Santa Barbara South Coast and Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce Urge Hispanic Business Owners to Apply for PPP

April 20, 2021


Kristen Miller, President/CEO
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 805.967.2500  Ext. 108




The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce recognize the importance that Hispanic and minority-owned businesses have in the community. As they have shared COVID-19 information and resources with community business owners, they have identified a gap. While many Hispanic-owned businesses have already taken steps to apply for financial assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), there are still a number of smaller, local businesses that have not yet done so. While there is still time to apply, funding is quickly being distributed and may run out prior to the May 21 deadline.

In 2012, the US Census Bureau surveyed Santa Barbara County business owners and self-employed persons and determined that 10,340 were considered minority owned, accounting for 26% of all those surveyed.

The PPP loan can help small businesses who have struggled in the pandemic by keeping their workers on payroll. Additionally, businesses that borrow may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. This funding is only available until May 21, 2021. With the deadline approaching quickly, it is absolutely essential for business owners to apply so that they may benefit from this opportunity.

The Chambers advocate for the entire business community and have made resources available, in both English and Spanish, to ensure access to financial security amid COVID-19.  Visit or for specific resources that support the Hispanic business community and allow this important segment of our economy to move forward.

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La Cámara de Comercio de la Costa Sur de Santa Bárbara y la Cámara de Comercio de Santa María reconocen la importancia que tienen en la comunidad las empresas hispanas y de otras minorías. Como han compartido información y recursos de COVID-19 con propietarios de negocios, han identificado que aun hay negocios de las minorías que no han solicitado un Prestamo de Protección de cheques de Pago (PPP). Urge que los pequeños negocios apliquen para la ayuda.  Todavía hay tiempo para presentar una solicitud, los fondos se distribuyen rápidamente y pueden agotarse antes de la fecha límite del 21 de Mayo.

En el 2012, la Oficina del Censo de EE. UU. Encuestó a propietarios de negocios y trabajadores independientes del condado de Santa Bárbara y determinó que 10,340 negocios se consideraban propiedad de minorías, lo que representa el 26% de todos los encuestados.

El préstamo PPP puede ayudar a las pequeñas empresas que han luchado en esta pandemia para mantener a sus trabajadores en nómina y las empresas que soliciten préstamos pueden ser elegibles para la condonación de préstamos PPP. Este financiamiento solo está disponible hasta el 21 de Mayo de 2021. Dado que la fecha límite se acerca rápidamente, es absolutamente esencial que los propietarios de negocios apliquen para poder beneficiarse de esta oportunidad.

Las Cámaras abogan por toda la comunidad de negocios y han puesto a disposición recursos para garantizar el acceso a la seguridad financiera en este tiempo de pandemia.

Visite o para obtener recursos que apoyen a la comunidad empresarial hispana y que permita que nuestra economía avance.

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Meet the Chamber’s Executive Board Member

Trevor D. Large
Managing Partner
Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray LLP

Trevor Large is Managing Partner of Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray LLP, a business law firm serving clients throughout California.  At FLAS, he heads the Employment Law team and specializes in corporate business matters ranging from formative counseling to strategic exit planning.

Large serves as the current First Vice Chair of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce (SBSCCC). Before the merger, he served on the Goleta Chamber Board of Directors, also serving as the First Vice Chair. Other board roles have included: Board President of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Board President of Hospitality Santa Barbara, Board Member of the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.

With the SBSCCC, he is an active member of both the Public Policy and Executive committees. Being a part of the Public Policy committee allows him to support efforts to build business friendly policies working with community leaders and local government officials. As part of the Executive Committee, he works closely with the leadership team to provide organizational direction and long term strategic planning.

“The merged chambers have created a great opportunity to support our members by making impactful policy decisions. We are diligent in our efforts to create a balance of how best to live, work, and play in Santa Barbara County.  As part of this team, my goal is to always find a strategic and effective path that advocates for the business community.”

Large is a Santa Barbara native and a proud UCLA Bruin. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in History and earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University where he was also on the Law Review.  In his free time, Large coaches his daughter’s Goleta Valley Girls Softball Association team, plays tennis weekly, and watches as much Dodger baseball (despite his wife being a San Francisco Giants fan) and UCLA athletics as possible.

Meet the Chamber’s Executive Board Member

Bibi Moezzi is a leader of Pacific Premier Bank within the Santa Barbara market as Senior Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking. Recently, she has taken on additional responsibility in overseeing the commercial banking teams at Pacific Premier’s branches in Santa Maria and Ventura.

As Director of Commercial Banking, she leads a team in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to provide custom banking solutions and strengthen existing relationships. She has built a 20-year banking career in the Santa Barbara area.

Ms. Moezzi, was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, she moved to the United States to continue her education. Her introduction to the banking industry started when she had a temporary job at a bank as a loan processor.

Actively involved in the Santa Barbara community, Moezzi is a board member of the newly merged SB South Coast Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Executive Committee. She also serves on the board of the nonprofit AHA!, and serves on committees for other nonprofits, such as United Boys and Girls Club.  Additionally, Moezzi served on the board and executive committee of the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Old Spanish Days Fiesta, and Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara.

Moezzi received the “Extra Step Award” from Congresswoman Lois Capps and the Santa Barbara Police Department, as well as the Pacific Coast Business Times’ 40 Under 40 Award and Top 50 Women in Business.

Bibi, her husband Bill Pesso and her 7 year old son, Sam, live in Santa Barbara. Bibi and Bill are celebrating their 10th year wedding anniversary this April.

Meet the Chamber’s Executive Board Member

Curtis Lopez was with Mission Linen Supply serving as their Director of Purchasing. Curtis retired in 2019 after spending twenty-nine years with Mission Linen. Curtis is the immediate past co-chairman of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and was a lead architect of the 2020 merger of the Carpinteria Valley, Goleta, and Santa Barbara chambers of commerce.

A member of the chamber’s Executive Committee, Curtis served as co-chairman of the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce prior to the merger and served three terms on Carpinteria’s board.

A native of Carpinteria, Curtis’ family settled in the Carpinteria Valley in 1860 making him a 6th generation Carpinterian. Aside from numerous trade organizations, Curtis has also served on the Carpinteria Education Foundation, The Carpinteria Lions Community Building Association, Site Committee for the Carpinteria Unified School District, Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club, and The Carpinteria Lions Club.

Curtis was the recipient of the “Carpinterian of the Year” award for 2018.

Curtis and his wife Diane live in Carpinteria and have two adult sons.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber Presents the Carpinteria State of the City on Friday


March 16, 2021


Kristen Miller, President/CEO

Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 805.967.2500  Ext. 108



The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber Presents the Carpinteria State of the City on Friday

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria will host a virtual Carpinteria State of the City on Friday, March 19th from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM which was filmed live from the LinkedIn Campus in Carpinteria.

Guest speakers include the City Mayor Wade Nomura and City Manager Dave Durflinger, Superintendent, Carpinteria Unified School District, Diana Rigby, and Peter Rupert, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at UC Santa Barbara and the Director of the Economic Forecast Project.

The City Mayor and City Manager will discuss business recovery and economic support, legislative activities, investment in capital projects, new development, and city financials. Diana Rigby will give an overview of the Carpinteria Unified School District, transition of operations amidst the pandemic, financial aid relief, and Measure U building projects. Dr. Peter Rupert will present a synopsis of unemployment, cannabis, leisure and hospitality, and retail and housing markets in Santa Barbara County.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber is dedicated to the economic health and vitality of communities from Goleta to Carpinteria. With the ongoing pandemic, the information to be presented is more crucial than ever to inform our business and community members on critical information about their community and government and to provide a comprehensive update on the ever-changing business landscape.

Register at Carpinteria State of the City | Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber

Thank you to our Title Sponsor – COX Communications

Many thanks to our Corporate sponsors: Agilent Technologies, Carp Growers, Chevron, Community West Bank, Courtyard Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta, Exxon Mobil, LinkedIn, Lure Films, Noozhawk, Pacific Coast Times, Procore, Residence Inn Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta, Santa Barbara City College Foundation, Signature Flight Support, The Towbes Group, and UCLA Health.

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors: Atlantic Aviation, Bega N.A., Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, City of Carpinteria, E.J. Harrison and Sons, Latitude 34 Technologies, Marborg Industries, Meister & Nunes, PC, Montecito Bank & Trust, Pacific Premier Bank, Santa Barbara Airport, Santa Barbara Independent, Suzanne Elledge Planning and Permitting Services, Inc., and Village Properties.

Carpinteria is the first of the 4-part State of the City series. We intend to feature Santa Barbara in April, Goleta in May, and the State of the County in June.

Meet the Chamber’s Executive Board Member

Bill Macfadyen is the founder and publisher of Noozhawk, Santa Barbara County’s leading source of local news and information.

With a staff of 10 professional journalists and five sales and marketing representatives, the 24/7 website boasts a daily audience of 23,000 readers and more than 1.7 million stories read each month.

Bill is the immediate past co-chairman of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and was a lead architect of the 2020 merger of the Carpinteria Valley, Goleta, and Santa Barbara chambers of commerce.

“A healthy small business environment is the surest sign of a healthy community, and we believe a unified chamber can be the most effective advocate for both — throughout the South Coast,” he says.

A member of the chamber’s Executive Committee, Bill serves as board liaison for the organization’s new Economic Development Committee, whose primary mission is the revitalization of State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

He previously served two terms on the board of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce and was board chairman in 2009 and 2019-2020.

Bill is also a board member of the Santa Barbara Club, Santa Barbara Partners in Education, the Westmont College Foundation and the Montecito Association, and is a member of the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse’s Fighting Back Steering Committee.

He has served as senior warden at All Saints By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, where he completed two separate terms on the Vestry and is a past board member of All Saints Parish School.

In 2008, Bill was named Entrepreneur of the Year by both the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Barbara Technology & Industry Association. In 2012, he received the National Journalism Education Association’s Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award in recognition of Noozhawk’s work with The Charger Account, the student news website at Dos Pueblos High School.

Bill and his wife, Missy, live in Montecito with their latest Alaskan malamute, Sadie, and they have three adult children.

Legislative Update Press Release


March 8, 2021

Kristen Miller
President and CEO
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 805.967.2500  ext. 108

Santa Barbara, CA  –  The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, From Goleta to Carpinteria will host their first Legislative Update on Friday, March 12, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Featured speakers will include Congressman Salud Carbajal, Senator Monique Limón, Assemblymember Steve Bennett and First District County Supervisor Das Williams.

Congressman Carbajal will discuss the federal response to COVID-19, outline legislative priorities for the 117th Congress, and provide an update on the American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 relief package meant to bolster our economy through the pandemic and beyond.

Senator Limón will provide a legislative update including the proposed state budget, priorities for this term, and will touch on COVID-19 response.

Assemblymember Steve Bennett will speak about Legislative priorities, bill package highlights, and the State’s response to COVID-19.

Supervisor Das Williams will present an update on all COVID related matters, including vaccine issues and Central Coast Community Energy (3CE).

The Legislative Update is an information-packed program, designed to brief the business community on the latest business trends, legislative updates, economic development, and relevant issues that affect the South Coast.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Cox, Chevron, Cottage Health, and Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Meet the Chamber’s Executive Board Member

Joseph Cambray, Ph.D., has been President & CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute since 2017, prior to that from 2015 he was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Institute.  He is on the Board of Governors of the Society of Jungian Analysts of Northern California and is the past-president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.  For many years he was on the faculty of Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Harvard Medical School in Boston before moving to the Santa Barbara area.  He is a published author of several books and an international lecturer.  Since 2000 he has been involved in psychological instruction and training in China where he has helped set up six sites and regularly visit China on an annual basis.  He has also brought groups of Chinese scholars to the Santa Barbara area for intense periods of study over the past 4 years.

Dr. Cambray is a member of the Executive Committee of the SB South Coast Chamber of Commerce and had previously been on the Executive Committee of the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce.  He was a part of the merger team which formed the SB South Coast Chamber of Commerce.  Pacifica Graduate Institute under his leadership has hosted legislative breakfasts in past years and hopes to do this again once the county is reopened for gatherings.  He has been the Education Industry Champion for the Chamber’s Roadmap to Recovery program.

Although born in San Diego, Joseph has lived in various locals nationally and internationally.  He received his doctorate from UC Berkeley and did post-doctoral research at Stanford, returning to CA as opportunities have arisen.  He has family in the Bay Area, and lives with his wife in Carpinteria, a town they have fallen in love with, walking the beaches most days.  He enjoys scuba-diving and travel, having led trips on the Silk Road in China and will be leading one next year to Switzerland.

Roadmap to Recovery Focus Group Registration – Phase 2

As the Chamber’s Roadmap to Recovery continues to evolve, we are reconvening our focus groups to gather additional information to add to our Recovery Plan that supports safe and continuous operations. Four months after our initial focus group meetings which included 165+ members in 11 different industry sectors, we invite you to join us in our next phase of chamber input. Simply complete the google doc  here and we will notify you of the upcoming meetings on March 30th & 31st.

The SBCC Chamber continues to work closely with government leaders, public health officials, residents, parents, and the business community to respond to, and understand, COVID-19 guidelines. In the course of almost a year, the request from the business community has been to have a clear and actionable plan that supports continuous and safe business operations. The Roadmap to Recovery is the culmination of months of industry specific focus groups and results in a plan of action for our members and the business community that allows businesses to operate with the utmost safety.

For more information, please contact Joyce Donaldson at

Junior Carpinterian Scholarship Applications

The Chamber’s Jr. Carpinterian Scholarship application form is now available here. The merged Chamber continues the long standing tradition to honor outstanding local high school seniors for their leadership abilities and contributions to the community. The Jr. Carpinterian Scholarships are available to any graduating senior who is a resident of the Carpinteria Valley.

The Jr. Carpinterian Scholarships are planned to be awarded in the Spring 2021. The Chamber will once again offer three Scholarships to well deserving graduating seniors. The Jr. Carpinterian of the Year (Jr. COY) will receive a $4,000 Scholarship and two finalists will each receive a $1,500 Scholarship. Two Teachers of the Year will also be awarded Scholarship funds for supplies and to enhance their classrooms.

For more information or to contribute to the Junior Carpinterian Scholarship Fund, please contact or call 805.967/2500 Ext. 206.

2021 Junior Carpinterian of the Year Application