Empowering manufacturers. Creating jobs. Transforming our city.



Upcoming Programs
Strategic Planning Workshop
In this workshop we will offer an overview of the strategic planning process to help you establish objectives, goals, and strategies to help maximize profitability and set your company’s direction.How to Manufacture Locally for Apparel & Sewn Products

Thursday, September 25th

If you’re planning to produce apparel or sewn products, this session is for you!Meet the Buyers

Monday, September 29th

Our biggest panel of the year, featuring buyers from Whole Foods, SFMOMA and more!

This diverse panel representing local stores, online platforms, and larger markets will help product makers in all industries understand how buyers make purchasing decisions!
SFMade Orientation

Tuesday, October 14th

Learn what we do and how we help manufacturing companies to succeed!

National Manufacturing Day- October 3rd

All week leading up to National Manufacturing Day manufacturers across the country will be offering tours and activities to the general public. We’ll be working with key sponsor Manex to promote SFMade member events. Visit the schedule here.


Open Jobs with SFMade Members
Retail Area Manager, Heath CeramicsProduction Manager/Inventory Planner, Rickshaw BagworksSales Manager, Beverley SiriRetail Sales Associate, McRoskey MattressMore here…


Impact IndicatorsSFMade members:541People employed by SFMade members:


In the News
Can SF’s new ‘makers’ make it here? San Francisco Business Times
Members, Got Kaizen?  
manex_logojpgKaizen is a system of improvement and self-changing, and refers to practices that focus upon continuous improvement of process in manufacturing. Kaizen can quickly impact your bottom line by:

  • Eliminating clutter
  • Fostering a team environment
  • Improving material and information flow
  • Organizing tools and fixtures
  • Reducing lead time
  • Reducing floor space
  • Reducing setup and change over time
  • Reducing and/or eliminating waste

Special funding is available to offset most to all costs relating to this short-term, high-impact project. 

Manex’s Kaizen program is a phenomenal hands-on, onsite workshop to help improve your operation and production activities and often has immediate measurable ROI.

For specific case studies, please review their website:


To learn more about Kaizen, please contact Manex at (925)807-5101 or via email at [email protected].

Fun with Instagram! 5 Companies Capture Their Production Process 

vgLast week we invited five different SFMade companies to take over our Instagram each day and demonstrate step-by-step how they make their products. If you weren’t following along, check out these great pics from Nana Joes Granola, Illadora Apparel, Lila B., Vanessa Gade Jewelry Design, and Gentlemen Scholar Signs.NJ

Back to our regularly scheduled Instagram programming now, which is still a whole lot of fun!

Company Spotlight:The D.N.A. Group

There’s a new apparel factory in town and they’ve got a fresh style that applies to their business model and the samples hanging on their racks. The D.N.A. group began with the acquisition of a thirty-five year old lingerie manufacturing company in the heart of San Francisco, and is steadily growing to support and make product lines for emerging local designers. 

After finding his niche consulting for American manufacturing companies on the east coast, CEO Alex Snyder and his partner moved to San Francisco  where they began consulting for Van Tisse, a lingerie brand that in its heyday counted customers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. The owner passed away leaving the company, its five employees, and a legacy to Alex. The new line— made in the brand new factory in the American Industrial Center— was just launched.

D.N.A. group is also working with beginning designers to help them establish a presence in the industry by assisting with product development, manufacturing, and brand management. “It’s a really exciting experience because we do everything in house, we do pattern making, sample making, and the production is by approval,” says Alex. “You might not produce with us, but we’ll make it very easy for you to walk into another manufacturer and just say I want it like this.” The company also offers boutique-like a la carte services including textile development, branding and graphics support. 

Alex came to SFMade initially through our monthly How Manufacture Locally for Apparel workshop. Since then we’ve sent them a steady stream of referrals. “SFMade was the catalyst for helping us understand this market. We were in dire straights and needed such quick turnaround with help finding funding, figuring out HR, help with hiring, and understanding how to work with other companies… There’s nothing that SFMade hasn’t helped us with.”

More info on the DNA Group here.

The Monthly Goods:Marlo’s Bakeshop 

Product We Love:  The original flavor biscotti, made with a recipe passed down from Marlo’s grandmother is a delightful mix of chocolate-covered raisins, toasted walnuts and dark chocolate chips. Packaged and sold in stores all around the country!

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.
Empowering manufacturers. Creating jobs. Transforming our city. 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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