• Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Newsletter Chamber Connection June 2020
  • Above: The Historic Santa Maria Inn's popular restaurant has resumed dine-in services while abiding by health and safety requirements given by the county and state. They are one of the many local businesses beginning to safely reopen to the public.

  • Chamber Continues to Assist with the Safe Reopening of Local Businesses

  • The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce continues to play an active role in supporting local businesses through the reopening & recovery process.

  • From face masks to hand sanitizer, social distancing to staff safety training – more and more local businesses in the Santa Maria Valley are taking steps to safely reopen.

    In accordance with guidelines set by the State of California, Santa Barbara County has now moved through stage 2 of the Governor's Resiliency Roadmap, allowing hair salons and churches to open, and restaurants and retail to serve customers inside their stores in addition to the curbside pickup and delivery options.


  • The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is here for business. We strive to be a catalyst for business growth, convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for a stronger Santa Maria Valley.

    We continue to work hard to serve our members, local businesses and the Santa Maria Valley community. Here’s a glimpse at what we’ve been up to this past month. Read More...


  • COVID-19 News & Resources for Business

    • City Assisting Businesses with Re-opening Allowances
      Santa Maria businesses authorized to reopen during this health emergency will receive assistance and temporarily allowed modifications from the City of Santa Maria’s Community Development Department. The following modifications to land use regulations are temporarily allowed, as part of the City’s phased re-opening...Read More
    • Small Business and Community Partnership Enhancement Program
      The following information outlines the steps needed to apply for a No-Fee Encroachment Permit from the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department, for the use of the public road right-of-way. This allows your business to extend the usable space into the public roadway/sidewalk areas within the unincorporated areas of the County of Santa Barbara. A pathway for ADA walking would need to be maintained of 48 inches minimum width through your site plan. Read More
    • City of Santa Maria Business Reopening Plan
      The City of Santa Maria and Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce are supporting steps to safely reopen society and the local economy in phases.  The timetable and restrictions will be decided by the County’s Public Health Officer, depending on discretion from the Governor. Read More

    • Face Coverings Required on Local Transit
      Until further notice, Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) will require face masks or face coverings for both bus operators and passengers - to help limit exposure to COVID-19. This requirement is aligned with the County Health Officer Order 2020-10 Read More


  • Membership Corner

    • Chamber Welcomes New Members
      The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome these new members joining the Chamber. We appreciate their vote of confidence in our ability to add value to their business and to create a strong local economy together. Read More.
    • Chamber Member Renewals: April 2020
      The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to recognize these partners who strive each day to create jobs, boost our local economy and build a community of which we can all be proud. Thank you for your continued membership with the Chamber. Read More.
    • Annual Award Nominations Due June 15th!
      Nominations for the Chamber's Annual Awards are due June 15th! Submit your nominations for Large/Small Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Young Professional of the Year today! Learn More & Nominate


  • Upcoming Events

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and our community partners continue to offer a variety of webinars and networking opportunities virtually. Upcoming events are highlighted below. You can visit our Events Calendar for additional upcoming events.

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