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November 2015

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Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,
Firstly, a very Happy Thanksgiving and very best to you all for a safe and joyous holiday season!

As we head into the winter, I'd like to do a recap of BABC activities and look ahead to the New Year.

As usual, the BABC remained very busy this past month, particularly planning to host the now sold out 52nd Annual BABC Christmas Lunch, presented by CyraCom International at the Fairmont Hotel on December 11th.   We look forward to greeting nearly 1000 guests to our much-loved holiday extravaganza. I hear from Jo, our Executive Director, that our  Live Auction and Grand Raffle Prize Drawing is once again packed with some exciting trips, excursions and other magnificent prizes.  I'd like to thank our Diamond Sponsor, CyraCom International and all of our VIP Sponsors and Donors for your significant contributions.  Thanks also to all our guests for joining us to celebrate the season- thank you!!

Besides the Christmas Luncheon, we are also busy planning and looking forward to two other BABC Flagship events - the 26th Annual Economic Luncheon on January 28th  and Funding, Exits & IPO's on February 24th.  Register today to avoid disappointment as these events regularly sell out early! 

Huge thanks also to all of you who supported the BABC and its Member sponsors by attending our most recent events. The BABC Young Professionals hosted the very successful Great British-American Pub Quiz which was completely sold out! We also partnered with numerous other members on promoting their events including The Art of Start Pitch Night with Guy Kawasaki, Girls in Tech Lady Pitch Night, and the International Trade Expo.

Finally, thank you to all the new members who have joined the BABC over the last month and to all of our members showing their continued support of our growing organization by renewing and upgrading your memberships.  Please take a moment to visit their websites and learn more! They may be able to help you!  
Nick Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
BABC Events Calendar

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Statement from the BABC President- The BABC Stands with France   

"The British American Business Council Northern California stands with France, and all peace-loving people around the world, in the wake of the horrific events in Paris on November 13. Our hearts go out to victims, families, first responders, and all who have been affected, directly and indirectly, by these senseless acts. Our British American Business Council members and extended community join me in expressing our sympathy and solidarity with the people of France."

- Nicholas Unkovic, President, BABC Northern California.

BABC Member News

 Lewis & Llewellyn Recognized As One of California's Top Litigation Boutiques   

The Daily journal named Lewis & Llewellyn as one of the top law firms boutiques in California. The firm was one of the only seven litigation boutiques to be selected for this honor. The award recognizes "small, hyper-focused firms that take on big matters and win", which perfectly reflects our mission statement.  
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Fitzgerald and Law: Timeline for New Company Requirements  

The Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Act 2015, which was passed in March 2015, introduces changes to the Companies Act which will affect ongoing requirements for all UK Companies. Companies House recently announced that the implementation timetable for parts 7 and 8 of the Act (relating to the Companies Act) has been delayed.
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Meet Our Members
Upgrading to Corporate Level Membership

Since 1968, Ace Relocation Systems has serviced the global relocation needs of corporations, their employees and families. We understand the importance of a successful employee relocation and also the un-recoupable cost of a failed assignment.

Founded in Southern California, Ace now has nine full service facilities located in strategic metropolitan locations throughout the country servicing 10 of the top 20 markets in the U.S., including Los Angeles, the Bay Area, San Diego, Seattle, Phoenix, Chicago, Orlando, Austin and Washington/DC.

We are proud to be one of the largest agents within Atlas Van Lines; our locations and capacity enabling the successful execution of 15,000+ domestic and international moves per year. We are privileged to serve emerging startups to Fortune 50 companies; in addition to U.S. government and its' agencies.

Ace's passion for people and commitment to award-winning service is the backbone of our growth. We look forward to serving you.

New Business Level Members

New Individual & Young Professional Members
Patrick Alexander 
Michael Besly 
Ian Casey 
Roy Hanif 
Aislin O'Connor
Our Thanks to These Renewing Members
BABC Community Corner

December 1st - #GivingTuesday

December 1st is #GivingTuesday. We hope you will consider making a year-end gift to the charities that we support.


To help families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness build brighter futures. Please share with your friends and loved ones. No amount is too small:

Play Rugby USA 
We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday with friends and family, and as you celebrate this season please consider making a donation to Play Rugby USA for #GivingTuesday, Dec 1st to help us finish the year strong and set us up for further success in the coming year. Learn more at:

The British Benevolent Society, (BBS), is a 501(c) (3) charity whose aim is to raise and spend money for the aid, relief, maintenance and assistance of sick, elderly, disabled or financially distressed British citizens, who are resident or transient in California or who are resident or transient in any of the states covered by the British Consulate-General office located in California.  Click here to donate!
Community partners make holidays special for  
Raphael House families 

Several of Raphael House's community partners, including British-American Business Council member companies: Aramark, the Fairmont Hotel and Claremont Hotel & Spa, LifeWorks Restaurant Group, and the San Francisco Waldorf School, have come together to ensure that Raphael House families have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

"As a privately-funded nonprofit, Raphael House depends solely upon the support it receives from the community to provide families with the resources they need to achieve stable housing and financial independence," says Raphael House's director of development Jenna Ervice.

"But we also depend upon the community for these special touches-the in-kind donations and day-to-day support of our partners and volunteers-that provide the warm and dignified experience at Raphael House that has been at the core of how we've been helping families move toward brighter futures for nearly 45 years."

Aramark donated 20 turkeys, and a long-time donor who wishes to remain anonymous contributed 4 more.  [ Read more...]

Raphael House: Inspiring Families and Illuminating Hope
S ince 1971, Raphael House has been a residential shelter and services program for San Francisco families who are are experiencing or are at-risk of homelessness as a result of economic hardship and has helped many hundreds of Mothers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons back into housing and economic stability.   

Since 2005, the BABC has supported Raphael House in their mission to inspire families and illuminate hope. The economic challenges for families living in San Francisco are growing as the availability of affordable housing pushes out far beyond the city limits, the cost of living increases and wages for hourly associates do not keep pace.

Becoming a homeless family can be unexpected, happen suddenly and is always very painful. Raphael House is there to support such families, get them back into stable housing, work and illuminating hope for the future.

Along with Aramark, BABC Member companies Cyracom, Loop Up, 20/20 Productions, Fairmont San Francisco, Turner and Townsend and many more clubbed together to call out Raphael House as being the Non Profit focus for 2015 and created the BABC 2015 Task Force.  Since the beginning of the year, our member companies have helped make an enormous impact with some very positive outcomes. 
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BABC Sporting Ambassador Takes Podium Finish
at Ironman 70.3 Mandurah, W. Australia

Huge congratulations to the 2015/2016 BABC Sporting Ambassador and Tri-Athlete, Laura Siddall for her podium finish in the Ironman 70.3 Mandurah Triathalon in Western Australia on November 8th, 2015. Great to see Laura here promoting BABC globally with our logo on her Race Gear!     [ Read more...]

BABC Members who are interested in supporting/sponsoring Laura for her 2016 Race Season and learning of the benefits of sponsorship should contact Laura  by email or by phone at (415) 548 0032.

In return for your support, Laura offers an excellent leadership training program designed to transfer her sporting leadership skills, experience and expertise from her corporate, military and sporting backgrounds to enhance team engagement in pursuit of your company's strategic growth plans.
Message from Laura:  
"Proud to be the 2015/2016 BABC Sporting Ambassador. Thank you to the BABC and wishing all BABC Members a very Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!"
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San Francisco, CA 94104 
Business Development Officer
British Clientele San Francisco
The Business Development Officer is responsible for developing and building banking relationships with international entrepreneurs and families, high net-worth individuals and multi-national businesses for the international clientele department of Bank of the West.  
Candidate must be WELL Connected in the SF Bay Area British Community AND fluent in English with a 2nd fluent language preferred.  [Learn more...] 

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