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October 2015

To advertise here, contact Jo Healey.  Members $250 per issue; Non-members $500 per issue.
In This Issue
Members Upgrading to Premier

New Corporate Level  

New Business Level  
New Individual & Young Professional Members

Christopher Levy 
Eliot Miller 
Jonathan Millard 
Roger Royse  


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


Sign in to your BABC Member Account.  Download the flyer to redeem your discount at the store. Offer Expires 12/31/2015. Available only to Members of the BABC and valid only at the Timothy Oulton Gallery at HD Buttercup, 290 Townsend Street, San Francisco


Sign in to your BABC Member Account.  Download the flyer to redeem your discount at the store. Offer Expires 12/31/2015. Available only to Members of the BABC and valid only at the Timothy Oulton Gallery at HD Buttercup, 290 Townsend Street, San Francisco

SAVE 15%
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Please log in to the BABC Member Information Center to access our Member-Member Hot Deals and Discounts.

British Airways:
$300 discount on Business Class 
$150 discount on World Traveller Plus 
$75 discount on World Traveller
(Offer good thru' December 31, 2015)
Crown Worldwide: 
A US$100.00 Visa Card! 
Let us help you get settled into your new home. (Offer good on all moves booked on or before December 31, 2015 and valid only for shipments of 3,500 lbs or more)

Dunkirk Spirit Gin:
Save $8.00 on a bottle of Dunkirk Spirit Premium Gin. $31.99 per bottle instead of $39.99!.
Deeper discounts are available for the purchase of cases of Gin.

Free Foreign Currency Transfers and a preferred rate of exchange. 

The InterContinental San Francisco  and the InterContinental Mark Hopkins: A 10% discount on best flex room rates and a 10% discount on Food and Beverages in Luce Restaurant and Bar 888 at the InterContinental San Francisco. 
The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco: A 10% discount on room rates.

Liza Evans Interior Design:
Offering a FREE, no obligation initial consultation to fully understand your interior design needs and a discount on hourly design fees.      
Suite America: A $250 discount on your first 30 day stay with Suite America.  
Commune Hotels & Resorts and Joie de Vivre. BABC Members receive a 15% discount off Best Advertised Rates the following Commune Hotels in downtown San Francisco. 
Hotel Carlton

Virgin Atlantic: Sign in and save 15% on Virgin flights. 

Railbookers America: Sign and save 5% on your next vacation! 

If your business would like to take advantage of the marketing opportunity offered by 'Hot Deals', please don't hestitate to get in touch with Jo Healey in the BABC Office,  

To advertise here, contact Jo Healey
$100 Members; $200 Non-Members

To advertise here, contact Jo Healey
$100 Members; $200 Non-Members

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,
First of all, I hope that you have all had a productive and smooth start to Fall!

As we head into the winter, I'd like to do a recap of our activities in September and part of October.  As usual, the BABC remained very busy, particularly planning and hosting the 52nd Annual BABC Christmas Lunch at the Fairmont Hotel on December 11th. The Live Auction web page is packed with some very exciting experiences to be bid on and the Grand Raffle Prize Drawing is growing.  I also hear from Jo that we are now 78% sold out so act quickly if you are planning to attend. As you know, it is a magnificent, yearly event that brings together both long time BABC members as well as many new faces to our community.  If you are not a member of the BABC I have some good news.  Sign up by October 31st and receive a 10% discount on your membership.  This will allow you to enjoy significantly discounted pricing to the Luncheon!!

We continue to have a very full calendar of events and opportunities to connect with other members, including tonight's Young Professionals Pub Quiz (which I hear is sold out), The Art of Start Pitch Night with Guy Kawasaki, Girls in Tech Lady Pitch Night, and the International Trade Expo. Please also plan to join our friends at Raphael House for their Annual Gobble & Give Fundraiser!

Huge thanks to all of you who supported the BABC and its Member sponsors by attending our most recent events. If you missed it in the last newsletter, The Rise of Rugby was a huge success - take a look at the pictures. Definitely worth watching! Session 1 and Session 2. Also worth a peak is the video from our Clashes with the Ashes Cricket Tournament.  Our thanks to 2020 Productions for these videos.  In early September, we co-hosted a hugely successful Fall European Networking evening with French American Chamber of Commerce and the German American Business Association at Ligne Roset and mid-month Crypto Currency & More... The Future of Block Chain  Many thanks to our sponsors Grant Thornton and Royal Bank of Scotland. Lastly, we wrapped up the month with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which was part of a Transatlantic Business Council road show. We partnered with Bay Area Council Economic Institute, the French American Chamber of Commerce and German American Business Council to help educate Bay Area business about this incredibly important piece of legislation.

Finally, thank you to all the new members who have joined the BABC over the recent months 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 of BABC Northern California


Tickets and Tables are selling fast for the 52nd BABC Annual Christmas Luncheon.  We are now 78% SOLD OUT.  To avoid disappointment, please buy your tickets/tables TODAY!

Please note - the room block at the Fairmont Hotel is SOLD OUT.

We are pleased to share that the I nterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel has kindly extended some special rates to guests attending the Christmas Luncheon.  To book your room, with rates starting as low as $189, attendees may use the link above to reserve the room or may call in to our central reservations office on Toll Free #: 1-800-662-4455 and give the group name and group code to identify the room block.

Group Name: BABC
Block Code: BRB
Web Link: BABC Room Block


Celebrating 5 Years of F&L's San Francisco Office  
Despite working with Bay Area companies for over 15 years, it was 5 years ago that Melisa Harkcom relocated from the UK to set up the San Francisco office. She represented the F&L international team on the group so clients had a friendly face to call upon. Since then, Melissa and the team in San Francisco have worked with hundreds of companies as they have expanded their operations into more than 30 countries worldwide. [Read more...]  

The Happy Egg Co. Achieves National Retail Distribution with Coast to Coast Expansion  
In a continuing effort to provide humanely raised eggs to all consumers at an affordable price, the happy egg co. announced today that its free range eggs have gained further distribution to more than 1100 Food LionĀ® stores down the East Coast from Delaware to Georgia including the retailers stronghold states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Furthermore, the brand has also gained distribution in 150 TARGETĀ® stores in Washington, California, Oregon and Idaho, bringing the number of states the eggs are now sold in to 30. [Read more...]


A software-as-a-Service (SaaS) conferencing solution for remote enterprise meetings. We exist for two reasons: to make conference calls less painful and to make collaboration easy.   


Conference calls and online meetings have been painful for a long time - we think too long! 'Who just join' 'Who's that speaking?' 'Who has all  the background noise?' 'Can you see my screen yet?' These are just a few of the classic frustrations that have plagued conference calls and online meetings for the last 20 years that plague them still today.   


LoopUp solves these problems in a simple and powerful way. A LoopUp invite is created in a couple of clicks, formatted with your meeting details. LoopUp alters you when your first guest joins the meeting, calls out to your phone when you wish to join, shows you who's on and who's speaking, and lets you share your screen with a click.   


LoopUp sells direct to the enterprise market via major distribution partners including Alcatel- Lucent Enterprise, BT, and Cable & Wireless Communications. LoopUp is delivered globally 24x7 from regional data centers and support teams in Europe, North America and Asia- Pacific. 

Penningtons Manches LLP is a leading UK law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic. Our commitment to excellence is backed by a track record which dates back 300 years.

Today, we're based in the City of London, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Godalming, Guildford, Oxford and Reading, with 115 partners and over 600 people in total. Our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family.

We also have several multi-disciplinary teams concentrating on a variety of industry sectors, including technology, life sciences, education, social housing, retail and international wealth. In these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight. 

Turner & Townsend is a leading global project management, cost management and program management construction consultancy. Working from 83 offices in 33 countries, we are making the difference to projects across the property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors worldwide. We help oranisations succeed by managing risk while maximizing value and performance during the construction  and operation of their assets. 


The Company: Align is a next-generation global payment provider which enables business to quickly and securely send and receive payments in local currency. Align Commerce is the first in the industry to use the blockchain as a payment rail. Using the blockchain as a payment allows Align Commerce to eliminate the intermediary banks, therefore reducing costs for mall and medium sized businesses. Align Commerce is disrupting the archaic international payments industry by leveling the playing field for small businesses in cross-border payments.
Services We Provides:
Overseas Payments- We help businesses save time and money on International payments by enabling SMB's to pay and get paid by email.
Domestic Payments- We offer unlimited domestic ACH payments within the continental US.
The Team: Align Commerce was founded by a world class team of industry veterans with over 100 years of combined payment processing and banking IT infrastructure management. 

Oakwood Worldwide is the premier provider of corporate housing serviced apartment solutions through its well-known brands, Oakwood ExecuStay and Insurance Housing Solutions. With a presence in all 50 United States and more than 85 countries, the award- winning company provides move-in-ready furnished accommodations to meet the needs of global organizations, individual business travelers, insurance clients and leisure travelers alike. Oakwood Worldwide was founded in and continues to base its corporate headquarters in London, Phoenix and Singapore. For more Information, please visit 

RocketSpace has turned 70,000 square feet of premium downtown office space into one the the world's most acclaimed technology coworking spaces. With a unique mix of community activities, developer bootcamps, and a corporate innovation program, we continue to be widely covered in the press as an exceptional model of the rapidly- growing coworking industry.
Whether you're a seed-funded tech startup, a large technology team who wants shared office space or an individual who want to secure drop-in desks while working from downtown San Francisco, our technology campus has a solution for you.
RocketSpace places a singular focus on the quality of the technology companies that we accept into our ecosystem. We fundamentally believe that a company and its employees are a product of their environment. Who you surround yourself with is critically important. 

At Servcorp we are committed to providing the world's finest Executive Suites, Virtual Offices, Meeting Rooms and Coworking Space.Our business was founded on one principle - by reducing your costs sharing your overhead, your business will succeed.
Servcorp not only provides affordable access to the best locations in the best cities around the world, buts also the best people, best technology, and most flexible and transparent agreements to ensure your business is a success!
Our team is proactive, efficient and available to lend support when you need it. We believe in taking a genuine interest in the growth and success of your business, providing total business solution.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your business! 

  Sweet & Baker Insurance Brokers
Sweet & Baker is a full service San Francisco based insurance agency offering the sale and service of individual and commercial insurance products and group health benefits throughout the greater Bay Area. We were established in 1951 by Donald Sweet and Bruce Baker, both native San Franciscans.
Since 1951, we have grown to become one of the largest independent agencies in the Bay Area. Our growth has been based on our dedication to resourceful problem solving, quality insurance products, and superior client service.

Aramark Building Community Day (ABC Day) at the Raphael House in San Francisco 
On September 17th, thousands of Aramark employees from all around the world enriched and nourished lives by inspiring families to lead healthier lives and help youth and adults achieve lifelong success in the workplace. For the Bay Area, Aramark volunteers participated in the company's annual Aramark Building Community Day (ABC Day) by coming to Raphael House to build a new rooftop garden.
[Read more...]

Special Thanks from the Raphael House Task Force

We'd like to extend a huge thanks to Simon Elliot, BABC Board Director for organizing this fantastic day of giving and the opportunity for BABC members to get involved including teams from LoopUp, Liza Evans Interior Design, 2020 Productions,Fairmont San Francisco, Laura Siddall and John Flynn.

Our thanks also to BABC Board Director Paul Llewellyn and
Lewis and Llewellyn
for providing pro-bono legal mentoring services to some of the residents at Raphael House. 

Let's Help Douglas Shelton From British Airways Get off to a Flying Start!  

Over two days this October, BABC Board Director Douglas Shelton from British Airways will be hiking 30 kilometers into Arizona desert and the Grand Canyon with his British Airways colleagues to build awareness for Flying Start , British Airways' charity partnership benefitting Comic Relief (UK) and the Boys and Girls Club.
 [Read more...]

 To help Douglas get off to a flyiing start, please donate here.

BABC August 2015 Policy Focus

American British Trade & Investment 2015
(The Guide to Investing in the USA) 

British American Trade & Investment 2015
(The Guide to Investing in the UK)


How will TTIP actually help my business?

Local, Specific,Tangible:How a EU-US Trade and Investment Agreement can help business people and their companies in the UK

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