• February 12 | Take the ERC Survey! Inform city & state recovery plans!
  • February 18 | Sign up for Burger Week's radio + online promotions
  • February 25 | Downtown Resources: Who to Call for What Workshop
  • March 2 | Downtown Recovery: Creative Economy
  • Sonja Brunner joins the Visit Santa Cruz Board!
  • Sign-up for one-on-one social media coaching
ERC Survey: Find Out How Your Business is Doing Relative to Others!
The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz has partnered with the Santa Cruz Economic Recovery Council (ERC) and Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce to find out how our business community is facing the ongoing pandemic. If you haven't yet, please take the survey before it closes on February 12th! Sign up to get the results and find out how you are faring relative to other businesses of your size, in your industry, right here in Santa Cruz!

The ERC survey seeks your input on the economic, health and safety impacts your business, organization, employees, and customers have experienced since the outbreak of COVID-19, to help both you and the ERC gain a better understanding of our community’s real-life circumstances, and what the business and non-profit communities need from the public and private sectors. 
 
We will aggregate the responses and share a report on the health of our local economy. You can choose to enter your information anonymously if you prefer. Or, sign-up to receive the survey results directly!

Thank you for participating in this important community business survey!
Restauranteurs | Sign up for Burger Week Promotions!
Now's the time to sign up for Burger Week! Local eateries across Santa Cruz County are offering their best burgers at either $8, $10 or $12 for seven days of burger love. Be featured on the radio and in the Good Times print and social media promotions. Enroll by February 18 and be part fun upcoming promotions targeting locals and visitors alike. Fill out this contact form or email Debra to sign up!
Business Owners, Managers & Employees: Join the annual Downtown Resources Workshop and Learn Who to Call for What!
Thursday, February 25 | 1:00PM
Downtown Resources: Who to Call for What!
hosted by the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz

 PANELISTS:
Sonja Brunner, Downtown Ambassadors
Kris Younggren, Downtown Outreach Workers

Come learn about the resources available to businesses downtown! When you see something, what's the best way to respond? Who can help? How can we each contribute to a cleaner, safer, more welcoming downtown? Come find out!
Mark Your Calendar for the Next Downtown Recovery Conversation | March 2 - Creative Economy
We're excited to be joined by the MAH Director Robb Woulfe on March 2 to learn about the Creative Economy, and how the MAH and other cultural organizations in Santa Cruz are contributing to our community's recovery and vibrancy. Come hear about the world class light, sound and digital culture experiences coming to Downtown this fall, and much more!

Tuesday, March 2 at 8:30am
Downtown Recovery: Creative Economy

Did you miss last week's Downtown Recovery conversation on "Lessons Learned from the Post-Earthquake Recovery" with Joe Ferrara of Atlantis Fantasy World, Ellen Gil of Sockshop & Shoe Co., Joe Hall, former Asst. Redevelopment Director, Cynthia Matthews, former Mayor, Larry Pearson of Pacific Cookie Company, and Patty Zoccoli of Zoccoli’s Deli? Listen in here!
Sonja Brunner joins the Board of Visit Santa Cruz!
The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz's Director of Operations, Sonja Brunner, has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Visit Santa Cruz, which helps attract visitors from all over the world to Santa Cruz County, positioning our coastal community as a tourism, conference and film destination.

Sonja Brunner came to Santa Cruz in 1992 and continued a 25-year career in retail business management with Cat n' Canary, Sockshop and Shoe Company, and Old School Shoes. Sonja is currently a Board Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Santa Cruz County and has also recently stepped into her role as Vice Mayor for the City of Santa Cruz. She was appointed to the city’s Ad hoc Revenue Committee, the Homelessness Two-by-Two Committee, and is an alternate board member for the Santa Cruz Public Library Financing Authority, the Central Coast Community Energy Policy Board, and the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.  

In her free time, Sonja deejays for special events in and around Santa Cruz County. In the past, Sonja has served on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, City Arts Master Plan Steering Committee, the Downtown Santa Cruz Improvement Task Force, the Santa Cruz County Chamber Women In Business Steering Committee, the Cruzin' Courses Committee, and the Visit Santa Cruz Board previously in 2006-2008.  

In continuing partnership with Visit Santa Cruz, we look forward to promoting Downtown's unique attractions to our region's many tourists.
Sign up for 1:1 Social Media Coaching
Enhance your brand's online visibility! Start with a free 20 minute customized consultation on your online presence. Learn basic skills like posting stories, using hashtags, and creating a content calendar. Sign up here for your consult with one of the Downtown Association's marketing partners! 
Is your Downtown business hiring? SUBMIT A JOB HERE

Current list of DOWNTOWN JOBS HERE


Join the Downtown Business SLACK channel to stay in communication with members!

Sent to you by your friends at the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz!

Executive Director | Jorian Wilkins
Director of Operations | Sonja Brunner
Marketing Partner | Shiri Gradek