• Shopping Local Keeps the Santa Maria Valley Thriving

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is a champion for the local business community. This year, the Chamber teamed up with their Ambassador Committee to help promote shopping local throughout the month of November, leading up to Small Business Saturday on November 30th.
    “Supporting local business is key to a thriving community,” explained Chamber Ambassador Alli Borja. “The more money we can keep flowing where we work, live and play the more well off our community is as a whole. Also, Santa Maria is a tight knit community so supporting local business and promoting local business is helping your friends, your friend’s friends and your neighbors.”
    Borja helped the Chamber promote local businesses by visiting businesses and taking photos and interviewing business owners about the importance of shopping local. Through talking with local businesses, Borja said she got a better appreciation for how hard our business community works, and the importance of local support.
    Craig from Naughty Oak Brewery, Teresa from Maya Restaurant and Wade from Rancho Bowl were all so great and willing to provide great testimonials for their businesses and other local businesses,” Borja said. “All three of them were great examples of why Santa Maria is such a wonderful community!  They all use their local resources when they can and encourage other businesses to do the same.”
    Naughty Oak Brewing Company is a great example of a business who has taken advantage of community partnerships to help grow their business while supporting others. The local brewery, located in Orcutt, is relatively new to the community but has seen success through partnering with other local businesses. They have events where they partner with local food trucks and musicians. They’ve also found other more unique partnerships, including teaming up with Foxen Canyon Soap Company to create a soap featuring their beer, and having nearby Bello Forno Pizzeria highlight their beers in one of their menu items.
    For Maya Mexican Restaurant, community partnerships have always played a key role in their business.  “As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to shop local at all of our other local patrons in the community,” said Teresa Paredes. Paredes is the third generation to take over the family business, which has been around for over 50 years. She says they support local business as much as they can to keep local businesses thriving in our community. “I encourage everyone to go out and shop local and support our community,” said Paredes. “Not just on Small Business Saturday, but every day!”
    Chamber Ambassador Tina Fisher, who also assisted with the Shop Local Campaign, said talking with local businesses reaffirmed her commitment to continue shopping local.
    Local businesses are what set our community apart from other towns,” Fisher said. “We have such a diversity of choices when it comes to shopping, eating or entertainment, right here is Santa Maria Valley.  It is extremely important that we help these local businesses thrive.”
    Fisher said that while interviewing the different business owners, she realized that they are “living their dream” by doing what they do best. “They are all passionate to serve the local community and to be a part of this wonderful community,” Fisher said.
    As a Catalyst for business growth and a champion for a stronger Santa Maria Valley, the Chamber is proud to support our local business community. We encourage community members to visit our array of unique and enjoyable local businesses not just during the holiday season, but year round, to help keep the Santa Maria Valley thriving.
    Wondering where to start? You can find a list of over 800 local businesses in our business directory at www.santamaria.com/list.