In This Issue
Upcoming Chamber Events
January B2B Breakfast hosted by Bay Club Goleta
January 12, 2016*
*date moved due to the holiday
Sign up before noon on Monday, January 11th to get on the hot sheet!

January Issue and Policy Roundtable: New Year and New Leaders
January 13, 2016
Join us for our first Issue and Policy Roundtable of the Year with Mayor Jim Farr and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Vice President, Arie Dejong. Come hear their plans and priorities for 2016.
2016 Annual Membership Meeting
2016 Annual Membership Meeting at FLIR Systems
5775 Hollister Avenue  
January 20, 2016
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate 2015 Board Chair, Don Donaldson and incoming Chairman, Dave Clark. We will thank our retiring Board Members and welcome the new ones. The Ambassadors will be recognized for their hard work and dedication and the Ambassador of the Year Award will be presented. The Chairman's Award will also be given. 


We Love Our Members!
Save the Date: We Love Our Members B2B Breakfast will be February 9, 2016
2016 Membership Renewals were sent in November. We will be showing our gratitude for our members at our February We Love Our Members B2B Breakfast! Make sure to renew your membership before January 31, 2016 to be entered to win prizes valued at $150 and up!

If you have not received your renewal packet, please contact Paulina@GoletaValley.com

Goleta Magazine
Click here for the digital version of the 2015 Goleta Magazine


2016 Magazine opportunities are now available, contact David@GoletaValley.com

Save the Date!
2016 Business-2-Business Breakfast Dates:

January 12*
February 9*
March 1
April 5
May 3
June 7
July 12*
August 2
September 12*
October 4
November 1
December 13*

*Breakfast moved to 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Quick Links
Lemon Festival Website
Business Leaders Volunteer for Chamber Board 
Nine business leaders from a variety of Goleta industries have agreed to join the Chamber's board of 25 to help set the course, mission and policy direction of the area's largest business association.

Please join us at the Annual Membership Meeting on J anuary 20, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at FLIR Systems a s we thank our outgoing members: Peter Brown, Steve Nicholson, Eric Onnen, Bill Terre, Emma Torres, Jim Youngson and Craig Zimmerman.

The following individuals have been nominated to the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2016.  They will be voted on and installed at the Annual Membership Meeting.

Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce
Nominations to the Board of Directors, 2016
 
  • Rich Antles, FLIR Systems 
  • Ron Caird, Porlamar Nursery
  • Beth Collins-Burgard, Brownstein/Hyatt/Farber/Schreck
  • Arie Dejong, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
  • Dan Gabie, Citrix
  • Jamal Hamdani, Moseley Associates
  • Kirsten McClaughlin, Cox
  • Trish Miller, Spherion 
  • Shashi Poudyal, Bacara Resort & Spa
If you have any questions or need additional information on the proposed slate, please do not hesitate to contact Kristen Miller.
Goleta Experiences Record-Breaking Tourism Economy in 2015
The numbers are in and Goleta continues to shine as a visitor destination. The Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce  welcomes the Dec. 10 figures, with year-to-date data showing continued growth in number of visitors to the area, the amount they spend and the overall lodging industry revenue on the Goleta coast.  
 
The announcement comes from Visit Santa Barbara's Travel Outlook, held Dec. 9, where year-to-date STR data was presented to the group. STR is a global provider of metrics and research to the hotel industry. 
Goleta Chamber Leaders Ponder Commuter-Rail Program Progress
Goleta is scheduled to get a commuter rail program in fall 2016 and the Chamber is working to connect businesses with the process.
 
The Chamber gathered business leaders and City representatives last week to hear an update on the rail progress. Gregg Hart, a spokesperson for Santa Barbara County Association of Governments along with Michelle Greene and Rosemarie Gaglione from the City of Goleta spoke about the project and their organization's priorities.
 
This was the first meeting on this topic and the Chamber plans to continue to follow the progress of the project and
how business and government can work together on this much needed service.
 

Ready, Respond, Recover: Preparing Your Business for El Nino
The Goleta Chamber of Commerce is working to help businesses prepare for the upcoming El Nino.

A Roundtable focussed on the upcoming El Nino was held on November 18th. The Chamber has created a page on our website with important links, such as the Goleta Flood Map so businesses can see if they are in a flash flood area.  

The Chamber will be updating the site consistently and will be sending any important updates via email.  Don't wait until the storm hits to get prepared. 
CalChamber Releases List of New Employment Laws
Affecting Businesses in 2016

The California Chamber of Commerce released the list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2016 or earlier that will have an impact on businesses in California.
December Ribbon Cuttings

Smart and Final Extra! has opened their doors in Hollister Village Plaza located at 7090 Hollister Avenue. The Chamber and City representatives cut the ribbon on December 8th to celebrate the grand opening. The new location boasts the quality fresh produce of a farmers market, the low prices of a discount grocer and the large club-size products of a traditional club store.

The Chamber joined the the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County (UBGC) and representatives from Cox to cut the ribbon on the new Cox Technology Center at the Goleta Boys & Girls Club. The Technology Center was made possible by The James M. Cox Foundation. UBGC was awarded at $13,000 to install a new computer lab to benefit the youth of Goleta.


On December 10th we cut the ribbon at The Joint Chiropractic in Calle Real Center.  The Joint brings a convenient and affordable approach to your chiropractic needs with a variety of monthly and drop in service options. For more information, click here...


December New Members

We welcomed 5 new members in December:  Ken Newendorp and Martial Keyzer, Brashears Insurance; Susan Scaduto, Kol's Cafe; Bill Dietz, Spectrum Reach; Paul Mocker, Paul Mocker CPA; and Justin Haagen, Safety Matters.

Member News & Events
Dos Pueblos High Senior Nathan Alvarez Named Goleta Teen of the Year
Dos Pueblos High School senior Nathan Alvarez was crowned the  2015 Goleta Teen of the Year at a ceremony Sunday night at  Glen Annie Golf Club.
"I'm humbled," Alvarez said, shortly after he was announced the winner by "Mr. Santa Barbara,"  Larry Crandell. "I am lucky to be part of this group of students."

Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara County Annual Meeting
Friday, January 8, 2016 from noon-1:30 p.m.
The luncheon will feature Fred Main, Alliance Lobbyist and Partner at Clear Advocacy in Sacramento. Click here for more information...

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