Challenging times brings out the best of your colors!
As Broker/Owner of Aria Properties and a 22 years Bay Area resident, I don’t want to live anywhere else. I have a long time love affair with our beautiful city of San Francisco, and in particular the Castro Neighborhood. I enjoy the diversity, vibrancy, creativity, and for me a sense of excitement that I’ve not found in other Cities
If your glass is always half empty…
try a smaller glass.
A Palestinian immigrant, I was raised in West Portal. My mother, a widow with 5 children in tow, settled in West Portal when I was 7. She got tired of getting evicted for having too many children. The only solution was to buy, and West Portal was the perfect place to raise a family back then. It still is.
I was a little immigrant kid during the summer of love. My mom wanted to get back on the plane and go back home. Could you imagine the culture shock? I was no taller than most hemlines on miniskirts! Being the youngest of 5, I learned to step back, take notes, and learn from the folly of others.
Fast forward a few decades and I became co-founder and CEO of The Postal Chase Inc. We have 4 locations - all in San Francisco. I am also the President (emeritus) of The West Portal Merchants Association. In 2000 I ran for supervisor in District 7 and I was the co-founder of the Cole Street Fair in 2004.
Act as if what you do makes a difference - IT DOES.
I have been a resident of San Francisco for 7 years and consider myself very fortunate to have landed in the amazing Richmond district. In 2014 I began managing Eats, a Brunch Restaurant on 2nd and Clement Street. At that time I also became a member of the Clement Street Merchants Association, of which I took on the role of President last April. Enjoying our Association, living and working in the district and working with so many amazing Merchants and City Leaders has inspired me to further my capacity to help small businesses and other communities here in San Francisco.
The Clement neighborhood is a hidden gem with so much to offer through its Culture, Food, Style, and Community. Please come and visit.
The attraction of big cities are its small businesses.
Having travelled around the world I landed in San Francisco in 1972 and made this gem of a city my home. I established my general contracting business which included both residential and commercial mostly renovation projects. Around 1998 I was honored to be accepted as a member of SOMPAC (South Of Market Project Area Committee - the advisory body to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency) and remained on this panel until the redevelopment agency was dissolved in 2012. During my time on SOMPAC I joined SOMBA, the South Of Market Business Association, which was established under the auspices of the redevelopment agency.
I have always been passionate and a dedicated advocate for small business. It is challenging but at the same time rewarding and my goal is to not only see small business survive but also have it thrive and be successful!
Our small businesses create community and reflect the rich culture, diversity and what makes our city, San Francisco. Let’s help them thrive
Susie McKinnon, MPA, a 20-year resident, was raised in a small-business family. She brings over ten years of management and leadership experience in nonprofit and mission-driven roles focused on benefiting and improving underserved communities and neighborhoods. From 2012-2016 she managed and oversaw the administration and programs of the Tenderloin Community Benefit District as the Associate and Interim Executive Director. As neighborhood services and program manager for Urban Solutions, she was advising and consulting small businesses throughout San Francisco. Currently, Susie works as a management consultant for nonprofits and small businesses.
She serves as a forming member to the Larkin Street Property and Merchants Association, Board member – Tenderloin Community Benefit District, Board chair – SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, and, Steward – Arts for a Better Bay Area.
Director of Business Development
Growing up in my father's grocery stores in the Mission, I gained a good foundation in customer service, small business and community.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with an architecture degree, I co-founded a design/ furniture store in the Tenderloin with a $2k investments.
I'm proud of the community of customers and designers that we've fostered and I've learned many valuable lessons in running and sustaining a small business for so long.
I am also the executive director of the Fillmore Merchants Association. During my time, we've been able to unify upper and lower Fillmore Street into a cohesive, dynamic merchant group. I've enjoyed sharing and collaborating with the other merchants to make the FMA a successful organization.