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    Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 19, 2018 Red, White, and Boom! Fireworks Show and Street Festival The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc.) invite the community to celebrate Independence Day at the Red, White and Boom! Fireworks Show and Street Festival on Wednesday, July 4th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Sierra Vista Park, 809 Panther Drive. ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    American Veterans United (AVU) invites you to attend their monthly General Meeting on Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Rancho Nipomo Deli &BBQ 108 Cuyama Lane, Nipomo, CA (Hwy 166 & Hwy 101 – exit 175). Meetings are held on the 4th Saturday of every month and open to all veterans seeking help with benefits and claims. AVU is a non-profit organization whose commitment is to help all veterans, ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 18, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEJune 15, 2018The Valley Reads Book Club  The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to present its monthly book club The Valley Reads on Tuesday, June 26th in Shepard Hall.  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel begins one snowy night when a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 18, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA: Please join the Santa Maria Business Development Center as we celebrate the Honorable Judge Rogelio Flores with the inaugural SOLSTICE AWARD for his unwavering contributions to the Santa Maria Valley. On Saturday, June 23, 2018, 5:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria, Judge Rogelio Flores will be recognized by the Santa Maria Business Development Center at our 2018 Summer ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 18, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEJune 15, 2018Summer 2018 Abel Futsal  Teens in 7th-grade through 12th grade are invited to participate in Abel Futsal every Friday beginning Friday, June 22nd from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, 600 South McClelland Street.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in five-a-side futsal, an indoor version of soccer, while enjoying the ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 18, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEJune 18, 2018Representatives are sought to serve on Various City Committees  Applications are now being accepted for the following City of Santa Maria committees: The Block Grants Advisory Committee, Board of Appeals,Landmark Committee, Library Board of Trustees, Santa Barbara County Library Advisory Committee, and the Santa Maria Community Television Board until Friday, June 29th.  ...read more
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    Monday, June 18, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEJune 18, 2018Game Night at the Library on June 20th  The City of Santa Maria Public Library invites people of all ages for an evening of games on Wednesday, June 20th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Shepard Hall.  The Library will provide a variety of games, including playing cards, Mah Jong, Jeopardy, Movies: Trivia Game, Scrabble, Backgammon, Mancala, Tic-Tac-Toe, chess, ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 18, 2018
    America’s largest air medical membership network, providing the highest levels of care and access for you, your family and your community. The AirMedCare Network combines the membership programs of four leading air ambulance operators, the largest of its kind in the United States. Through the AirMedCare Network, each company’s membership enjoys the benefits of the membership program across a ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, June 15, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 14, 2018 El proyecto de renovación del Departamento de Recreación y Parques de la Ciudad de Santa María, que comenzó en octubre de 2017, se ha retrasado y obligó al departamento a rediseñar el programa Safe N 'Strong All Summer Long. A partir del 13 de junio de 2018, el departamento transportará a los niños interesados desde la Campfire Cabin del Parque Buena Vista hacia el ...read more
    Categories: En Español
    Friday, June 15, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 14, 2018 Movies in the Park: Back to the Future The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc.) invite the community to the return of the 5th annual Movies in the Park series on Saturday, June 23rd at Bob Orach/Westgate Park, 1800 Westgate Road. The series will kick off with a screening of a classic family comedy, ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, June 15, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEJune 14, 2018Summer Teen Treks 2018 The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department’s Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center invites teens in the 7th - through 12th grades to Summer Teen Treks. Teens will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with peers while visiting some of the most exciting places on the Central Coast.  Transportation to and from each trek will be ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, June 15, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 14, 2018 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ and that is the message that will be delivered during The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) on Thursday, June 21st at 2:00 p.m. at the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center, 600 South McClelland Street.   The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department will be partnering with WLSL and hundreds of ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, June 15, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 15, 2018 Snack Challenge for Teens at the Santa Maria Public Library  Calling all snack food enthusiasts.  This summer, the City of Santa Maria Public Library is issuing a fun snack food challenge just for teens.   Snack companies come up with some pretty wild flavors to entice buyers, and now the Library is offering the chance to try a few. Taste a few samples, and try ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, June 15, 2018
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    Thursday, June 14, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 13, 2018 Friday Office Closures Most City of Santa Maria departments will begin closing to the public every Friday starting June 29th due to budget constraints.  Operations and other public services will remain open. The Friday closures are in an effort to aid staff in completing job duties during this time of unfilled and unfunded vacant positions.  The City is continuing to ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, June 14, 2018
    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. (June 14, 2018) – SESLOC Federal Credit Union has won top recognition from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the industry’s trade organization and advocacy group in their asset category ($275 million to $1 billion) for providing the largest annual financial return to their membership, equating to a member benefit of approximately $20 million annually. In ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    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
    Be Our Guest SUMMERFESTSUMMERFEST 2018 Saturday, June 16 Solvang Festival Theater 420 2nd Street, Solvang, CA 6pm Wine, Beer, and Food Tasting 8pm Live Auction and Performance ofThe Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Just Announced - Live Auction ItemsHere are a few of the Live Auction items! More to come! Get Your Dancing Shoes On: You're Onstage in Mamma Mia! Now's your chance! You are part of ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 11, 2018
    Thirteen recruits saw their hard work and dedication over the last 21 weeks pay off on Friday as they graduated from Allan Hancock College’s Law Enforcement Academy. The college held the graduation ceremony for Class #114 at its state-of-the-art Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.  Recruits started training at the Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc in January. Nearly 850 hours of ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 11, 2018
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    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
    Friday, June 08, 2018
    PROGRAMS       EXHIBITS      MEMBERSHIP      PARTIES       DONATETime is running out to sign up for SUMMER CAMPS!   DISCOVERY ROBOTICS LEAGUE Learn how to build and program your own FIRST LEGO League robots with mentors from Orcutt Academy’s Spartatroniks Robotics Team. July 9-13 from 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 8 to 14   STEAM LEGO LAB Campers will how to engineer mazes, models, and more out of ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, June 08, 2018
    ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAMAfter the success of its first year, the Allan Hancock College Foundation is accepting applications for its second year of the Community Ambassador program.  The Community Ambassador program provides an executive-level introduction to the college through workshops with various academic departments and campus ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, June 07, 2018
    The Business Times and the Los Angeles District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration conceived the Spirit of Small Business to recognize the accomplishments of small businesses in the Tri-Counties. This special report includes feature articles profiling our small business award winners, a variety of small-business “how-to” articles, and an extensive small-business resource guide. The ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, June 07, 2018
    Victor Hugo's powerful story comes to life with a sweeping score.The Hunchback of Notre Dame Playing June 14 - July 8 Solvang Festival TheaterNick Tubbs* as Quasimodo Erik Stein* as FrolloView more images - Watch and listen to testimonials.Listen to music clips from the Broadway cast recording. "I still have goosebumps! …a soaring, classically inspired score… These songs, some uplifting, some ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, June 07, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 6, 2018Movie Night at the Library on June 11th     The City of Santa Maria Public Library Department is pleased to show the movie Ghostbusters (2016) which is rated PG-13. The film will be screened on Monday, June 11th at 5:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.  In the movie, paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, June 07, 2018
    El Padrecito's Folklorico CelebrationSat., June 9 @ 7pmTickets & AvailabilityPresented by AGHS Tech Theare Program & El Padrecito MinistriesLocal Central Coast dancers from Righetti High School, Santa Maria High School, Pioneer High School, and Allen Hancock College will amaze you with their precision in the Folklorico tradition of dance!  These talented dancers will be performing in authentic ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, June 07, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 6, 2018 City’s Fireworks Educational Campaign; Donations Needed for July 4th Show Well in advance of the Fourth of July weekend, the City of Santa Maria is resuming its educational messaging campaign about the rules for legal “Safe and Sane” fireworks and reminding all about dangers from use of airborne and loud illegal fireworks. Also, donations are needed to sponsor the ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    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
    Categories: Featured, Member News, Chamber News, Press Releases
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    The Air Force Civil Engineer Center and Vandenberg Environmental Restoration Program will host a meeting to present the proposed plan for groundwater remediation at one of their sites on Thursday, June 7th at 9:30 am at Stone Pine Hall (210 South H Street, Lompoc). Their Community Advisory Board will meet shortly after, at 10:00 am. This meeting is open to the public. For questions and additional ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Press Releases
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    According to the late author and motivational speaker Zig Zigler, “success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” You never know when you might cross paths with someone who could impact your career or become your next big client. So, it’s important to have a well-crafted “elevator pitch” ready to go when you need to introduce yourself on the fly. It’s called an “elevator pitch” because you ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    You’re invited to join us on Saturday, June 23rd for our Energy For All Solarbration!!! Please join us for our very first Energy For All Solarbration! We will be showcasing one of our happy homeowners who has been saving 80-90% off of their electric bill by going solar with non-profit GRID Alternatives. Come meet us and check out the amazing work we are doing for Santa Maria income-qualifying ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEJune 6, 2018Library’s Adult Coloring Program in JuneThe City of Santa Maria Public Library is continuing to offer the Adult Coloring Program twice during the month of June. The programs are scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th and Wednesday, June 27th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Shepard Hall.  The coloring activities are designed to relieve stress and provide a creative and artistic ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 6, 2018 Kick off Summer Learning with the City of Santa Maria Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program: Reading Takes you Everywhere!The City of Santa Maria Public Library kicks off its Reading Takes You Everywhere Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 9th. The program will run through Saturday, August 4th.  There is a special reading program for every age level from ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    Top Sirloin Tuesdays in June Two Amazing, Complete Dinners for Just $40 Reservations Suggested
    Categories: Member News
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    Santa Maria, Ca June 4, 2018 – The Best Western Plus Big America Hotel in Santa Maria, Ca has received the Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Director’s Award for yielding outstanding quality standards. The Director’s Award recognizes Best Western Hotels scoring in the top 20 percent of more than 2,100 North American properties in quality assurance scores. Hotels must also meet Best Western’s ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    This year's award program gives special attention to the fires and mud flows that caused multiple injuries and fatalities and put our emergency response system under tremendous pressure. We have a special opportunity to hear from medical experts at Cottage Health, Sansum Clinic, Dignity Health, UC Santa Barbara, and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. Join us for a luncheon where our champions will ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    Space is still available in more than 130 credit summer classes at Allan Hancock College, including dozens of online options. Online classes offer flexibility and convenience – the main reasons they have grown to be such a popular option.  The college is offering summer classes online, as well as on site at the Santa Maria campus and the Lompoc Valley Center. In the fall, almost 800 classes will ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    You have been invited and we need your input!  The Annual Meeting of the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is a membership organization and your vote counts in the successful operation of the orchestra. This is your chance to review and vote on next year’s budget for 2018-19 and new directors.  The Board sincerely hopes you will ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 04, 2018
    San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA – CAL POLY ARTS announces its exciting new 2018-19 season with 37 shows celebrating 33 years of presenting extraordinary arts and entertainment at the Performing Arts Center. Full season brochures will be available by the second week of June. Offering a wide array of unique speakers and artists from all of the performing arts genres, season highlights include an An ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 04, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 1, 2018 Drafted Annual Action PlanThe City of Santa Maria has prepared a drafted Annual Action Plan for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for Fiscal Year 2018-19.  The plan is an update to the City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan.  The Annual Action Plan is required of local governments that apply directly for Federal funds under certain housing and ...read more
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    Monday, June 04, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEJunio 1, 2018  PLAN DE ACCIÓN ANUAL  La Ciudad de Santa Maria ha preparado un Plan de Acción Annual para el uso del dinero Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) para el año 2018-19.  El plan es una actualización anual al Plan de Consolidad de la Ciudad.  El plan es requerido de administraciones municipales que aplican directamente para fondos federales bajo ciertos programas de ...read more
    Categories: En Español
    Monday, June 04, 2018
    PROGRAMS       EXHIBITS      MEMBERSHIP      PARTIES       DONATETime is running out to sign up for SUMMER CAMPS!DISCOVERY ROBOTICS LEAGUE Do you have what it takes to win “Battle of the Bots”? Learn how to build and program your own FIRST LEGO League robots with mentors from Orcutt Academy’s Spartatroniks Robotics Team. July 9-13 from 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 8 to 14 $125 for members/$175 for ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, June 04, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE June 1, 2018Neighborhood Street Paving Project Starts Monday, June 4thDrivers are advised that temporary, short delays will occur on various Santa Maria neighborhood streets beginning Monday, June 4th and continuing through early July.  The State’s recently implemented SB 1 Gas Tax revenues are funding the “Thin Maintenance Overlay” project. SB 1 provides the first significant, ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, June 01, 2018
    Howdy Y'all,  Spring into Summer with us on First Friday!  Core Winery- New Photography by Charlie Halsell, BBQ In The Stix, Vinyl Request Night for Grads/Dads and our oldest kid turns 13! Giant B-day cake to share plus over 10 wines by the glass to enjoy with your dinner or dessert.  The Orcutt Lions- Drop by their clubhouse for a drink or burger.  Naughty Oaks- We'll have live music and food ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, June 01, 2018
    Items that are up for grabs include: Warehouse Items, Lozier Gondola Shelving, Clothing Racks & Sales Floor Fixtures, Office and Breakroom Equipment, and Information Technology Equipment
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, May 31, 2018
    ADA BasicsOne out of every five adults in the U.S. lives with a disability, according to 2017 Disability Statistics Annual Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law in 1990, is a civil rights law and sets forth regulations designed to address the needs of the disabled ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, May 31, 2018
    Students still have nearly 175 classes to choose from this summer at Allan Hancock College. A majority are six- and eight-week classes that begin the week of June 11. Students can register online for classes until the day before a class begins.  Dozens of general electives that satisfy requirements at Hancock, as well as at four-year universities within the University of California and ...read more
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    Thursday, May 31, 2018
     New Play FestivalSat., June 2 @ 7pmTickets & AvailabilityPresented by AG Theatre Department Arroyo Grande HS Theatre Company's annual New Play Festival is a collection of short plays written by students, directed by students, and performed by students. Every year we serve up theatre, hot and fresh, just for you. So, come and see who is going to win the top prize this year! Held in the Studio ...read more
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    Thursday, May 31, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMay 31, 2018 Cowboy Poetry Winners Honored at Awards Event On Saturday, May 19th the Santa Maria Public Library Foundation honored local poets from grades K-12, at their third annual Cowboy Poetry Contest Awards Event held in conjunction with the Elks Rodeo.  Poets, families, teachers, and other community members gathered at Shepard Hall in the City’s main Library to show support for ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Featured, Press Releases
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    15th Annual KNights, Wines & Brews Brings Great Tastes  SANTA MARIA, CA (DATE)  June 23, 2018 is the date for the 15th Annual tasting event that supports the St. Joseph High School Scholarship program.  Presented this year by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, this event is open to the public, and features an afternoon of wine, beer and great local foods from the Central Coast that showcases ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    PROGRAMS       EXHIBITS      MEMBERSHIP      PARTIES       DONATEClick here to sign up for SUMMER CAMPS! ___________________________________________________________________Weekly ProgramsMay 29: Tuesday TalesWe're reading Roda Ahmed’s “Mae Among the Stars” a picture book inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, astronaut Mae Jemison at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m!May ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    Allan Hancock College celebrated the end of a record-setting year during the college’s 97th annual Commencement Friday afternoon on the Santa Maria campus. A record 1,009 students earned a record 1,527 associate degrees in 96 different majors. The number of students represented an increase of two percent over last year, while the college experienced an eight-percent jump in degrees earned. ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    Your network is your net worth.” Ever heard that saying? It goes all the way back to the days of paper Rolodexes, but it is just as important now.  The idea of using your network as a business asset is why social selling matters. And why every small business should be doing more of it.At its most basic level, social selling is similar to networking via social media… except it’s a little ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    US Army Push Up Challenge at the Elks Rodeo Who’s Got What It Takes? Thursday, May 31st Join us on Thursday, May 31st as five of our local high school athletes compete. These boys have learned how to do the Army style push up, and their challenge is to see who can do the most in 2 minutes! Winner Receives: A belt buckle, a pair of Beats (Headphones), and Army Swag will be presented along with ...read more
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    Friday, May 25, 2018
    ​AGHS Spring Band & Choir ConcertWed., May 30 @ 7pmTickets & Availability The Arroyo Grande High School Concert Band and A Cappella Choir will present a "Spring Concert." A salute to our graduating students!Concert includes: * Selections from the Walt Disney Movie "Up" * "We Are The World" * "Battle Hymn of the Republic" * "Stars and Stripes Forever" * Performance by the Lucia Mar ...read more
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    Friday, May 25, 2018
    RISING STARS RECOGNIZED AT THE ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP BANQUETStudents and donors received celebrity treatment during a star-studded evening in the Joe White Memorial Gymnasium at the Allan Hancock College Foundation Scholarship Banquet on Thursday evening. This year, a total of 410 scholarships, worth nearly $500,000, was awarded to 318 Allan Hancock College students. ...read more
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    Friday, May 25, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMay 24, 2018                 Trash and Recycling Collection and Street SweepingServices for Memorial Day Holiday  The City of Santa Maria advises residents that there will be no trash and recycling collection services, or street sweeping, on Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day).  During holiday weeks, street sweeping and residential collection services occurs one day later than usual.  ...read more
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    Friday, May 25, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMay 25, 2018City Announces H-2A Community Meetings The City of Santa Maria will be hosting a series of five community meetings over the next five months to discuss the H-2A temporary worker program, its importance to the region’s agricultural operations, and its potential impacts in City neighborhoods.  The first of these meetings will be held on Thursday, June 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 ...read more
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    Friday, May 25, 2018
    Memorial Service will be MONDAY, 28 May at the Santa Maria Cemetery starting at 1100 hrs.  We will be honoring our Santa Maria Area Veterans and especially our Missing in Action (MIA) from the wars.  On Saturday, we will be putting flags on veteran graves, starting at 0800 hrs. You are invited.Program *****  Presentation of Colors  — Santa Maria Veterans Honor Guard* Knights of Columbus— Arch ...read more
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    Friday, May 25, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMay 25, 2018Broadway Closure Friday Night for annual Cruisin’ NationalsThe section of Broadway (State Highway 135) from Cook Street to Stowell Road in Santa Maria will be temporarily closed between 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. today, Friday, May 25th for the 37th annual West Coast Kustoms car show cruise.  The cruise is open only to registered participants.  For emergency crossing of Broadway, ...read more
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    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    Be Our Guest SUMMERFESTKick-off to Summer! SUMMERFEST 2018 Please join us for this fun event underneath the majestic oaks in the lobby of the Solvang Festival Theater.Saturday, June 16, 2018 6pm Solvang Festival Theater 420 2nd Street Solvang, CASample the Tastes of the Valley A wide variety of wine, beer, and food tastings from great restaurants, breweries, and wineries from around the ...read more
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    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMay 23, 20182018 Summer Teen Trails Hiking Club  The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department’s Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center invites teens in the 7th- through 12th grades to participate in the Summer Teen Trails Hiking Club.  The hiking club promotes positive relationships with peers, exploring new interests, and enhancing positive behavior while providing a safe ...read more
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    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    NEWS RELEASEMay 23, 2018  Free Teen Arts Mentorship Program  The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and The Arts Fund are offering a Free Teen Arts Mentorship Program for aspiring teen artists ages 13 to 18 this summer.  The program is six classes long and will focus on the art of printmaking. Classes will take place every Saturday, from Saturday, June 9th to Saturday, July ...read more
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    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    PROGRAMS       EXHIBITS      MEMBERSHIP      PARTIES       DONATEExplore the world of microbes with Hardy DiagnosticsDid you know that there's good bacteria and bad bacteria? Scientists from Santa Maria-based Hardy Diagnostics will teach kids the difference and how to collect samples from their environment at this week's Brain Builders, Thursday, May 24 at 3:30 p.m. Then come back for Science ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                     May 24, 2018  2017 Annual Report of Hydrogeologic Conditions,Water Requirements, Supplies and Disposition of theSanta Maria Valley Management AreaThe Twitchell Management Authority (TMA) will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 12th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Santa ...read more
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    Thursday, May 24, 2018
    We understand that there are many elders in our community that are in need of basic home repairs, but that are not physically capable of handling these projects themselves.To assist a senior member of our community, we are giving away one Carpenter for a Day service to someone who is in need of handyman services, but that can't afford it. Examples of handyman work could include: Grab bars for ...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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    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
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    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 Connection, Leadership Santa Maria Valley, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Chamber Connection, Member Spotlight
    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
    Categories: Member News
    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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