and just plain fun for the rest of us!

Betabrand on Facebook
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From the beginning, Betabrand has charmed its fans with a hilarious email newsletter, and that playfulness transfers right over to Facebook. Followers participate in photo caption contests and vote on product ideas that are then released as limited edition items (we're particularly excited about the Meat Feet Sock Three-Pack moddled after the salumi sampler at Boccalone).

On Facebook Giraux Jewelry shares heartwarming photos of couples with their new engagement rings. Fiat Lux also shows off newly-made rings for on Instagram, along with other handmade eye candy they have in their retail store.

Humphry Slocombe on Facebook
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Their daily ice cream distraction keeps us hungry, giggly and excited to know what flavor they'll come up with next. 

TCHO on Pinterest
From chocolate FAQ's, to photos of source materials, to chocolate recipes, TCHO's boards are a great source of chocolate inspiration. 

Crave on Pinterest
An inside look into the luxury sex toy factory, plus beautiful images of women they love.  

Yellow Owl Workshop on Instagram
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Yellow Owl Workshop makes greeting cards and stamp sets, and you can see the design process (plus the designer's beautifully handwritten notes and doodles) by following on Instagram. 

DODOcase, Rickshaw Bagworks and Timbuk2 on Twitter
All three companies do a great job of regularly tweeting out sales, products spotted in the streets, as well as news and events of interest to their communities. DODOcase and Rickshaw actively use their accounts to respond to customer service inquiries. Timbuk2 often takes photos while they're on the road, and we'll gladly follow!

For more SFMade companies, check out SFMade's feeds on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

 
The Monthly Goods:
Love, San Francisco Cards from
Lilikoi Design + Letterpress 
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Product We Love:  Send someone a little San Francisco love with this letterpress greeting card.  Lilikoi recently expanded from LA to open another manufacturing studio in San Francisco,  and we're glad she brought these trendy neon yellow and orange colors with her.  
I want one! Get it here.

Company Spotlight: Drip Module

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We always know when one of the companies that makes their products inside TechShop San Francisco has gotten a big order. Boxes are piled high, there's less table space, and new faces are assembling, packing, or 3D printing. This month, Drip Module has been busy. 

Inspired by the frozen shape of water droplets, the two-year-old company makes stylish bowls, trays, clocks, pet products, and coffee tables. To make their products they use a rapid prototyping technique that employs injection molding, laser cutting, and CNC. 

Drip Module is one of the six brands participating in the SFMade Pop-Up at the Westfield Shopping Center, where each month a different company gets discounted kiosk space. So far, the pilot program has served its purpose— creating high visibility and exposer to new companies for smaller under-the-radar brands who don't have retail stores of their own.

"On our first day we got 700 orders from an online retailer," said EJ Tanu, co-founder. "Before that we only had a few small accounts." Orders have grown steadily since then, and his temp workers are busy meeting wholesale orders of up to 2,000 units. "The plan is to hire them full-time, and start reaching out to investors so we can get some new equipment," he said. 

Drip Module will be at the Westfield through the end of July.  



SFMade Founding Partners
City 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.
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