Virtual Business to Business Networking

The Chamber hosted a Virtual B2B Networking event last Thursday, June 24th with a special sponsor presentation by Chevron.
Thank you to Sara Dearman and Rebecca Trujillo for sharing Chevron’s decommissioning program.
To learn more about the west coast decommissioning program, click here.

UCLA Health will be sponsoring next month’s B2B Networking on July 22nd, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Click here to register.

Santa Barbara State of the County

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria is excited to host its first in-person event since the chamber merger in July of 2020. Join us as we hear from speakers from the County and an economic update on our local community.
The Santa Barbara State of the County will be a live event hosted at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort in the outdoor rotunda on Thursday, August 26, 2021, From 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
Sponsorships are still available, please contact
Michele Schneider – Director of Business Development (805) 967-2500 x105

Carpinteria Business Committee

At the Chamber’s monthly meeting on Monday, Matt LaBrie of Lynx Properties presented a comprehensive overview of the 700 Linden Block proposed development in downtown Carpinteria.
Kirsten Ayars of Ayars & Associates, SBCAG and Caltrans gave a project overview of Highway 101 between Carpinteria and Summerland and the Padaro construction project. Visit for maps, timelines, construction photos, and detailed information.
City Manager Dave Durflinger discussed the 2021/22 Budget which was recently passed by the City Council.
For brief highlights, click here.
For 700 Linden Animation Video, click here.
The Committee meets on the 3rd Monday of each month.
For more information contact

Santa Barbara State of the City Recap

Last Friday, the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria hosted the Santa Barbara State of the City. The program featured presentations from City of Santa Barbara Economic Development Manager, Jason Harris, Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Hilda Maldonado, President & CEO of Visit Santa Barbara, Kathy Janega-Dykes, President & CEO of Cottage Health, Ron Werft, and Partner at Hayes Commercial Group, Francois DeJohn.
To read more, click here.
Thank you to our Presenting and Corporate Sponsors.
The Santa Barbara State of the City is part three of the four part series. It’s not too late to explore this engaging and informative session as a recording, click here.
For the first part of the series featuring Carpinteria, click here.
For the second part of the series featuring Goleta, click here.

Reopening of California’s Statewide Economy

Yesterday Governor Newsom took action to lift pandemic executive orders as the state moves Beyond the Blueprint to fully, safely reopen. This includes terminating the Stay-at-Home Order that was implemented early in the pandemic to protect Californians and retiring the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Effective yesterday, June 15th, restrictions such as physical distancing, capacity limits and the county tier system will end.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber Presents the 2021 Santa Barbara State of the City

Click here to view the Santa Barbara State of the City:

Stephanie Armstrong, Chief Marketing Officer
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 805.967.2500     Ext. 102

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber Presents the 2021 Santa Barbara State of the City

SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria will host a virtual Santa Barbara State of the City for release on Friday, June 18th at 9 AM. The State of the City will broadcast from the State Street Visitor Center.

Santa Barbara is the third of the four-part State of the City series. The Chamber hosted the Carpinteria presentation in March and Goleta in May. The State of the County will be the Chamber’s first in-person event in August.

The program will feature presentations from Jason Harris – Economic Development Manager, City of Santa Barbara; Dr. Hilda Maldonado – Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent; Kathy Janega-Dykes – President & CEO, Visit Santa Barbara; Ron Werft – President & CEO, Cottage Health and Francois DeJohn – Partner, Hayes Commercial Group

In addition to our keynote speakers, we will hear from three of the Santa Barbara Mayoral candidates: James Joyce, Randy Rowse and Deborah Schwartz.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber, from Goleta to Carpinteria is proud to be the leading business-support organization providing timely, relevant, and trustworthy information from our elected officials and City leadership teams.

This presentation is free for all members. Register in advance for the webinar at: After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor – Cox Communications & Montecito Bank & Trust.

Thank you to corporate and event sponsors: Agilent Technologies, Atlantic Aviation, Braille Institute, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Chevron, Community West Bank, Cottage Health, Courtyard Marriott, Deckers Brands, Exxon Mobil, Latitude 34 Technologies, Marborg Industries, Marriott Residence Inn, Noozhawk, Pacific Coast Business Times, Pacific Premier Bank, Plains All American Pipeline, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Sansum Clinic, Santa Barbara Airport, SBCC Foundation, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara Zoo, Signature Flight Support, Southern California Edison, The Towbes Group, UCLA Health, UC Santa Barbara and Village Properties.

Special thanks to Lure Digital for filming and producing our virtual event.


Spring Flat Map Arrives to Visitor Center

The Chamber’s Spring/Summer edition of the Santa Barbara Flat Map, featuring member businesses and an array of visitor related services, has arrived at the Visitor Centers.
You will find a variety of member promotions and specials along the border of the map as well.
To have your business included in the Summer edition please contact Laurie Barene by emailing

Public Policy Update

The Tri-county Chamber Alliance’s paid lobbyist, Fred Main of Clear Advocacy, recently gave an overview to the Public Policy Committee of the Assembly Bills and State Bills that he is monitoring on behalf of the tri-county Chamber members. For an overview and status of all the bills, click here. The Alliance was very active in lobbying the local delegation on AB 71, 650, and 995. The Senate passed SB 314 which allows continued to go alcohol and outdoor dining sales of alcoholic beverages. This year, the CalChamber did a very good job on the JOBKILLERS.

AB 71 (Rivas) – Oppose: Job Killer – inactive file

AB 257 (Gonzalez) – Oppose AB – 257 passed to Senate

AB 650 (Muratsuchi) – Oppose: Job Killer – inactive file

AB 995 (Gonzalez) – Oppose: Job Killer – inactive file

AB 1074 (Gonzalez) – Oppose AB 1074 – passed to Senate

AB 1371 (Friedman) – Oppose AB 1371 –  failed passage

SB 213 (Cortese) – Oppose: Job Killer – inactive file

SB 568 (Pan) – Oppose SB – 568 passed Senate

SB 746 (Skinner) – Oppose SB – inactive file

Meet Chelsea Weininger, Events Coordinator

The Chamber would like to introduce its newest team member Chelsea Weininger, Events Coordinator.Chelsea is a Sacramento native and a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Sociology. She comes from the staffing industry where she worked in operations and recruiting.With her recent background of business relations and a passion for event planning, she is excited to promote and celebrate the businesses of the Santa Barbara region, from Goleta to Carpinteria, at Chamber events. Reach out to Chelsea for all events inquiries at

Labor Shortage Roundtable Recap

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce held a Labor Shortage Roundtable on Monday June 7th with keynote speaker, Josh Williams, from BW Research who presented on a number of findings on unemployment figures and data from the Central Coast. Several industry leaders including Sherry Villanueva – Acme Hospitality, Don Kendrick – Bega North America, Hilda Maldonado – Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent, Angel Sugleris – PlanMember Financial and Trish Miller – Spherion Staffing, shared how they are dealing with the labor shortage, best practices and suggestions. To watch recording, click here.