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    Monday, October 22, 2018
    Attendees of Costco Wholesale 30 Year Anniversary in the City of Santa Maria are invited to a SPECIAL EVENT! October 24 Wednesday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join at this event to receive an exclusive offer for new members. Experience what Costco has to offer. Please R.S.V.P. to the contact listed below Questions: Contact information is listed below EXCLUSIVE OFFERS AT THIS EVENT: Join as a new ...read more
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    Monday, October 22, 2018
    Join us for a kid friendly and family fun Trunk or Treat event! Fun will include: Trunk or Treating with lots of candy, face painting, bounce house, kids games, kids crafts, kid friendly scary movie, food and candy! Bring your kids and family! Can’t wait to see you!
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    Monday, October 22, 2018
    Potpourri: A collection of things that aren't the same, a mixed bag.  Award winning watercolor artist Janice Howard paints a variety of subjects including birds, missions, floral, landscapes and more.  Howard's colorful works have been exhibited and sold in Japan, Germany, Ireland and of course the United States.  Her career brought her to France where her passion for painting en plein air was ...read more
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    Friday, October 19, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE October 18, 2018 Great California ShakeOut hits City Departments Today’s “Great California ShakeOut” caused hundreds of City of Santa Maria employees to Drop, Cover and Hold On for 30 seconds and then assess their preparedness. To prepare for serving the community in a disaster, a drill at the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) emphasized communication, resource coordination, ...read more
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    Friday, October 19, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE October 18, 2018 Career Vision Workshop  A Career Vision workshop will be held on Friday, November 9th from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Shepard Hall at the City of Santa Maria Public Library.  The four-hour employment workshop will present innovative and imaginative ideas that turn the job search process from reactive to proactive.  Participants will embark on an uplifting and ...read more
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    Friday, October 19, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE                                                     October 19, 2018 City to Hold Fourth H-2A Community Forum  The City of Santa Maria will be hosting its fourth 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, November 1st from 5:30 ...read more
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    Thursday, October 18, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE October 17, 2018 Teen Pumpkin Carving Contest The Abel Maldonado Youth Center and The Patch in association with the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department are pleased to be hosting a “Teen Pumpkin Carving Contest” on Tuesday, October 30th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Abel Maldonado Youth Center, 600 South McClelland Street.  Spend the evening making pumpkin ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    TechBrew SMV is Next Week! The Topic: Battle for Bandwidth Tim Williams will discuss Broadband offerings on the Central Coast. The Battle for Bandwidth is quite complicated. Consumers and businesses alike cannot get enough and some providers fight to lay more fiber while others work to leverage their position and lack innovation. Lucky for us Technology is a disruptor and new technologies are ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    On December 14, 2018, the 750 Squad Club will be holding our Annual Christmas Party.  The 750 Squad Club is an independent organization dedicated to supporting the uniformed, non-uniformed, and volunteer members of the California Highway Patrol serving the Santa Maria area.  The 750 Squad Club is not an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  We support our members through training, ...read more
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    Monday, October 15, 2018
    Chamber Member Discounts for Gift Box Pre-orders before December 1st.* *ORDER MORE, GET MORE! • Direct delivery to your customers or to your office (delivery in December). • For every 10 BOXES ordered before November 15th, get 1 BOX for free! • Additional discounts on orders over $500. • Orders over 20 BOXES include a greeting card with your personalized message and logo, from you to your ...read more
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    Monday, October 15, 2018
    Join Breadware for a Meet & Greet discussion @ SBB College! What is The Future of IoT in the #805? Tuesday October 23, 2018 303 East Plaza Drive, Santa Maria, CA 6PM - 8PM Discussion lead by: Eric Sanchez, Partnerships, Breadware Jose Huitron, Director of Career Services, SBB College Space is Limited. RSVP: jose.huitron@sbbcollege.edu www.breadware.com  
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    Monday, October 15, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of SeptemberAl PhoDon Huynh 1201 E. Main Street Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 478-2668Beach Betty CreativeShelly Cone Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 757-7772http://www.beachbettycreative.comMexi-Thai Roll Alma Camacho 2528 S. Broadway #B Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 332-2998On ...read more
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    Monday, October 15, 2018
    You’re invited! Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Open House For @Work Personnel 110 South Pine Street, Suite 103 Santa Maria, CA 805-928-6555 Join Us On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:00pm to 6:00pm Please RSVP to: taguilar@LStaff.com  
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    Monday, October 15, 2018
    SANTA MARIA – Count Doc-ula and VitalantSM (formerly known as United Blood ServicesTM) wants your blood! Your trick is to donate at the Enos Ranch Shopping Center parking lot. To get your treat: Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab is giving back a block of our Silk FudgeTM* to our Halloween donors on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, 1:00-6:00pm!  To make this event spookier, many of our Enos Ranch ...read more
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    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE October 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, October 23rd in Shepard Hall. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, follows Ifemelu’s quest, moving from Princeton, New Jersey back home to Nigeria. Through present time and flashbacks, the protagonist addresses the issues ...read more
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    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Morris & Garritano Honored with Two Insurance Industry Awards: Insurance Journal’s ‘2018 Best Agency to Work For’ and National Underwriter’s ‘Agency of the Year’ SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—October 10, 2018— Morris & Garritano was recently honored with not one, but two industry awards. For the second year in a row, Morris & Garritano was named one of Insurance Journal’s ‘Best Agencies to Work For.’ ...read more
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    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE October 10, 2018 Kids Corny Costume Day The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and The Patch in partnership with “Our County. Our Kids.” are pleased to be hosting “Kids Corny Costume Day” on Saturday, October 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Los Flores Ranch Park, 6271 Dominion Road.  The event will have fun for the whole family, consisting of a pumpkin ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    Fire Prevention Week OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY OCTOBER 13 , 2018  9:00A.M .– 1:00 P.M. Come visit your Santa Maria Fire Department Headquarters at Fire Station 1. There will be apparatus to look at, a CERT booth, a bounce house for the kids, and a fire safety trailer, and an Automobile Extrication Demonstration at 10:00 a.m. Bring the entire family and Learn about your fire department
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    Tuesday, October 09, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE  October 8, 2018 Mahoney Road Closure Scheduled for October 9th and 10th for Roadway Maintenance  Drivers are advised of upcoming detours, because Mahoney Road will be closed from Betteravia Road to Black Road on Tuesday, October 9th and Wednesday, October 10th from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.     The roadway maintenance closure will require a traffic detour, to travel west on ...read more
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    Monday, October 08, 2018
    The November general election is just weeks away.   In addition to electing local leaders, we will also have a chance to weigh in on local ballot questions that will drive investments in local higher education and public safety.   And, of course, there are the statewide elections and ballot measures that will make up a significant portion of the ballot this year.We recognize that the outcomes of ...read more
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    Monday, October 08, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE October 4, 2018 Movies in the Park: Coco The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY) are pleased to announce a special screening of the family movie, Coco, at Veterans’ Memorial Park (313 W. Tunnell Street) on Friday, October 26th. Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who, despite his family's generations-old ban on ...read more
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    Monday, October 08, 2018
    Santa Barbara, Calif., Oct. 5, 2018 – Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF), providing programs and services to more than 10,000 people in Santa Barbara County, announces a Halloween benefit - “Frightful Fantasy” on Saturday, Oct. 27th. Hosts Lisa and Mitchell Green will open their Montecito home for an outdoor Halloween benefit bash. The event will include frightful decor, dancing, creepy live ...read more
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    Monday, October 08, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE October 4, 2018 Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibit opens at the Santa Maria Public Library The Santa Maria Public Library and the Arts Fund are pleased to announce the opening of the 4th Annual North County Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition. A public reception will be held on the evening of Wednesday, October 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Shepard Hall. The exhibition will be ...read more
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    Monday, October 08, 2018
    Join us in celebrating another great local business joining the Chamber! We’ll be holding a ribbon cutting for Xtreme Electronics on Tursday, October 11th from 11:30 am to 12:30pm at their store, located at 614 W. Main Street in Santa Maria. Free to attend and no RSVP is required! Come celebrate with us and check out the largest selection of car audio equipment on the Central Coast!
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    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    Get in on the fun at our next outdoor concert! We're keeping the MOXIE Cafe's outdoor concert series rolling with another outstanding band. The "Central Coast's Finest Dance Band," Steppin' Out, will take the stage on Saturday, October 20th! Come out and enjoy great music, fantastic food and drinks, and fun for the whole family.Get Tickets Here
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    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    One of the key elements of the Chamber’s mission is to be a Champion for our Community. Delivering on that commitment takes on many different forms, including advocating for decisions that will strengthen the community in the long-run. The Chamber board of directors met that standard recently when it voted to endorse two key community investments … Measure U (City of Santa Maria) and Measure Y ...read more
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    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    October is National Energy Awareness Month. It was first adopted in 1991 by the Whitehouse to encourage government and organizations to raise awareness of the importance of sustainably managing the nation’s energy resources. Since then, it has expanded to include everyone.  It is an important time for all businesses and households to consider ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy ...read more
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    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    What is the RMDZ?The RMDZ (Recycling Market Development Zone) is a program funded through the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). The RMDZ program provides low interest loans and technical assistance to firms that use recycled materials to make new products or that prevent or reduce waste as part of the manufacturing process.  What is the Purpose of the RMDZ ...read more
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    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    The 2019 class of Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) started of their year of topic days with a tour of Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 7th. Mr. Michael Stonecypher, from the 30th Space Wing’s Public Affairs Office was our tour guide for the day. After boarding a bus at the main gate, we were taken to the headquarters of the 30th Space Wing and Col. Bob Reeves, 30SW/CV, briefed the class ...read more
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    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    The effort to develop a proposal supporting the ability of workers to work independently will continue through the legislative recess. As many employers know, the California Supreme Court outlined a new test in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, No. S222732 (April 30, 2018) to determine whether a worker must be classified as an employee, rather than as an independent contractor, and ...read more
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    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE TO ANNOUNCE ONSITE BACHELOR DEGREE  PROGRAMS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE   Allan Hancock College students will soon be able to receive bachelor’s degrees at the college.   Officials from the University of La Verne will sign an agreement with Allan Hancock College to launch University of La Verne bachelor’s degree programs in public administration, ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    [San Luis Obispo, CA October 1, 2018] – Digital West is proud to announce and welcome Carlos Lesne as Account Executive. In his new role, Carlos will be responsible for supporting and assisting our clients in the Santa Maria Valley with their business communication needs. Carlos was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Long Beach, CA. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE October 2, 2018 Transit Workshops on November 6th  Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) is inviting the public to workshops on Unmet Transit Needs.  As a requirement of the State of California Transportation Development Act (TDA), SMAT conducts an annual public input meeting to improve existing service and to identify future needs. The City of Santa Maria currently uses 100 percent of ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE October 3, 2018 Succulent Exchange at the Library The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to announce a succulent plant exchange on Tuesday, October 16th, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The succulent exchange will be presented in Shepard Hall, located on the first floor of the Library. This event is free and open to all ages.  Please bring pest-free clippings of your favorite ...read more
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    Friday, September 28, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE September 27, 2018 Patch Me If You Can 5K Run The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and The Patch are pleased to be hosting “Patch Me If You Can 5K” on Saturday, October 13th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Los Flores Ranch Park, 6271 Dominion Road.  The race is open to all ages. Registration costs $17 per person and guarantees free parking, a T-shirt, and free access to ...read more
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    Friday, September 28, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE September 27, 2018 Noontime Opera Returns to the Library The City of Santa Maria Public Library and Opera Santa Barbara are pleased to present Noontime Opera at the Library on Monday, October 15th, from noon until 1:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This free program will feature members of the Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Artist Residency Program who will perform selections from ...read more
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    Friday, September 28, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE September 27, 2018 Library’s Adult Coloring Program in October The City of Santa Maria Public Library is continuing to offer the Adult Coloring Program twice during the month of October. The programs are scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th and Wednesday, October 24th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Shepard Hall. The coloring activities are designed to relieve stress, and provide a ...read more
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    Thursday, September 27, 2018
    NOW HIRING Transportation Security Officers at Santa Maria Public Airport (SMX) No Experience Required Part-time pay rate starting at $17.69 per hour (Includes 30.57% locality pay) PLUS Federal benefits Paid, ongoing training TSA offers an attractive benefits package including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a ...read more
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    Thursday, September 27, 2018
    Special Engagement Two astonishing one-woman shows An Iliad and Muthaland in rotating repertory October 4 - 21in the intimate Severson Theatre.Tickets are on sale now.  Tarah Flanagan in An Iliad Photo: John Osterhoundt  An Iliad is a modern rendering of Homer’s classic story, adapted for the stage by Lisa Peterson and Dennis O’Hare. In a virtuoso performance, Tarah Flangan inhabits over fifty ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE September 25, 2018 The Patch Grand Opening   The Patch, Santa Maria Valley’s first student-run pumpkin patch, will be hosting its Opening Weekend Celebration on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Los Flores Ranch Park, 6245 Dominion Road.    Bring the whole family, and purchase student-grown pumpkins, enjoy DJ’s, food vendors, animal exhibits, and free ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE September 26, 2018 Makerspace Instruction at Santa Maria Public Library   The City of Santa Maria Public Library’s popular Makerspace is now available on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Edwin and Jeanne Woods Learning Center. The Library will offer free instruction in use of machines and technology often used in the weekend makerspace program.  There will also be offered ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    CENTRAL COAST, CALIF. — Mon., Sept. 24, 2018 — Blood Systems announced today that its 10 blood center brands including United Blood Services will unite as one cohesive brand under the new name Vitalant. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest comprehensive transfusion medicine organizations serving local communities across 40 states including California, Vitalant’s 127 nationwide donation ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    23rd Annual Chumash Inter-Tribal Pow Wow Oct. 6/7, 2018 Live Oak Campground The pow-wow is open to the public, free admission. Dance contest, drum contest, food booths and arts and crafts vendors. This is a drug and alcohol free event.EVENT SCHEDULESaturday, October 6 10am - 10pmGourd Dance: 12pm & 6pm Grand Entry: 1pm & 7pm Dinner Break: 5pmSunday, October 7 10am - 6pmGourd Dance: ...read more
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    Monday, September 24, 2018
    NEWS RELEASESeptember 21, 2018Street Resurfacing (Slurry Seal) Project Starts September 24th  Drivers are advised that temporary, short delays will occur on dozens of Santa Maria streets due to the City’s street maintenance surface sealing program.  In addition to the Chip Seal Project, which is nearing completion, the City will be starting the Slurry Seal Project on Monday, September 24th and ...read more
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    Monday, September 24, 2018
    Friends of CASA, When children are adopted, usually the last thing they want to talk about is their time in foster care. But one teenager has turned her journey into a success story. Her turning point was the day she got her CASA volunteer. Miss Arizona's 2017 Outstanding Teen Dimon Sanders decided to take her time in foster care, and rather than focus on the negative, she is using her story to ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of AugustStephens & Stephens LLPConrad Stephens505 S. McClelland Street Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 922-1951www.stephensfirm.comJoy By The SpoonfulDiane SmithSanta Maria, CA 93454(805) 868-9570www.joybythespoonful.comSun OptaTheresa Quiroz1333 S. BlosserSanta Maria, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Central Coast AirFest, a two-day airshow, will take place on the weekend of October 6th and 7th at the Santa Maria Airport. This is the first annual AirFest, and it will introduce a new era of air shows to the Central Coast.  Headlining the event will be the Canadian Snowbirds, Canada’s iconic 431 Air Demonstration and Military Aerobatics Squadron.  “We are really excited to have the Snowbirds ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    The City of Guadalupe and the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership held its second annual community outreach event on the evening of June 26, 2018, which was held in the gymnasium at City Hall. All residents and businesses in attendance were provided an energy efficiency overview by the Partnership, PG&E, SoCalGas, Staples Energy, American Eco, the Green Business Program of Santa Barbara ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    In the summer of 2017, the devastating Whittier Fire roared over hills and through canyons of eighteen thousand acres of dry California land near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County. At Circle V Ranch, children attending a week-long retreat and staff found themselves trapped in the path of the approaching blaze. With the assistance of firefighters and the Forestry Service, all of them were able ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Leadership Santa Maria Valley’s Class of 2019  kicked off with the program’s annual retreat, this year taking place at Camp Whittier. The weekend retreat gave the incoming class the opportunity to learn more about the program, begin developing more leadership skills, and bond with their classmates. The class of 20 emerging leaders, ranging in age, background and career fields, spent three days at ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    The Santa Barbara Foundation recently held a seminar for local businesses and Veterans on “Why Hiring Veterans Makes Sense”. We talked with Katy Simas, North Country Direct of the Santa Barbara Foundation, about the event and the importance of connecting our Veterans to job opportunities in Santa Maria. Why did the Santa Barbara Foundation feel it was important to hold a seminar on hiring ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Cash is no longer king In the same way payments of the past have come and gone, cash is becoming a less desirable payment option for consumers. A whopping 46% of people surveyed say they rarely or never use cash, and 20% said they don’t even carry it with them. Since the use of cash is dwindling, people have turned to other methods of payment.      How do people want to spend? Instead of cash, ...read more
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    Monday, August 27, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala will pay tribute to those making a positive impact on the Santa Maria Valley community. The red carpet awards ceremony takes place September 13th from 6pm to 9pm at Marian Theatre (PCPA) on Allan Hancock College Campus. “We look forward every year to this event when we get a chance to highlight some of the people and organizations that ...read more
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    Friday, August 24, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of JulyBlosser Urban GardenJerry Mahoney 915 S. Blosser Road Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 878-1744http://www.blosserurbangarden.comCaliber CollisionJoseph Rubio 1213 S. Blosser Rd. Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 867-7581http://www.calibercollision.comCamino Real Mortgage ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
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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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Advocacy, Chamber News
    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
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    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
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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
    Categories: Chamber News, Advocacy, Featured, Business Resources
    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: Member News, Chamber News, Featured, 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, Featured, Chamber News
    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 News, Featured, Leadership Santa Maria Valley, Chamber Connection
    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, Featured, Chamber News
    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: Chamber News, HR
    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
    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
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    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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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 News, Member News, Member Spotlight, Ribbon Cuttings, Chamber Connection
    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
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    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
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    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: Member News, Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
    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, Member Spotlight, Chamber News, Member News
    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 News, Chamber Connection
    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: Ribbon Cuttings, Member Spotlight, Chamber News, Member News
    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: Member News, Chamber News, Advocacy, Business Resources, 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
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    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: Chamber News, Business Resources, HR

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