Our Mission: ChinaSF's mission is to promote economic growth in the San Francisco Bay Area through the recruitment and retention of companies in San Francisco via inbound investment,meanwhile helping San Francisco companies expand into the China market.
Our Vision: ChinaSF envisions the San Francisco Bay Area as the gateway for innovation and economic exchange with China. Its role in this vision is to facilitate innovation, trade and development by providing bilateral access to government, business, cultural and educational communities in China and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our Purpose: ChinaSF's purpose is to help create more cross-border opportunities between San Francisco Bay Area and China. San Francisco has enjoyed deep cultural and economic ties with China for more than 150 years, including a Sister City relationship with Shanghai since 1979. More than 25 percent of the city’s population is of Chinese ancestry, and many San Francisco companies, including its leading legal, financial, architecture, engineering and technology firms,are already doing business in China. As China’s economy continues to mature, more Chinese companies are looking to establish North American headquarters and business operations.Equally importantly, San Francisco Bay Area companies can benefit by participating in one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. With offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and San Francisco, ChinaSF’s bilingual team provides support to Chinese companies looking to grow their North America operations, while also helping Bay Area companies expand into the Chinese market. Services include cross-border expansion and investment support, assistance in navigating the local business environment, and connecting companies with potential partners.
DOING BUSINESS IN SAN FRANCISCO
LIVALL LAUNCHES ITS "SMART AND SAFE CYCLING HELMET" IN THE U.S. MARKET
March 30, 2016
LIVALL successfully launched its new "Smart and Safe Cycling Helmet" in the U.S. market.Based in Shenzhen, China, LIVALL is the first smart helmet in the world that integrates communication, music, and smart lighting. With built-in Hi-Fi Bluetooth speakers and microphone, Bling Helmet enables cyclists to answer phone calls, allowing them to stay connected.
NANJING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SETS UP IN SILICON VALLEY
November 2, 2015
The Nanjing Chamber of Commerce USA (NJCCUS) successfully established a presence in Silicon Valley. The Chamber is intended to serve as a platform for both Chinese and U.S.enterprises, and also a bridge to link Silicon Valley and Nanjing and the United States andChina, said Lin Qing, president of NJCCUS. A historic city that served as a capital for six dynasties, Nanjing is now a hub of One Belt, One Road, a development strategy that refers to the New Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Despite the economic slowdown, Nanjing has maintained 10 percent annual growth with its GDP projected at $15 million this year. Nanjing Chamber of Commerce could serve as a platform for entrepreneurs from both sides to exchange and share experiences and scientific and technological achievement so they could pursue a win-win outcome through cooperation.
OCEANWIDE’S FIRST AND MISSION SAN FRANCISCO PROJECT DEAL
January 14, 2015
ChinaSF helped link Oceanwide, one of China’s leading real estate companies, to San Francisco’s First and Mission project. The forecasted $1.6 billion project will include an estimated 2 million sq/ft of apartments, a hotel, offices and retail space. ChinaSF played a large role in helping Oceanwide seek out the opportunity in the San Francisco market and eventually brought Oceanwide, TMG and Northwood together. This deal is Oceanwide’s second major transaction since entering the U.S. real estate market in December 2013.
CRYSTAL JADE ESTABLISHES FIRST U.S. RESTAURANT IN SF
November 20, 2014
ChinaSF helped Crystal Jade opened its first North American restaurant, located in San Francisco. ChinaSF worked continuously to aid the negotiation and registration process up until the Singapore-based multi-concept restaurant signed a lease to take over the 16,000 square feet of indoor and 4,000 square feet of outdoor space at Boston Properties’ Four Embarcadero Center. With ChinaSF’s assistance, Crystal Jade’s success in establishing its presence in San Francisco has created over 100 jobs in the city of San Francisco and created a significant local economic impact.
WING LUNG BANK ESTABLISHES FIRST SAN FRANCISCO BRANCH
July 10, 2014
ChinaSF successfully recruited Wing Lung Bank to open its first San Francisco location. Wing Lung Bank is headquartered in Hong Kong and is a subsidiary of China Merchant’s Bank. The work was a part of ChinaSF’s efforts to bring Chinese financial institutions to San Francisco in order to better serve Asian clients coming to invest and do business in the U.S.
BANK OF COMMUNICATIONS SUCCESSFULLY LANDED IN SAN FRANCISCO
September 30, 2011
ChinaSF began its relationship with the Bank of Communications in 2008, and has worked continuously to support the opening of its San Francisco office. The Bank of Communications,headquartered in Shanghai, is the fifth largest bank in China and offers unique RMB services that enable individuals outside of China to better control their RMB-denominated investments.The establishment of a Bank of Communications branch in San Francisco brings jobs and more Chinese investment and business to the San Francisco Bay Area, and ultimately reinforces the financial relationship between China and San Francisco.
WELLS FARGO GROWS CLEANTECH BUSINESS WITH CHINA
December 8, 2010
ChinaSF facilitated one of the largest renewable clean energy agreements with China for Wells Fargo and the GCL Poly-Energy Group, one of China’s largest renewable energy companies.ChinaSF first recruited GCL to San Francisco and later connected GCL to Wells Fargo,presenting both companies with opportunities for collaboration in financing renewable energy projects. What resulted was a whopping $100+ million contract that called for Wells Fargo and GCL Poly to jointly build renewable solar projects across the United States. The partnership was expected to create up to 600 jobs, many of them permanent positions. At the same time, ChinaSF also helped raised the profile of Well Fargo’s cleantech work in China by introducing numerous Chinese cleantech companies to Wells Fargo and facilitating their participation in key meetings and events with ministries of development in China’s central government.