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    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of November  Anthony'sKrystal Alvarez 859 Guadalupe Street Guadalupe, CA 93434 (805) 219-0977Ca' Del Grevino Tasting RoomRani Hoover 2933 Grand Avenue. Los Olivos, CA 93441 (805) 697-7625http://www.grevino.comfoxen 7200Elizabeth Gunn-Baumann 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd. Santa ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Member Spotlight, Featured
    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
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    Shop local this holiday season! Blast 825 Brewery (formally Rooney’s Irish Pub) in Oructt serves up delicious food and a wide variety of craft beer! They have great speiclas like their Sunday Brunch. Their gift cards make great gifts this holiday season, and they even offer a special where you get a FREE $25 gift card for buying $100 worth of gift cards! “We think it’s important for the community ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, #ShopSantaMaria, Featured
    Sunday, November 11, 2018
    This holiday season, join us in supporting local business by choosing ot #ShopSantaMaria! Woody's Butcher Block stocks super premium products including premium meats and upscale provisions. They are located at 700 E. Main Street, Suite 104 in Santa Maria. Woody's is the perfect choice for making a memorable holiday meal, or their gift cards make the perfect present for the chef in your ...read more
    Categories: #ShopSantaMaria, Featured, Member News, Member Spotlight
    Friday, November 09, 2018
    Edible Arrangements makes for a unique and delicious gift this holiday season! Located at 530 E. Betteravia Rd., Ste B-1, the store offers a variety of edible boquets, gift boxes and more for every occasion! “We make fruit bouquets that are as beautiful as flowers but you can eat them.” Said owner George Muranaka. Edible Arrangements believes its important to #ShopLocal and #ShopSantaMaria ...read more
    Categories: Featured, Member Spotlight, #ShopSantaMaria, Chamber News, Member News
    Thursday, November 08, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of October.A Heart's Desires BridalAshley Pacheco 2125 S. Broadway, Ste. 103 Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 862-2964http://www.aheartsdesiresbridal.comBorjas LawJoseph Borjas 937 E. Main Street #206 Santa Maria, CA 93456 (805) 994-0885http://www.borjaslaw.comBudget Blinds of ...read more
    Categories: Featured, Member Spotlight, Chamber News, Member News
    Tuesday, November 06, 2018
    Small Business Saturday is November 24th, and the Chamber is celebrating local business throughout the month of November and encouraging people to #ShopSantaMaria. This holiday season, local credit union SESLOC is promoting their HomeFREE Checking program – a program that is truly free checking, plus you get BONUS rewards and FREE Identitiy Theft Services. While it's not an actual "gift" you can ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, #ShopSantaMaria, Featured
    Monday, November 05, 2018
    The Chamber Ambassador program recently recognized Allison Borja of Morris & Garritano as Ambassador of the Quarter! Here's a bit about Alli:Hello fellow chamber members!  My name is Alli Borja, and I'm a proud ambassador for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.  I am a second generation Central Coast native and was raised in Arroyo Grande with my parents, Sonny and ...read more
    Categories: Featured, Member Spotlight, Chamber News, Member News
    Thursday, November 01, 2018
    Small Business Saturday is November 24th, and the Chamber is celebrating local business throughout the month of November and encouraging people to #ShopSantaMaria. PCPA Theatre is a great local option for entertainment. Located on Allan Hancock College Campus, the local theatre puts on a variety of impressive productions throughout the year. They are presenting that wonderful family musical, ...read more
    Categories: #ShopSantaMaria, Chamber News, Member Spotlight, Member 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
    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
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Member Spotlight, Featured
    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
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber News, Featured
    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
    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
    Categories: Member News, Featured, Chamber News, Member Spotlight
    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, 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
    Categories: Featured, Press Releases, Chamber News
    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
    Categories: Member News, Member Spotlight, 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
    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: Business Resources, Featured, Advocacy, Chamber News
    Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    Summer is here! The weather is getting hotter, and while some employees fight over the office temperature, others may angle for a more casual dress code. How does your company feel about tank tops and flip-flops? Every workplace differs. Do your employees need to wear professional business attire every workday? Or is your environment more casual? In the last five years, jeans, tennis shoes ...read more
    Categories: Featured, Member News, Chamber News, HR
    Monday, July 16, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of JuneAt Work Personnel ServicesTeresa Aguilar 110 S. Pine St., #103 Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 928-6555http://www.lstaff.comGhitterman, Ghitterman & FeldKaylen Steele 616 E. Chapel StreetSanta Maria, CA 93454 (805) 357-9340http://www.ghitterman.comMartian Ranch & ...read more
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    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
    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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
    Categories: Featured, Member Spotlight, Chamber News, Member News, Ribbon Cuttings

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