A Monthly Publication of the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region

April 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 4
In This Issue
Letter from the President
Photo Of The Week
Rise & Shine

Photo By:
Business Leaders Council

Hazel Johns

Brian Raschiatore

Rondi Guthrie 

Renewed Entrepreneur

Teresa Stiff

New Executive

David Ahn

Renewed Executive Members

Keri Canady

Brandon Bono

Yvonne Parsons

Stephen Gibson

Hospitality Members
New Hospitality Members
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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President's Message

Planning For $15

A friend of mine in Fresno who owns a growing, vibrant small business, just wrote something on Facebook that really hit home. This comes after he made very clear his opposition to the wage increase in a post earlier this week. In fact, the message that I had been planning on sharing with you has been set aside, and I've re-written it based on his comment. He said:

"STAY PROFITABLE. STAY IN BUSINESS. Listen, my California business brethren. The $15/hr minimum wage is a forgone conclusion. Get ready for it, and do what you must to stay profitable. Don't complain, don't cry, don't yell into a vacuum cleaner. Plan your new pricing structure NOW. Create your new staffing plan NOW. Plan for decreased morale NOW and do what you must. Hell, charge lawmakers double if you have to, or just flat out refuse them service. But whatever you do, for yourselves and your own families, STAY PROFITABLE and STAY IN BUSINESS!" 

Ken Oplinger, ACE
The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region
Chamber News  
Thurs | Apr 14 | 5:30 pm
Join Chicago Title on Thursday April 14th as they host our April After Hours! Stop by for a wonderful evening of networking, food and much more! Come check out their wonderful location on Upper State St.! 

Thurs | Apr 28 | 7:30 am
Join the Chamber at the Santa Barbara Zoo for our Coffee & Connections Breakfast, Thursday April 28th! Join  Santabarbarayp.com as they sponsor our April Breakfast! Be ready for fast paced networking with: a 60 second commercial for your company, lots of business cards and marketing materials and door prizes for extra promotion! 

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
Chamber/VSB/EVT Join Forces to Promote More Air Service 
Working with the Santa Barbara Airport and its Director Hazel Johns, leadership from the Chamber, Visit Santa Barbara and the Economic Vitality Team have teamed up to help increase air service out of SBA.  The groups, along with other public and private partners, are working to build a fund of $1 million which will be used to guarantee revenues on new air routes out of
The concept is a simple one, and one that has been used successfully at other small and mid-sized airports around the country.  The idea is to create the fund, then work with airlines on new routes that they believe will work.  The fund is then made available to guarantee the route is profitable, and is only used if monthly numbers indicate the airline is not making money.  In most places where this program has been created, the fund has not been tapped as the route was profitable without the additional subsidy.
If you are interested in finding out more about how we're trying to give you more destinations from SBA, give us a call!  Ken Oplinger can be reached at 965-3023, or via email at ken@sbchamber.org.
Weekly Water Conservation Message 
Free efficient sprinkler nozzles are available for City water customers. 1) Go to www.FreeSprinklerNozzles.com and print out voucher. 2) Pick up your free nozzles at a local irrigation store. 3) Put in the easy-to-install nozzles and start saving water!

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

The Brewhouse is a casual locals favorite, where you can enjoy up to 16 handcrafted ales and lagers made right on the premises, as well as local wines and a full bar.  Lunch and Dinner are served daily. Join us for Happy Hour 4-6 pm seven days a week.  Pet friendly patio, where your dog can enjoy treats off our special pet menu.  All you can eat Brunch Buffet on Saturdays and Sundays, and live music Wednesday through Saturday at 9 pm.

Ambassador of the Month
Cameron Porter of DocuProducts

My name is Cameron and I have had the pleasure of living and working here in Santa Barbara for the past 15 years.  I have been employed the entire time by a fantastic company called DocuProducts which is the largest local distributor of Canon copiers, printers and scanners.  With over 100+ local references, I pride myself on honesty, transparency and the technical abilities I bring to the table.  I have been told on numerous occasions that these traits are the main reasons my clients return for future business.  They trust that I will advise them to the most cost-effective solutions and services available in my ever evolving industry.  In addition, I have been a Santa Barbara Chamber Ambassador for over a decade, helping members receive the most out of the membership along with meeting great people and attending a lot of the city networking events.

 I also enjoy giving back to our community.  DocuProducts and I have been a part of and helped many non-profits in our community fundraise and spread the good word about the wonderful things they do here in SB. 

I have a beautiful wife and two little girls, ages 4 years and 9 months who are the pride of my life.  As a family we love to do outdoor activities such as long walks on the beach, trips to the zoo and even a swim in the ocean now and again.  I enjoy playing music, walking my dog and diving when I have free time, however free time is becoming a bit more challenging to find now days.

I love working and playing here in our beautiful community and I look forward to many fantastic years to come!
Non-Profit of the Month
Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope is an international nonprofit with specific interests in astronomical occurrences and education. LCOGT has developed cutting edge technology that has allowed for unprecedented research and discovery by creating a consistently-observable sky, neverending night. We work among the brightest stars in a
variety of fields who are the foundation of our expanding LCOGT community. Don't think that LCOGT is exclusively reserved for the academic and scientific communities alone! At LCOGT, we are eagerly committed to sharing our knowledge with everyone who possesses excitement for what the universe may hold.

With headquarters in Santa Barbara, we have the ability to host a variety of engaging and inspiring events locally that are open to the public. 
For a list of upcoming events: http://lcogt.net/outreach/events/2016/

For more information about our lively Astronomy on Tap events: http://lcogt.net/aot/

How do you organize a space party? You planet! For the young Astronomy and/or Technology
enthusiast, this summer LCOGT is hosting our first annual Camp Cosmos for kids, ages 812.
It's going to be out of this world!
For more information about Camp Cosmos: http://lcogt.net/campcosmos/

For any additional information please visit our website: http://lcogt.net/
Or contact Philanthropic and Development Director, Lorna Boyd:
Phone: (805) 8801625
Member News  

Fri | Apr 15 | 4 pm

Sat | July 23 

Mastering Change - Introduction to Organizational Therapy
(Revised and Updated Edition)
by Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes
Over forty-plus years, Dr. Adizes has developed a theory about how to lead change that has helped hundreds of companies of all sizes around the world. Since the release of the first edition, he has lectured to more than 100,000 executives, and much of what he has learned during this time has been incorporated into this new release. In addition, Universities have started teaching Adizes, and a companion manual for instructors has been developed.
Read this book and get answers to the following questions:
  • What is the underlying reason why problems or opportunities emerge with change?
  • Is there a system for how to manage change that actually works?
  • What does it mean that good management is democracy in decision making and dictatorship in implementation?
  • How do I turn destructive conflict into constructive conflict?
  • As a manager, how do I distinguish the right problem and solution from the wrong one?
  • The managerial process is too complicated for any single individual to perform alone, so how do I create a complementary team?
  • How do you manage an organization with Mutual Trust and Respect?
>> Get your free sample chapter
>> Buy the e-book on Amazon
>> Buy the print version in the Adizes Store

Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement
Project Update:  April 2016
Crews have finished up the mountain-side of the new Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge, and utility companies are finishing up relocating utilities to the temporary pedestrian bridge.  Traffic will shift on to the new mountain-side of the bridge on the night of Monday, April 11, 2016 with work occurring from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.  During the shift of traffic lanes, Cabrillo Boulevard will have alternating closures with a full closure when concrete barrier is moved between State and Anacapa Streets with traffic detoured along Castillo, Montecito, Yanonali, and Garden Streets.  After the traffic switch, the temporary pedestrian bridge will also be open for use in the beach park.  


Santa Barbara County
Workforce Development Board Presents 
the 2016 Connect to Careers Summer 
Youth Employment Program 
for South and North Santa Barbara County
A joint partnership between the County of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Maria Chambers of Commerce, and the Santa Barbara Workforce Development Board
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Noozhawk |  Giana Magnoli
A staffing shortage of custody deputies will cause mandatory overtime in the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department starting next week.

Changes to the bus lines between Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria are afoot, and MTD will be holding public meetings this coming week to hear from its riders.MTD's current changes include consolidation of Line 7 in Goleta with Lines 8 and 9 to run through Old Town, across the Fairview Bridge, along Calle Real and La Cumbre to the Transit Center downtown. Lines 6, 11, 23, and 25 will mingle their service areas.

A Montecito-based philanthropist pledged at least $200 million to build new student housing on the UC Santa Barbara campus and possibly create a new model for the entire UC system. 

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