A Monthly Publication of the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region

February 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 2
In This Issue
Letter from the President
Photo Of The Week
Business Leaders Council


Jeff DeVine

Karen Earp

Rusty Watson

Angela Sanchez

Matthew La Vine

Henry Yang
New Executive
Spiro Nomikos

Renewed Executive

Sean Nguyen

Ryan Prahm

Brandon Bono

Michael  Carley

Detlev Peikert

Terry Boykin
Hospitality Members
New Hospitality Members

Jimmy Negron

Manny Perales

Craig Saling

Ryan Judy

New Business Members
Renewed Business Members 
 Chamber Staff

Ken Oplinger
Vice President of Sales
Scott Ericson
Vice President of Marketing
Stephanie Armstrong
Marketing/Events Coordinator
Cheyanne Brooks
Visitor Center Director
Annmarie Rogers

Director of Economic Development 
Zoe J. Taylor
Membership Service Coordinator
Kali Embry

2016 Board of Directors
Nathan Sigler

Vice Chair
Jim Turner

Rich Block

Michelle Apodaca

Immediate Past Chair
Jonathan Miller

Tyler Duncan
Michael Fauver
Janet Garufis
Joanne Funari 
Scott Hadley
Karim Kaderali
Tom Patton
Bill Shields
Cynder Sinclair
Sherry Villanueva
Bonnie Zappacosta

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Business After Hours Sponsorship
President's Message


Does Caltrans Really Understand the Problem?
On Christmas Night of 2015, one of the worst fears of residents of the Central Coast erupted just north of Ventura.
Before it was finally extinguished, the Solimar Fire had burned 1,250 acres along Highway 101, including most of the hillside along the northbound section of the highway for over a mile.

Almost immediately, the discussion turned to the aftermath.  With El Niņo storms expected soon, how would the denuded hillside hold up to torrential rains and strong winds?

Ken Oplinger, ACE
The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region
Chamber News  
Thank you to everybody that came out and joined us for our 8th Annual Regional Business Awards! A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor American Riviera Bank, Leadership Sponsors MarBorg Industries Montecito Bank & Trust and Village PropertiesSupporting Sponsors Aera Energy, Adams Printing & Graphics, Lure Films, Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort  and PSAV . 

Congratulations to  Santa Barbara Zoo our Non-Profit of the Year,  MarBorg Industries our Large Business of the Year and Grassini Family Vineyards our 
Small Business of the Year! 
Another special congratulations to our Businesswoman of the Year Michelle Apodaca and our Businessman of the Year Steven Amerikaner!
2. Join the 2016 Chamber Ambassador Council TODAY
The Chamber is looking for enthusiastic member representatives to join our Ambassador Council. Come be a part of one Santa Barbara's best networking groups! Find out more today by emailing stephanie@sbchamber.org or by calling (805) 965-3023 x103
Order Your 2016 California Employment Poster Today! Don't forget to pre-order your employer posters for 2016, fines will be as high as $17,000 if you are not up to date! Order today through the Chamber (805) 965-3023 or info@sbchamber.org

Thurs | Mar 24 | 7 am
Join the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara as we host our Annual State of the City Breakfast at The Fess Parker A Doubletree by Hilton Resort! Sponsorship opportunity still available! 
Featuring the Mayor of Santa Barbara, the Honorable Helene Schneider.

Fri | Sept 23
Join the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region for our annual #MySantaBarbara Business Expo and Job Fair!!! 
- Meet a wider diversity of customers, over 1500 attendees
- Meet new clients and enjoy traditional networking in a fast paced setting
- Enjoy diverse businesses from our region
- Tastes from Local Restaurants, Wineries and Breweries
- Giveaways - Prizes - Raffles and More!
Members Reserve Your Booth Before 2/29 and 
Receive a $50 Discount!

or contact the Chamber at info@sbchamber.org
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Business of the Month

Patxi's got its start in the summer of 2004 in Palo Alto, when a pizza lover and avid entrepreneur, Bill Freeman, partnered with an old friend and expert pizza maker, Francisco "Patxi" Azprioz. The result was a deep-dish, authentic "stuffed" pizza with two layers of dough and red sauce on top, made with the finest, freshest ingredients. In addition to their deep-dish, Patxi's also serves up fresh salads, thin crust pizzas, and appetizers, most notably their house made meatballs which are made in house daily. Their Santa Barbara location has been open since December 2014 and they love being a part of the vibrant State Street neighborhood. 

Ambassador of the Month
David Machacek has been a member of the Ambassadors' Council of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce since 2011. As part of the "welcoming arm" of the Chamber, David especially enjoys networking functions and the opportunity to mingle with other business leaders in the community. "My role is to show up and be happy to see people," he says. "Santa Barbara is a wonderful place to live and to do business. We want to make sure that our members-especially our new members-know that we're glad they're here."
Professionally, David is a financial advisor at Independent Capital Management and team leader in the Santa Barbara branch. He joined the firm in 2010. "I learned that there is an impending retirement crisis, especially among middle class professionals-people like me. Most of us won't have pensions. Social Security replaces only a small part of our income. We're living longer, but we're saving less. In 1980, the personal savings rate among U.S. workers was close to 10%, about where it needs to be to create a comfortable retirement. Today, it's less than 4%. With the financial crisis still fresh in our memories, a lot of us are skittish about investing and uncertain about what to do with the money we do save. So, there's both a savings deficit and an education deficit. As a former educator, that called my name."
With an office conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara, Independent Capital Management offers services for individuals and employers. 
  • Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA, Roth IRA)
  •  Financial Planning
  • Wealth Management
  • Life Insurance
  • Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans (SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, 401k)
  • Retirement Planning 
  • Investment Advice
  • Long Term Care Insurance

Professional Financial Advice With A Personal Touch
Member News  
Open to Santa Barbara Area Students

The movement to create a nationwide day of recognition for tamales began locally. It was successfully supported by the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region, and the country's first National Tamale Day is set to be celebrated on March 23, 2016. The Chamber believes the special day deserves a worthy logo, and has announced a design contest open to high school, college and university students in the Santa Barbara County. 
Participation is free, and rules are available online at www.nationaltamaleday.com/logo-design-contest.html. The contest winner, along with first and second runners will be selected by a panel of five Santa Barbara area design professionals: Michael Bayouth (Bayouth Productions), Brian Comstock (Brian Comstock Marketing), Courtney Reilly (UpShift Creative Group), Greg Russo (Joseph Gregory Design), and Leslie Lewis Sigler (Sigler Studio). 
The entry deadline is January 31, 2016, with the winners to be announced at a special gathering in February. Gift card prizes valued at $550 will be provided by members of the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region. In addition to gift cards, the winning contestant also receives artistic credit as well as a special recognition on the National Tamale Day website.
Scott Ericson, Vice President of Sales for the Chamber, says the competition is a way for talented students to be acknowledged. "They'll have their work reviewed by graphic design professionals, and get a real shot at receiving national recognition." Ericson adds, "We know the Santa Barbara region has a wealth of student talent, and we expect to receive some terrific logo designs that are fresh and distinctive, just like a great tamale."

Wine & Chocolate Tasting in Old Town Goleta
Thurs | Feb 4 | 5 pm

Hosted by Santa Barbara Gift Baskets @ 230 Magnoilia Avenue
tickets $15 each - limited tickets
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...in association with 
The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region: 
a special 'Lunch & Learn' Workshop
for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
Thurs | Feb 11 | 12:30 pm

The $10,000 Challenge!

In just one hour, find an extra $10,000 (minimum)
in your Business - Guaranteed!

  •  The 3 fundamental flaws costing you thousand$ in wasted Marketing & lost Sales
  • 5 Steps to sustainable & predictable Growth GUARANTEED. 

Summerland Valentine's Soiree
Sat | Feb 13 | 4 pm

Tickets $15 online, $20 at the door
With each ticket comes:
  • 1 complimentary glass of Sparkling Rose at the door
  • Chocolate fountain and dippings from SB Chocolate Fountains
  • Live music to dance to
event link: 
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South Coast Matchmaker Readies Cupid's 
Arrows for Valentine's Day
Sat | Feb 13 | 6:30 pm

After starting her enterprise on the South Coast four years ago, a Santa Barbara mother of three is preparing the arrows in Cupid's quiver for another big pre-Valentine's Day single mixer.

Businesswoman Lisa Amador is the founder of Santa Barbara Matchmaking. "It's discreet, upscale matchmaking company for successful, commitment-minded singles in Santa Barbara, Central and Southern California," she said.

Founder of the sole certified matchmaking company on the South Coast, Amador puts on singles events such as the quarterly "Meet Your Match" at some of Santa Barbara's favorite venues, including the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The next event starts at 6:30 pm February 13th at the new Globe Restaurant, 18 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara. About 100 single men and women are expected. 

SB Matchmaking offers matchmaking, date coaching, online dating assistance, as well as image and wardrobe consultations. During the past four years, the company's efforts for singles have resulted in scores of relationships, some marriages and even baby. The company's founder says she loves her work. Her company's motto is "We Make Love Every Day."

"Our Valentine's parties create more relationships than any other event," Amador said. "We choose to host this party the day before Valentine's Day because it gives people hope that they will meet their Valentine. You can feel the electricity and excitement in the air; if you're single, you won't want to miss out!"

Amador is treasurer and a member of the board of directors of the Santa Barbara chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Prior to starting her current business, she has had several other enterprises including a paragliding school in Oregon. She also is a skilled sailor and speaks French. 

Amador has a bachelor's degree in accounting from George Washington University. She is married to Michael Amador, the food and beverage manager at La Cumbre Country Club.

CONTACT: Lisa Amador (805) 699-5650 or lisa@sbmatchmaking.com