MISSION STATEMENT

The Bayview Merchants’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan group of neighborhood businesses in the Bayview-Hunters Point district of San Francisco.  We are dedicated to the success of the merchants that make up our organization. Our mission is as follows:

To unite - We believe in strength through unity.  We coordinate meetings, projects and special events that bring together and mutually benefit our members.

To inform - We believe knowledge is power.  We strive to keep our members informed of community meetings, events, and various business opportunities in order to best position them for long-term success.

To promote - We endeavor to serve as the central voice for all Bayview-Hunters Point merchants. We work to promote our members' business interests through local government advocacy and multiparty marketing campaigns.

McKinnen Ave. Past & Present
HISTORY

The Bayview Merchants' Association was founded in 1925, when the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood was known to locals as "Butchertown" because of the high density of slaughterhouses in the area. The population was small, but a group of committed businesspeople came together in an effort to promote the merchants to the outside community and to provide a voice for their businesses to the local government.

Two decades later, the neighborhood's population began to swell. The onset of the Second World War led the United States Navy to negotiate the purchase of the Hunters Point dry-docks for shipbuilding and repairs during wartime. African-Americans from the South and white farmers from the drought-ridden prairie states migrated to the neighborhood for job opportunities at the military Shipyard. This migration led to a stark rise in population and subsequent economic growth. Local businesses were flourishing and the BMA was stronger than ever.

Today, the Bayview Merchants' Association continues its tradition as a powerful voice for small and local businesses in the Bayview-Hunters Point community. Bolstered by the 2005 opening of MUNI's T line 3rd Street light rail, the Lennar development at the Hunters Point Shipyard and hundreds of other smaller-scale projects, Bayview-Hunters Point is undergoing an economic renaissance - and the BMA is working hard to ensure that its members benefit from the neighborhood's rapid growth.

There are over 3,600 businesses located in the Bayview Hunters Point community. From bio-science to light industry, server farms to internet cafes, corner stores to wholesale food distribution, Bayview businesses represent the diversity of San Francisco. Collectively we represent an essential component of San Francisco's economic vitality.

The BMA is essential in making sure that the interests of our businesses are represented on a city-wide level. Led by a strong group of community business owners, your association is ready to help serve you!

For more information, see the Wikipedia article: Bayview-Hunters Point, San Francisco