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    San Francisco Legacy Business Reception at Finnegans Wake

    Photos by Sarah Gonzalez

    As part of its celebration of Small Business Week, the City of San Francisco’s Office of Small Business hosted an in-person networking reception, Our San Francisco Legacy, for Legacy Business program members. Mayor London Breed joined Katy Tang, Executive Director of the Office Small Business, and Supervisor Aaron Peskin in welcoming guests on Thursday, May 5, to Finnegans Wake. The location is familiar to many LGBTQ community members because it is the former site of the historic lesbian bar Maud’s. Tang’s predecessor, Regina Dick-Endrizzi, and her wife Irene were also present along with Legacy Business Program Manager Richard Kurylo and Program Manager Michelle Reynolds.

    Dr. Kathleen Kennedy and her team from the For Your Eyes Only Optometry on Castro Street, along with San Francisco Bay Times Co-Publishers Dr. Betty Sullivan and Jennifer Viegas, were among the LGBTQ-owned Legacy Businesses represented. In addition to the signature cocktails at Finnegans, guests enjoyed a variety of hors d’oeuvres from La Méditerranée and other Legacy Business restaurants.

    Thanks to the efforts of Kurylo and his team, the networking reception was so successful that Our San Francisco Legacy will be an annual event during Small Business Week.

    The purpose of the Legacy Business Program is to maintain San Francisco’s cultural identity and to foster civic engagement and pride by assisting long-operating businesses to remain in the city. The Legacy Business Registry was established to recognize longstanding, community-serving businesses that are valuable cultural assets of the city. Businesses operating for a minimum of thirty years may be eligible for membership.

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    Published on May 19, 2022