SSF Chamber of Commerce Business In Brief January 2017 Edition

South San Francisco, CA   January 5, 2017  Submitted by SSF Chamber of Commerce

Director’s Article

Its hard to believe that another year just went by! Time does fly when you are having fun!

Besides enjoying our chamber work, 2016 kept us busy with the hosting of 23 events that included Ribbon Cuttings, Mixers, New Member Breakfasts, Multi-Chambers Expo, Good Morning South San Francisco, Installation & Business Awards Dinner, Taste of South San Francisco, Annual Higher Education Scholarship Program & Luncheon, and more.

These events provided priceless networking, and business opportunities for everyone who took the time to attend.
The Chamber also increased its membership by welcoming 33 new members!!
If you have not attended any chamber events yet, please make it a new year’s resolution for 2017!

The 2017 Business Awards Dinner is coming up on Thursday, February 23rd. It will be held at the SSF Conference Center. The invitation to the event will be sent soon.
Assemblymember Kevin Mullin has graciously agreed to MC the program again this year.

The selection committee for the business awards is busy going through the ballots received. We will be announcing the “winners” in the February newsletter.
Every year at the event, the Chamber also recognizes individuals for their special involvement with the chamber and the community.
This year the individuals selected are as follows:
Outstanding Citizen: Roy Bava
Joe Fernekes Volunteer of the Year Award: Don Edwards with Bronstein Music
Dick Noftsger Lifetime Achievement Award: Tony Clifford with FNBNORCAL.
The SSF Police Department, the Downtown Bike Patrol Officers, and Officer Robbie Chon will also receive special recognition!
We hope to see you there!!

Member Feature ~ Wilson Leong, KW Real Estate Group Elite Representation

Wilson started his career in real estate at the age of 16 when he was given the opportunity to man-age a duplex in San Francisco. Charged with the daily operations of the property, his tasks included marketing rental units, screening tenants, coordinating maintenance and repairs, maintaining budget and records, researching applicable law, and handling tenant issues to ensure all parties were happy. After experiencing success in property management and sales early in his career, he was determined to identify and assist more people with real estate needs and he obtained his real estate broker’s license at the age of 23.

Wilson’s extensive property management background affords his clients with local expertise on to the constantly-changing real estate market, superior and heightened awareness as a fiduciary, and valuable industry relations that are leveraged for his clients. He has since made a name for himself specifically in South San Francisco, being #1 in buyer and seller representations and has built a team of talented individuals who specialize and focus on different aspects of business. Just as you would expect at the doctor’s office for there to be a front desk assistant, nurse, general doctor, and special needs doctors, Wilson and his team are here to serve and are true fiduciaries to his clients’ needs. Learn more at

Member Feature ~ Maggie Zhou Agency Farmers Insurance

I have been with Farmers Insurance since 2014. My goal is to give my best in building long lasting relationships with my clients. My staff and I are dedicated in helping you with all of your insurance questions and needs. My core values include honesty, authenticity and integrity when dealing with all of our clients.

I believe that it is essential to provide clients with individualized services to personalize their needs. I want to be your agent for life and for the generations to come.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, Zumba, reading and anything outdoors, I am also involved in school volunteer work that caters to projects that give back to the community.

363 El Camino Real, Suite 219
South San Francisco, CA 94080

South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission

The South San Francisco Cultural Arts Commission presents an art gallery exhibit of artistic photography taken by local and Bay Area artists. Subjects, including landscapes, animals, and people, are featured in this two-day juried event. Selected works will be available for purchase.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The show opens on Friday, February 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and takes place at the Betty Weber Gallery in the South San Francisco Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive. It continues Saturday, February 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is also invited to enjoy the month-long extended exhibit following the show, and featuring award-winning art in the SSF Municipal Services Building atrium window.

For information, visit the Cultural Arts webpage at or contact the South San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department at (650) 829-3800.

Community Announcements


Kiwanis Club of SSF
Meets every Tuesday, 12:15pm at the Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave., SSF

Rotary Club of SSF
Meets every Thursday, 12:15pm at the Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave., SSF

SSF Women’s Club
Meets on the first Thursday of each month, 12 noon at SSF Women’s Club, 470 Grand Avenue, SSF.

Soroptimist International of No. San Mateo Co.
Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6pm at the Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Ave., SSF

Event Snapshots
Click here to see our Annual Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive event.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Togo’s VIP Event
Thursday, January 12, 2017
11am -1pm
Holiday Inn Express
373 So. Airport Blvd., SSF
Please RSVP by January 10 to

Mixer at Four Points Sheraton
Thursday, January 19, 2017
5:00pm – 6:30pm
264 S. Airport Blvd., SSF

2017 Annual Recognition &
Business Awards Dinner
Thursday, February 23, 2027
6:30 pm -9:30pm
SSF Conference Center
255 So. Airport Blvd., SSF

Higher Education Scholarship Luncheon
Thursday, April 27, 2017
11:30am- 1:30pm
South San Francisco Elks Lodge
920 Stonegate Drive, SSF

New & Renewing Members

Thank you to the following members who renewed their membership with the Chamber!!!
Your support is truly appreciated!

Always Best Care – Peninsula
Arco’s Self Storage
Assembly Member Kevin Mullin 22nd Assembly District
California Water Service Company
Dudley Perkins Co.
Four Points by Sheraton/Bistro 123
Garden Chapel
Good & Fowler, LLP
Grand Palace Restaurant
Home Made Ravioli Co., Inc.
Mark A. Barradas, D.D.S.
Rozzi Reproduction & Supply
San Mateo County Harbor District
SSF Friends of the Library
South San Francisco Women’s Club
Unity Lutheran Church
Vincent Jones, WFG Agent
Wine Vault
Zone 4 Power

New Members

City National Bank
1450 Chapin Avenue, Suite 100
Burlingame, CA 94010

Maggie Zhou Agency Farmers Insurance
363 El Camino Real, Suite 219
South San Francisco, CA 94080

180 S. Airport Blvd., Suite 2
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Board of Directors


Jim McGuire

Jeannie Ramirez
Simply Floors

Paul Formosa
SSF Scavenger Company

Past President
Dean Grubl
SSF Conference Center

Mike Futrell
City Manager


Bill Benavides
BLT Construction

Zachary Brown
IHop Restaurant

Nicholas Cheng
State Farm Insurance

Sylvia Chu
Aegis SF

Tony Clifford

Sheila Fusaro
Kaiser Permanente

Dave Gallagher
Madison Street Press

Mia Garcia
Madame Boutique

Jim Metz
Advanced Business Forms

Gus Shihadeh

Karen Sumner
Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliances

Debbie Watkins
Liberty Bank

Bruce Wright
Good & Fowler

Maria Martinuucci

Linda Parenti
Arlene Dozier
South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
213 Linden Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel: (650) 588-1911
Fax: (650) 588-2534

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