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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Wake up on the right side of the bed and visit any of our three parlors on Saturday, February 2, 2019 starting at 9am. Taste our special Maple Bacon ice cream to honor International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! We recommend you try it in a waffle cone, of course. There will be prizes for the first 50 customers.  Besides serving our Maple Bacon ice cream at all three locations, Doc Burnstein’s has ...read more
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
SANTA BARBARA - Cottage Health, in partnership with PATH Santa Barbara, has launched the Cottage Recuperative Care Program with the goal of helping qualified homeless individuals recover from illness or injury in a safe and supportive environment after they are discharged from the hospital.  Under the Recuperative Care Program, PATH will provide up to 10 beds for qualified patients who have been ...read more
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
NEWS RELEASE January 23, 2019 Interactive Recycling Exhibit Unveiled at Discovery Museum The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department and the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum unveiled a new interactive exhibit at the museum on Thursday, January 17th, 2019. The new exhibit, “The Great Recycling Story,” showcases the path from plastic to recycled product.  Designed for children aged four ...read more
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
SANTA BARBARA – The Trauma Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is offering free classes on how to recognize and stop life-threatening bleeding. “Stop the Bleed. Save a Life” is open to everyone and will be offered on four different dates in 2019.  This year’s first class will meet on January 31, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s Burtness Auditorium. The same class will ...read more
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Monday, January 21, 2019
The Box Office reopens after the successful installation and training on a new and improved ticketing system.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________ COMING SOON  Shakespeare in Love  A Romantic Comedy  February 7 - March 3 - Marian Theatre  A young Will Shakespeare is on the brink of greatness...once he gets past his writer's ...read more
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Friday, January 18, 2019
CalChamber has seen a lot of wins in 2018. Below are some legistlative highlights for the year:Stopping All Job Killer Bills CalChamber policy advocates joined forces with other business groups and pro-jobs legislators to stop all 29 job killer bills from becoming law as originally proposed. Below is a sampling of job killers stopped or amended before they passed the Legislature. More information ...read more
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Friday, January 18, 2019
NEWS RELEASE January 17, 2019 Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety Programs Two programs for Santa Maria students developed in late 2018 as creations of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety are ready to be launched. One is the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, the other a Student Leadership Program. “The concepts of both programs were well-received by students and school staff in recent ...read more
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
SANTA BARBARA - For more than 30 years, Cottage Health has been offering grants to community-based organizations. These grants have provided more than $10 million in funding to improve the health of our community. Community input collected during Cottage Health’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and Population Health Listening Tour identified behavioral health as a top priority community ...read more
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
Programs Available • BA Business Administration • BS Organization Management • BS Public AdministrationBenefits • Accelerated 10-week terms; classes one night a week • Scholarship for qualified ACH students and alumni • Convenient location at Allan Hancock College • Ability to complete degree within 18 months • Financial aid available for eligible studentsInformation Sessions Learn how ...read more
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
Let's start 2019 by join Allan Hancock College Adult Education Community Course  CSPD 8014 - Intro Chinese Language/Culture Learn to speak, read, and write Chinese at a basic level. This course focuses on the Mandarin Chinese Pinyin Romanization system using simplified Chinese characters. Aspects of the Chinese culture are also incorporated in this entry-level class.  The course is taught by a ...read more
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Santa Maria, Calif. – Jan. 15, 2019 – Local children and their families are invited to paint, draw, sing, and dance with professional artists Sunday, Jan. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Discovery Museum’s 9th annual Nat Fast Children’s Arts Day, a free community event celebrating the arts and the legacy of local artist Nat Fast.   “Nat Fast was an extraordinary artist and teacher and a special ...read more
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Santa Maria, CA – The City of Santa Maria is conducting a community survey to better understand the transportation needs and habits of residents. Results of the survey will help pinpoint changes in demographics and demand and prepare the City to move into the future of public transit with defined strategies for growth and development. Both transit and non-transit riders are encouraged to ...read more
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. America’s Job Center of California 130 East Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Seminars are subject to change or cancellation.) You will receive information from the EDD and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement on: Recordkeeping, reporting requirements, employer obligations, and payment requirements. Common wage and hour law ...read more
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Monday, January 14, 2019
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 10AM - 2PM 1770 S. BROADWAY ST. Special invite to all Santa Maria Valley Chamber members and staff! You are invited to experience the new look of Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, during a special open house event. Complimentary food from Chick-fil-A and refreshments will be provided for guests. Each blood donor will receive a $10 movie pass through the Hero ...read more
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Monday, January 14, 2019
Please come and join us! Community Partners in Caring (CPC) will be having Nurturing Greatness Event on the following date. CPC will be teaching our community about the risks that our senior population face regarding social isolation and what we, as a community, can do to help. You will learn about what services we can provide, the areas we serve (Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez), along with ...read more
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Monday, January 14, 2019
The Downtown Streetscape Plan has been approved and is moving forward to City Council hearing! Thank you for all your input in shaping the Downtown Multimodal Streetscape (DMS) Concept Plan. You can view the plan in the link below. Please come to the City Council meeting and see the final presentation and show your support. ¡Downtown Streetscape esta aprobado y va a comenzar a tener juntas con ...read more
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Monday, January 14, 2019
Dear Chamber Members, The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud of its long-standing relationship with Vandenberg Air Force Base. The personal and economic impacts on our community have insured that this positive partnership continues. The base will host its Annual Awards Banquet on February 22nd, and during the ceremony, honorees will receive a plaque and gifts from surrounding ...read more
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Monday, January 14, 2019
After seventeen years of being a pastor in Santa Maria, Rev. Dave Brogren is stepping out from behind his pulpit and joining the ranks of the real estate professionals in the valley. This career shift for the 61-year-old pastor brings back to life the training he had over thirty years ago. “Before I went into full-time vocational ministry, I trained in real estate back home in Illinois. Because ...read more
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Thursday, January 10, 2019
NEWS RELEASE January 9, 2019 Emergency Preparedness Class  Check off one of Your New Year resolutions for free. The City of Santa Maria Fire Department and Rancho Buena Vista Estates will host a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in January. CERT provides skills that residents, their families, and friends, can use to prepare for any emergency.  Topics include preparedness kits, ...read more
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Thursday, January 10, 2019
NEWS RELEASE January 9, 2019 Movie Night at the Library on January 21st             The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to show the movie Selma (2014) in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This film is rated PG-13. The film will be screened on Monday, January 21st at 3:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.  This movie chronicles the historic ...read more
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Thursday, January 10, 2019
NEWS RELEASE January 9, 2019 Volunteers Needed for Point in Time Count The Santa Maria area is in need of volunteers for the annual “Homeless Point-in-Time Count” coming up on Thursday, January 24th. The Point in Time Count is the annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on a given day. The homeless count will take place from 5:00 to 8:30 a.m. on January 24th. View ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—January 8, 2019— After 48 years of providing superior service to his clients, Frank Sheahan has announced his retirement from the insurance industry. As of January 2019, Sheahan will transition the service of his accounts to Morris & Garritano Insurance. Sheahan notes, "It is important that my clients be protected and taken care of. When thinking of who would provide the best ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
NEWS RELEASE January 8, 2019 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, January 22nd in Shepard Hall. Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, is a novel that takes place both in 1939 Tennessee and present-day South Carolina. In 1939, the story follows Rill Foss and the Foss siblings as they are ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
SANTA MARIA – Start the New Year out giving back and getting rewarded sweetly!. Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) joins Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab to hold our first  Blood Drive of 2019.   Where:  Vitalant at  1170 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, CA  When:  Monday, January 21, 2019 from 2:00-7:00pm.   What: Yes, it’s true! For every pint of blood donated, Doc Burnstein’s will give a donor ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
NEWS RELEASE January 8, 2019 Temporary Road Closures at Broadway and Battles  Due to Water System Repair Work On Wednesday, January 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Thursday, January 10th, there will be road closures at Broadway and Battles Road. During this time, southbound Broadway (Highway 135) and eastbound and westbound Battles will be reduced to one lane due to urgent water system ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
The Box Office is currently closed, and beginning Friday, January 11, 2019 on-line tickets will be unavailable as we install and train staff on our new ticketing system.  We anticipate sales will resume - online and at the box office - by Thursday, January 17.  We apologize for any inconvenience during this time. 
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Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Businesses that have achieved certification during the past year as “green” businesses from the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC) will be honored on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 during a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hotel Corque, located at 400 Alisal Road in Solvang.  The cost of the luncheon is $40.00 per person, if the registration and payment are received by ...read more
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Tuesday, January 08, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO– Start the New Year out giving back and getting rewarded sweetly! Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) joins Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab to hold our first Blood Drive of 2019.     Where:  Vitalant at 4119 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo    When:  Monday, January 21, 2019 from 1:00-6:00pm.     What: Yes, it’s true! For every pint of blood donated, Doc Burnstein’s will ...read more
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Monday, January 07, 2019
Escape from Technology First Meeting of 2019! Monday - 1/14/19 The technology behind designing (and solving) escape rooms Escape rooms are far more than just a passing fad. They challenge us, get us offline, and bring us together. As the popularity has exploded - the quality, sophistication, and overall experience have been enhanced through the novel use of both old & new technology. Escape ...read more
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Monday, January 07, 2019
Wake up on the right side of the bed and visit any of our three parlors on Saturday, February 2, 2019 starting at 9am. Taste our special Maple Bacon ice cream to honor International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! We recommend you try it in a waffle cone, of course. There will be prizes for the first 50 customers. Besides serving our Maple Bacon ice cream at all three locations, Doc Burnstein’s has ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
SANTA BARBARA – Cottage Health announced its 2018 Physicians of the Year Awards which recognize and reward physicians on the Medical Staff for exemplary performance.  Every year, Cottage Health staff members are asked to submit nominations to the Physicians Reward and Recognition Team. Award honorees are selected based upon the most nominations in four criteria: dedication to the profession and ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
January 5th 2019 / Featured Artists: Beverly Johnson, Laura-Susan Thomas, Howard Ramsden, Heidi Guetzemacher & Janice Howard Then & Now 2019 - Meet the Artists Reception Saturday 1/5/2019 3:00-5:00 p.m Five Artists, Five Unique Visions.  Beverly Johnson debuts new acrylic pours; "Golden Diva" is especially worth coming out to see!  Laura-Susan Thomas brings her soulful "Winter Wolf" mixed ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
CENTRAL COAST, Calif. — January 2, 2019 — During National Blood Donor Month in January, blood donors can double their impact by giving blood at Vitalant while also helping to grant wishes for children through Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties at the same time. Vitalant will track the number of blood donations received at all four Vitalant donation centers and nearly 85 community blood drives throughout ...read more
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Thursday, January 03, 2019
Many may not be aware, but Santa Maria’s roots in the aerospace industry extend beyond Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Santa Maria Airport. Zodiac Aerospace has a history in Santa Maria dating back to the 1980’s. Over the years, the company has served a variety of airlines by providing interior commodities for companies including Bombardier, Embraer, McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, and Airbus.In 2008, ...read more
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Thursday, January 03, 2019
Businesses and entrepreneurs alike sometimes face days where we feel like quitting. In the new year, make perseverance your goal for 2019. Don’t quit, overcome! Use these recommendations to keep going and drive your business  towards success.   One: Establish a Routine We plan to fail when we fail to plan. This includes your daily plan of action or routine.  A regular routine for your workdays ...read more
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Thursday, January 03, 2019
A local organization is bringing a day-long conference to Santa Maria dedicated to uplifting and supporting women. Touchstone is a women’s collective whose mission is “embracing women by sharing stories, building trust and re-defining expectations.”  Co-creators Diane Adam and Emily Smith, trusted leaders in the community, began dreaming of a special event to bring women together over their ...read more
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Thursday, January 03, 2019
On December 7th, the 2019 Leadership class had a full schedule visiting a number of organizations focused on the youth of the Santa Maria Valley and their respective ongoing efforts to improve the lives and future outlook for those youth. At the Boys & Girls Club, the class learned about the 52 years of service that the club has provided to the kids of Santa Maria. The organization prides itself ...read more
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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
NEWS RELEASE December 26, 2018 Library Local History Series, “Heart of the Valley,” Launches January 19th   The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to offer a free local history series, “Heart of the Valley,” on the third Saturday of each month, starting Saturday, January 19th at 10:15 a.m. in the Library’s Shepard Hall. Thanks to a partnership with local historian Shirley Contreras, ...read more
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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
NEWS RELEASEDecember 31, 2018Movie Night at the Library on January 14th            The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to show the movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) which is rated PG-13. The film will be screened on Monday, January 14th at 5:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.  In the movie, four teenagers discover an old video game ...read more
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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
COMING THIS FEBRUARY AND MARCH   A young Will Shakespeare is on the brink of greatness...once he gets past his writer's block. Shakespeare in Love February 7 - March 3 - Marian Theatre A group of teen girls discuss much more than soccer... however, they are determined to make it to nationals.  The Wolves March 7 - 24 - Severson Theatre  
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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Join us in welcoming Treasures 1 to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting! The ribbon cutting will take place at 4:30 pm, but be sure to arrive early to sign the ribbon!Stay after and enjoy refreshments, music and gifts while touring the facility's Wedding Chapel and Fine Arts Gallery. We hope to see you there!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of November  Anthony'sKrystal Alvarez 859 Guadalupe Street Guadalupe, CA 93434 (805) 219-0977Ca' Del Grevino Tasting RoomRani Hoover 2933 Grand Avenue. Los Olivos, CA 93441 (805) 697-7625http://www.grevino.comfoxen 7200Elizabeth Gunn-Baumann 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd. Santa ...read more
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
One of the essential ways the Chamber delivers on its mission is by being actively involved in political/regulatory conversations that affect the ability of local businesses to be competitive and successful. In this arena, we seek first to be a source of information, both for our businesses and for those who make decisions that affect businesses. The Chamber actively monitors proposed legislation ...read more
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
For its monthly topic day in November, the 2019 Leadership Santa Maria Valley class was treated to an in-depth look at public safety in our community.  The class gained valuable insight into the startling issue of human trafficking, received an education on the leadership philosophy that’s helped transform local law enforcement and got a first-hand look at how local public servants protect ...read more
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
As the sun sets on another amazing summer in the Santa Maria Valley our fall and winter promotions are well underway. Most of the marketing efforts and strategies implemented from year-to-year really begin revving up during what the industry labels as “slow season”. On the surface a “slowing” of sorts is certainly true, however the individuals driving our local tourism and hospitality industry are ...read more
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Our mission at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is to be a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for a stronger Santa Maria Valley. Our staff works hard to fulfill this mission - here’s a sample of what we’ve been up to lately:Campaigning for Measure U The Chamber is proud to have been an early and active endorser of Measure U.  “Our board ...read more
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Shop local this holiday season! Blast 825 Brewery (formally Rooney’s Irish Pub) in Oructt serves up delicious food and a wide variety of craft beer! They have great speiclas like their Sunday Brunch. Their gift cards make great gifts this holiday season, and they even offer a special where you get a FREE $25 gift card for buying $100 worth of gift cards! “We think it’s important for the community ...read more
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Sunday, November 11, 2018
This holiday season, join us in supporting local business by choosing ot #ShopSantaMaria! Woody's Butcher Block stocks super premium products including premium meats and upscale provisions. They are located at 700 E. Main Street, Suite 104 in Santa Maria. Woody's is the perfect choice for making a memorable holiday meal, or their gift cards make the perfect present for the chef in your ...read more
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Friday, November 09, 2018
Edible Arrangements makes for a unique and delicious gift this holiday season! Located at 530 E. Betteravia Rd., Ste B-1, the store offers a variety of edible boquets, gift boxes and more for every occasion! “We make fruit bouquets that are as beautiful as flowers but you can eat them.” Said owner George Muranaka. Edible Arrangements believes its important to #ShopLocal and #ShopSantaMaria ...read more
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Thursday, November 08, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of October.A Heart's Desires BridalAshley Pacheco 2125 S. Broadway, Ste. 103 Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 862-2964http://www.aheartsdesiresbridal.comBorjas LawJoseph Borjas 937 E. Main Street #206 Santa Maria, CA 93456 (805) 994-0885http://www.borjaslaw.comBudget Blinds of ...read more
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Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Small Business Saturday is November 24th, and the Chamber is celebrating local business throughout the month of November and encouraging people to #ShopSantaMaria. This holiday season, local credit union SESLOC is promoting their HomeFREE Checking program – a program that is truly free checking, plus you get BONUS rewards and FREE Identitiy Theft Services. While it's not an actual "gift" you can ...read more
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Monday, November 05, 2018
The Chamber Ambassador program recently recognized Allison Borja of Morris & Garritano as Ambassador of the Quarter! Here's a bit about Alli:Hello fellow chamber members!  My name is Alli Borja, and I'm a proud ambassador for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.  I am a second generation Central Coast native and was raised in Arroyo Grande with my parents, Sonny and ...read more
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Thursday, November 01, 2018
Small Business Saturday is November 24th, and the Chamber is celebrating local business throughout the month of November and encouraging people to #ShopSantaMaria. PCPA Theatre is a great local option for entertainment. Located on Allan Hancock College Campus, the local theatre puts on a variety of impressive productions throughout the year. They are presenting that wonderful family musical, ...read more
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Thursday, November 01, 2018
Statics show that small businesses employ about 51% of the workforce, those small businesses range from 500 to 2 employees, and serve their local communities well.   We hear the phrase ‘Shop Local’ and we know it’s important, but do we truly understand how shopping local enriches our community?   Small business is the driving force of our country and our local economy. Small businesses fill ...read more
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Thursday, November 01, 2018
When you think of the ingredients in the bar or soap you use every day, goats milk probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. And beer is an even less likely thought. But, for Foxen Canyon Soap Company, these ingredients are prominent in their skincare products.   The family run business is located in Sisquoc, California, and produces artisan soaps and skincare products formulated with ...read more
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Thursday, November 01, 2018
Joy by the Spoonful is bringing new life and ease to eating healthy eating. The local company creates and delivers healthier meal options for residents of the Santa Maria Valley, whether at work, at home or as a gift.    “I think what makes us unique is that we are the epitome of a small family business. - it’s just me and my adult son planning the meals, doing all the shopping, the prepping, ...read more
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Thursday, November 01, 2018
The class of 2019 for Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) had their Arts & Culture Topic Day on October 5, 2018. The day started at the Minerva Club, which is one of the oldest clubs operated by women in the Santa Maria Valley.   Interestingly enough, the Minerva Club was started on October 5, 1894, 124 years ago to the exact day that the class visited. The class was greeted with a lovely ...read more
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Monday, October 15, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of SeptemberAl PhoDon Huynh 1201 E. Main Street Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 478-2668Beach Betty CreativeShelly Cone Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 757-7772http://www.beachbettycreative.comMexi-Thai Roll Alma Camacho 2528 S. Broadway #B Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 332-2998On ...read more
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Monday, October 08, 2018
The November general election is just weeks away.   In addition to electing local leaders, we will also have a chance to weigh in on local ballot questions that will drive investments in local higher education and public safety.   And, of course, there are the statewide elections and ballot measures that will make up a significant portion of the ballot this year.We recognize that the outcomes of ...read more
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Thursday, October 04, 2018
One of the key elements of the Chamber’s mission is to be a Champion for our Community. Delivering on that commitment takes on many different forms, including advocating for decisions that will strengthen the community in the long-run. The Chamber board of directors met that standard recently when it voted to endorse two key community investments … Measure U (City of Santa Maria) and Measure Y ...read more
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Thursday, October 04, 2018
October is National Energy Awareness Month. It was first adopted in 1991 by the Whitehouse to encourage government and organizations to raise awareness of the importance of sustainably managing the nation’s energy resources. Since then, it has expanded to include everyone.  It is an important time for all businesses and households to consider ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy ...read more
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Thursday, October 04, 2018
What is the RMDZ?The RMDZ (Recycling Market Development Zone) is a program funded through the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). The RMDZ program provides low interest loans and technical assistance to firms that use recycled materials to make new products or that prevent or reduce waste as part of the manufacturing process.  What is the Purpose of the RMDZ ...read more
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Thursday, October 04, 2018
The 2019 class of Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) started of their year of topic days with a tour of Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 7th. Mr. Michael Stonecypher, from the 30th Space Wing’s Public Affairs Office was our tour guide for the day. After boarding a bus at the main gate, we were taken to the headquarters of the 30th Space Wing and Col. Bob Reeves, 30SW/CV, briefed the class ...read more
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of AugustStephens & Stephens LLPConrad Stephens505 S. McClelland Street Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 922-1951www.stephensfirm.comJoy By The SpoonfulDiane SmithSanta Maria, CA 93454(805) 868-9570www.joybythespoonful.comSun OptaTheresa Quiroz1333 S. BlosserSanta Maria, ...read more
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 JulyBlosser 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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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