Chamber To Host Labor Shortage Roundtable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2021

CONTACT:
Stephanie Armstrong, Chief Marketing Officer
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 805.967.2500 Ext. 102
Email: stephanie@sbscchamber.com

Chamber To Host Labor Shortage Roundtable

SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce – from Goleta to Carpinteria is holding a Labor Shortage Roundtable on Monday, June 7th at 11 a.m. via Zoom to discuss experiences and challenges with the recent crisis in employment. The keynote speaker, Josh Williams from BW Research, will present some recent research on unemployment and recruitment data from our region.
We will hear from 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, on how they are dealing with the labor shortage, best practices and suggestions.
After the speakers, Kristen Miller, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, will lead a roundtable discussion with the Zoom participants – answer questions and facilitate dialog.
The Chamber would like to invite all of our local business members to join this important discussion.
To register for the event please click the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqdeqprTsqHNfgliTRsBjwJsc5XREmTGSJ
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Chamber Member Job Portal Live For Job Seekers

As of Monday June 1st the Chamber of Commerce’s Member Job Portal is live for job seekers to see open positions posted by our members. The Chamber has started an online and social media advertising campaign to draw traffic to the Job Search page. To read more, click here.

If you would like to post a job, click here.
If you would like to view the job postings, click here.

Public Policy Committee Update

At the Chamber’s recent meeting, featured speakers Chanelle Hawken, VP Government and Public Affairs & Kristen McLaughlin, Market VP of COX Communications presented an overview of the Fairview Campus project, policy principles, federal funding for broadband, emergency broadband benefit, and the COX commitment to connecting people and community. For more information, click here.

In addition, Mike Wiltshire, Waterfront Director & Chris Bell, Administrative Analyst & PIO of the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront gave an update on the department budget, COVID related impacts, Cruise Ship program – history and economic impacts, safety & security, and environment declaration.
To view the presentation click here.

Chamber Launches Online Member Job Portal in Response to Workforce Shortage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2021
CONTACT:
Stephanie Armstrong, Chief Marketing Officer
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 805.967.2500 Ext. 102
Email: stephanie@sbscchamber.com
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Chamber Launches Online Member Job Portal in Response to Workforce Shortage
Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria has launched on online Chamber Member Job Portal in response to the feedback received during the Roadmap to Recovery roundtable sessions. The Chamber has created this much-needed resource for its members to post open positions which includes available job openings across a variety of industry sectors from a trusted source.
“We heard from so many of our members about their challenges in hiring – across all industries and at all levels of employment,” said Kristen Miller, President and CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce. “In supporting recovery in our communities, we hope this job portal can be a resource for our members.”
Starting Tuesday, June 1st the Chamber will be launching a web and social media campaign to promote job seekers to visit the site and apply for the positions listed. You can find these resources on our website at www.sbscchamber.com under the “Connect” tab. As a member you can post a job at https://business.sbscchamber.com/jobs/create. As a job seeker you can see the open positions to apply at https://business.sbscchamber.com/jobs.
For any questions, please contact Stephanie Armstrong, Chief Marketing Officer by calling (805) 967-2500 ext. 102 or by emailing stephanie@sbscchamber.com.
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Chamber Announces Lucia Alarcon as the 2020 Jr. Carpinterian of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2021
CONTACT:
Joyce Donaldson, Chief Operating Officer & Carpinteria Liaison
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 805.967.2500 Ext. 106
Email: joyce@sbscchamber.com
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Chamber Announces Lucia Alarcon as the 2020 Jr. Carpinterian of the Year
Carpinteria CA – The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria proudly announced Lucia Alarcon from Carpinteria High School as the Jr. Carpinterian of the Year at an intimate gathering near the Carpinteria State Beach on Monday afternoon.The Jr. Carpinterian of the Year Scholarship finalists included Laura Flores – Carpinteria High School, and Luke Williams – Bishop Diego High School. Please see below for detailed information on the finalists.
“The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce began presenting this award to a selected Jr. Carpinterian in 1988 and we are thrilled to continue this long-standing tradition with our newly merged Chamber,” states Joyce Donaldson, COO and Carpinteria Liaison of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce. “The purpose of the award is to honor outstanding seniors for their leadership abilities and special contributions to their school, to Carpinteria and beyond. While academic standing is important, community and school involvement are usually the deciding factor”.
Congressman Salud Carbajal, 1st District Supervisor Das Williams, and Mayor Wade Nomura were among the elected officials on hand to congratulate the honorees with Resolutions and Certificates of Recognition.
Lucia Alarcon, 2020 Jr. Carpinterian of the Year, will receive a $4,000 scholarship and Laura Flores and Luke Williams will each receive $1,500 scholarships.
“The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce is proud to bestow this support to these incredibly deserving students,” said Kristen Miller, President and CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce. “This past year we have seen such hardship due to the Pandemic and this celebration of these students’ accomplishment is a shining light for the bright future ahead.”
The Chamber will also honor the students at the 63rd Carpinteria Community Awards event on Saturday, October 23rd at Pacifica Graduate Institute (pre-pandemic the Awards Gala was held in January each year). The 2021 Community Awards Gala will honor the Carpinterian of The Year, Jr. Carpinterian of the Year, two Jr. Carpinterian Scholarship Finalists, two Teachers of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the Ambassador of the year.
The Jr. Carpinterian of the Year Scholarship application was made available to any graduating senior currently resides in the Carpinteria Valley.
For more information, please contact joyce@sbscchamber.com or call 805.967/2500 Ext. 106.

About the Jr. Carpinterian of the Year Scholarship Finalists (in alpha order):
Lucia Alarcon – 2020 Jr. Carpinterian of the Year
• 4.5 GPA
• 4 Honors Classes
• 6 AP Classes
• 7 Dual Enrollment with SBCC Classes
• Cheerleader – 4 years current Captain
• Soccer Team – 4 years
• Track & Field – Captain
• Celebrating Adversity, Diversity and Education Club – Vice President
• ASB – Senior Class President
• Student Poll Worker – 2 elections
• Girls Inc. Eureka Program participant (begins in middle school)
• Co-founded Diversify Our Narrative Carpinteria Chapter (initiative that seeks to implement diversity into the curriculum)
• Assistant Coach for Junior Warriors Cheer Program
• Extensive Community Service (varied programs)
• Interned for Das Williams County Supervisor
Laura Flores – Finalist
• 4.5 GPA
• 5 Honors Classes
• 5 AP Classes
• 9 SBCC Classes
• Cheerleader – all 4 years
• President’s Award for Academic Excellence
• More than 200 hours of community service
• Girls Inc. Eureka Program participant (began in middle school)
• Vice President of ASB
• President – Celebrating Adversity, Diversity and Education Club
• California Scholarship Federation member all 4 years
• Student Poll Worker – 2 elections
Luke Williams – Finalists
• 4.83 GPA
• 8 SBCC Classes
• 5 Honors Classes
• 8 AP Classes
• Boys Scouts of America – Eagle Scout, multiple additional awards
• Tennis – Team Captain 2 years
• Track
• Soccer – MVP, First Team
• AP Scholar
• Congressional Youth Bronze and Silver Award

• President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award
• National Youth Advisory Junior Board Member for Teen Mental Health – first aid certified (one of the first in the nation)
• Wrote a Boy Scout Merit Badge curriculum to further help support teen mental health – badge is awaiting national adoption
• National Honor Society Member
• California Scholarship Federation Member
• Campus Ministry – Head Ambassador
• More than 1000 hours of community service
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Goleta State of the City Recap

Last Friday, the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria hosted the Goleta State of the City. Guest speakers included: Mayor Paula Perotte; Michelle Greene, City Manager; Mark Linehan, Wynmark Company; Arie Dejong, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Donna Lewis, Goleta Union School District.
Thank you to our Presenting and Corporate Sponsors.
It’s not too late to explore this engaging and informative session as a recording. To view the full webinar recording, click here.

Chamber of Commerce Job Portal

Next week the Chamber of Commerce will start advertising the use of its Job Portal to job seekers on June 1st. As a benefit to our members, your organization can use this resource as a recruitment tool for your company. Click here to post a job.
If you have questions regarding the job portal please email stephanie@sbscchamber.com.

Save the Date – Santa Barbara State of the City

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria will host a virtual Santa Barbara State of the City on Friday, June 18th beginning at 9:00 AM.
The new 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. To register, click here.

Highway 1010: Padaro Project

Construction will officially begin on June 6th for the start of the Highway 101: Padaro project, The Chamber has written numerous letters of support for the project which is the third of five segments under construction as part of the Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project which will add peak-period, carpool lanes, replace creek bridges, and improve safety between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. The project cost is approximately $200 million. $173 million of construction funds for the Highway 101: Padaro project from the Senate Bill 1 (SB1) Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, Regional Gas Tax Program, State Highway Operations and Protection Program (SHOPP), and other state and federal gas taxes. Measure A contributes approximately $27 million to the project. In addition to the Blue Star Memorial Highway, there is a new, separated bikeway that will connect Santa Claus Lane with Carpinteria Avenue. To read more, click here