Welcome Dustin Hoiseth – Public Policy Manager

The Chamber would like to introduce its newest team member Dustin Hoiseth, Public Policy Manager.  Dustin was born and raised in Santa Barbara County where his interest in energy and water policy drove him to begin studying at Santa Barbara City College. Soon after he transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies. Dustin is excited to work with the Chamber in serving his local communities. As the Public Policy Manager, Dustin will be analyzing public policies impacting our region that are critical to our business community, as well as prioritizing policy interests against our business objectives in conjunction with the support of our Public Policy Committee and the President/CEO.

Santa Barbara County Launches Clean Energy Programs

Two clean energy programs launched on Santa Barbara County’s South Coast this month with the goal of moving toward clean and renewable energy sources for electricity. Noozhawk answers commonly asked questions About Santa Barbara County’s Switch to Clean Energy Services. To learn more, click here.

2022 Membership Renewal Campaign

As we approach the end of the year, the Chamber is gearing up for our annual membership renewals. You can expect to receive a membership renewal packet in the coming days. We have included several documents that outline all our initiatives to enhance your membership and support our business community.

If you have any questions about your membership investment please contact Michele Schneider, Director of Business Development by emailing michele@sbscchamber.com or calling (805) 967-2500 x105.

Goleta’s Finest Nominations Now Open

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce will be honoring Goleta’s Finest with the return of the annual community awards gala on December 4th, at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Goleta. If you know someone within the community deserving special recognition for their activities, then here’s your chance to nominate them for these prestigious awards.

To nominate someone, simply click on the link to the appropriate category below and fill out the nomination form. Remember, you may nominate more than one person, but please only one per category. To ensure that your recommendations are considered, please submit a completed nomination form by 9 AM on November 1st.

Man of the Year Nomination
Woman of the Year Nomination
Educator of the Year Nomination
Student of the Year Nomination
Volunteer of the Year Nomination
Non-Profit of the Year Nomination
Innovator of the Year Nomination

Business Awards that are typically given at Goleta’s Finest will be awarded at our Annual Meeting and Business Awards that will be held at the beginning of 2022. If you would like to submit a nomination in advance, please email Chelsea@sbscchamber.com.

Santa Barbara County Declares Local Emergency

At the Board meeting of October 12, 2021, the County of Santa Barbara proclaimed a local emergency due to the Alisal Fire which has impacted Santa Barbara County with evacuation orders, closure of the 101 Freeway, and poor air quality. The proclamation was executed by the Santa Barbara County Executive Officer. To read press release, click here.
An evacuation shelter is currently located at Dos Pueblos High School, located at 7266 Alameda Avenue in Goleta. Animal Services can be reached at (805) 681-4332 for animal evacuation assistance.
For Santa Barbara County Ready Alisal Fire Incident Information and updates, click here.
Direct Relief Responds to Alisal Fire as air quality deteriorates
The organization is providing N95 masks and mobilizing respiratory medications, back-up power units for deployment in its hometown. Direct Relief staff delivered N95 masks and eye drops to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department staging at incident command, as well as the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and Santa Barbara County Animal Services, which had requested supplies for ranchers returning to care for animals. To read more about Direct Relief, click here.

Central Coast Flips The Switch

A ceremonial Flipping of the Switch was held virtually on Thursday, October 7th that signaled the start of the Central Coast Community Energy service for communities in Carpinteria, unincorporated Santa Barbara County, and Goleta.
Speaker Line up consisted of Das Williams – Santa Barbara County Supervisor & CCCE Policy Board Vice Chair, Kyle Richards – City of Goleta Councilmember & CCCE Policy Board Member, Katie Davis – CCCE Community Advisory Council member and Sierra Club Chair of the Los Padres Chapter, Wade Nomura – City of Carpinteria Mayor, alternate CCCE Board Member and our very own Kristen Miller – President & CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Celebrates Ribbon Cutting at De La Vina Inn

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate De La Vina Inn yesterday afternoon.
Guests enjoyed a tour of the property, appetizers and prizes.
De La Vina Inn is comprised of eight private suites and several communal areas, this three-story Inn built in 1895 is an exclusive location for private group stays and offers individual room bookings during the weekdays. To book your stay, click here.

Chamber unveils Roadmap to Recovery Phase II

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria, unveiled the Roadmap to Recovery Phase II for the business community on Monday, October 4th. Roadmap to Recovery Phase II addresses long-term recovery strategies, different emerging issues and additional challenges businesses are facing since Santa Barbara County and the State of California reopened the economy on June 15th. The Chamber is focused on providing information and resources for business reopening and recovery in our South Coast communities.
To view the Roadmap to Recovery Phase II Plan, click here.
To view the Roadmap to Recovery Phase II page, click here.

Voters Guide 2021

Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce is proud to present our 2021 Voters Guide. Part of the Chamber’s charter and mission is to connect business with the government in meaningful ways. Our annual Voters Guide is not meant to tell you who or what to vote for. That is up to you. Our job is to identify the candidates and measures that are most aligned with our pro-business mission, as it relates to the quality of life in our communities. This year, we are providing endorsements for candidates in the City of Santa Barbara.
To view the Voters Guide, click here.
To register for the Mayoral Virtual Forum, click here.
To register for the City Council Virtual Forum, click here.

Sve the Date for Goleta’s Finest

SAVE THE DATE for Goleta’s Finest Community Awards Gala. This extravagant event will be held on December 4th at 5 PM at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Goleta.
The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce will be honoring individuals and non-profits who have had a positive impact on Goleta and who have gone above and beyond to give back to the community.
The evening will feature food stations, beer and wine and the award ceremony. Nominations for the awards will be open soon.
Sponsorships are still available, contact Michele@SBSCChamber.com