SFMade, a San Francisco nonprofit that supports the manufacturing sector in the city, marked its fifth anniversary this August. The nonprofit has made strides to create a cohesive community for local artisans whose products are in high-demand as the economy booms. Of the 565 manufacturing companies in the city, more than half were founded within the past five years. The businesses drove $585 million into the local economy, an increase of 32 percent from 2013, according to the SFMade’s annual report.
But the organization’s mission has come with challenges, namely the affordability and availability of manufacturing space and the high cost of living. Support to keep the sector thriving has come from an unlikely place — the Bay Area’s massive technology companies.
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