A neighborhood of freedom, acceptance, creativity and diversity.
Our mission is to unite area merchants to promote the Castro's interests, increase opportunities and facilitate communication between businesses and local government.
Castro Merchants © 2014
NEWS AND EVENTS
Understanding Your Business Lease
It is very important that you have a written lease to protect the growth and success of your business, but this can be challenging because many lease forms are difficult to understand and biased in favor of the landlord. There are many parts of an office, retail, or other commercial lease that you can and should negotiate with the landlord to increase the odds of success for your business. An experienced business and real estate attorney will help you learn how to make well-informed commercial tenant decisions, prepare for landlord negotiations, document a fair lease contract, and enforce your commercial tenant rights after you sign a lease. This class does not constitute legal advice. Read more here: http://investsf.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Understanding-your-Business-Lease-Castro-Workshop.pdf Please R.S.V.P by Tuesday, April 22 by 12:00 p.m.:Richard Kurylo at (415) 554-6680 or email@example.com
Your Referrals Will Help Local Charities...
In April, when you refer yourself or a friend to my real estate business, I will donate $25 dollars after our first meeting to a locally serving charity of your choice. Additionally, for any client you refer (including yourself!) in April who closes a transaction at any time, I will donate $250 to a locally serviing charity of your choosing!
Honored: Terry Asten Bennett
At this month's meeting Castro Merchants and Supervisor Scott Weiner honored our outgoing President Terry Asten Bennett of Cliff's Variety. Terry has faithfully served 2 terms as our association's President. Her last order of business, was overseeing our name change and subsequent brand transformation. Terry has lived her entire life in the Castro, and has been managing the operations of Cliff's Variety since the late 90's. It would be an understatement to say that Terry has committed her life to the neighborhood that many the world over have come to know as a place that anyone, can feel at home. Terry is family, Castro Merchants family, San Francisco family, our family! Thank You Terry!
San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance
If you are a San Francisco employer and have more than 20 employees nationwide, you are required to comply with the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance by April 30th. This ordinance encourages commuters to take transit, bike, or rideshare to work by requiring their employers to offer commuter benefits. This year, the reporting procedure for your company’s commuter benefits program may have changed based on your company size and number of locations. Please note the instructions below: If you have 50 or more employees across all sites in the Bay Area*, you will register and report to the new Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, even if you previously reported to San Francisco Department of the Environment. Report your compliance and learn more at http://commuterbenefits.511.org. Businesses that are subject to the new Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program do not need to submit a compliance form to the City of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. If you have fewer than 50 employees in the Bay Area but more than 20 nationwide, and a location in San Francisco, you will continue to report to the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Program. . To avoid penalties, please submit the Compliance Reporting Form by April 30, 2014. Report your compliance and learn more at SFEnvironment.org/CBOcompliance. If you have any questions,visit SFEnvironment.org/CommuterBenefits, call SF Environment at (415) 355-3727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Para asistencia en español, llame al (415) 355-3727 需要中文协助, 请致电 (415) 355-3727 *The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program covers the nine Bay Area counties, including all of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, as well as the western portion of Solano County (including Fairfield and points west) and the southern portion of Sonoma County (including Windsor and points south).
Now's Your Chance to Nominate Outstanding Small Businesses
Join the San Francisco Small Business Network (SBN), May 1st as we celebrate our 30th year advocating for an equitable and competitive legislative environment where small businesses can prosper. We'll be honoring outstanding small business entrepreneurs and advocates too as we again host more than 200 business leaders along with city officials in the Marine's Memorial Grand Ball Room with popular emcee Lynn Jimenez. It'll be an especially festive evening with cocktails, great mingling, guest speakers, tributes, laughter and fun. And, yes, we'll be introducing the new “Kick Ass Business” Award. Because we're already prepping for the next 30 years, in addition to our re-energized Awards Celebration, we've engaged ProLocal to create a new, sleeker logo and help design and launch a new, and we believe, engaging website www.sfsbn.org. Along with the enriched site, ProLocal's been guiding an enhanced social-media member and community outreach to increase organizational and individual membership as well as the power of our advocacy. Most importantly, the SBN is about you, the 85,000 small business owners in San Francisco – you're our partners. Let's make small business flourish together. SBN has four new award categories capturing the City's spirit of innovation and history of success: Influential Individual, Influential Organization, Outstanding Innovation and, of course, Kick Ass Business. And, again, we'll present the Pat Christensen Life Time Achievement Award to a true small business hero. Nominees qualify based on innovativeness of product or service, contribution to neighborhood or business communities, longevity and stability, best business practices, exemplary human resources commitment and outstanding advocacy. NOW we need you – it's your chance to nominate those superb individuals, businesses and advocates that make our community thrive. Download and complete the nomination form, then submit by email to Kieron Sinnette email@example.com or by mail to the address below. THEN, party with SBN and your winners, May 1st … ORDER TICKETS ONLINE NOW
Marriage Equality USA San Francisco Awards Reception
Held in San Francisco, the Marriage Equality USA Awards Reception highlights the contributions of community and corporate and allied leaders who have contributed to moving the issue of marriage equality forward. The event is a celebratory evening of cocktails, light food, entertainment and a silent auction. HOST | $1250 ($1000 tax-deductible) - VIP Cocktail Reception for 10 - Name listed in event program (subject to production deadline) - Half page ad (or equivelent) in Event Journal - Recognition in Event Video Montage (to play before and during event) - Recognition in appropriate event marketing materials printed, digital & web VIP TICKET | $125 ($100 tax-deductible) - VIP Cocktail Reception - Name listed in event program (subject to production deadlines) GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET | $100 ($80 tax-deductible)
Flu Shots at Walgreens on Market at 15th Street
Walk-ins welcome daily for flu, pneumonia and other immunizations without appointments during regular pharmacy hours.