The Chamber hosts a multitude of events and networking opportunities throughout the year, including:
Build Your Business Breakfast
These weekly meetings (Friday’s, 8am, Denny’s Restaurant) of the BYB breakfast provide a great opportunity to meet and connect with fellow Chamber member businesses and enjoy a casual and informal setting where you can come and invest time in networking, marketing your business, products, and/or services, and increase your referral base! The program is a fun, simple and easy format. Come and join us for breakfast and network, network, network!
Held the third Thursday of each month from 5-7pm at a different Chamber member’s business, Chamber Mixers are your chance to rub shoulders with a cross section of Santa Maria’s business leadership. Make new friends, reconnect with colleagues, and promote your business!
Every other month. Held typically in the morning at a different local Chamber Member business, industry tours give community members to tour and learn about the major manufacturing companies and other industries present in Santa Maria.
The Chamber’s monthly gatherings highlight segments of our community that help make Santa Maria a great place to do business. Some of the programs sponsored by the Chamber each year include State of Vandenberg AFB, Police Awards, Principal for a Day, Salute to Tourism Industry, Business/Education Partnership Appreciation, Future Business Leaders of America Mentor Luncheon, Salute to Veterans, and Salute to Volunteers.
Held each year in early August, this event brings Chamber members together to salute our annual honorees, to reflect on the past year, and to look forward to the coming year. Awards presented at each banquet include the Large and Small Businesses of the Year, Robert P. Hatch Citizen of the Year, and Robert F. Grogan Public Service Award.
Held the 2nd Thursday in September, the Chamber’s Business Expo is the largest in the region and has been providing local businesses the chance to promote business-to-business and other opportunities for more than 20 years. Showcase your products/services, prospect for new customers and employees, and network with fellow Chamber members in a high-energy, exciting environment.
Held in early April, the Chamber pays tribute to one of our foundational industries with a special recognition dinner to honor our growers, shippers, coolers, sales associations and employees. In addition to industry highlights and entertainment, the evening also serves as a fundraiser to support scholarships awarded by the California Strawberry Commission.