Santa Barbara South Coast Hospitality Career Fair

The Santa Barbara South Coast Hospitality Committee has partnered with Visit Santa Barbara to host a career fair and meet prospective job seekers on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 11 AM – 3 PM at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

This event is an opportunity for you to introduce your business to the local community in a relaxed setting and meet applicants who could be a perfect fit for your growing team.

This event is limited to Santa Barbara South Coast hospitality organizations within Santa Barbara, Goleta, Summerland, and Montecito. For more information or to register, click here.

The Chamber Celebrates “We Love Our members”

The Chamber will celebrate “We Love Our Members” and shower our members with fabulous prizes. Be sure to renew your membership by April 8th to be entered to win.

Prizes will be given at the April 28th B2B Networking Event.

You need not be present to win. Click here to register for the April B2B that will be held at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

If you have questions regarding your renewal invoice or would like to make a payment, please contact Laurie Barene at Laurie@sbscchamber.com or call (805) 967-2500 x104

Carpinteria Community Awards Recap

The Chamber celebrated inspiring community members this past Saturday at the 63rd Annual Carpinteria Community Awards Gala.
This year’s honorees included Merit Awards, Educators of the Year Ryan Ethington, Carolyn Haines, and Kate Guede. Mr. Ethington was recognized as the 2020 Secondary School Educator. Vences from Carpinteria High School as the Jr. Carpinterian of the Year. Eduardo Vences will be awarded a $4000 scholarship. The Jr. Carpinterian of the Year Scholarship finalists included Kate Cooney – CHS, and Sierra Mayoral – CHS, who will each receive $1,500 scholarships.
The night concluded with the announcement of the 2020 and 2021 Carpinterians of the Year. Beth Cox was celebrated as the 2020 honoree and Clyde Freeman as the 2021 Carpinterian of the Year. For the press release, click here.
We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this event and the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce.

SBPD Civilian Oversight Draft Seeking Community Feddback

In late 2020, the Santa Barbara City Council established the Community Formation Commission to guide the creation of a civilian oversight system for the Santa Barbara Police Department. The group has spent the last year researching, deliberating, and preparing draft recommendations (available in both Spanish and English) for a civilian oversight entity that would best meet the specific needs of Santa Barbara’s many communities and experiences.
The Community Formation Commission has entered the community feedback phase of the draft recommendations. The Commission will use the community’s feedback to further refine the draft recommendations before they are presented to the City Council in April 2022. The CFC Community Outreach Survey is available in English and Spanish. These surveys are completely anonymous. All questions are optional and demographic information will be requested on a voluntary basis. The survey link will close at 11:59 pm on March 22nd, 2022.

The Chamber Celebrates “We Love Our Members” in April

Next month the Chamber will celebrate “We Love Our Members” and shower them with fabulous prizes. Be sure to renew your membership before March 31 to be entered to win.
Prizes will be given at the April 28th B2B Networking Event.
You need not be present to win. Click here to register for the April B2B that will be held at the Santa Barbara Zoo.
If you have questions regarding your renewal invoice or would like to make a payment, please contact Laurie Barene at Laurie@sbscchamber.com or call (805) 967-2500 x104

Carpinteria Community Awards Gala

The Chamber is thrilled to host the 63rd Annual Community Awards Gala this Saturday, March 12th, at Rincon Beach Club. This event is an opportunity to recognize individual efforts and a commitment to serve. Each person honored has made a lasting impact on the Carpinteria community.

Ahead of the event, filmmaker Larry Nimmer interviewed each Junior Carpinterian of the Year finalists and the Educators of the Year for a series of videos that can be viewed here.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting this event and the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce.

CARP Growers, Coast Supply Co., Rincon Beach Club & Catering

Agilent Technologies, Bega North America, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Chevron, City of Carpinteria, Community West Bank, Cox Communications, E.J. Harrison & Sons, Inc., ExxonMobil, Hickey Bros. Land Co., Inc., Latitude34 Technologies, LinkedIn, Marborg Industries, Montecito Bank & Trust, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Plains All American Pipeline, Santa Barbara Independent, Southern California Edison, Southwest Airlines, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, The Surfliner Inn, The Towbes Group, and UC Santa Barbara.

Microbusinesses Covid-19 Relief Grant is now accepting applications

The Chamber has partnered with the Santa Barbara Foundation in assisting the County in the distribution of the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program funding. The program seeks eligible microbusinesses that faced adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for up to $2,500 in funding. Grant funding does not require repayment of any kind. Applications are now open. 

Any interested applicants are encouraged to review the grant program guidelines and additional information, here. The County of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Foundation are hosting two informational workshops for interested microbusinesses on Tuesday, March 15 at 12 p.m. and Thursday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m., register here.

To apply please review all grant program guidelines and additional information and begin your application here. Applications will not be accepted by email or fax. Applications will be time and date stamped, and reviewed on a first-come first-served basis.

Access to $500 for your business through the Sustainable Business Challenge

As part of their Green Business Certification Program, the California Green Business Network has announced the Sustainable Business Challenge for businesses in Santa Barbara County. Businesses who complete their certification between April 1st and June 30th, 2022, will be eligible for $500 in incentives. In addition to the $500, newly certified Green Businesses will receive a free digital promotion, directory listing, a certificate, and a marketing toolkit upon completion.

If you are interested in a free 30-minute info session reviewing the basics of the challenge and providing guidance to business owners to determine first steps toward successfully certifying their business, click here.

February 2022 Data Dashboard

The Chamber released our February Data Dashboard on Monday, February 28th. This monthly dashboard aims to showcase the story of our region’s economic development and recovery through an aggregate of community data points.

The dashboard includes data from Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Santa Barbara County areas, relating to the local workforce, real estate, taxes, tourism, homelessness, poverty, and COVID-19. The February dashboard features the addition of monthly crime statistics from the Santa Barbara Police department.

As part of the Chamber’s Roadmap to Recovery, we hope this information informs all of us on the progress we are making throughout our communities. The dashboard will continue to be updated monthly with the additional information and categories as new data becomes available and relevant.

To view the February 2022 Data Dashboard, click here. For questions, please email Dustin@SBSCChamber.com.

Carpinteria Community Awards Gala on March 12

The Chamber is proud to announce the return of the 63rd Annual Carpinteria Community Awards Gala on Saturday, March 12th, at Rincon Beach Club.

“We are excited to celebrate Carpinteria, and the people who make it so special. This event is an opportunity to recognize individual efforts and a commitment to serve. Each person honored has made a lasting impact on the Carpinteria community.” said Kirsten Miller, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce.

We will honor the Award Recipients with an evening gala celebration on Saturday, March 12th (5:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.) at Rincon Beach Club. Tickets to attend the Carpinteria Community Awards Gala are $150 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and valet parking will be available. The evening will include a hosted wine and beer bar followed by dinner and the award presentation at 7 p.m.

Tickets are now available but should be secured by March 8th as seating is limited. Cocktail attire is requested. Please visit www.sbscchamber.com or contact Berlin Garcia.

Thank you to our Sponsors: CARP Growers, Coast Supply, Rincon Beach Club & Catering, Agilent Technologies, BEGA North America, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Chevron, City of Carpinteria, Community West Bank, Cox Communications, E.J. Harrison & Sons, Inc., ExxonMobil, Hickey Bros. Land Co., Inc., Latitude34 Technologies, LinkedIn, Marborg Industries, Montecito Bank & Trust, Plains All American Pipeline, Santa Barbara Independent, Southern California Edison, Southwest Airlines, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, The Surfliner Inn, The Towbes Group, and UC Santa Barbara.