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  • Working Hard on Your Behalf

  • The Chamber's mission is to be a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for a stronger Santa Maria Valley. Here's how we've been working hard on your behalf to serve our local community and fulfill our organization's mission.
     
  • January 2022 January 2022

    Catalyst for Business Growth:

    • The Economic Development Commission assisted 7 potential small businesses, with permitting, business licenses, business set up, contractors board info, seller’s permit, SBA loan assistance, and other items.
    • The Chamber launched its “Support Local & Win Big!” campaign to encourage community members to support local businesses and nonprofits this holiday season. Participants enter by taking selfies at local businesses and submitting receipts for a chance to win $3,000 in cash prizes.
    • The Chamber published the Winter Issue of their “Business, #SantaMariaStyle” quarterly digital magazine. This issue also included the updated Santa Maria Valley Visitors Guide.
    • The Chamber highlighted the Santa Maria Town Center in their "Local Business Spotlight" series, done in partnership with the Santa Maria Times
    • The Chamber recognized Mob Armor and The VegBoss as their December featured businesses. The program is done in partnership with the City of Santa Maria to highlight local manufacturing and women-owned businesses in the community.


    Convener of Leaders & Influencers:

    • The Chamber continues to hold their weekly “Build Your Business” breakfast meetings, an opportunity for local businesses to network and provide leads and testimonials.
    • The Economic Development Commission spoke at Leadership Santa Maria Valley’s Topic Day.
    • The Chamber celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Freedom Monument Veteran’s Memorial with an event honoring the fallen Veterans in our community.
    • The Chamber held another virtual session of their FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Forum Series for local high school students on “The Future of Santa Barbara County: Up and Coming Job Opportunities”.
    • Leadership Santa Maria Valley had their last topic day, a tour of Vandenberg Space Force Base. Leadership Santa Maria Valley held their 2021 class graduation on December 10th.


    Champion for a Stronger Santa Maria Valley:

    • The Chamber held a number of ribbon cuttings celebrating new Chamber member businesses.
    • The Economic Development Commission continues to work with the City on follow-up and discussions regarding Downtown Revitalization project.
    • The Economic Development Commission connected with a local broker regarding potential tenants and assistance.
    • The Visitors Bureau launched the new tourism site
    • The Chamber’s Fall Session of the Junior CEO program held their business launch day, where participants opened their businesses to the public at the Town Center Mall. The program wrapped up with a graduation and celebration event, where awards were presented to those who completed the program.
    • The Visitors Bureau partnered with Glocally to provide 6 gift baskets to influencers as a kick off to the upcoming Restaurant Month and Craft Cocktail Campaign, which will launch mid-January.
    • Four local high school students excelling in the Agriculture career pathway were recognized as part of the Chamber’s “Santa Maria Valley Next” program.
    • The Economic Development Commission continues to support the Airport in its pursuit of expanded air service.

  • What Our Members Have Shared

    "Since joining the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, I’ve developed so many new relationships unique to our local chamber business community. The new business generated immediately paid for itself many-fold! I am grateful for my fellow chamber members like Kelsi Fitzgerald of Veritas Innovative Pest and Termite Solutions whose support and encouragement has been such a warm welcome to the SMVCC family. My business certainly wouldn’t be where it is today without my chamber of commerce relationships."

    -Marina Garcia-Endert
    Owner of Truly Gifted “Your Professional Gift Company”

     

    "As a 40 year resident of Santa Maria, there was never any question where I would start my own business! I have owned Wine & Design in Orcutt for over two years now, and I know first-hand how the right community support can help your business grow! Being a member of the Chamber has opened doors for Wine & Design that we may not have found otherwise! The camaraderie and extensive networking opportunities are second to none! If you are not yet a member, feel free to call and ask me about it! If you are a member, do your business a favor, and look into attending as many Chamber functions as you can! Chamber members take care of one another!"
     

    - Julie Jorge
    Owner, Wine & Design Orcutt

     

    "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce for all the work they have done to keep the busieness community informed during the recent COVID-19 outbreak. As a sponsor member of the Chamber, we have used the services offered to businesses many times. We find that the SMVCC website has numerous resources available to fit the needs of our business. Being a Chamber member also helps us to make connections and gain exposure in the communities we service. This has enabled us to grow our business through networking with other businesses. We would highly recommend any business to become a member."

    - Omar and Petra Hernanadez,
    Owners, Shred 2 You, Inc.

     

    “The SMV Chamber has helped amplify our agency’s marketing efforts and given us opportunities to promote our business in areas that we otherwise wouldn’t be able. We are in constant contact with our Chamber representatives ensuring we are maximizing our membership so we don’t miss out on a golden opportunity. They are always there to help guide, promote, and see to it that we continue to remain top of mind.”

    - Morris & Garritano Insurance Services

     

    "I can honestly say that the Chamber and Visitors' Bureau has significantly helped me with my sales personally. With them always sending us updates on events and what is going on within the city and even the Central Coast, I have been able to turn that information into selling points to get tourist groups to not only visit my hotel but also go to some of these events supporting Santa Maria Valley. Without their assistance and constant updates, especially during COVID-19, we would probably not be doing as well as we are now. Thank You Santa Maria Valley Chamber & Visitors' Bureau! Best Western PLUS big America appreciates you!"

    - Robert Cooks, Sales Manager
    Best Western PLUS Big America

     

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce provides me an opportunity to interact with other businesses in the community and gain the exposure that every business needs. With weekly and monthly events available to get involved, you truly will get as much out of the experience as you put in. It has been my experience that the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to providing events which benefit the community and business members. I recommend chamber membership to anyone who wants their business to grow.

    -Timothy J. Bomben
    Wave Business

     

     

    "The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce has been an excellent partner in helping promote and generate visibility to Allan Hancock College’s new skills-based career readiness app/job board; Career Connect powered by Jobspeaker. Working together with SMVCC, we have developed a consistent and efficient way to build and maintain relationships between our local employers and students at Allan Hancock. Our new regional platform is an easy and intuitive way for students to interact with employers. This new app scientifically increased our ability to build and expand relationships with our employer partners and for employers to access an excellent pool of career ready students across the region. As local businesses continue to re-open and look to find the right candidate, Career Connect can help find the candidate with the skills sets that the best suits their need. We look forward to our continued partnership with SMVCC, to generate opportunities for employment and successful placement, as well as to empowering and lifting our community."

    - Alma Miranda, Career Readiness Specialist: Business Partnerships
    Allan Hancock College

     

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce has been really good to me and has been great for my business! The Chamber is the hub of the city, the who's, what's, and where's of just about anything in the area. 
    I started a business back in 1995. I had no idea how to network, as I was very shy. I went to a Chamber meeting on an invite from a client, scared to death, and gave my 60-second introduction. The Chamber was very warm, welcoming, and informative; and I built my business just through Chamber referrals! It was so much fun I later became an Ambassador for the Chamber, and still enjoy helping new people with ideas and resources to help their businesses grow!  There is no competition in the Chamber. Members are willing to help other members, even if they are in the same profession, as there are plenty of customers for everybody. I invite you to check out one of our Build Your Business breakfasts on zoom, or a mixer, and learn of the benefits that the Santa Maria Valley Chamber has to offer you and your business!

    - Tara Hoffmann, Owner
    Tara's Mobile Footcare