Hospitality Committee Update

Last week’s Hospitality Committee held an in-depth discussion on the busy summer season. As a result, our State Street Visitor Center welcomed 6,664 visitors and 1,519 visitors at our Garden Street Visitor Center in August. The committee continued discussion on the impacts the industry is facing due to homelessness and remain engaged in the weekly RAP meetings. It was reported that the Cruise Ship program will remain on hold until the Spring of 2022. As we look toward the fall, the industry is beginning to see a decrease in tourist numbers but remain hopeful for a consistent flow of visitors to the area.

Carpinteria Community Awards Gala

The Chamber of Commerce and the Carpinteria Community Awards Committee was excited to hold the Carpinteria Awards Gala this October, but due to changing conditions surrounding the Delta variant, we are sad to announce the postponement of the 2021 Carpinteria Community Awards Gala to 2022.
For press release, click here.

Mergerversary Month

To wrap up our highlights we will put our focus on our Hospitality Committee, as well as the work that we have been doing to help with tourism recovery in our community. Our Visitor Centers continue to act as a safe and smart travel hub for tourists and locals alike as well as a resource to our businesses. If you want more information about what is happening in our community regarding things to do and a tourism update please email to be added to our email list.

To read about our Hospitality Committee, click here.
To read about our Mergerversary newsletter, click here.

Chamber Postpones 2021 Carpinteria Community Awards Gala

Monday, August 30, 2021

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

Chamber Postpones 2021 Carpinteria Community Awards Gala

CARPINTERIA, CA – The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria, must announce the postponement of the 2021 Carpinteria Community Awards Gala. The Chamber of Commerce and the Carpinteria Community Awards Committee were excited to hold the popular event this October, but due to changing conditions surrounding the Delta variant, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule the event to 2022.

The Chamber is eager to continue the important tradition of celebrating the Carpinterian of the Year, Jr. Carpinterian of the Year, Educators of the Year, local non-profits, and volunteers. During this difficult time, our communities continue to be resilient, and our focus is to celebrate when the time is right. An official announcement will be sent with a new date as soon as we are able to reschedule the event.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber, from Goleta to Carpinteria, continues to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic and we are working diligently to determine when in-person events can come back safely. Our first in-person outdoor event is the State of the County, scheduled for September 30th at the Hilton Beachfront Outdoor Rotunda.

The Chamber is enthusiastic about bringing back networking mixers and in-person breakfasts along with our signature business and community events as soon as possible.

For questions about upcoming virtual events and future event plans, please contact Chelsea Weininger, Events Coordinator, at


Chamber Thanks Joyce Donaldson for Her Six Years of Leadership in the Carpinteria Community

The Chamber would like to recognize and thank Joyce Donaldson for her six years of leadership in the Carpinteria community as she has made the difficult decision to move on from the Chamber this month.

The Chamber is very grateful for Joyce’s visionary leadership that led our organization to the merger and that she worked to get us to the one year anniversary, coining our endearing term – Mergerversary! Joyce is now ready to seek other professional endeavors and we wish her the very best.

For questions regarding Carpinteria events contact Chelsea, for Communications and Social Media please contact Cheyanne, for Member News in the Newsletter reach out Berlin, for current member benefits contact Laurie, for new member benefits contact Michele and for Visitor Center resources contact Ruairi.

Mergerversary Month

As we celebrate the chamber’s mergerversary month, we would like to highlight Public Policy & Political Action.
The Chamber is the leading organization to advocate for change on behalf of businesses across a myriad of topics tackling issues on housing, addressing the homelessness impacts to business, natural gas bans, the future of State St., and the reopening of the economy to name a few. We focus on the policies so you can focus on your business.
To read this Monday’s Mergerversary newsletter, click here.
To learn more about or Mergerversary, click here.

August Virtual B2B Networking

Our Virtual B2B Networking will be held on Thursday, August 26th, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Thank you to our wonderful sponsor SouthwestWe look forward to hearing from them!

This month’s theme with be: Viva la Fiesta
All participants will get a chance to participate in some fast-paced networking – zoom style! Space is limited. Register in advance.
For questions, please email

Addressing Homelessness in Goleta

Join the conversation on addressing homelessness and its impact on the Goleta community. The City of Goleta, the County, City Net and SB Act partner to continue efforts on solving the homeless crisis in Goleta. SB Act will be meeting every Monday with the City and local partners to get guidance on the priorities from the city and community. Additionally, every 4th Monday their meeting will be dedicated to build a relationship with the community by engaging with the business community and local residents. This meeting every 4th Monday will be open to address concerns from the community and learn about impacts of homelessness in Goleta. We invite you to join this meeting next Monday, August 23rd from 9:00 am – 10:00 am via zoom:

Mergerversary Monday

Happy Mergerversary Monday! Today we celebrate the State of the City and State of the County! The State of the City has been a long standing tradition of our Chamber, demonstrating the public and private partnership between the Chamber and the Cities. Last year was our first ever virtual State of the County event and we look forward to seeing you on September 30th in-person!

Representing Business to Government – State of the City and State of the County

From Goleta to Carpinteria, we’ve got you covered! We held our three-part State of the City Series featuring Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara in 2020 and 2021. We also covered the collective accomplishments and updates when, in 2020, we hosted our first virtual State of the County. On September 30, 2021 we are excited to host the first in-person State of the County where we will share a holistic view of timely, relevant, and trustworthy information from our elected officials and City leadership teams.

Tourism & Visitor Center Update

In July, the State Street and Garden St. Visitor Centers welcomed 10,417 visitors, with the 4th of July weekend being the busiest as was anticipated. The Visitor Centers continue to serve as a Safe and Smart Hub for resources and information to enjoy our community safely for tourists, businesses and residents alike.
For information about the visitor center or to be added to the weekly update on what’s happening across our communities please email