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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 17, 2018 Movies in the Park: Grease   The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc) are pleased to announce a screening of the classic movie musical, Grease, on Saturday, July 21st at Sierra Vista Park, 809 Panther Drive.   Grease is a romantic comedy that follows teenager Danny Zuko and his love interest Sandy. The ...read more
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Dear Friends, CASA has grown over the years to become a powerful volunteer advocacy organization, thanks to your support for our mission. Can you imagine – 300 of your friends and neighbors are out in our community advocating for the most vulnerable citizens, kids who have experienced abuse, or who have been neglected or abandoned. As a CASA volunteer myself, I can tell you that being a CASA is ...read more
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
In June, we asked our readers what flexible work means to them, and with 25% of the votes, “Freedom to adjust your schedule to accommodate personal/family needs” was the top choice. Rounding out the top three were “Options to work outside the traditional 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. business day” with 20% and “Freedom to set your own hours/schedule” with 15%. The rest of the results were as follows:Working ...read more
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Summer is here! The weather is getting hotter, and while some employees fight over the office temperature, others may angle for a more casual dress code. How does your company feel about tank tops and flip-flops? Every workplace differs. Do your employees need to wear professional business attire every workday? Or is your environment more casual? In the last five years, jeans, tennis shoes ...read more
Categories: Featured, Member News, Chamber News, HR
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 17, 2018 Hometown Heroes- 2018 Summer Class   The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2521, are pleased to recognize the Summer of 2018 Class of Hometown Heroes. Each Hometown Hero currently serves or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces.     In recognition of their service, the following Hometown ...read more
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 17, 2018 Animal Sculpture Reception is Saturday   The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department welcomed a temporary exhibition of four animal sculptures late last month at Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines Way. The reception to celebrate the addition of sculptures, will take place on Saturday, July 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Preisker Park. The reception will ...read more
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Monday, July 16, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of JuneAt Work Personnel ServicesTeresa Aguilar 110 S. Pine St., #103 Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 928-6555http://www.lstaff.comGhitterman, Ghitterman & FeldKaylen Steele 616 E. Chapel StreetSanta Maria, CA 93454 (805) 357-9340http://www.ghitterman.comMartian Ranch & ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Featured
Friday, July 13, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 16, 2018 Concert in the Park:  Featuring Unfinished Business   The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth Inc. are pleased to announce the performance of Unfinished Business at Rotary Centennial Park (2625 South College Drive) on Sunday, July 22nd.   Unfinished Business specializes in popular rock and roll music from the 1960s.  ...read more
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Friday, July 13, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 12, 2018 Santa Maria Gears Up For the Election   Leading up to the November 6th General Election, residents may register to vote until October 22nd, and Santa Maria City Council candidates have several filing requirements. The City Clerk’s Office is providing this guide and the webpage www.cityofsantamaria.org/elections to educate the community.   The November election ...read more
Categories: Member News
Thursday, July 12, 2018
For a memorable evening, solve the mystery AND enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Moxie.See details here.. _________________________________________________________________________________________________The Moxie Schedule Monday - Enjoy a great hearty breakfast 7 days a week! We close at 2pm on Mondays. Tuesday - With Taco Tuesday you get three delicious tacos (chicken or beef) for only $5. Not ...read more
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 9, 2018 Wine Making Class at the Library     Ever thought about making wine at home? The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to announce a partnership with the Central Coast Home Vintner’s Association to present a new program called “Wine Making.”  The program will be held Saturday, July 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall.  The Central Coast Home Vintner’s ...read more
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 9, 2018 The Valley Reads Book Club The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to present its monthly book club, The Valley Reads on Tuesday, July 24th in Shepard Hall. Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende tells the story of 19-year-old Maya Vidal. After the death of Maya’s beloved grandfather, Maya turns to drugs, alcohol and petty crimes. When Maya becomes trapped in a ...read more
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Monday, July 09, 2018
This Thursday is Andrew Murray Winemaker's Night Half Price Bottles of Andrew Murray Wines  Plus... Tuesday is Double Down on Filet Mignon 
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Friday, July 06, 2018
Join the Santa Barbara Foundation and Sara McNamara, a Military Transition, Inclusion and Retention Strategist, to learn about the military to civilian transition mindset and employer readiness factors for hiring and retaining veterans. During a facilitated networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet transitioning active military members and recently separated ...read more
Categories: Member News, Chamber News
Friday, July 06, 2018
Ever wonder why there are no French Fries at the Moxie? Because we care about your health...that's why! French fries are prepared by super-heating potatoes in cheap oils that eventually create trans fats, that increase your risk of heart attack and stroke due to clogged arteries. In addition, when the starch and protein in the potatoes are heated at high temperatures it creates acrylamides that ...read more
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
CCB invites you to a special celabration of the opening of these new homes.​ -Tour our stunning model homes -Savor the flavors of the Santa Maria Valley with food and refreshments -Enjoy local guitarist Jon Stephen ________________________________________________________ Thursday July 12th, 4-7pm S. Bradley Rd Between Union Vally Pkwy & Clark Ave, ...read more
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
We invite you to the Marian Foundation’s Annual Dinner – Vineyard & Vistas! All proceeds raised will support advancing pediatric services at Marian Regional Medical Center.  As the Santa Maria Valley continues to grow in size, the need of the community grows with it. To this end, Marian Regional Medical Center seeks to cultivate comprehensive care in the region for critically ill and injured ...read more
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 3, 2018 Animal Sculpture Reception Postponed The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department welcomed a temporary exhibition of four animal sculptures late last month at Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines Way. The reception to celebrate the brief addition of sculptures, which was scheduled for Saturday, July 7th has been postponed.  The reception will now take place on ...read more
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 3, 2018 Santa Maria City Council votes unanimously to place Local Funding measure extension before voters The Santa Maria City Council voted unanimously tonight to place the Santa Maria Public Safety/Essential Services Measure for voter consideration on the November 6, 2018 ballot.  This would extend and enhance the existing quarter-cent sales tax approved by City voters in ...read more
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
SOURCE: SANTA YNEZ BAND OF CHUMASH INDIANS SANTA YNEZ, CA – July 03, 2018 – With more than 100 positions available to be filled across its business enterprise, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will host a Job & Career Fair on Thursday, July 12, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chumash Employee Resource Center in Buellton. Job openings are available throughout the tribe’s properties, ...read more
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
“Ordinary Time” is a series of photographic montage images that explore time in the natural world by layering it with the spiritual. Frame Gallery - Heidi Gruetzemacher _____________________________________________________________________________________________Please celebrate with Beverly at her Grand Opening of Studio C Stuido C - Beverly ...read more
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Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Santa Maria is continuing to take the initiative to make sure our local youth are ready for summer employment and beyond.   This June, the Career Pathways for Youth program put on their second annual Santa Maria Youth Summit. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, the program provides positive summer employment preparation activities for ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
We talked with Santa Maria City Manager Jason Stilwell about the upcoming decision on Measure U and how it will impact our local community.  What is Measure U and how does it affect Santa Maria? Measure U is an existing source of locally-controlled funds that voters enacted in 2012. Measure U funds support a variety of city services, particularly the City’s ongoing anti-gang and youth outreach ...read more
Categories: Advocacy, Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
On June 1, 2018, the Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) Class of 2018 held a topic day centered-around leadership. The class learned about the importance of different leadership skills from local Santa Maria Valley leaders and had the opportunity to apply their skills in mock-interviews.   The LSMV class started its day at the Radisson hotel who graciously donated the meeting space. The class ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program serves as the public relations arm of the Chamber. With over 30 business members currently serving as Ambassadors in the program, the volunteer program remains instrumental in helping the Chamber serve the 800+ business members in their growing organization. Chief Ambassador Erika Weber as been with the program for 15 years now, and ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
Monday, July 02, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 29, 2018 Trash and Green Waste Collection and Street Sweeping Services for 4th of July Holiday The City of Santa Maria advises residents that there will be no trash and green waste collection services, or street sweeping, on Wednesday, July 4th (Independence Day). During holiday weeks, street sweeping and residential collection services occurs one day later than usual.  ...read more
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Monday, July 02, 2018
NEWS RELEASE July 2, 2018 Santa Maria Responding to Fireworks with Education and Enforcement Anyone using fireworks in Santa Maria before the Fourth of July may be reported to police and fire units, who continue to patrol neighborhoods and follow up to tipsters sharing information to them by phone and by e-mail. The enforcement penalty is a $1,000 fine. City fireworks messaging is appearing on ...read more
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Monday, July 02, 2018
Two years ago, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber recognized a need to better engage  with local young professionals and emerging leaders. As a result, Santa Maria Connect! SMVCC’s Emerging Professionals Network, was created. The program offers monthly events that include networking, presentations from community leaders, site tours of local businesses, and more. This year, in conjunction with Santa ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
Monday, July 02, 2018
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Monday, July 02, 2018
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Friday, June 29, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 28, 2018 Library’s Adult Coloring Program in July The City of Santa Maria Public Library is continuing to offer the Adult Coloring Program twice during the month of July. The programs are scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th and Wednesday, July 25th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Shepard Hall. The coloring activities are designed to relieve stress and provide a creative and artistic ...read more
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 27, 2018 Movies in the Park: Star Wars: The Last Jedi The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, and People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc.) invite the community to the Movies in the Park screening of the continuing epic saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Saturday, July 7th at Preisker Park, 300 Hidden Pines Way. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a science ...read more
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 27, 2018 Concert in the Park: Crisptones The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, and the People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc.) are pleased to announce a Concerts in the Park performance by Crisptones on Sunday, July 8th at Rotary Centennial Park, 2625 South College Drive.  The Crisptones are a local group from San Luis Obispo founded by two brothers ...read more
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 27, 2018 Movie Night at the Library on July 11th      The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to show the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) which is rated PG. The film will be screened on Wednesday, July 11th at 4:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.  After barely escaping a Shanghai nightclub brawl, Indiana Jones ...read more
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Latino Business Awards Where: Crown Plaza in Ventura When: July 19th, 2018  5:20pm - 7:30pm
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
$4 Brews & 4 Special BurgersSunny Country's Jay & Jessie tending barBenefiting the Santa Maria Valley YMCAThursday Night
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Friends of CASA, For 25 years, CASA of Santa Barbara County volunteers have been fiercely advocating for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Each of these children has their own story to tell and our CASA volunteers are there to make sure their stories are heard.  There is a recent clip from the TV Show, America's Got Talent, that really spoke to why having a CASA volunteer is so ...read more
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
NEWS RELEASE  June 25, 2018 Animal Sculptures Visiting Preisker Park The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to host a temporary exhibition of animal sculptures this summer at Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines Way. The exhibition will be brought to the park on Wednesday, June 27th and consists of four sculptures.  The animal sculptures were created by late Santa ...read more
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 26, 2018 City to Hold Second H-2A Community Meeting The City of Santa Maria will be hosting its second meeting to discuss the H-2A temporary worker program, its importance to the region’s agricultural operations, and its potential impacts in City neighborhoods.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 12th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 ...read more
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Monday, June 25, 2018
Join the Chamber and over a hundred other local businesses and become a certified Green Business through the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County! There are many benefits to Green Business certification including: Save money by saving water and electricity and creating less wasteImprove employee wellness and productivity by reducing chemical use and creating a more sustainable work ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Featured, Member News
Monday, June 25, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 21, 2018 Summer City Aquatics offered at Santa Maria High School Pool The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is now offering lap swim, weekend recreation swim, and swim lessons at Santa Maria High School’s pool, 901 South Broadway. Lap swim is available Monday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. ...read more
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Monday, June 25, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 21, 2018 New Mobile Application for Los Flores Ranch Park The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department has partnered with OuterSpatial, a mobile application to launch an interactive page for Los Flores Ranch Park at 6271 Dominion Road.  Using the OuterSpatial mobile application, visitors will have an interactive view of the trails and their location using a GPS ...read more
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Monday, June 25, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 21, 2018 Girls Self Defense Class  Teen girls in the 7th- through 12th grades are invited to participate in a free Girls Self Defense Class this summer at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, 600 South McClelland Street.  Participants will learn self-defense, how to de-escalate a situation, and gain confidence with Chief Instructor of Inner Strength Martial Arts ...read more
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Monday, June 25, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 21, 2018 Movie Night at the Library on July 9th      The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to show the movie Groundhog Day (1993) which is rated PG. The film will be screened on Monday, July 9th at 5:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.  A weatherman (Bill Murray) finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over ...read more
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Monday, June 25, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 22, 2018 City Transit to Host Title VI Public Meetings Two public open houses are being hosted on June 27th and June 28th by the City of Santa Maria Transit Division as part of updates to its Title VI Program. The goal is to ensure that the level and quality of Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) services are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner, and that the opportunity for ...read more
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
NEWS RELEASE June 19, 2018 Red, White, and Boom! Fireworks Show and Street Festival The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc.) invite the community to celebrate Independence Day at the Red, White and Boom! Fireworks Show and Street Festival on Wednesday, July 4th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Sierra Vista Park, 809 Panther Drive. ...read more
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
American Veterans United (AVU) invites you to attend their monthly General Meeting on Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Rancho Nipomo Deli &BBQ 108 Cuyama Lane, Nipomo, CA (Hwy 166 & Hwy 101 – exit 175). Meetings are held on the 4th Saturday of every month and open to all veterans seeking help with benefits and claims. AVU is a non-profit organization whose commitment is to help all veterans, ...read more
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Forty-one percent of employers plan to hire seasonal workers for the summer and 88 percent expect to transition some of those summer hires into permanent roles, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. Why are employers transitioning workers from seasonal to permanent? “Employers are grappling with a tough hiring environment, and summer workers are reaping the benefits,” said Irina ...read more
Categories: HR, Chamber News
Monday, June 11, 2018
Throughout California, local cities and counties continue to pass ordinances relating to minimum wage, paid sick leave, criminal background checks and more. On July 1, 2018, several local minimum wage rates will increase, and two new local ordinances will go into effect. Minimum Wage Increases The following cities and county will increase their minimum wage on July 1 to:Emeryville: $15.69/hour ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Advocacy
Thursday, June 07, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, and Economic Development Commission are led by a unified Board of Directors, made up of senior executives from member companies and partner organizations. The Board provides strategic and policy guidance to ensure the Chamber’s program of work serves the best interest of our members and the Santa Maria Valley community. New Board ...read more
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Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Santa Maria, CA - Dunkin’ Donuts will celebrate its Grand Opening in Santa Maria on June 12, 2018. Located at 1486 S. Broadway, the national coffee and donut chain will be open from 6am to 10pm on June 12th, and have a Ribbon Cutting Celebration at 11am. “We are super excited to be opening here in Santa Maria,” said Santa Maria Franchisee Kirsten Tharp. “It’s exciting to have to opportunity to ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Press Releases
Thursday, May 31, 2018
2018 President’s Circle Award Recognizes Excellence in Business Advocacy, Helping Members Comply with Labor LawsThe Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce was one of just 28 local chambers recognized this month by the California Chamber of Commerce as recipients of the 2018 President’s Circle Award.    This represents the third consecutive year that SMVCC has received this recognition.  The ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Featured, Press Releases
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce operates and administers the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership, and recently the agency once again showed that it is leading by example. The Chamber upgraded its lighting to new, modern LED panels to replace standard 4ft tubes. This upgrade provides cleaner, consistent lighting while at the same time saving energy. Staples Energy, the ...read more
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of April.Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley FoundationTom Martinez 901 W. Railroad Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 922-7163http://www.bgcsmv.orgCariman ServicesJuan Hernandez 109 W. Main St.Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 332-3020Central Coast KindKim Iribarren P.O. Box ...read more
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
After nearly six years of discussion and debate, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board approved a standard on "Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention." The final regulation was recently approved by the Office of Administrative Law and will be effective July 1. Requirements As a preliminary matter, the new standard applies to "lodging establishments," which it defines as establishments ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, HR, Member News
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Glenn Morris, President/CEO, Santa Maria Valley Chamber One of the core elements of the Chamber’s updated mission is to be a Convener of leaders and influencers, specifically on issues that impact the broader business and employer community. What is a convener? One definition I like says a convener is an individual or group responsible for bringing people together to address an issue, problem, ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Featured, Advocacy
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
So You Think You Failed? Think Again! Music Executive & Entrepreneur Natalie Edell to Speak at Young Professionals Event in Santa Maria FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Local young professionals will have a chance to hear from music executive & entrepreneur Natalie Edell at an upcoming Santa Maria Connect! Emerging Professionals networking event. Edell began her journey in the music business at only 18 ...read more
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Wednesday, May 02, 2018
A Gripping Success Story: Mob Armor Sees Growth & Expansion in Santa Maria   A local manufacturing company has a tight grip on success. Mob Armor provides heavy duty holders for smartphones and tablets. Their recent product line growth has allowed the business to expand locally.   “We have taken a new approach to smartphone and tablet holding devices,” explained Trevor Orrick, Vice President ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Chamber Connection, Featured, Member Spotlight
Monday, April 30, 2018
Global E-Commerce Summit Entrepreneurship in the New Era May 11, 2018, 9:00 – 2:30 Marriott Hotel, 555 McMurray Rd, Buellton, CA Join us for the 2018 Global E-commerce Summit to learn from the industry leaders how to assess your global e-commerce readiness, and how to navigate the journey from domestic product to exported product using global e-commerce best practices. FREE EVENT, RSVP ...read more
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Monday, April 23, 2018
SANTA MARIA, CA – April 17, 2018 – The Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) Class of 2018 is partnering with Good Samaritan Shelter of Santa Maria to promote “Bikes for Success.”  This unique project is geared to give the residents of Good Samaritan (Good Sam) an opportunity to securely store their bicycles as they begin their process of transitioning into wellness and wholeness.  Through ...read more
Categories: Leadership Santa Maria Valley, Press Releases, Chamber News, Member News
Friday, April 20, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of MarchCentral Coast Wine Services (CCWS)Noemi Zendejas2717 Aviation Way Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 318-6500http://www.centralcoastwineservices.comCottage HealthChristy Borneman 400 W. Pueblo Santa Barbara, CA (805) 324-9915http://www.cottagehealth.orgFoxen Canyon Wine ...read more
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
SAVE THE DATE - 4/25 COMMUNITY WORKSHOPOn Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm we’ll be hosting a Downtown Streetscape Plan Open House at Shepard’s Hall in the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 South McClelland Street. You will have an opportunity to provide feedback on concept plans for Broadway and Main Street!  Spread the word! Please forward this message to a friend or neighbor that ...read more
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Monday, April 09, 2018
The Power of Play:Makerspace Movement Gains Steam in Santa Maria   Local community groups are teaming up to encourage creative minds to come together and innovate. The Makerspace Movement has come to the Central Coast, and thanks to a recent grant, has really begun to gain traction in Santa Maria. “Makerspaces and the movement associated with them are deceptively simple--they are places for ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News
Monday, April 09, 2018
Serving Our Community: Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018 Explores Local Government   On March 2, 2018, the Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018 heard firsthand from the public servants and thinkers that shape the city of Santa Maria and the County of Santa Barbara.  Spanning from local to Federal government issues, the Class of 2018 was in for a treat after a delicious breakfast ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Leadership Santa Maria Valley, Chamber News
Monday, April 09, 2018
Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership Q&A  Q: What is the Chamber’s role in the Partnership? A: The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is under contract with PG&E and SoCalGas to act as administrator for the program and to manage the Partnership. The Chamber is responsible for outreach, facilitating the program, and working with municipalities.  Q: Who is included in the ...read more
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Monday, April 09, 2018
World of Pinot Noir Done Santa Maria Style! The annual World of Pinot Noir event gathered the planet’s foremost Pinot Noir wineries and winemakers, renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars in a weekend-long seaside celebration. The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, Calif. was filled with approximately 2,500 wine lovers, enthusiasts, industry professionals and more. In March 2018, ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News
Monday, April 09, 2018
Young Professionals Spotlight:Mayra Ramos, Harvest Community Center  What is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company? I serve as the Assistant Director for Harvest Community Center, the small nonprofit with a big heart! I have been with this nonprofit for a year now – times flies when you are having fun!  What is your favorite thing about your job? What I enjoy ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Member Spotlight, Chamber Connection
Friday, April 06, 2018
Caliber Home Loans Offers Variety, Flexibility in Lending We recently welcomed Caliber Home Loans to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting! Caliber Home Loans is a full service mortgage lender and a direct lender located in Santa Maria. “We do everything from Jumbo Loans to Conventional Loans to FHA, VA loans”, explained Eddie San Jose, Senior Loan Consultant at Caliber Home Loans. “We also have ...read more
Categories: Featured, Member Spotlight, Chamber News, Member News, Ribbon Cuttings
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Following major tax reform in December 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is asking employers to remind workers that a “paycheck checkup” might be necessary to make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks. The new tax law could affect how much tax someone should have their employer withhold from their paycheck. Having too little tax withheld could mean a tax ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, HR
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
How to Get Big Results with a Tiny Marketing DepartmentSmall businesses tend to take the lean approach to marketing. They don’t outsource it much, and they often underfund it.42% of the small businesses surveyed by Wasp Barcode Technologies invest less than 3% of their revenue into marketing and only 14% them outsource their marketing, public relations and advertising.  This is different from how ...read more
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Chamber partnering with Workforce Development Board to Understand Business NeedsThe Chamber is partnering with the county Workforce Development Board to gather information from local employers which will help us better understand your collective needs as they relate to staffing and successfully operating your business.  BW Research has been contracted to assist in this research project and is ...read more
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Thursday, March 15, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of February American Veterans UnitedSuzanne de St. Jean Santa Maria, CA 93456 (805) 529-1313http://avuinc.orgAndre, Morris & ButteryMike Gibson 2739 Santa Maria Way 3rd Floor Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 937-1400http://www.amblaw.comCentury 21 Hometown Realty - Rocio Flores ...read more
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Monday, March 12, 2018
Recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees involve significant legal risks if not handled properly. In fact, California has stricter protections for job applicants than federal laws do — even more so since January 1, 2018. Are you certain you know what you can ask in an interview and what personal information you can request? No business wants to open itself to a costly discrimination ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, HR, Member News
Friday, March 09, 2018
Labor Market Report January 2018 Yesterday, the State of California Labor Market Information Division (LMID) released its Monthly Press Release on Unemployment and Industry Sector job growth/decline in Santa Barbara County. The unemployment rate for January was 4.9%, up from a revised 4.3% in December, and below the year-ago rate of 6.2%. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of ...read more
Categories: HR, Member News, Chamber News
Friday, March 09, 2018
Demonstrating Compliance Leaves No Shred of Doubt About Your Businesses’ Security These days, identity theft, email hacks and the illegal use of personal information has become commonplace. Headlines about major companies being hacked or putting their clients’ personal information at risk of exposure have become more and more frequent. As a business owner, are you doing all you can to protect the ...read more
Categories: Member News, Chamber News, Chamber Connection
Friday, March 09, 2018
Leadership Santa Maria Valley Topic Day Explores Business and Economic Development On February 2, 2018, the Business and Economic Topic Day brought to life the experiences of local businesses to the Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018. The day started with a complimentary breakfast provided by Starry Sky Coffee Company. Owner Steven Funkhouser, who serves on the Leadership Santa Maria ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Chamber Connection, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
Friday, March 09, 2018
Board Member Profile: Erika Weber, VTC EnterprisesWhat is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company?My current position is Development Associate, meaning I am responsible for marketing and fundraising for the organization. I have been with VTC Enterprises (VTC) since 1999 when I started as a Sales and Marketing Associate to develop and secure contracts and work places ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Chamber Connection, Member Spotlight
Friday, March 09, 2018
Upcoming Chamber Events Educate, Recognize and Give Back to Local Community Year after year the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce presents an amazing calendar of events and forums to educate and facilitate networking opportunities for the members of our business community. 2018 is no different. This year we are focused on key elements that will help our businesses be proactive, engaged to ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Member News
Friday, March 09, 2018
Young Professionals Spotlight: Ryan Miller, San Luis Sports TherapyWhat is your profession/job title and how long have you been with your company? I have worked with San Luis Sports Therapy since 2010. I started as a volunteer while studying Kinesiology at Cal Poly and have held various clinical jobs including PT aide, front office assistant, and medical transcriptionist. Following 3 years of ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Chamber Connection, Member Spotlight
Friday, March 02, 2018
HomeBridge Financial Services Bridges the Gap for your Mortgage Needs ​Homebridge Financial Services is a residential mortgage lender in Santa Maria.   “We’re a national company we have over 3,000 associates in over 250 retail branches throughout the country,” explained RJ Jazo, Production Support Coordinator for HomeBridge Financial Services. “What makes us unique here in Santa Maria is our ...read more
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Friday, March 02, 2018
Heat Illness Prevention Training Session (With Attendance by CAL-OSHA Consultation) and Preventing Sexual Harassment Training - Both Training Sessions will be Conducted in Spanish ONLYBoth trainings will be held on the same date and location. Registration begins at 1:30 P.M. 1) Heat Illness Prevention with CAL-OSHA Training Certificate: 2:00 P.M.– 3:00 P.M. 2) Sexual Harassment Prevention ...read more
Categories: HR, Member News
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Rabobank Awards $1 Million to Support the Hancock Promise Gathered in the center of Allan Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus, hundreds of people waited in anticipation as a student musician provided a drumroll to add further suspense. The crowd of students, faculty, staff and special guests oohed and aahed each time a digit written on a giant banner was uncovered. Finally, after the seventh and ...read more
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Monday, February 26, 2018
Commercial property available for rent at 1414 A North Broadway in Santa Maria! 4,573 Square feet of interior spaceFenced in patio areas facingin interior garden-style apartmentsFull 135 sq ft kitchen with additional 135 sq ft storage(2) 12x15 bathrooms (men's and women's)(3) other misc. rooms - carpeted 135 sq ft240 sq ft208 sq ftFront exterior with ADA ramp accessible17 parking spaces ...read more
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Monday, February 26, 2018
The 2017 California wildfire season consisted of 9,133 fires that burned more than 1.3 million acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It’s considered the most destructive on record — and in January, the recently-charred land caused severe mudslides during a deadly storm that shut down about 30 miles of Highway 101 between Northern and Southern ...read more
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation is Looking for Some Great Women Entrepreneurs Nominations in 11 Categories Now Being Accepted Through March 5 Nominations are open for the eighth annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards, the most prestigious awards for women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. This year’s winners will be announced at the annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship ...read more
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems Central Coast offer commercial cleaning services for any size business, from large manufacturing down to small general offices. What makes the company unique is their franchise model. “We’re in the business of putting people into business,” explained Greg Ibsen, President of Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems Central Coast. “Individuals will come to us and they will make an ...read more
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Good Samaritan Shelter recently unveiled their latest housing project in Santa Maria. The Cook Street Corridor, located at 607 West Cook Street, is a triplex consisting of three two bedroom apartments for the homeless community. “The apartments are being made available to the homeless community who are able to rent the units at a subsidized rent,” explained Sylvia Bernard, Executive Director ...read more
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Monday, February 12, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce was proud to help organize the 2018 Annual Police Awards, where we recognized local law enforcement for going above and beyond in the line of duty.  This year's award recipients included:EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER 1st Quarter Officer Zachary Robbins 2nd Quarter Officer Rafael Carrasco (not present) 3rd Quarter Officer Philip Dix 4th Quarter Detective ...read more
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Thursday, February 08, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce was happy to welcome these members from January.CenCal TEK Tina Barnard 2771 Santa Maria Way, Ste B Santa Maria, CA 93455http://www.cencaltek.comCentral Payments – Santa Maria Agency Tim Mellin Santa Maria, CA 93454 (513) 302-2858http://www.cpay.comComcast Angela Hiyama 2323 Thompson Way Santa Maria, CA 93455-1050Dunkin’ Donuts Kirsten ...read more
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Monday, January 29, 2018
We recently helped Fix Auto Santa Maria (formerly known as Premier Auto Body) celebrate their name change with a ribbon cutting! Premier Auto Body had been around for 8 years when owner Hector Paz decided to change the name of the local auto body shop. “I decided to join a network and change our name to Fix Auto Santa Maria,” Paz explained. “in that change we have acquired four insurance ...read more
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Monday, January 29, 2018
The Chamber is thrilled to announce Paula Arnold of American Self-Storage as our Chamber Ambasador of the Quarter for October – December 2017! Paula Arnold has lived in California most of her life, making her a true California girl.  While her father was stationed at Vandenberg AFB, about 15 miles outside of Santa Maria. Paula attended local schools from the 2nd grade and making the move to the ...read more
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Monday, January 29, 2018
Young Professionals Spotlight: Natalie RucoboNatalie Rucobo   What is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company? My title is Advancement Specialist. I have been with the Allan Hancock College Foundation for about a year and a half now. Prior to this I was with the American Cancer Society in San Luis Obispo County. What is your favorite thing about your ...read more
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Monday, January 29, 2018
Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018 Learning through Youth and Education December’s Youth and Education Topic Day was a wonderful learning experience for Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018.  On December 2, 2017, the group explored education and opportunities for the youth of our community. The first stop was St. Mary of the Assumption School where the Class was treated to a ...read more
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Monday, January 29, 2018
Board Member Profile: Donna Randolph, State Farm InsuranceDonna Randolph, State Farm Insurance What is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company? I’m a proud State Farm Agent. What did you choose this profession? In high school at age16 I started as a student intern from ROP/Business class and 33 years later I own the agency. It’s a dream come true. Why do you ...read more
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Monday, January 29, 2018
Visitors Bureau Hits the Road, #SantaMariaStyle Industry Trade Shows Industry Trade Shows are one of the many working components within the Visitors Bureau services. Each year the Bureau, along with hotel partners, travel to industry trade shows that target various types of travelers. One of the primary focuses of the bureau is the meeting planner, which drives much of the mid-week business to ...read more
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Thursday, January 18, 2018
    Urbane Cafe is located at 655 E. Betteravia Rd. in Santa Maria We recently welcomed Urbane Cafe to the Santa Maria Valley Chamber and the Santa Maria community with a ribbon cutting! Located at 655 E. Betteravia Rd. in Santa Maria, the newly opened restaurant serves up freshly made sandwiches, salads and soups. “Urbane Cafe is a fast, casual restaurant,” explained Christi Christian, Director ...read more
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Friday, January 12, 2018
Our Mission at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is to be a… – Catalyst for business growth – Convener of leaders and influencers – Champion for a stronger community You may not have noticed … but the Chamber has been working hard on your behalf. Responding to our mission here’s a quick sampling of what we’ve been doing for members and the local business community recently.2017 ...read more
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Monday, January 08, 2018
AFLAC Associate Daniel Miller 3420 Orcutt Rd., Ste 206B Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 478-7376 Eddie San Jose – Caliber Home Loans Eddie San Jose 2615 S. Miller St., Ste 109 Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 288-6856www.caliberhomeloans.com/esanjose PB & Associates Real Estate Services 1619 S. Broadway Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 310-5430www.pbnassoc.com The Garden Mediterranean Restaurant ...read more
Categories: Chamber News
Monday, January 08, 2018
This week, California businesses began to legally sell recreational marijuana in California. More than 400 state licenseshave been issued so far, but the rollout may be slow. Cities or counties must first approve commercial marijuana sales, and localities can choose to ban or restrict recreational marijuana shops. On November 8, 2016, Californians voted to pass Proposition 64, also known as the ...read more
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