A Monthly Publication of the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region

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

Nathan Sigler
MariPro - Inc.
Dan Chabot

Mark Whitten


New Entrepreneur

Jeffery Marino

Hospitality Members
New Hospitality Members

Laura Yeh

Michael Tam

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
Steve Fort
Janet Garufis
Geoff Green
Joanne Funari 
Scott Hadley
Karim Kaderali
Tom Patton
Bill Shields
Cynder Sinclair
Sherry Villanueva
Steve Windhager

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Business After Hours Sponsorship
President's Message

Are We Really Leaders in Public Process? 

Santa Barbara is known for many things. Beautiful Beaches. Stunning Mountains. World Class Restaurants.

And a very active and engaged public. 

In fact, the level of public involvement we have in our community is one of the great things about Santa Barbara. We keep track of the issues affecting our community, and we provide our input on those issues in the hope of making positive changes.

Ken Oplinger, ACE
The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region
Chamber News  
Thank you to everybody that joined us at the Spectrum Reach last night for their Ribbon Cutting Event! Make sure to stop by and check out their new location, 1919 State St. Ste. 101!!!

2. Join Vons for a Ribbon Cutting Event
Wed | Mar 2 | 7:00 am
Join Vons TOMORROW morning as they cut the ribbon to their new location at 163 S. Turnpike Road! Don't miss out! 

Wed | Mar 9 | 5:30 pm
Note Date Change for March
Join workzones on Wednesday March 9th as they host our March After Hours! Stop by for a wonderful evening of networking, food and much more! Come check out their wonderful location in Paseo Nuevo Mall! 

Thurs | Mar 17 | 7:30 am
Note Date Change for March
Join the Chamber at the Santa Barbara Zoo for our Coffee & Connections Breakfast, this St. Patrick's Day! Join Imagine X Functional Neurology  as they sponsor our March Breakfast! Be ready for fast paced networking with: a 20 second commercial for your company, business cards and marketing materials and door prizes for extra promotion! 

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!

or contact the Chamber at info@sbchamber.org
Weekly Water Conservation Message 
Hands-on rain tank installation workshop: Thursday, March 3, from 12:00-3:00 pm. Take part in installing a 530 gallon rain tank to capture rainwater from the garage roof and connect to a hose to use for container plants. Workshop is led by Sweetwater Collaborative; learn more and register here  to reserve your spot in this free workshop!

Santa Barbara Life

 Two Great Ways to Win and Grow Your Business!

1. Include your business on Santa Barbara Life and reach thousands of customers in our local marketplace (Special Chamber Member Discount) 

Monthly Contest Getaway
2. FIND ANOTHER beach ball like this one elsewhere in this email and click it to enter the SBLIFE Monthly Grand Prize Getaway! Good luck from your friends at the Santa Barbara Chamber and Santa Barbara Life! 
Business of the Month

Brighten Solar is a Santa Barbara based solar company that develops aesthetic solar solutions for residential and commercial buildings. We work hand in hand with our customers to design the system that fit their electricity needs, integrate their building's structure and maximize their financial returns.
At Brighten Solar, we want to show that solar can be done differently. Our business model is based on flexibility, which allows us to provide many options to our customers. 
Education is at the core of our approach: we guide our customers through the entire process and provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to find the right solar solution for them.
For more information: www.BrightenSolarCo.com
We're a full service solar company. Our scope of work includes systems design, permitting, interconnection with the utility, equipment supply, installation and maintenance.
Click Here to View the Brighten video showcasing 2 of our recent installations and customers testimonials

Ambassador of the Month
Yvonne Parsons of OsteoStrong Santa Barbara

Yvonne Parsons is the owner of OsteoStrong Santa Barbara, an up and coming wellness franchise designed specifically for people with health issues stemming from osteoporosis.  Half of all women and a third of all men over 50 have osteoporosis, which is also the third leading cause of death after 65.  Parsons previously owned the very successful Curves franchises in Santa Barbara and went on to become the Director of International Operations in Australasia with a territory covering New Zealand, Australia, Africa, Israel, Kuwait and China for the Corporate office.  

She holds a Juris Doctorate and practiced law for many years.  Her roots in Santa Barbara began in 1974 when she became the first female radio announcer at KTMS radio after her stint as a broadcast journalist in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany.  She went on to become an international award winning documentary filmmaker with films being shown on PBS and around the world. Being involved in business seems a natural for her, as her maiden name AMOS is an acronym for business: Accounting, Marketing, Operations, and Sales.  She believes a successful business incorporates all these areas with the end point always being to have great employee relationships and excellent customer service.  

She also believes in giving back to the community and OsteoStrong provided over 1,000 free bone scans to low income and senior residents last year, totaling nearly $250,000 in free scans. She is also the Regional Sales Director for OsteoStrong and is in the process of awarding franchises to business owners who want to develop a long lasting business that makes a difference in people's lives.  
Member News  

Tucked away in Victoria Court off State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, there is a soothing oasis created for the sole purpose of easing your body from its daily tensions and, hopefully, infrequent ailments.
As soon as you walk through the doors of Imagine X Functional Neurology at 1221 State St., Suite 11, you are greeted with a smile and calmed by the esthetically pleasing architecture, modern furniture and clean simple look of the patient waiting area.
Click Here to Continue Reading

Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement


SoCalGas will work on gas utilities between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am on Monday, February 29th.

Upcoming work:
Throughout March, crews will finish up underground utilities, sidewalks, and roadway paving on the mountain side of the new bridge.  Utility relocations in the park will continue with work by Southern California Gas Company and Verizon throughout the month.  Utilities will be temporarily relocated to the temporary pedestrian bridge in preparation for the beach side replacement of the Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge.   Some nighttime work may occur and temporary detours of the beach multipurpose paths will continue.
Near the end of March, crews will shift traffic onto the new mountain side of the bridge and begin construction activities on the beach side.  Night work and closures will occur as needed to move equipment and concrete safety barrier for Stage 3 construction.   With the shift to Stage 3, Helena Avenue will reopen to vehicles at Cabrillo Boulevard. 
Throughout Stage 2, the mountain side of Cabrillo Boulevard will remain closed near the bridge.  One lane in each direction remains open during daytime construction.  Helena Avenue is closed to vehicles at Cabrillo Boulevard with access remaining for pedestrians, bikes, and segways.
To accommodate the work area, the left turn lane from westbound Cabrillo Boulevard to Stearns Wharf is closed.  Motorists can enter Stearns Wharf from State Street and eastbound Cabrillo Boulevard.  Detour signs are in place to highlight access around the closures.
Fall 2014 - Spring 2017:
The Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project includes a new bridge, enhanced Mission Creek banks, and improved pedestrian areas.  Cabrillo Boulevard, surrounding businesses, parks, Stearns Wharf, and the Arts and Crafts Show will remain open throughout construction.
For more information, please visit www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/CabrilloBridge or call 805-897-2637.  If you have questions or would like to add/remove someone from these updates, please respond to this email.
Noozhawk | Jennifer Goddard Combs

The conversion of merged American Riviera Bank and Bank of Santa Barbara is complete. The newly combined American Riviera Bank's branch locations now range from Goleta to Montecito.

Noozhawk | Zoe Taylor

The Economic Vitality Team of Santa Barbara County (EVT) was honored by theWestern Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) on Feb. 4 at the organization'sannual conference in San Francisco in the category of building a strong local economy.

Area businesses and churches are cautioned against scammers posing as fire inspectors and demanding up-front payment for their services, said a Friday public service announcement from the county's fire departments. In the past several weeks, business owners say they've received visits from individuals claiming to be with the fire department and ready to perform an inspection or survey.

It was a very weird end to a very long night. After nearly six hours of detailed, inspired, exhausting, and mostly high-minded public policy debate over a brand- new citywide Bicycle Master Plan, the Santa Barbara City Council appeared to bestow its blessing-by a 5-2 vote- on not just the plan itself but also on the intensely controversial proposal to remove up to 100 on-street parking spaces from a four-block stretch of Micheltorena Street.

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