05-18-10 Small Business Commission Hosts the 1st Annual San Francisco Small Business Week Honoree Recognition Ceremony

6th Annual Small Business Week Celebrates Outstanding Small Business Owners

May 18, 2010 - The Small Business Commission hosted the 1st annual San Francisco Small Business Week Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 during the Board of Supervisors meeting at City Hall. This year’s fifteen honorees, chosen by Mayor Gavin Newsom and each member of the Board of Supervisors, represent businesses that are family owned, exhibit outstanding commitment to the community and provide significant contributions to the vitality of San Francisco.

"Our City's small businesses are the foundation for our economic recovery, putting thousands of San Franciscans to work in every neighborhood," said Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who sponsored the public recognition of small businesses. "Mayor Newsom and the Board of Supervisors are united in honoring unique small businesses across all San Francisco."

San Francisco Small Business Week (SF SBW) is a partnership that honors and supports San Francisco’s small businesses through a series of educational and networking events that inspire, educate and connect the small business community. SF SBW is part of a national celebration of the contribution of small businesses and entrepreneurs. San Francisco takes great pride in being the home to over 72,000 small and new startup businesses.

“On behalf of the Small Business Commission, I would like to congratulate each of the honorees for their outstanding contribution to their neighborhoods and to the City and County of San Francisco.” said Irene Yee Riley, President of the Small Business Commission.

This year’s honorees are:

4 Star Theatre
For their significant contribution to the Richmond District community and the vitality of San Francisco
Supervisor Eric Mar

Presidio Bowling Center
For their significant contribution to the vitality of San Francisco over the past fifteen years and support of youth scholarship opportunities.
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier

Case + Abst Architects
For their commitment to the Lower Polk community and architectural contributions to San Francisco.
Supervisor David Chiu

Tennessee Grill
Is a Parkside institution and an anchor on the Taraval merchant corridor
Supervisor Carmen Chu

Rooky Ricardo’s Records
Is a fixture in the Lower Haight community.
Uoki K. Sakai Company
Is a flagship of the original small businesses in Japantown and the oldest Japanese grocery store in the United States.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

Rainbow Grocery
For their commitment to making significant contributions to community organizations
Supervisor Chris Daly

Village Grill
For their significant contributions to the West Portal community and merchant corridor
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd

Frances Restaurant
For their contribution to the vitality of San Francisco and supporting local farmers
Supervisor Bevan Dufty

Fat Beli Deli
Is a key contributor to the Portola merchant community.
David Campos

Bay Wash
Is a family owned business, a fixture in Visitacion Valley and active members of the Leland Avenue Merchant Watch Group.
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell

Mach III,
Java on Ocean,
For their significant contributions to the Ocean Avenue Revitalization Collaborative.
Supervisor  John Avalos

Veritable Vegetable
A women owned business and the nation’s oldest distributor of certified organic produce since 1974
Mayor Gavin Newsom

2010 Small Business Week Hornorees