State of the County Recap

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, From Goleta to Carpinteria held the State of the County on Thursday, September 30th, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, Outdoor Rotunda.
The program featured presentations from Board of Supervisors Chairman, Bob Nelson, Santa Barbara County Executive Officer, Mona Miyasato, Santa Barbara Assistant County Executive Officer, Nancy Anderson, and UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project Director, Dr. Peter Rupert.
Thank you to all of our Sponsors.
To read more about the State of the County see below.
Noozhawk Article, click here.
Pacific Coast Business Times, click here.
KEYT News, click here.

Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce Launches Roadmap to Recovery Phase II  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

October 4, 2021 
CONTACT: 
Kristen Miller, President/CEO 
Marjorie Large, WitMark Group 
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce                          
Phone: 805.967.2500 Ext. 108  
Email: Marjorie@witmarkgroup.com Kristen@SBSCChamber.com   

Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce Launches Roadmap to Recovery Phase II  

Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria, (SBSCC) introduces its Roadmap to Recovery Phase II, to provide thoughtful, researched, consensus-based information for our members and the business community.  

Roadmap to Recovery Phase I launched in February, after months of industry specific focus groups. The plan outlined the Chamber’s COVID Safety 5-Step Method, provided a summary of challenges, and set a course for goals, tactics, and milestones that paved the way for businesses to reopen safely. 

Roadmap to Recovery Phase II emphasizes the best practices that our community has learned over the last 18 months and expands on how businesses are prepared to stay open and operate safely during the ongoing Pandemic. The plan also 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.  

As businesses look ahead to recovery, they are now addressing new challenges such as the labor shortage, supply chain issues, continued childcare challenges and the complex problems related to homelessness. Within this plan, the Chamber provides information and resources that sustain businesses during reopening and support continued recovery for our South Coast communities.      

SBSCC President and CEO Kristen Miller states “We don’t have any control over the virus– but we can provide valuable feedback, milestones, markers and metrics that help guide the decisions we make every day as businesses, residents, and employers. The Chamber continues to chart a course with measurable goals that give us all hope, progress, and a chance at prosperity.”  

In the Chamber’s initial Roadmap to Recovery, there was a strong emphasis on using data to make decisions – and considering a variety of economic indicators in addition to important public health data. In Phase II, the Chamber includes updates on several important metrics including unemployment, commercial real estate, tourism and transient occupancy tax, sales tax, homelessness counts and more.  In addition to the guidance and metrics found within the plan the Chamber will continue to champion vaccinations in our community, as this is the quickest way out of the pandemic. 

“As with our Phase 1 Roadmap, we know this document will evolve,” said Trevor Large, Managing Partner of Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray and the Chamber’s First Vice Chair. “We look forward to continued collaboration with our members and county leaders as we look to the future.” 

For a more detailed view of the plan and specifics related to the dates indicated, visit SBSCchamber.com.   

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State of the County Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, From Goleta to Carpinteria held the State of the County on Thursday, September 30th, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, Outdoor Rotunda. This was the Chamber’s first in-person, outdoor event since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown last year.

The program featured presentations from Board of Supervisors Chairman, Bob Nelson, Santa Barbara County Executive Officer, Mona Miyasato, Santa Barbara Assistant County Executive Officer, Nancy Anderson, and UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project Director, Dr. Peter Rupert.

Throughout the pandemic, the Chambers of Commerce in Santa Barbara County have worked closely together to connect business and government and provide the business community relevant and up to date information. This event was held in partnership with all the Chambers in Santa Barbara County, including Buellton Chamber, Lompoc Chamber, Santa Maria Chamber, Santa Ynez Chamber, and Solvang Chamber.

Thank you to all of our Sponsors.

To read more about the State of the County see below.

Noozhawk Article, click here.
Pacific Coast Business Times, click here.
KEYT News, click here.

Public Policy Committee Update

At last month’s Public Policy Committee meeting on September 22nd, the committee welcomed guest speakers Greg Gorga – Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Holly Lohuis – marine biologist and environmental educator. Holly gave a presentation on the importance to have the Santa Barbara Channel declared an international Whale Heritage Site. This effort brings together the Condor Express, SBMM, Jean Michel Cousteau and the Ocean Society, Sea Landing, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on behalf of the Channel and all its residents. To learn more about the Whale Heritage Sites, click here.

The second guest speaker was Oswaldo Martinez with Central Coast Community Energy. Central Coast Community Energy is now the primary electricity provider for the City of Carpinteria, Goleta and Unincorporated Southern Santa Barbara County (SCE Service Territory). CCCE is one of 24 Community Choice Energy agencies currently serving more than 10 million customers across California. These agencies have quickly become the primary way Californians support clean energy at competitive rates. Oswaldo gave a presentation on clean and renewable energy. To learn more, click here.

Virtual B2B Networking

The Chamber hosted a Virtual B2B Networking event last Thursday, September 23rd with special sponsor presentation by COX. Thank you to COX for the valuable information and updates. To learn more about Cox services, click here.

Braille Institute will be sponsoring next month’s B2B Networking
on October 28th, 9:00 AM. – 10:30 AM. click here to register.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber Presents the State of the County Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2021

CONTACT:
Kristen Miller, President/CEO
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 805.967.2500  Ext. 108
Email: Kristen@sbscchamber.com    
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The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber Presents the State of the County Address
In partnership with the Chambers of Commerce in Santa Barbara County
The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, From Goleta to Carpinteria will host the first ever in-person State of the County Address on Thursday, September 30th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, Outdoor Rotunda.

The State of the County concludes the Chamber’s 4-part State of the City/County series which featured the virtual Carpinteria State of the City in March, virtual Goleta State of the City in May, and virtual Santa Barbara State of the City in June. This newly established event will be the second-ever Santa Barbara State of the County and will be the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber’s first in-person, outdoor, event since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown last year.

Throughout the pandemic, the Chambers of Commerce in Santa Barbara County have worked closely together to connect business and government and provide the business community relevant and up to date information. The event will be put on with all the Chambers in Santa Barbara County, including Buellton Chamber, Lompoc Chamber, Santa Maria Chamber, Santa Ynez Chamber, and Solvang Chamber.

Guest speakers include Board of Supervisors Chairman, Bob Nelson, Santa Barbara County Executive Officer, Mona Miyasato, Santa Barbara Assistant County Executive Officer, Nancy Anderson, and UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project Director, Dr. Peter Rupert.

As businesses continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the information presented is crucial to inform our business and community members about their community and government, and to provide a comprehensive update on the ever-changing business landscape.

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

Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsors – Fauver, Large, Archbald & Spray LLP, LinkedIn, and Noozhawk.

Corporate Sponsors include: Agilent Technologies, American Riviera Bank, Atlantic Aviation, Brown and Brown Insurance, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Carp Growers, Chevron, Community West Bank, Cottage Health, Courtyard by Marriott, Cox Communications, CSU Channel Islands Foundation, Deckers Brands, ExxonMobil, Latitude 34 Technologies, Marborg Industries, Mechanics Bank, Montecito Bank & Trust, Pacific Coast Business Times, Pacific Premier Bank, Residence Inn by Marriott, Santa Barbara Airport, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara Zoo, Signature Flight Support, Southern California Edison, Southwest Airlines, Teledyne FLIR, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara, The Towbes Group, UCLA Health, UC Santa Barbara, Verizon, Village Properties and WorkZones Santa Barbara.

Supporting Sponsors include: E.J. Harrison & Sons, Inc., Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., and Southern California Gas

Limited tickets for the event are still available. For more information on the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce or to purchase tickets, visit our website at www.SBSCchamber.com.

 

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Candidate Endorsements

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria announces candidate endorsements for the upcoming Santa Barbara Mayoral and City Council elections in November 2021. Endorsements have been made predicated on criteria including the candidates request for endorsement by the Chamber and their stance on issuing support for the business community on pro-business policies and potential impacts to the future. The Chamber endorses the following candidates:
Mayor: Randy Rowse
District 4: Barrett Reed
District 5: Eric Friedman
District 6: No Endorsement – Of the four registered candidates the Chamber received the questionnaires from two of those candidates. The committee has identified that incumbent Meagan Harmon and Nina Johnson both represent business well in their responses to the questionnaire. For press release, click here.

Ribbon Cutting at De La Vina Inn

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate De La Vina Inn on Wednesday, October 13th from 3:00PM – 5:00PM located at 1323 De la Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Complimentary beverages and light appetizers will be provided.
Join for the celebration and a chance to win great raffle prizes!

De La Vina Inn is comprised of eight private suites and several inviting communal areas, this three-story Inn built-in 1895 is an exclusive location for private groups stays and offer individual room bookings during the weekdays. Book your stay, click here.

Chamber Announces Candidate Endorsements for November 2021 Santa Barbara Mayoral and City Council Races

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 17, 2021

Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber Announces Candidate Endorsements for November 2021 Santa Barbara Mayoral and City Council Races

SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria announces candidate endorsements for the upcoming Santa Barbara Mayoral and City Council elections in November 2021. Endorsements have been made predicated on criteria including the candidates request for endorsement by the Chamber and their stance on issuing support for the business community on pro-business policies and potential impacts to the future of business in Santa Barbara. The Chamber endorses the following candidates:
Mayor: Randy Rowse
District 4: Barrett Reed
District 5: Eric Friedman
District 6: No Endorsement – Of the four registered candidates the Chamber received the questionnaires from two of those candidates. The committee has identified that incumbent Meagan Harmon and Nina Johnson both represent business well in their responses to the questionnaire. The committee will revisit potential endorsements in this race upon further evaluation in upcoming candidate forums.
The Chamber will publish a complete voters guide with more information on each candidate in early October. Part of the Chamber’s mission is to represent business to government. The Chamber’s role is to identify candidates who are most aligned with our pro-business platform, as it relates to the business climate and quality of life in our communities.
For more information on the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce visit our website at www.sbscchamber.com.
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Ruairi Bateson Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

This month the Chamber celebrates Ruairi’s one year anniversary as the Visitor Centers Manager! With this milestone, it is with the greatest pleasure to announce that Ruairi will also be the Carpinteria Liaison. Ruairi is a 16 year resident of Carpinteria, raising his family in this tight-knit coastal community. Originally from Ireland, he brings his love of travel to assist tourists visiting our community to enjoy all that the South Coast has to offer. In this role he will continue to manage our two visitor centers, while also having an increased presence in Carpinteria to assist our Carpinteria member businesses. We will be announcing a special meet & greet event in October with more information to follow. For any questions, please contact Ruairi at Ruairi@sbscchamber.com