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    Friday, August 17, 2018
    A book sale including numerous topics and offered at $1 to $5 will be sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Maria Public Library in September.  Proceeds will be used to provide materials and programs of the Santa Maria Public Library.    The event in Shepard Hall in the library at 421 McClelland Street will begin September 20 with a preview night from 4 to 7 p.m.  limited to members of the ...read more
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    Thursday, August 16, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE August 15, 2018 Community Needs Workshop The Block Grants Advisory Committee of the City of Santa Maria will conduct a public workshop at the Learning Center in the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S. McClelland Street, on Monday, August 27th beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The purpose of the workshop is to discuss general unmet needs in the community and also provide the opportunity for ...read more
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    Thursday, August 16, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE 15 de Agosto del 2018 Taller Aserca De Las Necesidades En La Comunidad El Comité Consultivo de Block Grants de la Ciudad de Santa Maria realizará un taller público en el Centro de Aprendisaje dentro de la Biblioteca Pública de Santa Maria, 421 S. McClelland Street, el lunes, 27 de agosto a las 5:30 de la tarde. El propósito del taller es para escuchar las necesidades generales de ...read more
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    Thursday, August 16, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE August 16, 2018 Movies in the Park: Black Panther The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth Inc. are pleased to announce a screening of a 2018 American superhero film, Black Panther, at Rotary Centennial Park (2625 South College Drive) on Saturday, August 18th. Black Panther is the modern action-adventure film about King T’Challa of the ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    4 Special Burgers & $4 Brews are back! Monday Nights 4-9pm 
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    Monday, August 13, 2018
    WHAT:Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its branch office in Santa Maria with the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce to promote its convenient location for customers to make payments in person.  Hours for the new office are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customers can pay using cash, check or money order. Customers also can pay bills online or ...read more
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    Monday, August 13, 2018
    Save the Date: Santa Maria Open Streets Open House: Wednesday, August 15th 6pm-8pm At Mi Gusto Es - 508 W. Main St.  The meeting will be conducted in English from 6 to 7pm and in Spanish from 7pm to 8pm.  Food will be provided.  The goal for this meeting is to generate interest by the local businesses and activity providers to be involved in the event.  If you know of anyone interested in being ...read more
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    Friday, August 10, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE August 10, 2018 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, August 28th in Shepard Hall. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe is the story of a woman who had the misfortune of being born in Newgate Prison located in London, England. The novel follows the protagonist in her quest of striking it ...read more
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    Friday, August 10, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE August 10, 2018 Patrons may now borrow seeds from Public Libraries Community members may come to any of the five libraries in the Santa Maria Public Library system to borrow seeds to plant and grow vegetables, spices, and flowers.  Hundreds of public libraries around the country also offer free seeds to library-goers, aiming to expand access to crops and educate the public. These ...read more
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    Friday, August 10, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE August 9, 2018 Happy Anniversary, Santa Maria Public Library The community is invited to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the City of Santa Maria Public Library, on Saturday, August 18th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Central Coast Chordsmen will be performing live music at 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. in Shepard Hall and refreshments will be provided.  Several displays with historical ...read more
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    Thursday, August 09, 2018
    Santa Barbara, CA, August 6, 2018—While caring for an aging parent or family member could be viewed as a burden, a growing body of research that suggests caregivers can benefit from their role—achieving an increased sense of purpose and personal growth. The Caring Together Symposium, organized by Family Service Agency and Antioch University, will explore how to manage caregiver stress and find ...read more
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    Thursday, August 09, 2018
    American Veterans United, a local non-profit organization is having their 2nd Annual Family BBQ on Saturday, August 25th at Waller Park 3107 Orcutt Road. Please join us for delicious tri-tip, bread, beans salad, water or soft drink for only $10. WWII and Korean War Veterans and their spouses eat for free. There will be free hot dogs for kids plus fun games. The BBQ lunch will be served from 12 – 3 ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    Free Show! Live Pro Wrestling! Town Center West Parking Lot Santa Maria, CA Friday, August 17, 2018 For more information visit: www.cencalpro.com
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    Tuesday, August 07, 2018
     Arroyo Grande/San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria – This August 14th, Doc’s turns over their parlors to cover operating costs and donates ALL PROCEEDS from that day to the Scholarship Fund for eligible employees. Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab holds its “Scholarship Day” to bring together community support for their hard-working, college- bound employees and reward them with tuition assistance.  Doc ...read more
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    Monday, August 06, 2018
    Every Friday evening in August the Far Western Tavern is having Surf & Turf featuring red oak grilled lobster!
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    Friday, August 03, 2018
    We Won Best Plumber!  Thanks to YOU  and your votes we won Best Plumber for the 12th year in a row!
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    Friday, August 03, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE August 2, 2018 Movie Night at the Library on August 13th       The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to show the movie Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) which is rated PG-13. The film will be screened on Monday, August 13th at 5:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.  A group of intergalactic criminals led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) are ...read more
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    Friday, August 03, 2018
    The Inside Scoop on Doc Burnstein’s 15th Anniversary Celebration   Arroyo Grande – Fifteen years ago ice cream lovers were welcomed into the re-invented ice cream parlor in the Village of Arroyo Grande, becoming a landmark on the Central Coast. Greg Steinberger revived the location formerly known as Burnardo’z Ice Cream Parlor with help from Burnado’z founder, Chuck Burns. Together they brought ...read more
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    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE August 1, 2018                                       Movies in the Park: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure and Youth (PLAY), Inc. are pleased to announce a screening of the adventure-fantasy film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, on Saturday, August 4th at the Paul Nelson ...read more
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    Thursday, August 02, 2018
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    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE August 1, 2018  First Annual Backpack Giveaway The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks and the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety, in collaboration with the local nonprofit organization One Nation 805, are proud to present the “1st Annual Backpack Giveaway.” This program will provide youth with a free backpacks and school supplies while they last, courtesy of One Nation 805. ...read more
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    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    SANTA MARIA – Roll up your sleeves and get ready to save a life and be rewarded with ice cream and more! Really, we mean it, ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES!  United Blood Services and Enos Ranch Stores are joining Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab to hold a Blood Drive.  The drive will be in the Enos Ranch Shopping Center parking lot on Monday, August 13, 2018, 1:00-6:00pm.  For every pint of blood donated, Doc ...read more
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    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE                                                     August 2, 2018 City to Hold Third H-2A Community Forum  The City of Santa Maria will be hosting its third meeting to discuss the H-2A temporary worker program, its importance to the region’s agricultural operations, and its potential impacts in City neighborhoods.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23rd from 5:30 to ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 31, 2018 Alternate Emergency Number for 9-1-1 in Santa Maria Cellular phone users with Verizon Wireless dialing 9-1-1 within the City of Santa Maria are intermittently unable to reach emergency dispatch services and may receive an error message. Verizon is working to resolve these connectivity problems with its network. Santa Maria residents using their Verizon Wireless cell ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
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    Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    Thurs, Aug gth 9:30am - 1:30pm Workforce Resource Center 1410 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA Manufacturing Operators Entry-Level Jobs Available High School Diploma I GED Preferred Semiconductor Industry Experience A Plus Start Your Future Today •   Competitive Pay & World-Class Dedication to Safety • Benefits Include: medical/dental/vision,paid vacation, annual bonus program, paid leave, ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    Are you between the ages of 16 and 24? Are you in need of a job? Orientation Times:  Mondays at 10am Tuesdays at 4pm Goodwill Workforce Services  (805) 928-5282 210 E. Enos Drive, Ste. E Santa Maria, CA 93454 Program Features- Paid Work Experience- Training Opportunities- Certifications- Leadership Developmentr- Resume Preparation- Access to Health Care Services Eligibility Must be a ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    Are you a Veteran, Veteran Spouse, or Veteran Dependent?   Goodwill works with a vast network of community partners to provide a comprehensive program regardless of your individual needs. You can expect: - Career planning - Job placement and career advancement services - Connections to community partners - Supportive Services - Subsidized employment if necessary (Goodwill will reimburse ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Elwin Mussell Center (510 E. Park Ave.) 2:00-4:00 PM 50 yrs. & up In light of recent events, the Center for Successful Aging has designed a discussion session for seniors who want to share remembrances of those who have passed, and learn helpful strategies for coping with fear, grief and loss in a group setting. Individual sessions can be arranged to discuss private ...read more
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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
    Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
    Monday, July 30, 2018
    The California Chamber of Commerce is leading a coalition of businesses and organizations in support of workers’ ability to work independently. Through its website at imindependent.co, the coalition explains why state lawmakers need to suspend putting a recent court decision into effect so that there can be a robust legislative discussion about how best to balance worker protections with a ...read more
    Categories: Business Resources, Featured, Advocacy, Chamber News
    Monday, July 30, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 27, 2018 City’s New Aerial Ladder Truck The Santa Maria Fire Department will demonstrate its new tractor-drawn aerial ladder truck to the news media, at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30th. This will be in the parking lot of Fire Station No. 1, 314 West Cook Street. The 62-foot-long vehicle with a 107-foot-long ladder is steered from the front and at the rear (a “tillerman”).  A ...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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    Thursday, July 26, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE  July 26, 2018 The Patch – Student Experimental Pumpkin Patch  The Patch is a student experimental pumpkin patch located at Los Flores Ranch Park. The Patch is a partnership between the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and Betteravia Farms, to provide free agricultural education programs to more than 60 high school students in the Santa Maria Valley. Students ...read more
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    Thursday, July 26, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 26, 2018 Inaugural Santa Maria Autumn Classic Pickleball Tournament Active seniors 55 years of age and up are invited to participate at the inaugural Santa Maria Autumn Classic Pickleball Tournament. The People for Leisure and Youth (PLAY), Inc. and the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department are coordinating the event, to take place on Saturday, September 22nd ...read more
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    Thursday, July 26, 2018
    The Santa Maria Chapter of California Women for Agriculture (“CWA”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and advocating for our local ag industry through education and advocacy. We do this through various means such as legislative visits, providing school garden grants, college scholarships, and giving back to our community by participating in ag-centered outreach. We ...read more
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    Thursday, July 26, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 26, 2018 National Night Out is August 7th The Santa Maria community is invited to National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines Way. The event is coordinated by the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, along with People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc.) and the Santa Maria Police ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 25, 2018 Free Family Play Day in the Park The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is hosting a Free Family Play Day on Thursday, August 2nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Grogan Park, 1155 West Rancho Verde. Attendees will enjoy free games, crafts, and bounce houses. American General Media will provide music sponsored by No Kid Hungry Campaign. The Foodbank ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 25, 2018 Library’s Adult Coloring Program in August The City of Santa Maria Public Library is continuing to offer the Adult Coloring Program twice during the month of August. The programs are scheduled for Wednesday, August 8th and Wednesday, August 22nd from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Shepard Hall. The coloring activities are designed to relieve stress and provide a creative and ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 25, 2018 Concert in the Park: The Band August The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc.) are pleased to announce the performance of The Band August on Sunday, August 5th at Rotary Centennial Park, 2625 South College Drive. The Band August, is a cover band that plays many genres from Latin, Tejano, Old School, R&B, Funk, ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    Book Your Next Function at the Far WesternWe will waive the room charge and dessert is on us!
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    "Botanicals from my Garden" by Hattie Stoddard is a retrospective the of artist's endless hours spent in her garden painting floral works.Long time career artist Hattie Stoddard has been involved with art for most of her adult life.  She began as a graphic artist before the age of computers and moved on to storefront entrepreneur featuring her very own hand crafted teddy bears of her own unique ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 23, 2018 Paul Nelson Aquatic Center Closed July 25th – 29th for Swim Meet The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department’s Paul Nelson Aquatic Center will be closed to the public from Wednesday, July 25th through Sunday, July 29th as the Santa Maria Swim Club will be hosting the Junior Olympics swim meet. All City swim lessons during this week will take place at the ...read more
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    Friday, July 20, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 19, 2018 Reminder: Friday Office Closures   As a reminder, most City of Santa Maria administrative offices are closed to the public every Friday.  Operations and other public services remain open, including the Public Library, and the Police, Recreation and Parks, and Utilities departments.   Due to budget constraints, this new schedule began on Friday, June 29th. Friday ...read more
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    Friday, July 20, 2018
    Molly Ringwold Project comes to the Moxie!Click here for more details on how to get your tickets._____________________________________________________________________The Moxie Schedule   Monday - Enjoy a great hearty breakfast 7 days a week! We close at 2pm on Mondays.  Tuesday - With Taco Tuesday you get three delicious tacos (chicken or beef) for only $5. Not only that, but Dos Equis beer is ...read more
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    Friday, July 20, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 19, 2018 Movie Night at the Library on August 2nd    The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to show the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) which is rated PG. The film will be screened on Thursday, August 2nd at 4:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.    Beginning with a prologue in which a young Indiana Jones (River ...read more
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    Thursday, July 19, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 18, 2018 Buena Vista Park Rededication and Grand Re-Opening   The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department invites the community to celebrate the Rededication and Grand Re-Opening of Buena Vista Park, 800 South Pine Street.    The celebration will take place on Saturday, August 11th and begins with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. followed by a ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE July 17, 2018 Movies in the Park: Grease   The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc) are pleased to announce a screening of the classic movie musical, Grease, on Saturday, July 21st at Sierra Vista Park, 809 Panther Drive.   Grease is a romantic comedy that follows teenager Danny Zuko and his love interest Sandy. The ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Dear Friends, CASA has grown over the years to become a powerful volunteer advocacy organization, thanks to your support for our mission. Can you imagine – 300 of your friends and neighbors are out in our community advocating for the most vulnerable citizens, kids who have experienced abuse, or who have been neglected or abandoned. As a CASA volunteer myself, I can tell you that being a CASA is ...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
    Categories: Featured, Member News, Chamber News, HR
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
    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
    Categories: HR, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Advocacy
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, HR, Member News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Featured, Advocacy
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Chamber Connection, Featured, Member Spotlight
    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
    Categories: Leadership Santa Maria Valley, Press Releases, Chamber News, Member News
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Chamber Connection, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Chamber Connection, Member Spotlight
    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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    Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    Rabobank Awards $1 Million to Support the Hancock Promise Gathered in the center of Allan Hancock College’s Santa Maria campus, hundreds of people waited in anticipation as a student musician provided a drumroll to add further suspense. The crowd of students, faculty, staff and special guests oohed and aahed each time a digit written on a giant banner was uncovered. Finally, after the seventh and ...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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    Thursday, February 22, 2018
    Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation is Looking for Some Great Women Entrepreneurs Nominations in 11 Categories Now Being Accepted Through March 5 Nominations are open for the eighth annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards, the most prestigious awards for women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. This year’s winners will be announced at the annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship ...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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member Spotlight, Ribbon Cuttings, Member News
    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
    Categories: Member News, Chamber News, Press Releases
    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
    Categories: Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Member News, Member Spotlight, Ribbon Cuttings
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Member Spotlight
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Leadership Santa Maria Valley, Chamber News, Member News
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Member News, Member Spotlight
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News
    Thursday, January 18, 2018
        Urbane Cafe is located at 655 E. Betteravia Rd. in Santa Maria We recently welcomed Urbane Cafe to the Santa Maria Valley Chamber and the Santa Maria community with a ribbon cutting! Located at 655 E. Betteravia Rd. in Santa Maria, the newly opened restaurant serves up freshly made sandwiches, salads and soups. “Urbane Cafe is a fast, casual restaurant,” explained Christi Christian, Director ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Member Spotlight, Ribbon Cuttings
    Friday, January 12, 2018
    Our Mission at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is to be a… – Catalyst for business growth – Convener of leaders and influencers – Champion for a stronger community You may not have noticed … but the Chamber has been working hard on your behalf. Responding to our mission here’s a quick sampling of what we’ve been doing for members and the local business community recently.2017 ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Business Resources, Chamber News, Member News, Press Releases
    Monday, January 08, 2018
    AFLAC Associate Daniel Miller 3420 Orcutt Rd., Ste 206B Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 478-7376 Eddie San Jose – Caliber Home Loans Eddie San Jose 2615 S. Miller St., Ste 109 Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 288-6856www.caliberhomeloans.com/esanjose PB & Associates Real Estate Services 1619 S. Broadway Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 310-5430www.pbnassoc.com The Garden Mediterranean Restaurant ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News
    Monday, January 08, 2018
    This week, California businesses began to legally sell recreational marijuana in California. More than 400 state licenseshave been issued so far, but the rollout may be slow. Cities or counties must first approve commercial marijuana sales, and localities can choose to ban or restrict recreational marijuana shops. On November 8, 2016, Californians voted to pass Proposition 64, also known as the ...read more
    Categories: Business Resources, Chamber News, HR

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