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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    One of the essential ways the Chamber delivers on its mission is by being actively involved in political/regulatory conversations that affect the ability of local businesses to be competitive and successful. In this arena, we seek first to be a source of information, both for our businesses and for those who make decisions that affect businesses. The Chamber actively monitors proposed legislation ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    For its monthly topic day in November, the 2019 Leadership Santa Maria Valley class was treated to an in-depth look at public safety in our community.  The class gained valuable insight into the startling issue of human trafficking, received an education on the leadership philosophy that’s helped transform local law enforcement and got a first-hand look at how local public servants protect ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Leadership Santa Maria Valley, Featured, Chamber Connection
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    As the sun sets on another amazing summer in the Santa Maria Valley our fall and winter promotions are well underway. Most of the marketing efforts and strategies implemented from year-to-year really begin revving up during what the industry labels as “slow season”. On the surface a “slowing” of sorts is certainly true, however the individuals driving our local tourism and hospitality industry are ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Featured, Chamber Connection
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Our mission at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is to be a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for a stronger Santa Maria Valley. Our staff works hard to fulfill this mission - here’s a sample of what we’ve been up to lately:Campaigning for Measure U The Chamber is proud to have been an early and active endorser of Measure U.  “Our board ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    Statics show that small businesses employ about 51% of the workforce, those small businesses range from 500 to 2 employees, and serve their local communities well.   We hear the phrase ‘Shop Local’ and we know it’s important, but do we truly understand how shopping local enriches our community?   Small business is the driving force of our country and our local economy. Small businesses fill ...read more
    Categories: #ShopSantaMaria, Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    When you think of the ingredients in the bar or soap you use every day, goats milk probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. And beer is an even less likely thought. But, for Foxen Canyon Soap Company, these ingredients are prominent in their skincare products.   The family run business is located in Sisquoc, California, and produces artisan soaps and skincare products formulated with ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    Joy by the Spoonful is bringing new life and ease to eating healthy eating. The local company creates and delivers healthier meal options for residents of the Santa Maria Valley, whether at work, at home or as a gift.    “I think what makes us unique is that we are the epitome of a small family business. - it’s just me and my adult son planning the meals, doing all the shopping, the prepping, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    The class of 2019 for Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) had their Arts & Culture Topic Day on October 5, 2018. The day started at the Minerva Club, which is one of the oldest clubs operated by women in the Santa Maria Valley.   Interestingly enough, the Minerva Club was started on October 5, 1894, 124 years ago to the exact day that the class visited. The class was greeted with a lovely ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
    Monday, July 30, 2018
    Talk a bit about yourself. What do you do professionally and what are your hobbies? My name is Kira Farrell and I’m proud to be the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for CASA of Santa Barbara County. I manage and create our online and print advertisements, website, social media accounts, and participate in many outreach opportunities to help recruit more volunteers to advocate for children ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News
    Monday, July 30, 2018
    Here are 5 tips for increasing prices without inspiring rage.  1. Tell the truth. More and more customers are willing to pay a bit extra for products or services they deem worth the cost. Clothing retailer Everlane, for instance, enjoys massive success among millennial consumers by promoting its commitment to using sustainable fabrics and ethical factories. Everlane can charge more than ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Chamber Connection, Featured
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Featured, Chamber News, Press Releases
    Tuesday, July 03, 2018
    Santa Maria is continuing to take the initiative to make sure our local youth are ready for summer employment and beyond.   This June, the Career Pathways for Youth program put on their second annual Santa Maria Youth Summit. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, the program provides positive summer employment preparation activities for ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
    Tuesday, July 03, 2018
    On June 1, 2018, the Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) Class of 2018 held a topic day centered-around leadership. The class learned about the importance of different leadership skills from local Santa Maria Valley leaders and had the opportunity to apply their skills in mock-interviews.   The LSMV class started its day at the Radisson hotel who graciously donated the meeting space. The class ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
    Tuesday, July 03, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program serves as the public relations arm of the Chamber. With over 30 business members currently serving as Ambassadors in the program, the volunteer program remains instrumental in helping the Chamber serve the 800+ business members in their growing organization. Chief Ambassador Erika Weber as been with the program for 15 years now, and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
    Monday, July 02, 2018
    Two years ago, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber recognized a need to better engage  with local young professionals and emerging leaders. As a result, Santa Maria Connect! SMVCC’s Emerging Professionals Network, was created. The program offers monthly events that include networking, presentations from community leaders, site tours of local businesses, and more. This year, in conjunction with Santa ...read more
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Featured
    Wednesday, May 02, 2018
    A Gripping Success Story: Mob Armor Sees Growth & Expansion in Santa Maria   A local manufacturing company has a tight grip on success. Mob Armor provides heavy duty holders for smartphones and tablets. Their recent product line growth has allowed the business to expand locally.   “We have taken a new approach to smartphone and tablet holding devices,” explained Trevor Orrick, Vice President ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Chamber Connection, Featured, Member Spotlight
    Monday, April 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 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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member Spotlight, Chamber Connection
    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
    Categories: Member News, Chamber News, Chamber Connection
    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
    Categories: Chamber Connection, Chamber News, Member News
    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
    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
    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

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