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    Monday, December 17, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE December 14, 2018 Lights, Sights, and Holiday Nights Contest Winners The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Commission is pleased to announce the winners of the 22nd Annual Lights, Sights, and Holiday Nights Decorating Contest. This year, new community entries and past participants competed in various categories.   Official judging was conducted by the Santa Maria ...read more
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    Monday, December 17, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE December 14, 2018 Santa Maria Public Library Releases Hours Survey   The City of Santa Maria Public Library has released a survey to better understand the needs of the public. The survey will be used to evaluate the current open hours of the five library branches in Northern Santa Barbara County.    Mary Housel, City Librarian says, “This survey was created because we are ...read more
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    Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Some agricultural scientists say that climate change could result in changes in the population dynamics of insect pests. Thus temperature rise plays a pivotal role in insect population dynamics. It may alter the insect abundance; for example, the malaria mosquito digests blood quicker and feeds more often in warmer weather.  Don’t be surprised if instead of one or two unwanted guests, your ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Dear Readers & Sponsors: I am very pleased to let you know that our Central Coast Airfest was recently awarded the first place Pinnacle Platinum Award for best Small Civilian Air Show category in 2018 by the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS).  The award was presented at the annual ICAS convention in Las Vegas on December 5th to Chris Kunkle, Airfest Committee chairman, Christ Hastert, ...read more
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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
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    Friday, December 07, 2018
    Santa Maria, Calif. – Dec. 6, 2018 – The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is the place to go for family-friendly holiday festivities this December!   “Holidays at the Discovery Museum are all about having fun and making memories together as a family,” Program Director Amy Blasco said. “From making art to exploring the world of science, we’re sure to have something that’s entertaining—and ...read more
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    Friday, December 07, 2018
    SANTA MARIA— The Santa Maria Fairpark is thrilled to announce that Santa Maria resident and long-time Fairpark supporter, Pat Kress, has been selected by the Board of Governors for the Western Fairs Association (WFA) to be inducted as the newest member of the Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in January at the WFA annual convention in Reno, Nevada. Ms. Kress has enjoyed a career that ...read more
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    Thursday, December 06, 2018
    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA December 3, 2018—Pacific Eye is sharing the spirit of the holiday season with $10,000 in total contributions to local non-profit organizations this week as a result of its 7th annual Pacific Eye Gives Back Challenge. Thousands of Central Coast residents cast votes online and in Pacific Eye’s offices throughout November, with the top-three organizations capturing the largest ...read more
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    Thursday, December 06, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE December 5, 2018 Free Holiday Makerspace at the Santa Maria Public Library Put that creativity to good use by joining the City of Santa Maria Public Library and Allan Hancock College for the second annual Holiday Makerspace, on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. in the Library’s Learning Center.   Participants will have an opportunity to make and explore projects ...read more
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    Thursday, December 06, 2018
    SOLVANG – Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital has recently been certified as a “Stroke Ready” facility by Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services. This official designation allows paramedics to deliver North County patients who are at risk of stroke directly to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital where they can begin receiving treatment immediately.  The road to achieving the Stroke Ready ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 05, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE December 4, 2018 Representatives are sought to Serve on Various City Committees Applications are now being accepted for seven City of Santa Maria boards and commissions: The Block Grants Advisory Committee, Board of Appeals, Central Coast Commission - Area Agency on Aging, Landmark Committee, Measure U Citizens’ Oversight Committee, Planning Commission, and Recreation & Parks ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 05, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE December 4, 2018 Library’s Adult Coloring Program in December The City of Santa Maria Public Library is continuing to offer the Adult Coloring Program during the month of December. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th 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 outlet for adults ...read more
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    Monday, December 03, 2018
    A Holiday Treat for the Whole Family  Peter Pan Now playing through December 23 Marian Theatre, Santa Maria  Don't miss this thrilling, innovative new production!  Bring the family to a place where dreams are born and time is never planned  and create a lifetime of memories.  "When [Chynna Walker and George Walker] come together as Pan versus Hook, the show really explodes with exciting ...read more
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    Monday, December 03, 2018
    NEWS RELEASENovember 30, 2018Downtown Streetscape Plan moving forward to Public Hearings Santa Marians are encouraged to participate in two public hearings in December and January about the design concepts for Main Street and Broadway in the downtown core. Meetings about the Downtown Multimodal Streetscape (DMS) Plan will be held in the City Council Chambers, 110 East Cook Street at these times ...read more
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    Monday, December 03, 2018
    Fridays & Saturdays - Artists & DJ ShowsMusical Lineup (subject to change)
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    Thursday, November 29, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE November 28, 2018 Nominations for Hometown Heroes The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, and the American Legion, are pleased to be accepting new nominees for Hometown Heroes for the months of January-June, 2019.  Eligible candidates include:  active duty, retired, honorably discharged, or those who gave their life in action in one of the branches of the U.S. ...read more
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    Thursday, November 29, 2018
    Buy One Get One Free! Come in and do some easy Christmas shopping at the Moxie. Give your loved ones something that they can really use for a change!  Our gift cards are guaranteed make someone in your life very happy!_____________________________________________________________________________________________________Call Moxie Catering when you are planning your Holiday party! "I just thought ...read more
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    Thursday, November 29, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE November 28, 2018 Volunteers Needed: Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Park The City of Santa Maria is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for new volunteers willing to give back to the community through participation in the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Park programs. The programs ask volunteers to commit to clean a minimum of once every two months over a two-year ...read more
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    Thursday, November 29, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE November 29, 2018 Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Rain or Shine! The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Park Department and People for Leisure and Youth, Inc. invite community residents to the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 1st at the City Hall Courtyard, located on the corner of Cook Street and Broadway (Highway 135).  Festivities begin at ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Open House Tours Refreshments Guest Speakers Thursday, Dec. 6th Between 1pm-5pm Information available in English, Spanish, and Mixtec Guest Speakers include: Chad Carlock, Esq. Chad will lead a workshop on preserving choice and the Lanterman Act 2:00pm-3:00pm or 4:00pm-5:00pm VTC Training Room Vicky Johnson Senior Deputy District Attorney with the Santa Barbara County District ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 27, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE November 26, 2018 Movie Night at the Library on December 10th             The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to show the movie Iron Man (2008) rated PG-13. The film will be screened on Monday, December 10th at 5:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall. This event is free and no tickets are required.    A wealthy industrialist, Tony Stark, is held captive in enemy territory and ...read more
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    Monday, November 26, 2018
    Now Playingthrough December 23 Marian Theatre, Santa MariaDon't miss this thrilling, innovative new production ofPeter Pan Bring the family to a place where dreams are born and time is never planned  and create a lifetime of memories. "[Chynna Walker] makes a wonderful Pan -- impish and swaggering, but always with a sympathetic sense of innocence. She later shouts “I am youth, I am joy, I am ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE November 21, 2018 Lee-Volker Cox Displays Interactive Photography Exhibit  at the Santa Maria Public Library Now through the end of December, the Shepard Hall Gallery at the City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to exhibit IMAGINE: Windows, Doors, and Ways by local photographer, Dr. Lee-Volker Cox. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, December 13th at 4:30 p.m. in ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 21, 2018
    CASA Supporters, We are deeply grateful for your support for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. You have shown them that there are caring people in the world who will help light their way. Thank you for shining hope into the lives of vulnerable children. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Kim Colby Davis Executive ...read more
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    Monday, November 19, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE November 16, 2018 The Valley Reads Book Club The City of Santa Maria Public Library is pleased to present its monthly book club, The Valley Reads on Tuesday, November 27th, in its Learning Center. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towels, follows Count Alexander Rostov’s life post-aristocracy. While adjusting to his new life, confined in the attic of a luxurious hotel, the count ...read more
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    Monday, November 19, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE November 16, 2018 Santa Maria Public Library Hosts Author Book Discussion and Signing   Author Lori Ciccarelli Stotko will discuss the book Myself, My Responsibility- Tools to Self-Advocate, at the City of Santa Maria Public Library in Shepard Hall at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 1st.   The author, a former elementary school teacher, created a simple four-step process to ...read more
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    Monday, November 19, 2018
    Put Your Money Where Your Life Is Shop Big & Give Big November 23rd – November 26th A Portion Of Every Dollar Spent During Our Black Friday Sale Will Be Donated To The Harvest Community Center.
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    Monday, November 19, 2018
    NEWS RELEASE November 16, 2018 City Recognizes Employee for “Going the Extra Mile” The City of Santa Maria is pleased to recognize Community Programs Manager Rosie Rojo of the Special Projects Division as the newest recipient of its Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award. She will receive a certificate and recognition at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 20th. Rosie was instrumental in ...read more
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Monday, October 15, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of SeptemberAl PhoDon Huynh 1201 E. Main Street Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 478-2668Beach Betty CreativeShelly Cone Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 757-7772http://www.beachbettycreative.comMexi-Thai Roll Alma Camacho 2528 S. Broadway #B Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 332-2998On ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of AugustStephens & Stephens LLPConrad Stephens505 S. McClelland Street Santa Maria, CA 93454 (805) 922-1951www.stephensfirm.comJoy By The SpoonfulDiane SmithSanta Maria, CA 93454(805) 868-9570www.joybythespoonful.comSun OptaTheresa Quiroz1333 S. BlosserSanta Maria, ...read more
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    Friday, August 24, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of JulyBlosser Urban GardenJerry Mahoney 915 S. Blosser Road Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 878-1744http://www.blosserurbangarden.comCaliber CollisionJoseph Rubio 1213 S. Blosser Rd. Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 867-7581http://www.calibercollision.comCamino Real Mortgage ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
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    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
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    Monday, July 16, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of JuneAt Work Personnel ServicesTeresa Aguilar 110 S. Pine St., #103 Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 928-6555http://www.lstaff.comGhitterman, Ghitterman & FeldKaylen Steele 616 E. Chapel StreetSanta Maria, CA 93454 (805) 357-9340http://www.ghitterman.comMartian Ranch & ...read more
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    Friday, July 06, 2018
    Join the Santa Barbara Foundation and Sara McNamara, a Military Transition, Inclusion and Retention Strategist, to learn about the military to civilian transition mindset and employer readiness factors for hiring and retaining veterans. During a facilitated networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet transitioning active military members and recently separated ...read more
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    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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    Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA - Dunkin’ Donuts will celebrate its Grand Opening in Santa Maria on June 12, 2018. Located at 1486 S. Broadway, the national coffee and donut chain will be open from 6am to 10pm on June 12th, and have a Ribbon Cutting Celebration at 11am. “We are super excited to be opening here in Santa Maria,” said Santa Maria Franchisee Kirsten Tharp. “It’s exciting to have to opportunity to ...read more
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    Thursday, May 31, 2018
    2018 President’s Circle Award Recognizes Excellence in Business Advocacy, Helping Members Comply with Labor LawsThe Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce was one of just 28 local chambers recognized this month by the California Chamber of Commerce as recipients of the 2018 President’s Circle Award.    This represents the third consecutive year that SMVCC has received this recognition.  The ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 22, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce operates and administers the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership, and recently the agency once again showed that it is leading by example. The Chamber upgraded its lighting to new, modern LED panels to replace standard 4ft tubes. This upgrade provides cleaner, consistent lighting while at the same time saving energy. Staples Energy, the ...read more
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    Thursday, May 17, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of April.Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley FoundationTom Martinez 901 W. Railroad Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 922-7163http://www.bgcsmv.orgCariman ServicesJuan Hernandez 109 W. Main St.Santa Maria, CA 93458 (805) 332-3020Central Coast KindKim Iribarren P.O. Box ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    After nearly six years of discussion and debate, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board approved a standard on "Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention." The final regulation was recently approved by the Office of Administrative Law and will be effective July 1. Requirements As a preliminary matter, the new standard applies to "lodging establishments," which it defines as establishments ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    So You Think You Failed? Think Again! Music Executive & Entrepreneur Natalie Edell to Speak at Young Professionals Event in Santa Maria FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Local young professionals will have a chance to hear from music executive & entrepreneur Natalie Edell at an upcoming Santa Maria Connect! Emerging Professionals networking event. Edell began her journey in the music business at only 18 ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 02, 2018
    A Gripping Success Story: Mob Armor Sees Growth & Expansion in Santa Maria   A local manufacturing company has a tight grip on success. Mob Armor provides heavy duty holders for smartphones and tablets. Their recent product line growth has allowed the business to expand locally.   “We have taken a new approach to smartphone and tablet holding devices,” explained Trevor Orrick, Vice President ...read more
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    Monday, April 30, 2018
    Global E-Commerce Summit Entrepreneurship in the New Era May 11, 2018, 9:00 – 2:30 Marriott Hotel, 555 McMurray Rd, Buellton, CA Join us for the 2018 Global E-commerce Summit to learn from the industry leaders how to assess your global e-commerce readiness, and how to navigate the journey from domestic product to exported product using global e-commerce best practices. FREE EVENT, RSVP ...read more
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    Monday, April 23, 2018
    SANTA MARIA, CA – April 17, 2018 – The Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) Class of 2018 is partnering with Good Samaritan Shelter of Santa Maria to promote “Bikes for Success.”  This unique project is geared to give the residents of Good Samaritan (Good Sam) an opportunity to securely store their bicycles as they begin their process of transitioning into wellness and wholeness.  Through ...read more
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    Friday, April 20, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to welcome these new businesses who joined membership in the month of MarchCentral Coast Wine Services (CCWS)Noemi Zendejas2717 Aviation Way Santa Maria, CA 93455 (805) 318-6500http://www.centralcoastwineservices.comCottage HealthChristy Borneman 400 W. Pueblo Santa Barbara, CA (805) 324-9915http://www.cottagehealth.orgFoxen Canyon Wine ...read more
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    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    SAVE THE DATE - 4/25 COMMUNITY WORKSHOPOn Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm we’ll be hosting a Downtown Streetscape Plan Open House at Shepard’s Hall in the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 South McClelland Street. You will have an opportunity to provide feedback on concept plans for Broadway and Main Street!  Spread the word! Please forward this message to a friend or neighbor that ...read more
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    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
    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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    Monday, March 12, 2018
    Recruiting, interviewing and hiring new employees involve significant legal risks if not handled properly. In fact, California has stricter protections for job applicants than federal laws do — even more so since January 1, 2018. Are you certain you know what you can ask in an interview and what personal information you can request? No business wants to open itself to a costly discrimination ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Labor Market Report January 2018 Yesterday, the State of California Labor Market Information Division (LMID) released its Monthly Press Release on Unemployment and Industry Sector job growth/decline in Santa Barbara County. The unemployment rate for January was 4.9%, up from a revised 4.3% in December, and below the year-ago rate of 6.2%. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Demonstrating Compliance Leaves No Shred of Doubt About Your Businesses’ Security These days, identity theft, email hacks and the illegal use of personal information has become commonplace. Headlines about major companies being hacked or putting their clients’ personal information at risk of exposure have become more and more frequent. As a business owner, are you doing all you can to protect the ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Leadership Santa Maria Valley Topic Day Explores Business and Economic Development On February 2, 2018, the Business and Economic Topic Day brought to life the experiences of local businesses to the Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2018. The day started with a complimentary breakfast provided by Starry Sky Coffee Company. Owner Steven Funkhouser, who serves on the Leadership Santa Maria ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Board Member Profile: Erika Weber, VTC EnterprisesWhat is your profession/job title and how long have you been with the company?My current position is Development Associate, meaning I am responsible for marketing and fundraising for the organization. I have been with VTC Enterprises (VTC) since 1999 when I started as a Sales and Marketing Associate to develop and secure contracts and work places ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Upcoming Chamber Events Educate, Recognize and Give Back to Local Community Year after year the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce presents an amazing calendar of events and forums to educate and facilitate networking opportunities for the members of our business community. 2018 is no different. This year we are focused on key elements that will help our businesses be proactive, engaged to ...read more
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    Friday, March 09, 2018
    Young Professionals Spotlight: Ryan Miller, San Luis Sports TherapyWhat is your profession/job title and how long have you been with your company? I have worked with San Luis Sports Therapy since 2010. I started as a volunteer while studying Kinesiology at Cal Poly and have held various clinical jobs including PT aide, front office assistant, and medical transcriptionist. Following 3 years of ...read more
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    Friday, March 02, 2018
    HomeBridge Financial Services Bridges the Gap for your Mortgage Needs ​Homebridge Financial Services is a residential mortgage lender in Santa Maria.   “We’re a national company we have over 3,000 associates in over 250 retail branches throughout the country,” explained RJ Jazo, Production Support Coordinator for HomeBridge Financial Services. “What makes us unique here in Santa Maria is our ...read more
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    Friday, March 02, 2018
    Heat Illness Prevention Training Session (With Attendance by CAL-OSHA Consultation) and Preventing Sexual Harassment Training - Both Training Sessions will be Conducted in Spanish ONLYBoth trainings will be held on the same date and location. Registration begins at 1:30 P.M. 1) Heat Illness Prevention with CAL-OSHA Training Certificate: 2:00 P.M.– 3:00 P.M. 2) Sexual Harassment Prevention ...read more
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    Monday, February 26, 2018
    Commercial property available for rent at 1414 A North Broadway in Santa Maria! 4,573 Square feet of interior spaceFenced in patio areas facingin interior garden-style apartmentsFull 135 sq ft kitchen with additional 135 sq ft storage(2) 12x15 bathrooms (men's and women's)(3) other misc. rooms - carpeted 135 sq ft240 sq ft208 sq ftFront exterior with ADA ramp accessible17 parking spaces ...read more
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    Monday, February 26, 2018
    The 2017 California wildfire season consisted of 9,133 fires that burned more than 1.3 million acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It’s considered the most destructive on record — and in January, the recently-charred land caused severe mudslides during a deadly storm that shut down about 30 miles of Highway 101 between Northern and Southern ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems Central Coast offer commercial cleaning services for any size business, from large manufacturing down to small general offices. What makes the company unique is their franchise model. “We’re in the business of putting people into business,” explained Greg Ibsen, President of Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems Central Coast. “Individuals will come to us and they will make an ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    The Good Samaritan Shelter recently unveiled their latest housing project in Santa Maria. The Cook Street Corridor, located at 607 West Cook Street, is a triplex consisting of three two bedroom apartments for the homeless community. “The apartments are being made available to the homeless community who are able to rent the units at a subsidized rent,” explained Sylvia Bernard, Executive Director ...read more
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    Monday, February 12, 2018
    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce was proud to help organize the 2018 Annual Police Awards, where we recognized local law enforcement for going above and beyond in the line of duty.  This year's award recipients included:EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER 1st Quarter Officer Zachary Robbins 2nd Quarter Officer Rafael Carrasco (not present) 3rd Quarter Officer Philip Dix 4th Quarter Detective ...read more
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    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
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    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
    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

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