FALL …and Pancakes! …

BY: MITCH BULL, Brisbane Chamber President and CEO, 415-467-7283, mitch@brisbanechamber.org,

FALL …and Pancakes! …
BY: MITCH BULL, Brisbane Chamber President and CEO,  mitch@brisbanechamber.org, 415-467-7283
The summer season is ending with autumn on the horizon and the end of the school summer vacations. Unfortunately, with the dry summer weather we have also seen an unprecedented summer of catastrophic wildfires throughout the tinder-dry West. Many of our Northern California and Bay-area firefighters have been deployed to assist with trying to contain these blazes and we greatly value their assistance and dedication. The firefighters have been pushed to the limits this year, and their dedication is amazing. Tragically, we have also lost 6 firefighters (so far) who have perished in the line of duty. We honor their efforts, and understand that fire can happen anywhere, in rugged mountains, grasslands, and in developed communities (such as Santa Rosa and Redding). It’s an ongoing reminder to keep our land parcels trimmed to create a fire-barrier on all properties. The danger is always there during this time of year.
For the past several months we have been advertising the “6th Annual Multi-Chamber Business Expo,” a collaboration of our chamber and 4 other local chambers to promote the Northern section of San Mateo County and to give smaller and home-based businesses a chance to showcase their wares and services. Last week we conducted the 2018 expo and it was another successful event as we had over 40 exhibitors and over a hundred attendees.
It was a busy and fun event, with great displays, new products and the chance to network with other business owners. We even had a full-on free popcorn popping station (from Recology). The Brisbane Chamber was well represented with booths promoting our local businesses such as, Amazon Fresh, AT&T, Etheric Networks, Homewood Suites, Parle Innovations, Recology, Harold Lott/Pacific Bay Financial, the Lions’ Clubs , Seton Medical Center, California Mentor Networks, Open Tech Media, City National Bank, the Brisbane Baylands, Kathy Affeltranger/RFS, San Bruno Mountain Watch, and Supervisor David J. Canepa.
Many great gifts and prizes were raffled off, raising money for chamber programs throughout the county. For next year, it’s a great idea to register early and secure your space.
In walking around the expo floor and speaking with people it is very apparent that the lifeblood of the economy is its ability to foster an environment where small businesses can be formed and supported. From small insurance agents, to entrepreneurs designing new devices to make our lives easier, to non-profit organizations that help people volunteer and get involved, small businesses and the economy in general depend on individuals wanting to be involved and make a difference. Even if you’re not an entrepreneur thinking about the next great product or service, each of us can indeed make a difference in our communities with our involvement. Think Local, Shop Local and Be Involved!
On Monday, August 20, we had a visit from Peter Johnstone, who is the CEO of the Clem Jones Group, down under in Queensland Australia. When Clem was Lord Mayor of Brisbane, he forged a close relationship with (our) Brisbane and visited here several times. He also hosted prominent politicos and citizens such as Ray and Anja Miller, Marge Bushman and Andy Jacobs at his home in Australia. Although Clem passed away a few years ago, the relationship is still a special one and it was a pleasure to see Peter again and have him re-connect with (our) Brisbane and the “friends of Clem.”
Finally, don’t forget about the famous San Bruno Mountain Watch Pancake Breakfast and Plant Sale! It’s on September 9 from am to pm. For complete information visit: www.Mountainwatch.org.
What’s on your mind? Have a topic or idea for an article relating to Brisbane business? Drop us a line at mitch@brisbanechamber.org with your suggestion.

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