We are in the July 2011 SFMade Newsletter, just under President Bill Clinton

Yep, that's the amazing Kate Sofis of SFMade in the top photo with President Bill Clinton. This is a fantastic organization that is truly exceptional at helping manufacturing businesses and apparently Bill Clinton noticed. We are very proud to announce that we are now official service partners and you can see our logo just a few photos down in the newsletter.

Below is the newsletter copied and pasted from our email:


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President Clinton Recognizes SFMade-led Initiative
and President Obama Rocks a DODOCase

CGI America Plenary: Energy Innovation
President Clinton honors SFMade Executive Director Kate Sofis (left) at the Clinton Global Initiative, Watch the video here.

With support for local manufacturing gaining momentum across the country, SFMade’s executive director Kate Sofis was a key participant at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America conference in Chicago last week, where she announced the launch of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, an initiative to form a national network of regional manufacturing efforts across major US cities, beginning with San Francisco and New York City.

Kate Sofis, along with Alliance co-founder Adam Friedman of the Pratt Center for Community Development in New York, was one of a select group of individuals honored onstage by President Bill Clinton for their commitment to grow US manufacturing jobs in five major cities and their leadership in crafting an innovative new model for local economic development and job creation. For more information on the Urban Manufacturing Alliance like it on Facebook.

In other presidential news, we're proud to see President Obama sporting a DODOCase at the G8 summit in France. Guess it's been a presidential month at SFMade!


Company Spotlight: Weston Wear
About: What happens when a ballerina meets a sewing machine? Gorgeous clothing that moves and stretches like it was born to dance. Specializing in cotton/LYCRA and colorful print fabrics, Weston Wear has grown from a local dancer's dream to a brand with placement in stores like Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms and over 600 other boutiques across the country. After discovering the versatility of Cotton/LYCRA while a doing her masters in Dance at Stanford, founder Julienne Weston began designing "stylish, yet comfortable" clothing and hasn't stopped since.

Their SF Pride: Weston Wear has been in San Francisco for thirty years, employs over 70 local people, and prides itself on having their sewing contractors and their corporate office in the same place.

Why they're excited about SFMade: "A lot of people don't realize that we manufacture here in San Francisco, " said Joelle, Weston Wear's Sales Manager. "We're very proud of it, and glad to tell people that you can make a beautiful product and make it local. We're happy to be part of an organization that supports local manufacturing."

Service Partner Profile:
Stitch Labs works with design-focused companies either starting out or struggling with their current way of managing contacts, saleable inventory, line sheets, invoices, payments, packing slips, and expenses. If you’re a business owner TIRED of managing:
● contacts with email or business cards
● inventory on spreadsheets
● invoices with Microsoft Word
● paper receipts for expenditures
● daily operations with QuickBooks

then Stitch Labs may be right for you.They're a web-based, multi-user software. Interested? Use the promotional code "SFMade" when signing up and you'll receive 30 days free. Website here.

In the News
Monacle: "Make, do and vend- San Francisco"

California Home and Design: SFMade at McRoskey Mattress Company

Upcoming Workshops

How to Manufacture Locally
July 19th
If you are planning to produce clothing, accessories, food or building/furniture products, this session is for you! ... In an interactive and supportive environment, you’ll learn how to set-up and manage your own manufacturing operation or use contract manufacturers.

SFMade Orientation
July 26th
New to SFMade? Come meet us! We'll tell you all about our programs and services for manufacturers.

Factory Tour: SFMade Food
July 28th
Learn about some of our most delicious locally made goods on this tour of SFMade food companies including Kika's Treats and Recchiuti Confections. Only 20 spots available!

Need individualized help?Members can use theManufacturing 411 Hotline to submit specific questions to the SFMade team or set up a one-hour Manufacturing 411 Consultation with one of our staff or volunteer advisors (cost: $30 for members, non-members $95).

Impact Indicators
People employed: 2,000+
Member companies: 180

The Monthly Goods
Company Name:
Lattice Stix
Product we love: Modulatic


Why we love it: This modern interpretation of latticework is made with sustainably grown wood and beautiful craftsmenship.

I want one! Visit their website

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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