Chamber Networking Mixer

Cindy's Hawaiian Luau Mixer
Wednesday, May 25

Networking! Prizes! Great Food! Great Venue! Cindy's mixer always has it all. This year Cindy's theme is Hawaiian Luau & she will have an amazing array of delicious treats, including a roasted pig!  Raffle prizes from Hawaii, and professional hula dancers who will not only perform for us, they will teach us how to hula.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Cindy's Hair Studio
1640 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA 94920

Bring a prize for the business card raffle and introduce your business to the crowd! Chamber mixers are open to the public and are a great way to meet your neighbors and your local merchants and business owners. 

$10 members | $15 non members
Great Food & Drink | Business Card Raffle | Networking Opportunities

Seminar Series for Small Businesses
  Is Social Media Right for You?
June 1, 2016

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Mill Valley & San Rafael Chambers of Commerce to introduce a new Seminar Series for Small Business Owners. Aimed at small business owners and professionals, the seminars are held on the third Monday of every other month from noon to  1 pm. The seminars are free for members of the participating Chambers and $10 for non members.

Is Social Media Right for You?

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 - networking after
Location: Corte Madera Town Center Community Room – in the office building at the south end - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 201
Come hear the presentation, and then shop for fresh produce at the Farmers Market or have lunch at one of the Town Center’s restaurants!

Which social media channels are right for your business? How often should you post? What’s the point of social media, anyway? This presentation will highlight the importance of your presence on social media, which platforms make the most sense for your business, and how to incorporate social media into your marketing toolkit.

Presenter: Lisa Powers, The Hive Marketing
Lisa Taylor Powers is a marketing consultant who creates holistic, tailored marketing strategies for entrepreneurs who want to grow their business. She works with clients in industries such as financial management, tech, biotech and consumer product goods. Clients include: Levis, Wealth Plus, AO Logistics and Applaud Medical. Lisa is known for developing fresh, creative solutions to routine problems and guiding her clients in building buzz for their brand.


Business of the Month:

Bill Lukens, Attorney–at-Law

Meet one of our chamber’s newest members – Tiburon attorney William M. (Bill) Lukens. 

Bill says being a trial lawyer is perfect for him because he loves to argue. “My mother loved to debate, and I remember having all kinds of great political debates with her even as a five-year-old kid,” he says.

Bill grew up in San Dimas in the San Gabriel Valley on an orange ranch that his great grandfather purchased in the 1880’s. He attended Webb School in Claremont and graduated from Berkeley in 1960 with a business/real estate major but decided to stay in Northern California. “L.A. started growing after World War II, and it wasn’t the same,” he says. He went on to the U. C. Hastings College of the Law, graduating in 1964, as an Associate Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. 

That same year he joined the law firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro and moved to Tiburon. He recalled, as a nine-year-old, sailing past here on a cruise boat during a family vacation to San Francisco. “That was a very poignant experience. I remember seeing it as a magical little town on the Bay, and it looked like a great place to live,” he says. He later visited Sam’s with friends and says he liked, even better, what he saw up close.

“When I was growing up, my dad worked at Columbia Pictures in Hollywood and spent three hours a day driving to and from his job from our ranch. I always thought that was too much driving so when I learned there was a ferryboat from Tiburon to the City, I knew that’s where I wanted to live,” he says. 

His first rented home was right on Raccoon Strait, and he recalls watching whalers floating close by his deck with whales strapped to both sides of the boat on their way to their processing plant in Richmond. 

Bill met his future wife, Susan Formanek, while commuting on the ferry.  Her father Art, a retired Army colonel who was a B-24 pilot in WWII, owned the old Harbor Light Bar on Main Street – where Vineyard Vines now sits.

The two were married in 1967, and in 1971, Bill left the big firm in the City to open his own practice sharing offices with Chuck Patterson in a suite upstairs at The Boardwalk. Bill Kuhns shared the space with him in 1975.  Bill says, “I was fortunate to have two great mentors who lived locally –  Allan Littman and Denis Rice, who were also my good friends.”

Over the years, Bill served on Tiburon’s Board of Adjustments – now Design/Review -- and then on the Planning Commission.  He and Susan also began to raise a family: Peter, Stephen and Maggie.

The pair bought the Paolino House property in Old Tiburon, nicknamed “The Manor,” from its then owner, Ellen Bennett, a 1930s Hollywood star.  Bill says many of their friends thought they were crazy, and he admits it and its grounds needed an enormous amount of work. It took the couple 18 years to turn it into the impressive home and gardens it now is.

In 1980, Bill moved his practice to San Francisco and eventually formed the Lukens Law Group, staying there for the next 34 years. He honed his skills and made a name for himself in the legal world as a trial lawyer, specializing in business fraud, property disputes and lender liability litigation.

“I don’t like arrogance or dishonesty, and I really enjoy helping people out of their business troubles, especially with banks,” he says. “It’s very hard for little businessmen to protect themselves because it’s so expensive to process civil cases.”  

He got one of those cases shortly after moving his practice to San Francisco when he was hired by a family in Sebastopol who were in the apple processing business and were about to lose everything to the Bank of America. Bill and a team of lawyers won a $47 million jury verdict against the Bank in Santa Rosa.  The judgment was eventually reversed by the appellate courts after a hard and long fought battle –10 years of litigation – but the family was able to keep its home ranch. This is now one of California’s most cited cases on lender liability issues.  Two years later, Bill went on to win a $65 million jury verdict in Monterey County against Wells Fargo to save a large strawberry operation.   Those verdicts still stand as the largest in their respective counties. 

In December 2013, when his building in SF was purchased by Morgan Stanley, Bill closed his San Francisco offices and returned to his old office Tiburon – upstairs at The Boardwalk - to share space again with Bill Kuhns, who was still there. 

Bill warns would-be clients that you can’t just file a case just because you’ve been wronged. “You’ve got to have a winning case, and only an experienced lawyer can tell you that,” he says. “Too many lawyers either don’t know any better or need the business.”

Bill says he’s happy to have his office in Tiburon again. “It’s fun to be back here and to work with locals,” he says in an invitation to new clients. “My motto is, “Have voice, will travel.”

Attorney Bill Lukens is at The Boardwalk Shopping Center, upstairs in Suite A. Phone, 415-433-3000. For more information, go to

SUP Tiburon!

Tiburon Waterfront Standup Paddle Board Race

Coming Soon!

 A fun race with courses suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced standup paddle boarders. The races will start and end at Sam's Anchor Café in downtown Tiburon and will proceed along the Tiburon waterfront with incredible views of San Francisco, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. Come on out to enjoy incredible people, amazing views, support local business and win some great prizes!

Don't miss this great day on the bay. Register now!

Congratulations to the winner of our first ever #SUPTiburon photo contest from our first race in March: Marissa Miller for her fantastic photo capturing the sky above Angle Island as the beginner class crossed the starting line of the race.

Tiburon Wine Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2016
1 to 4 pm

One of the Bay Area’s premier wine events, the Tiburon Wine Festival pairs 60 of the finest wineries with 20 of the area’s most popular local restaurants to create a unique wine tasting experience that sells out every year. Located in downtown Tiburon, the festival boasts beautiful views of San Francisco and the Bay, live music and a spectacular silent auction with one of kind experiences and special wines from participating wineries. This is a great opportunity to try some amazing wines and the meet and learn from the winemakers themselves!

Click here for more information about the Tiburon Wine Festival.

For more information, click here Tiburon Wine Festival

What to Do on the Tiburon Peninsula

Tiburon's fascinating history and natural beauty also provide a variety of unique attractions. In Tiburon, the 1884 Tiburon Railroad-Ferry Depot Museum-the only dual-use railroad terminal to survive west of the Hudson River-is on the National Register of Historic Places. Old St. Hilary's, a Carpenter Gothic church set in the midst of a wildflower preserve, was built in 1888 and offers stunning views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.

Ark Row, former houseboats on Tiburon Lagoon before it was filled in the 1940s, now houses restaurants and shops along upper Main Street. Tiburon Playhouse, site of the Tiburon International Film Festival, shows first-run domestic and foreign films.

And in Belvedere, the China Cabin is the restored Social Saloon of the SS China (1866), a national maritime monument with a gilded Victorian drawing room. Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society


No time? No muscles? No matter. Tiburon Uplands Nature Preserve, a tiny preserve tucked into a shady canyon along Paradise Drive, offers a very easy, 0.7 mile loop trail that's perfect for a quick hike or a leisurely wildflower walk. This little-known gem wanders through a thick forest of California bay, climbs moderately through woods with coast live oak and toyon, then segues to grassland, crossing a seasonal creek en route.

Angel Island State Park

For a short course in California history, board the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry for the 10-minute boat trip to Ayala Cove, entry to Angel Island State Park. From here the 740-acre mountain island encompasses the history of the Golden State from its Coast Miwok beginnings to the Army presence through the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and most recently, as a NIKE missile base. Immigration's pivotal role comes to life at the Immigration Station, where thousands of mostly Chinese immigrants were detained-and some denied entrance to the United States-during a period of exclusionary immigration laws.

Directions to the Tiburon Peninsula

After exiting Highway 101, take Tiburon Boulevard (Highway 131) east until you reach the tip of the peninsula. As you approach Main Street, the downtown hub, you'll find the Boardwalk Shopping Center on the right and Point Tiburon Plaza to the left. 

Park your car at one of the several lots downtown. Tiburon is a pleasantly walkable destination. For a helpful map, pick up a self-guided historical walking tour brochure (free) from the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society in the Donohue Building on Paradise Drive or visit the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce office at 96B Main Street.

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