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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Central Coast AirFest, a two-day airshow, will take place on the weekend of October 6th and 7th at the Santa Maria Airport. This is the first annual AirFest, and it will introduce a new era of air shows to the Central Coast.  Headlining the event will be the Canadian Snowbirds, Canada’s iconic 431 Air Demonstration and Military Aerobatics Squadron.  “We are really excited to have the Snowbirds ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The City of Guadalupe and the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership held its second annual community outreach event on the evening of June 26, 2018, which was held in the gymnasium at City Hall. All residents and businesses in attendance were provided an energy efficiency overview by the Partnership, PG&E, SoCalGas, Staples Energy, American Eco, the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
In the summer of 2017, the devastating Whittier Fire roared over hills and through canyons of eighteen thousand acres of dry California land near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County. At Circle V Ranch, children attending a week-long retreat and staff found themselves trapped in the path of the approaching blaze. With the assistance of firefighters and the Forestry Service, all of them were able ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Leadership Santa Maria Valley’s Class of 2019  kicked off with the program’s annual retreat, this year taking place at Camp Whittier. The weekend retreat gave the incoming class the opportunity to learn more about the program, begin developing more leadership skills, and bond with their classmates. The class of 20 emerging leaders, ranging in age, background and career fields, spent three days at ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The Santa Barbara Foundation recently held a seminar for local businesses and Veterans on “Why Hiring Veterans Makes Sense”. We talked with Katy Simas, North Country Direct of the Santa Barbara Foundation, about the event and the importance of connecting our Veterans to job opportunities in Santa Maria. Why did the Santa Barbara Foundation feel it was important to hold a seminar on hiring ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Cash is no longer king In the same way payments of the past have come and gone, cash is becoming a less desirable payment option for consumers. A whopping 46% of people surveyed say they rarely or never use cash, and 20% said they don’t even carry it with them. Since the use of cash is dwindling, people have turned to other methods of payment.      How do people want to spend? Instead of cash, ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
Monday, September 17, 2018
What would be said if these walls could talk?find out at INSIDE PCPAHere is your chance to enter the fascinating world of creative inspiration and professional practice in a behind the scenes conversation with PCPA's Resident Artists. Featuring Jason Bolen, Abby Hogan and Erik Stein, interviewed by Brad Carroll, learn what fuels the artists' passions to bring magic to the Central Coast and listen ...read more
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Monday, September 17, 2018
CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP 7th Annual Golf Tournament Dinner & Raffle Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:30 am - Registration and Putting Contest 12 noon - Shotgun Start To Register or Sponsor the event, please fill out the registration form found HERE
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Monday, September 17, 2018
Step Up to Prevent Breast CancerCottage Health Offers Free Classes at The Jenny Schatzle Program  During Breast Cancer Awareness Month SANTA BARBARA – One in eight women living in America will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, outside of skin cancer, but women who exercise at least four hours a week can lower their risk of ...read more
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Friday, September 14, 2018
Join us for a Santa Maria Chamber Mixer!   Thursday, September 20th 5-7pm Santa Barbara Foundation 2625 South Miller Street Suite 101, Santa Maria Meet our Staff and tour our office Enjoy light hous d’oeuvres, beet, wine, and music while socializing with other Chamber and community members Be sure to bring a business card to be entered into raffle drawings Please contact ...read more
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Friday, September 14, 2018
Santa Barbara, CA,  — Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County is launching “The Good Life on the Central Coast” Photo Contest for 2018. The contest invites Santa Barbara County residents with a creative spirit to share their favorite snaps of local life for a chance to win cash prizes and gift certificates. Winning images will also be eligible for permanent display in FSA’s Lompoc ...read more
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Friday, September 14, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 13, 2018 Active Aging Week Events   Join in the fun of Active Aging Week, September 22-29, 2018.  The weeklong observance celebrates active aging adults as fully participating members of society and promotes the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle. For the full schedule of activities go online to www.cityofsantamaria.org/recreation. Participants may select ...read more
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 11, 2018 End of Summer Pool Bash The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety are proud to present the “End of Summer Pool Bash” for teens in the 7th through 12th grades on Saturday, September 29th, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center, 600 South McClelland Street. Free hotdogs, snacks and drinks ...read more
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Monday, September 10, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 6, 2018 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report The City of Santa Maria has prepared a Draft Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Fiscal Year 2017-18 as required by the Rules and Regulations for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.   This report summarizes how the City’s CDBG funds were used, what each ...read more
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Monday, September 10, 2018
La Ciudad de Santa Maria ha preparado el reporte de Desempeño Annual Consolidado y Reporte de Evaluación (CAPER) para el año 2017-18 como necesario por las Reglas y Regulaciones de los Programas del Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Este informe resume cómo se usaron los fondos CDBG de la Ciudad, lo que cada subreceptor brindó en cuanto a servicios, la cantidad de personas o hogares ...read more
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Monday, September 10, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 7, 2018 Dia de Los Muertos Festival Celebrate the lives of passed loved ones at the Dia de Los Muertos Festival on Saturday, October 27th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Park, 313 West Tunnell Street.  This family friendly event is free and will have live entertainment, activities for youth, food and crafts vendors, and so much more for families to ...read more
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Monday, September 10, 2018
Celebrating Storm Reading Lands at Lobero Theatre September 21, 2018Event reunites acclaimed cast members and director with special guest Anthony Edwards SANTA BARBARA –  A ground-breaking theatrical sensation called Storm Reading debuted in Santa Barbara at the Lobero Theatre in 1988 and went on to inspire audiences in show after show worldwide for nearly a decade. What made this play so ...read more
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Monday, September 10, 2018
NEWS RELEASESeptember 7, 2018September 11th Commemoration On September 11, 2001, the United States was the victim of a terrorist attack of horrific magnitude. Thousands of Americans lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, including over 300 firefighters.   On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 the Santa Maria Fire Department will commemorate the losses suffered by the ...read more
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Friday, September 07, 2018
Join us this Saturday at the enchanting Birch Wood Garden, Barn & Home in Nipomo! Entertainment begins at 6pm. Enjoy Zoe's Hawaiian BBQ, Hawaiian Dancers, Music by Three 4 All, Auctions and so much more. Contact Debbie Geaslen for tickets at  805-598-6083 or debgeaslen@yahoo.com
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Friday, September 07, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 7, 2018 Library’s Adult Coloring Program in September The City of Santa Maria Public Library is continuing to offer the Adult Coloring Program twice during the month of September. The programs are scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th and Wednesday, September 26th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Shepard Hall. The coloring activities are designed to relieve stress and provide ...read more
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Friday, September 07, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 7, 2018 Ribbon Cutting for Library Anniversary and Store   The Santa Maria Public Library will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its building and the reopening of its Library Shop with a ribbon cutting in the lobby at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11th. The public is invited to join Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Library staff.    The ...read more
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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Voted The Best Patio Dining!...Also voted by your neighbors as the runner-up for: Best Restaurant, Best Live Music Venue, and Best Vegetarian Selection! Thank you, Santa Maria!   Isn't it time you tried out the Moxie? _______________________________________________________________________________________________The Moxie Goes Downtown! Come check out the new Moxie Express at the Santa Maria ...read more
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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Paint Pour!" by Beverly Johnson is a Celebration of Color and the Element of Surprise.    Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson’s paint pour technique is widely sought after.  The artist offers classes at cnagy tasting room in Orcutt and in her own gallery Beverly Johnson’s Studio 'C', located in the Orcutt Trade Center. Whatever tricks she has up her sleeve are working; her pours are selling well.  ...read more
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Thursday, September 06, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 6, 2018 Concert in the Park:  Featuring Steppin’ Out The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth Inc. invite the community for the final concert in the summer Concerts In the Park Series with a performance from Steppin’ Out at Rotary Centennial Park (2625 South College Drive) on Sunday, September 9th. Steppin' Out specializes in R&B ...read more
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Thursday, September 06, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 6, 2018 Movie Night at the Library on September 10th        The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to show the movie Only the Brave (2017) which is rated PG-13. The film will be screened on Monday, September 10th at 5:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.  The movie is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, ...read more
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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Arroyo Grande – When Martha Stewart needed a one-of-a-kind ice cream treat for Snoop Dogg on their hit cooking show, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”, she turned to the local ice cream experts at Doc Burnstein’s. For such illustrious guests, Doc put together a colossal, 300-pound ice cream sandwich that was recently featured on the popular VH-1 show.    To create such a show-stopping ...read more
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Thursday, September 06, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 6, 2018 Exercise Classes for Active Aging Adults The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is offering fun and energetic exercise classes beginning in September.  Classes are designed for Active Aging Adults ages 50 and older and are held weekly at the Elwin Mussell Center, located at 510 East Park Avenue.  Build Your Own Body (BYOB) - The popular class ...read more
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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
NEWS RELEASE September 4, 2018 Street Resurfacing (Chip Seal) Project Starts September 5th Drivers are advised that temporary, short delays will occur on dozens of Santa Maria streets due to the City’s annual street maintenance chip seal program beginning Wednesday, September 5th and continuing through the end of September. The most notable streets affected include the following: •Donovan Road ...read more
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Tuesday, September 04, 2018
League of Women Voters Santa Maria Valley presents Three Forums for Voter Education. Co-Sponsors for all Forums: Fund for Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Times, Area Agency on Aging, NAACP #1 Forum: September 6th:Thursday.  Measure U Santa Maria City Sales Tax  Increase. Pro/Con Forum: Gale McNeeley /Con and Russ Mengel/Pro #2. Forum  September 12, Wednesday, 35th State Assembly Office. featuring: ...read more
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Join us for CASA at the Club! Jazzin' it up for the Kids!Santa Maria Country ClubOctober 6th4 pm - 9 pmClick Here For Tickets
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Monday, August 27, 2018
SANTA BARBARA – Cottage Children’s Medical Center and the Cottage Concussion Clinic will host a free informational event to help parents and coaches recognize the symptoms of concussion and understand the treatment process.  WHAT: “Concussion Discussion: What to Know as Parents and Coaches”  WHEN: Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 6-7:30 pm.  SPEAKERS & TOPICS:  Dr. Philip ...read more
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Monday, August 27, 2018
The Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office is pleased to announce creation of the Community Defender Division (CDD). The mission of CDD is rooted in our fundamental belief in a holistic approach to address complex client needs. As Public Defenders, we witness the devastating hardships that community members face during times of incarceration and intersection with the criminal justice ...read more
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Monday, August 27, 2018
NEWS RELEASE August 27, 2018                         Trash and Recycling Collection and Street Sweeping Services for Labor Day Holiday The City of Santa Maria advises residents that there will be no trash and recycling collection services, or street sweeping, on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day). During holiday weeks, street sweeping and residential collection services occurs one day later ...read more
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Monday, August 27, 2018
Free Kids Car Safety Event & Seat Check-up  Saturday, September 15, 201810 am to 2 pm  Franklin Neighborhood Center1136 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara SANTA BARBARA – Many parents are unaware that four out of five child passenger safety seats are installed or adjusted incorrectly. September is Child Passenger Safety Awareness month. Cottage Health’s free Kids Car Safety Event will help moms, ...read more
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Monday, August 27, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala will pay tribute to those making a positive impact on the Santa Maria Valley community. The red carpet awards ceremony takes place September 13th from 6pm to 9pm at Marian Theatre (PCPA) on Allan Hancock College Campus. “We look forward every year to this event when we get a chance to highlight some of the people and organizations that ...read more
Categories: Featured, Press Releases, Chamber News
Friday, August 24, 2018
NEWS RELEASE August 24, 2018 SANTA MARIA PUBLIC LIBRARY MAIN AND BRANCH LIBRARIES WILL BE CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018 The Main Library and branches (Cuyama, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, and Orcutt) of the Santa Maria Public Library system will be closed on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, for staff training. The libraries will be closed the entire day to enable all staff to ...read more
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Friday, August 24, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of JuneBlosser Urban GardenJerry Mahoney 915 S. Blosser Road Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 878-1744http://www.blosserurbangarden.comCaliber CollisionJoseph Rubio 1213 S. Blosser Rd. Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 867-7581http://www.calibercollision.comCamino Real Mortgage ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Featured, Member Spotlight
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
NEWS RELEASE August 20, 2018 A New Way to Connect to City Meetings   The City of Santa Maria is pleased to introduce a website portal that better connects the community to City public meeting agendas, minutes, and videos, as well as similar materials for various City boards, commissions, and committees.  The portal is within the City’s website (www.cityofsantamaria.org), and can be accessed ...read more
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Wednesday, August 01, 2018
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Monday, July 30, 2018
For individuals and businesses, the region is the functional unit in which we live and operate.   Many of us wake up in one city, work in another, and dine, shop and play in many. We regularly drive across city and county borders without a thought or a care. Our businesses serve marketplaces, both large and small, that depend upon suppliers, workers and customers who rarely reside in a single ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Advocacy, Chamber News
Monday, July 30, 2018
Members of the community came together in July to support the Dunes Center’s educational programs at their annual fundraiser gala. The event was sponsored by local businesses and organizations including Aera Energy, Community Carpenters, and Chevron. Guests dressed in period attire and enjoyed jazz and signature cocktails to celebrate the arrival of the Dunes Center’s newest addition – a 300-lb ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
Monday, July 30, 2018
Talk a bit about yourself. What do you do professionally and what are your hobbies? My name is Kira Farrell and I’m proud to be the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for CASA of Santa Barbara County. I manage and create our online and print advertisements, website, social media accounts, and participate in many outreach opportunities to help recruit more volunteers to advocate for children ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
Monday, July 30, 2018
Here are 5 tips for increasing prices without inspiring rage.  1. Tell the truth. More and more customers are willing to pay a bit extra for products or services they deem worth the cost. Clothing retailer Everlane, for instance, enjoys massive success among millennial consumers by promoting its commitment to using sustainable fabrics and ethical factories. Everlane can charge more than ...read more
Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
Friday, July 27, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is excited to welcome Yarely Corona as their new Tourism Coordinator.Born and raised in Santa Maria, Corona has deep roots in the local community. She graduated from Cal Poly with a B.S in Agricultural Business and worked 5 years for the California Strawberry Commission as their Events & Outreach Coordinator. Corona says that as the ...read more
Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News, Press Releases
Friday, July 27, 2018
WARNING: Beginning August 30, 2018, new Proposition 65 regulations will take effect that significantly overhaul longstanding warning regulations and depart from the rules that businesses have relied on for decades. Accordingly, it is imperative that businesses operating or selling into California reassess and potentially overhaul their long-established Proposition 65 compliance programs before ...read more
Categories: Business Resources, Featured, Advocacy, Chamber News
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
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
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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
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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
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
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, 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
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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
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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
Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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