In This Issue:

Upcoming Events
2019 Lemon Launch
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Join us in the kick off celebration of the Lemon Festival with great networking, food, wine and beer. The Lemon Launch gives us a chance to recognize our great sponsors, volunteers, and the community. 
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September "Lemon Month"
B2B Breakfast
Tuesday, September 10th 
7:30 a.m.
Come celebrate the start of Lemon Month with Spectrum Reach and the  Goleta Chamber of Commerce during our September "Lemon Festival" B2B Breakfast. Learn about the upcoming Lemon Festival as well as all the other fun events happening throughout the month. Be sure to come dressed in your favorite lemon-theme attire!

2019 Lemon Dinner at Rancho La Patera & Stow House
Thursday, September 12, 2019
5:30 p.m. 
The 5th Annual Lemon Dinner  will be held September 12 th in the  garden s at Rancho La Patera and  Stow   House . The evening will feature cuisine from Chef Damien Gilbert from The Outpost Restaurant complemented with local beer and wine. Click here for more information...
2019 Goleta Lemon Festival
September 28 & 29, 2019
Girsh Park, Goleta

The Goleta Fall Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 28th! 

Volunteer Opportunities are available for all ages. Click here to see volunteer opportunities...

70th Annual Goleta's Finest Community Awards Celebration
Saturday, November 23, 2019
6:00-10:00 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

Partner Events
Women on Corporate Boards
Presented by NAWBO Santa Barbara
Hilton Garden Inn 
 6878 Hollister Avenue, Goleta
Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

To celebrate the passage of Senate Bill 826, NAWBO Santa Barbara will host a panel discussion moderated by California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and featuring: Kristen Miller, President and CEO of Goleta Chamber of Commerce; Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search and CEO 2020 Women on Boards; Karen Bogart PhD, President of Smith Bogart Consulting; Kathy O'Dell, CEO-elect Women's Economic Ventures.
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Ribbon Cuttings
On August 15th we cut the ribbon at Mathnasium- learn more about them here!

On August 12th we celebrated  the groundbreaking for Cox's new Critical Facility in Goleta! Learn more here.

We welcomed the new  Miner's ACE Harware Goleta with a ribbon cutting on August 8th - learn more about them here!

The Goleta Chamber of Commerce recently support Girsh Park's Buy a Brick Campaign. We encourage you to support their c ampaign. Visit  for more information.


Several hundred residents enjoyed a communal dining experience at the seventh annual  Goleta Dam Dinner by Lake Los Carneros on Saturday, August 17th. 
Representatives from the  Goleta Chamber of Commerce , the  Goleta Valley Historical Society , the  City of Goleta  and area businesses organized the free event adjacent to the historic  Rancho La Patera & Stow House .

Attendees brought their own food and drinks while enjoying the music of the  Salt Martians Bluegrass Band . The  Neighbor Tim's BBQ  food truck served up mouthwatering dishes during the two-hour event.

The Goleta City Council recently approved $115,000 to fund economic development through visitor services with the Goleta Chamber of Commerce. The funding decision was made after an extensive request for proposal (RFP) process that the Chamber participated in. The final amount is a  $10,000 reduction from past years.
The Chamber has partnered with the City of Goleta for the past 6 years to provide visitor services in tandem with our work on destination marketing through the South Coast Tourism and Business Improvement District (TBID). Revenues related to tourism, hospitality and lodging are a major source of funding for the City of Goleta and an important economic development driver. 
In Goleta alone, transient occupancy tax generated $11.5  million in tax revenue last year and supports nearly 1,300 jobs. Without tourism, taxpayers would each have to pay another $1,134 a year per household to cover the amount raised for the City. 
Projects supported by this funding are the Goleta Inspiration Guide and popular Goleta Visitor Map. Both pieces highlight the variety of outdoor recreation, unique eateries and tasting rooms in Goleta.  Click here to view the 2019 Goleta Inspiration Guide...

2018 Goleta's Finest Award Recipients

On Saturday, November 23rd, the Goleta Chamber of Commerce will be honoring Goleta's Finest with a "Celebration of Our Community." If you know of a person or organization within our community deserving special recognition for their activities, then here's your chance to nominate them for this prestigious award. 

Join us this Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 33 S. La Patera Lane (near Goleta Amtrak Station),  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. to  learn more about how easy it is to ride the train to work. Complimentary tacos, ice cream, and 10-ride passes will be given out to attendees. 

We welcomed four new members in August. Pictured from left to right:  Hyatt Place Santa Barbara - Renee Fletcher,  Mathnasium - David Greco,  Miners Ace Hardware - Serena Hollingsworth,  WitMark Group - Allison Callis and  Marjorie Large.

Boo at the Zoo - Reserve a Spot to Sponsor a Trick-or-Treat table
A great way to expose your business and reach thousands of parents, children and families in the tri-county area. We are looking for Trick-or-treat table sponsors. Spaces are already filling up for the Zoo's "very merry, not too scary," traffic free trick-or- treating alternative. Your business can join in the fun by signing up to sponsor a trick-or-treat table! No participation fee to sponsor a trick-or-treat table, only the cost of candy to provide for at least 3,000 children per evening. 

Community West Bank Rings the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell
Members of the Board of Directors of Community West Bank were joined by bank employees in New York City on Friday, August 9, to ring the Nasdaq Stock Market closing bell in Times Square. Martin Plourd, Community West Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, noted in his remarks prior to the closing bell that 2019 is the 30th anniversary of the bank, and that Community West Bancshares began trading on Nasdaq November 19, 1996. 
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American Hospital Association Elects Ron Werft to Board of Trustees
The American Hospital Association (AHA) in Washington D.C. has elected seven new members to its Board of Trustees, including Ron Werft, president and CEO of Cottage Health in Santa Barbara. 

American Riviera Bank Partners with Arthritis Foundation 
Throughout the month of June, American Riviera Bank partnered with the Arthritis Foundation on the annual 'Dog Days of Summer' fundraising campaign. A favorite with staff and clients, the month saw the Bank's branches in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta and Paso Robles work to raise awareness for the topic of arthritis as well as funds. 

2019 Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
633 E. Cabrillo Street, Santa Barbara
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Event Time: 8:30 a.m.
Join walkers and runners from across Santa Barbara County as they step out to have fun, get inspired, & support a meaningful cause.  As the signature fund-raising event for the American Heart Association, the Heart Walk is a family-friendly event that promotes physical activity and a heart-healthy lifestyle. This year 2,000 walkers will participate in a family friendly 3 mile walk raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke.

Lemon Run 2019
Presented by the Goleta Education Foundation
Goleta Beach Park
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Registration/Packet Pickup begins at 7:00 a.m.
The Lemon Run is back! With competitive 5K (Jr. Grand Prix) and 10K (Grand Prix) races, and our popular 1K Family Fun Run, we've got something for everyone. Come celebrate the Goleta Valley community while we raise money for Innovation Grants, given to educators in Goleta Valley elementary schools to support new and exciting learning opportunities for students.

MarBorg Industries and Heal the Ocean have started a new campaign to help keep Styrofoam out of the waste stream - and the ocean.  Two drop-off locations available.

MJ Cafe launches a New Website 
MJ Cafe launched their new website this month. Check out the site here! Come by their location in Ice in Paradise (6985 Santa Felicia Drive) and enjoy daily specials at MJ Cafe! Everything from buy one, get one free pizza deals to 25% off all bottles of wine or baked jumbo wings for only $7. There's always a great reason to stop and enjoy some delicious nibbles and refreshing beverages.