The Chamber is excited to announce the launch of the first Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce Magazine. The magazine is the premier guide to the South Coast, showcasing businesses across a variety of industries, and the stories behind the people who make our area so special. The publication is the go-to guide for residents, businesses, and visitors with a readership of 75,000. Hard copies can be picked up at the State Street Visitor Center, located at 120 State Street, Suite F. The digital version is now available online, click here.
The Chamber is excited to announce the Tri-County Chamber Alliance’s 2021 Annual Legislative Review will be held in Goleta this year. Speakers include Jennifer Barrera, the new President of CalChamber; Doug Johnson, President & CEO of National Demographics Corporation; and Fred Main, President of Clear Advocacy. The luncheon is on Friday, December 3, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Goleta. The Tri-County Alliance includes chambers from Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. If you are interested in attending, register here.
Continuing a long-held tradition, the Chamber’s Hospitality Committee hosted newly elected officials for a reception with business representatives from the hospitality industry. Last Wednesday, November 10th, the Meet the Elected Officials event was held at Rincon Brewery in Santa Barbara. We celebrated with winners Randy Rowse, Kristen Sneddon, and Eric Friedman, along with councilmembers Mike Jordan and Oscar Gutierrez. Attendees enjoyed food, drink, and conversation as they came together to congratulate election winners and set the state for productive working relationships between business and government in the City of Santa Barbara. A special thank you to Rincon Brewery for hosting us!
As our community continues to make progress addressing the challenges surrounding homelessness, clear communication is becoming increasingly important. Business owners and residents often don’t know who to call regarding their encounters with the homeless population. The Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation (SB ACT) has been working closely with businesses and has recently created the Homeless Response Directory. To view the directory in English, click here and for Spanish, click here.
This document provides a list of different situations you may encounter when interacting with the homeless population, who to contact, how to contact them, as well as response times. While this document should prove helpful in many situations, if you’re not sure who to call, please call 911 to be safe. Currently this resource only applies to the City of Santa Barbara, but in the future similar documents may be developed for other areas of Santa Barbara County. We hope the Homeless Response Directory will help business owners see a quicker and more impactful response when they reach out for assistance regarding issues surrounding homelessness.
This past Monday the Carpinteria Business Committee welcomed guest speakers from BEGA North America and the Alzheimer’s Association. Our first guest speaker was Shawn Webb – VP of Operations at Bega North America, who gave a fascinating presentation on the history of Bega, expansion of the company and BEGA’s commitment to renewable energy in Carpinteria. To view the presentation, click here.
Our second guest speaker was Kathryn Cherkas -Director of Programs at the Alzheimer’s Association. Kathryn gave an overview of the Alzheimer’s Association and provided helpful information and resources for those living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. To learn more, click here.