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  • Featured Businesses of the Month

    NEWS RELEASE 
    January 5, 2022
    Featured Businesses of the Month
     
    The City of Santa Maria and Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce are partnering to highlight different businesses in the City of Santa Maria through their Santa Maria Featured Businesses program. This program gives recognition to businesses who have been in the community for a significant amount of time, and/or providing unique or significant contributions to our community. Not only does this give valuable exposure to these local businesses, it also reminds our community of the unique, diverse and long-standing businesses we are fortunate to have in Santa Maria.
     
    The focus for 12 months, beginning in December 2021 is on major manufacturers and women-owned businesses in the City. Each month, one business from each of these two categories will be recognized during the City Council meeting and publicized by the City and the Chamber.
     
    January 2022 Featured Businesses
    Women-Owned Business: Cugini’s Pizzeria & Trattoria (Louise Pippin)
    Manufacturing Business: The Okonite Company
     
    Cugini’s Pizzeria & Trattoria is an Italian restaurant that began in 1999 in San Luis Obispo and moved to Santa Maria. Cugini’s uses social media, delivery companies, and catering to keep its business thriving. The nine-employee company is recognized for its commitment to the community and its excellent customer service.
     
    Operating in Santa Maria for 53 years, the Okonite Company is an independent manufacturer of high-quality power and control cables, serving major utilities and industrial customers throughout the country. It employs 200 people locally at its now 565,106-square-foot Santa Maria plant and offers an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The company last year spent more than $2 million supporting local businesses, annually donates to local charities.
     
    Businesses are chosen by the Chamber of Commerce. To nominate a business or ask about the program, contact Molly Schiff at the Chamber via email at molly@santamaria.com or by phone at (805) 925-2403 extension 816.