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 recognized the importance of ensuring a long-term, stable financing source for public safety and quality of life issues in our community,” explained Glenn Morris, President/CEO for the Santa Maria Chamber. “The Chamber’s goal is to create the most vibrant, successful community possible and we know that a safe community is fundamental to a thriving community.” The Chamber was thrilled to see Measure U pass with a large majority in the recent election.
Assisting with Youth Employment
On December 19th , 2018 we will celebrate the completion of The Santa Maria Summer Jobs and Beyond Career Pathways for Youth Project (CPY Project). This project is part of a national initiative that promotes summer and year-round employment for youth. The Chamber partnered with the CPY program to connect our local business community with the project and assist where needed. The goal was to hire 260 youth over a two year period, and began taking applicants in September of 2016. The project included businesses in the Santa Maria area who hosted youth for 200 hours of the paid work experience. Participants received support services and training prior to placement in order to be a more productive “worker”. “As a Chamber we are proud to partner with local organizations to invest in the youth that will help strengthen our community,” said Alex Magana, Events and Special Projects Manager for the Chamber.
Updated Coupon Book Promotes Local Business to Visitors
Our Visitors Bureau has been hard a work compiling offers for our 2019 Coupon Book. These coupons are given out to tourist visiting the Santa Maria Valley in their welcome bags. This past year we handed out over 3,000 welcome bags. This year’s coupons will see an upgrade, and be printed out in a booklet style where tourists can rip out the coupon instead of having to cut it. The Visitors Bureau is still gathering coupons, and any business interested in participating should contact Yarely Corona, Tourism Coordinator for the Visitors Bureau, at (805) 924-2403 x 851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economic Development Commission helping to bring new business to Santa Maria
Our EDC (Economic Development Commission) remains busy encouraging local businesses to come to Santa Maria. “I’ve been working with a few companies that have an interest in placing their manufacturing companies in Santa Maria,” explained Suzanne Singh, Director of Economic Development. “I have been assisting them in getting all the information needed to do so, helping them with finding a location/building and helping them connect and qualify for programs and incentives that make doing business in Santa Maria a great fit for them.”
Whether in advocacy, education, tourism, economic development or elsewhere, the Chamber will continue to work hard on our community’s behalf and champion for a stronger Santa Maria Valley!