How to Save Small Businesses from Extinction w/ Ben Bleiman
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**Note: This conversation will be hosted digitally, not in the real live world.**
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How can we save small businesses following the economic repercussions of this pandemic? How can the city of San Francisco and its inhabitants contribute to ensure that small businesses re-open and thrive in an unpredictable economic environment?
Join us for a conversation with the President of San Francisco's Entertainment Commision, Ben Bleiman.
More about Ben:
Ben Bleiman moved to San Francisco in 2003 but his daughter is an SF Native! He was appointed to the Entertainment Commission as an Industry Representative in March 2017 and began serving as the Commission President in August 2018. He has owned eleven bar/restaurants in San Francisco, and currently owns and operates five. He also runs a busy events business that produces music festivals, corporate launches, as well as hundreds of other events per year in SF and surrounding areas.
As a nightlife advocate, Ben is currently the President of the California Music & Culture Association, which is the only trade group to represent bars, clubs, music venues and music festivals in SF. He also founded and runs the SF Bar Owner Alliance, a group of over 300 bar owners who have combined their forces to ensure SF's bar scene is vibrant, responsible and affordable.
He has a BA from Georgetown University and also chairs the board of bay.org, the largest environmental non-profit to focus on the health of the SF Bay's ecosystem. It currently owns and operates the Aquarium of the Bay at Fisherman's Wharf and the Bay Institute, a think tank, along with other nature centers around the SF Bay.
Ben is a passionate advocate for the wonderful, wild and weird (as well as safe and responsible) nightlife in San Francisco and the ecosystem of our beloved SF Bay.
About Manny's Super Civic Cyber Conversation:
San Francisco and the surrounding 5 counties are in the midst of mandated shelter-in-place. All businesses except those deemed essential are closed and many Bay Area residents and scared, nervous, and wondering about the future.
Manny's, a civic gathering and events space located in the heart of San Francisco, is rising to the occasion to create and promote a month's worth of live civic conversations to distribute needed information, give people the hope, and continue to civically engage the public in a time of need.
Manny's was opened on election night 2018 to create a physical place for people to go to become better informed and more involved citizens. Since opening we've hosted 17 of the Presidential candidates, over 550 civic events, talks, and gatherings, over 40 members of Congress including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and leaders across different social justice movements like Alicia Garza, Jose Antonio Vargas, Michael Brune, Cleve Jones, and Gabby Giffords.
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