In This Issue:
Upcoming Events
March "Lucky in Business"
B2B Breakfast
Tuesday, March 5th  7:30 a.m.
Find all the luck you'll need for your business at our March B2B breakfast with Alliance Wealth Strategies. Don't forget to wear something green!  
 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
Save the date! The 12th Annual State of the City presented by the Goleta Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the City of Goleta. The event will feature presentations by Mayor Paula Perotte and City Manager, Michelle Greene. 

For sponsorship information, contact Michele@GoletaChamber.com
2019 Goleta Chamber Event Dates
 
TechTopia
Thursday, July 11, 2019
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Deckers Brands

 
2019 Goleta Lemon Festival
September 28 & 29, 2019
Girsh Park, Goleta


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

Ribbon Cuttings

On January 30th we celebrated the opening of SAMsARA winery - Goleta's newest wine tasting room! Learn more at samsarawine.com


On February 23rd, we cut the ribbon at the newly remodeled Gold's Gym. Check out their revamped location on Calle Real.
Chamber Gets a No-Go From City Council in Old Town 
For decades, Old Town Goleta has been caught in a perpetual loop of civic concern and discussion that has yet to produce any meaningful change.
 
Earlier this year, the Goleta Chamber of Commerce, Old Town property owners and the Goleta business community proposed an initiative that would create a significant, ongoing funding source for improvements. Not only would this proposal help businesses thrive, it would enhance the unique character of this special and historic neighborhood.
 
The proposal - a possible Property Business Improvement District, or PBID - had the buy-in from many businesses, the City's professional staff and the property owners who would be paying the assessment. Crucially, the City of Goleta would own the oversight of the program.
 
Sadly, on Feb. 5, the Goleta City Council opted to keep Old Town Goleta in its current state. That's disappointing.
 
The Council balked at moving forward after a misleading campaign against the proposal by a group of opponents, who accused the Goleta Chamber of Commerce of favoring Old Town gentrification and chain stores over mom-and-pop shops and small businesses that are the heart - and soul - of the Chamber's membership.
 
"Nothing could be further from the truth," Kristen Miller, the Chamber's president and CEO, testified at the Council meeting, directly addressing the opponents' attacks.
 
"The Chamber has been the only champion for small business in Old Town for decades."
 
Two Old Town small business owners, both Chamber board members, testified as well. Anne Pazier, owner of Santa Barbara Gift Baskets, and Hallie Avolio, co-owner of Latitude 34˚ Technologies, reassured the Council that small business is at the core of the Chamber's public-private partnership with the City.
 
But, in the face of angry accusations that included repugnant references to the Chamber and its nearly 450 member businesses promoting the "raping and pillaging" of the community, the Council opted to ask for yet more research and studies.
 
As a result of this inaction, the Chamber is tabling the PBID discussion for now. Our Old Town Business Committee, which includes businesses, property owners, nonprofit organizations and City representatives, will continue to work on programs funded by the City's General Fund. And the committee will continue to explore events, marketing, networking and advocacy to support the Old Town community.
 
Larger projects - like landscaping and an employee parking lot - will just have to wait. Again.


Annual Membership Meeting Celebrates Chamber Volunteers and Welcomes Chairman Bill Macfadyen
The Goleta Chamber held our annual meeting at the new headquarters of Direct Relief in January.  

The event included a farewell to our Chairwoman of two terms, Hallie Avolio. Noozhawk founder and publisher Bill Macfadyen was installed as the new chairman for 2019.
 
Michael Biancone of CIO Solutions and Jennifer Newell, owner of SB Creative Content were dually named ambassador of the year for 2018 for their continued support and dedication of the ambassador program.
 
Leslie Brickell was given the Chairman's Award for her pivotal role in support of the hospitality industry in Goleta and on the board.
 

For the past 11 years the Chamber has worked with the City of Goleta to bring you a State of the City presentation featuring rich and detailed content that your business needs to know. This very popular event is a who's who in Goleta with great networking, delicious lunch and photo opportunities with your business or group. For more information, contact  Michele@GoletaChamber.com
 
New Members
We welcomed five new members at February's "We Love Our Members" themed B2B Breakfast! Laura Segura from Vitalant, Randy and Andrea Chavez  from Talley Farms, Heather Swetman from Escalera Pest Control, Brittany Higgins and Scott McKree from Firestone Brewery, and Ben Romo from Romo & Associates. 
American Heart Association Pop-Up Party at Red Piano
Thursday, February 28th 5-8 p.m.
Stop by the Red Piano tonight to visit guest bartenders from the American Heart Association Board, including our own, Michele Schneider. All tips will go directly to The American Heart Association. 

American Riviera Bank Brings Community Banking Back to Downtown San Luis Obispo
American Riviera Bank  announced that it has opened a loan production office in Downtown San Luis Obispo. They will be expanding to a full-service branch at the same location in the spring of 2019.

Green Business Program Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, March 19, 2019
Please mark your calendar for the Green Business Program Annual Luncheon at  Hotel Corque in Solvang. We will be honoring over two dozen new local Certified Green Businesses. Our Keynote Speaker is Seth Streeter, Founder of  Sustainable Future.

SCORE Workshop - Learn How to Create Endless Profitable Leads For Your Business Using Social Media
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Learn how to define your marketing message, identify your target customers, and how to reach them by creating a simple, effective marketing system. Free  15 minute 1:1 consultations available after the workshop (scheduling on site).

Miles for Moms 5K - Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Join us for Miles for Moms─a special 5K Walk/Run hosted by Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation in honor of Mother's Day! Participants are encouraged to walk with or in honor of their mom. Sponsorship opportunities available.
  

THANK YOU TO OUR PRESIDENT'S CIRCLE