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 Chelsea@sbscchamber.com.

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: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87413377706

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 Ruairi@SBSCChamber.com.

State of the County – Date Postponed to September 30

Due to the changes in regulations, the State of the County will be postponed to Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
The program will feature guest speakers: Bob Nelson; Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Mona Miyasato; County CEO, Nancy Anderson; County Assistant CEO, and Peter Rupert; Professor of Economics at UC Santa Barbara and Director of the Economic Forecast Project.
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors:
Corporate Sponsors:

Mergerversary Month – Virtual B2B Networking

We miss networking! Between the three pre-merge Chambers, nearly 250 of you networked each month at B2B, Coffee and Connections, and Carpinteria mixers. COVID could not stop our members! In August 2020 we launched our Virtual B2B networking event for members to promote their businesses and connect with each other… and you liked it! Zoom networking became a fun and funny way to stay connected, stay positive, and share business information during the Pandemic. In total, we had 11 virtual B2Bs and 715 attendees!

Chamber Team Tours Santa Barbara

Last month the Chamber team spent a day in Santa Barbara experiencing activities that residents and tourists enjoy on a daily basis. From the classic Santa Barbara Trolley Tour, to the Salt Caves on State St., to the whimsical Ganna Walska Lotusland in Montecito, the day was filled with information about our community highlighting Santa Barbara’s rich history and natural beauty. The tour helped the team to better familiarize with these experiences and to speak to these wonderful Santa Barbara offerings.

Mergerversary Monday

It’s Mergerversary Monday! If you have yet to come to our virtual B2B networking event you have been missing out on connecting with other member businesses! This virtual networking platform has created a wonderful opportunity to update the community on your business, services and build camaraderie during the pandemic.

Virtual B2B Networking
We miss networking! Between the three pre-merge Chambers, nearly 250 of you networked each month at B2B, Coffee and Connections, and Carpinteria mixers. COVID could not stop our members! In August 2020 we launched our Virtual B2B networking event for members to promote their businesses and connect with each other… and you liked it! Zoom networking became a fun and funny way to stay connected, stay positive, and share business information during the Pandemic. In total, we had 11 virtual B2Bs and 715 attendees!

Santa Barbara South Coast Leisure & Hospitality Industry Update

Our partners from Visit Santa Barbara published an update on strong hotel performance for the week ending on July 31st.

  • Hotel occupancy remained consistent with previous weeks at 84%, compared to 86% in 2019 and a historic high of 93% in 2016. Occupancy on the South Coast continues to outperform all other competing destinations VSB monitors.

To read more on the Visit Santa Barbara update, click here.

Through the Chamber’s two visitor centers we continue to serve as a hub for safe and smart travel for tourists, local residents and businesses. Come visit us at 120 State St. Ste. F or 1 Garden St. or call (805) 967-2500 x101 for visitor information.

Advertise in the Chamber’s Premier Publications

The Chamber houses two premier publications, the Goleta Magazine and the first annual Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce Magazine. Be sure to highlight your business in these regional publications! The final deadline to get in the first annual Santa Barbara South Coast Magazine is just weeks away and the new Goleta magazine will launch this fall.

Contact Michele Schneider at Michele@sbscchamber.com to advertise your business today!