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Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,
I hope 2017 is heading off to a good start for you all. This month we have we have welcomed a number of new and renewing members, and our events are going strong.
In January we were once again joined by more than 115 guests for our 27th Annual BABC Economic Luncheon at The City Club . Thank you to our Sponsors: MacKenzie Communications , HSBC and my firm Squire Patton Boggs for their continued support of the BABC. And also a huge thank you to 20/20 Productions , who always do an amazing job at our events. The event was also made great with our esteemed panel: Ivan Assensio (HSBC), Colin Brown ( Venturexcel ) and Sean Randolph ( Bay Area Economic Insitute ). Thank you to our speakers and of course moderator Hannah Kuchler ( Financial Times ) for an engaging and informative discussion. You can read more and see photos from the event here .
Our continued thanks go out to Hotel Vitale for hosting our monthly Young Professionals Happy Hour at the Americano Restaurant and Bar . At recent meetings our Young Professionals were delighted to welcome guests who represented a variety of industries including finance, recruitment, law, tech and the public sector. The Happy Hour takes place every SECOND Tuesday of the month and affords the Bay Area's young professional community the opportunity to connect and network with their peers. 
On February 22nd, our BABC flagship event 'Funding, Exits & IPO's: Silicon Valley's best make their bets and predictions for 2017' will take place in Menlo Park. Tickets for this event are still on sale and can be found here . We are also delighted to announce the Great British-American Pub Quiz will be returning this year on June 5th. This is a very popular event and will sell out quickly so do not delay in purchasing your tickets! We have a number of other exciting events on offer so please also visit our Events Calendar .

Finally, I'd like to offer a very warm welcome to all of our New Members .  It is great to see so many new companies and individuals joining the BABC's growing community.  Please take a moment to visit their websites and learn more about our newest members.  They may be able to help you!

I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events, and thank you for your continued support. Don't forget to follow the BABC Northern California on Facebook , LinkedIn , Twitter , as well as our new and improved Instagram for the latest BABC news and event updates.

All the best,
Nicholas Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
BABC Events Calendar
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BABC Featured Events

Each year the BABC Transatlantic Conference works on promoting a robust dialogue between the United States and the United Kingdom, drawing upon the thought leadership of Senior Executives from over 2,000 member companies. Following on from successful conferences in New York and London, this year's Transatlantic Conference will take place in Chicago May 10-11
From The Consul General's  Desk
Among my many responsibilities I have as Consul General, assisting British Nationals in distress is among the most important.

From lost passports to swearing in new citizens and responding accidents or injuries, ensuring the safety and security of our citizens is paramount. But there are times when the assistance you need goes beyond replacing a travel document.  Brits abroad do get in trouble. On the extreme side, I recently had the opportunity to visit San Quentin State Penitentiary with our Consular team in order to see the conditions and meet with prison officials. We have a number of British Nationals in prison across the State - and we can help connecting them with family back home, or legal resources here in the US or in the UK. Especially with regards our wider campaign against the death penalty globally.

What's more, we work diligently to be prepared in case of a larger crisis where more British nationals are in danger. In San Francisco that could be any natural disaster from an earthquake, flood, or fire, among many other scenarios. These preparations are vital that we connect and build a relationship with first responders, which includes participating in crisis exercises (I did one at San Francisco International Airport in October and there's another coming up in April).  I wish someone had told me in advance about the siren test every Tuesday, which came as rather a surprise on our first full day in San Francisco 6 months ago! Preparedness and practice are important.

We work as part of the wider US network, so we can react quickly with the US government announcements, such as the recent Executive Orders. I hope you saw the Foreign Secretary's announcement at the weekend that "we will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad" and the updated FCO advice on what the EO means for British nationals.

While I am very proud of the work our Consular team does every day, I hope none of you need most of those services offered, be Travel Aware and follow Travel Advice, but in case there are instances where you do we are here. Please see how we can be of assistance abroad.
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Erickson Immigration Group
Seeking Experienced Immigration Attorney

Erickson Immigration Group (EIG) is a fast growing business immigration firm working with small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. With offices in San Francisco's Union Square as well as the Washington D.C. metro area, we connect with companies and individuals around the world to provide U.S. and global immigration services.

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Seeking Experienced Business Immigration Paralegal

Erickson Immigration Group (EIG), located in San Francisco's Union Square, is looking for some fun/smart people to join our immigrant and non-immigrant visa teams

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Previous BABC Events
A big thank you to Hotel Vitale and Americano Restaurant and Bar for hosting our December Young Professional Happy Hour.

The Young Professionals Committee were delighted to welcome new and returning attendees to this increasingly popular networking event.

Guests represented a variety of industries including finance, recruitment, law, tech and the public sector.

The event takes place every SECOND Tuesday of the month and affords Bay Area's young professional community the opportunity to connect and network.

Click here to see the photos from January.
BABC 27th Annual Economic Lunch 2017

Our 27th Annual Economic Luncheon welcomed more than 115 guests to The City Club of San Francisco. Our expert panel included: Ivan Assensio ( HSBC), Colin Brown ( Venturexcel) and Sean Randolph ( Bay Area Council Economic Institute) and was moderated by Hannah Kuchler ( The Financial Times).

The event provided attendees with an insight into the global and regional economy as well as the speakers' thoughts on what may await in 2017. Special thanks to our sponsors: Squire Patton Boggs, MacKenzie Communications, HSBC and 20/20 Productions.

BABC J-1 Visa Program
Are you taking full advantage of the BABC J-1 (Exchange Visitor) Program?

The BABC's J-1 visa program can assist you in bringing employees and/or interns (in or out of full-time education), of any nationality and from anywhere in the world, into the United States, in a quick, cost-effective, reliable and user-friendly way.

Why use the J-1 Visa?
  • Provide US work experience/training to employees and interns (potential employees) based elsewhere;
  • Overcome cross-cultural difference and improve communication between U.S and overseas offices;
  • Enhance employee recruitment/retention by offering US assignments
For more information, click here
BABC Member News
San Francisco Office Market Review - Kidder Mathews Tenant Representation Services

After years in high growth mode - rents increasing and vacancy plummeting - the San Francisco market took a long breath in 2016 with asking rents and vacancy both plateauing and not showing much movement in any direction. The spike in sublease space on the market in early 2016, which can be seen as an early warning sign for market trouble, has dropped again as the appetite for such space from growing tech firms remains strong.

See the data on asking rents, vacancy, and availability below, along with details of some recent transactions and a survey of asking rents around the City.

Bay Area Economic Institute International Trade Agreements Report

The Economic Institute produces economic policy analyses on Bay Area and California issues, and economic impact analyses for public and private sector clients. A chronological list of the PDF versions of Bay Area Council Economic Institute publications appears below with the newest reports listed first.

Latest Update from RocketSpace's Corporate Innovation Blog

'From billion-dollar funds to strategic AI acquisitions, corporate innovation efforts paid off last year-big time. Below, we've compiled a list of the top corporate innovation trends from 2016, plus their implications for 2017 and beyond.'

Read more from RocketSpace's blog here
Aer Lingus offers San Francisco Flash Sale!

There's no better time to book your spring break! Avail of major savings on flights and vacation packages from San Francisco to Ireland and Britain.

But hurry, these fares are offered for a limited time only. Book by February 7th.

Book Now!    

Meet our Members
New Corporate Level Members 
The Financial Times

The Financial Times (FT) is one of the world's leading news organisations, recognised globally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT provides a broad range of essential services, including news, comment, data and analysis, to a growing audience of internationally minded professionals.

The FT group comprises the FT newspaper and, Financial Publishing, FT Chinese, FT Labs, Medley Global Advisors (MGA), ExecSense and the New York Institute of Finance.
Find out more about the FT and other companies within the FT Group.
Upgrading from Business to Corporate 
Connor, Alexander and Sullivan Insurance Services, Inc.

Connor, Alexander and Sullivan Insurance Services, Inc. provides comprehensive insurance products and services to help meet the unique risk management needs of business owners, professionals, and their families. Working with clients and their most trusted advisors, we analyze coverage gaps, identify potential loss exposures, and recommend proper limits of liability to protect both property and financial assets.

Kevin Sullivan has been in this industry for 12 years. He insures Start­Ups with Directors and Officers and Key­man policies. He covers Building Contractors with General Liability, Umbrellas, Auto and Workers Comp. He protects professional services providers, such as Attorneys, Consultants, and Architects, from errors and omissions claims. Further, he writes the policies for his client's investment properties, primary residences, cars, vacation homes, boats, you­-name-­it.

New Business and Community Partner Members
Girls In Tech

Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields.

Today, GIT aims to accelerate the growth of innovative women entering into the high-tech industry and building startups. We achieve this through the creation of proprietary, innovative programming and strategic global partnerships. GIT is not just for professional women. We exist for anyone with an interest in technology, startups and providing women with a platform for growth. But we operate with the spirit of the girl within all of us-fearless, lively and determined.
Greater Sacramento Economic Council

Greater Sacramento is a non-profit that promotes the Sacramento Region through domestic and international marketing missions, industry conferences, professional networks, and other channels, and works to recruit high-value companies, jobs, and new investment to the area. Greater Sacramento assists companies with corporate locations and expansions, delivering information and coordinating resources to assist companies from early in the site location process to permitting and hiring and everything in between. 

Our organization works within the Northern California mega region to help businesses locate and then stay in California. The Sacramento region is also one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the nation. Of the 25 largest US metropolitan areas, Greater Sacramento ranks 9 th in diversity, making it far more diverse than markets such as Austin, Seattle, and Denver. We would love to talk to any company thinking of expanding operations in the Northern California region.

New Individual and Young Professionals Members
New Individual Members:

David Campbell
Wallace Poulter 
Intern Adventures
BABC Intern Adventures

Since their arrival in San Francisco five months ago, the BABC interns have been documenting their time in our vibrant city.

Check out the intern album
Member Offers & Discounts
Please log in to the BABC Member Information Center to access these fantastic Member-Member Hot Deals and Discounts.

If you have forgotten your username and password, you can reset it here.
Goldschmidt Vineyards is pleased to offer BABC Members significantly discounted pricing on the following wines:
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Forefathers, Alexander Valley
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Game Ranch, Oakville
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Yeoman Vineyard, Alexander Valley
2013 Chelsea Goldschmidt Merlot - Dry Creak Valley
2013 Gracepoint Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley
2015 Sauvignon Blank - Forefathers, Marlborough

BABC Network News & Publications
Imports & Exports Update - November 2016

UK Exports to the US
$4.6 billion in November 2016 down 9% from October 2016. For more trade information click here.
US Exports to the UK
$4.3 billion in November 2016 down 6% from October 2016. For more trade information click here.
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