ChinaSF

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.

Our Services

OUR APPROACH

DOING BUSINESS IN SAN FRANCISCO

  • Plan
  • Help introduce the US market and target potential opportunities partners. Strategize how to successfully enter the market while limiting risk. Help navigate cultural and regulatory differences between China and the U.S.
  • Access
  • Introduce Chinese companies to key government officials and private sector leaders in their sector. Connect Chinese companies with local providers for services such as immigration, legal, finance, marketing, venture capital, investment banking and more.
  • Locate
  • Provide information on the San Francisco real estate market and help locate office space,as well as introduce incentive programs such as tax exemptions, workforce training programs, energy saving programs and tax credit programs. Guide Chinese companies through the process of registering a company at the federal, state and local levels.
  • Invest
  • Help Chinese companies identify investment opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area across a variety of sectors. Assist in identifying potential local investment partners.
  • Promote
  • Engage Office of the Mayor, regional and national traditional media, social media outlets, and blogging community to promote and bring exposure to Chinese companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA
  • Inform
  • Utilize ChinaSF’s on-the-ground insight from its three China offices to inform San Francisco enterprises of opportunities in China. Equip companies to navigate China’s cultural, business, and political environment.
  • Access
  • Leverage ChinaSF’s extensive network and its unique standing as a public-privateinitiative to help San Francisco companies access Chinese businesses, industry associations, and government officials in their sectors.
  • Invest
  • Help Chinese companies identify investment opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area across a variety of sectors. Assist in identifying potential local investment partners.
  • Promote
  • Engage Office of the Mayor, regional and national traditional media, social media outlets, and blogging community to promote and bring exposure to Chinese companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Client Testimonials

Brian (Bo) Zheng, Founder and CEO of LIVALL: "We have experienced incredible growth - particularly in the U.S. - that by the end of the year, most of the cyclists in the U.S. will know LIVALL. Having a resource like ChinaSF is invaluable. They worked with us on every need,and their staff are incredible friendly and knowledeable. I cannot thank them enough for helping us make a smooth entrance into San Francisco and the broader U.S. market."

Case Studies

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.

Our Team


Darlene Chiu Bryant Executive Director - San Francisco Headquarters


Helen Li Deputy Director - San Francisco Headquarters


Alex Moss China Lead


Leanne Lee Wang Program Manager - San Francisco Office

Contact

Location
San Francisco, USA
Email

Alex Moss (China Lead)

amoss@sfced.org
Tel
+86 156-1821-1241
Website
http://www.chinasf.org
Contact via CGA (Andrea Gottschalk)

Tel: +86 10 6505 8370

Email: contactus@chinagoabroad.com

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