In This Issue:
Plan Ahead 
Upcoming Events
July "Red, White and Blue"
B2B Breakfast
Tuesday, July 2nd -  7:30 a.m.
It's time to start the fireworks early at one of the best networking events in town. Our breakfast sponsor, Oak Cottage Memory Care, will  help us celebrate our independence in the Good Land!  Enjoy a delicious breakfast, network with other business owners and celebrate our beautiful local community at our monthly breakfast.

Save the Date:
July Issue and Policy Roundtable
Thursday, July 18th at noon
Save the Date for a July Issue & Policy Roundtable featuring the economic impact study for the Exxon Mobil Santa Ynez Unit commissioned by the Chamber Coalition consisting of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Buellton Solvang, Santa Maria and Lompoc. At this event, Mark Schlepp  with California Forecast will present the findings of this economic impact report. More details coming soon!

Partner Events
6th Annual Mega Mixer at Hotel Californian
Thursday, August 22nd 
5:30 - 7:30 PM 
Join the greater Santa Barbara area business community at our 6th Annual Mega Mixer. Bites and sips will be provided by local restauranteurs, wineries and breweries. Click here for more information and to register...

2019 Goleta Chamber Event Dates
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

Growing Cannabis in Santa Barbara County
Cannabis in Santa Barbara County has become a major concern in our community, and therefore of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber's Public Policy Committee met recently to discuss the issue, particularly the concerns over permit requests to grow cannabis on parcels in western Goleta - close to our residential neighborhoods and just downwind of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara.
Goleta and cannabis also have been in the news as a result of our historic South Patterson Avenue agricultural block and newly converted cannabis operations sprouting alongside our community's longtime, prized nurseries.
Our committee has observed Carpinteria struggle with the consequences of cannabis-related public policy decisions that are causing distress for many residents and businesses in that community. We want to learn from Carpinteria and help create a better future for Goleta as we face changes traced to California's legalization of marijuana.
Committee members studied data and documents, and heard from experts. Right now, it looks as if the effects of cannabis growing are detrimental to our quality of life, there do not seem to be enough safeguards to protect our neighborhoods from the inevitable odors of cannabis growing, and there arereputational risks of being known as a cannabis capital.

"The City of Goleta has been working hard, and we believe successfully to continually balance the health and safety needs of our residents with the rights and opportunities the State of California has granted to the cannabis industry," said Goleta Mayor, Paula Perotte. "As Goleta's Mayor, I urge Santa Barbara County to take a regional approach to cannabis to better assure the safety and economic well-being of all its residents and businesses, whether they are located in the county or within our cities. " 

The Chamber's concerns are for Goleta's neighborhoods, our tourism economy, and the negative economic impacts of this new agricultural industry on our quality of life and economy.

2019 Goleta Magazine
Celebrating the Good Land
The Goleta Chamber of Commerce is excited to launch the 2019-2020 Goleta Magazine, featuring the stories of the people who work, play and innovate and make Goleta a great place to be. This year's cover features our historical treasure, Stow House, and longtime community volunteers, Dacia and Riley Harwood.
Other featured articles include: Eric Onnen, Miye Ota, Tony Vallejo, St. Vincent's, The Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County, Wyatt Technology, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Cider and more.. 
The magazine is also digital, click here to explore the digital version! 
To request a hard copy of the magazine, please contact Cortney at

Mayor Pro Tem Richards and Mayor Perotte welcomed thousands of cyclists at Girsh Park
The AIDS/LifeCycle event brought 2,500 cyclists to Goleta on Friday, June 7. These cyclists wereon their journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise awareness to end the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and fundraise for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Los Angeles LGBT Center. 

Along the 545 mile bike ride, the cyclists stopped for lunch in Goleta and was welcomed by Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte and Mayor Pro Tem Kyle Richards. For more information on the AIDS/LifeCycle ride, go to

The Goleta Chamber of Commerce will hold the fourth annual TechTopia Summit on
Thursday, July 11th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at UC Santa Barbara.

A vast amount of Goleta's businesses and technology comes out of UC Santa Barbara. This year's event will be held on campus and features an interactive walking tour of the  AlloSphere and innovation and research facilities open to the local business community,  California NanoSystems Institute and UCSB Nanofabrication Facility.

2019 Techtopia Summit: UC Santa Barbara will highlight this unique economic driver and connection between the Goleta business community and this prestigious institution. 

The event will conclude at The Club with a wine and cheese reception and panel of business leaders sharing their experience of growing a business from campus to Goleta. 

Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 22. Attendees will check-in for the tour at Lot 22 and shuttle to the tour facilities. The interactive tour includes 60 minutes of walking and standing. Business attire and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 

Brighten Solar Chosen as the Exclusive Installer for Solarize Santa Barbara 
Solarize Santa Barbara is a program by the Community Environmental Council (CEC) that makes it easier and more affordable for local homeowners to go solar. This group purchasing model helps homeowners install solar electricity at a discounted price through a streamlined and hassle-free process. This year, Brighten has been selected as the exclusive installer for Solarize Santa Barbara.

American Riviera Bank Opens Full-Service Branch in Downtown San Luis Obispo  
American Riviera Bank is proud to announce the Grand Opening of its latest full-service branch, in Downtown San Luis Obispo. The new branch offers personal and business accounts, as well as business, commercial, real estate, agricultural, residential mortgage, construction and Small Business Administration loans.

Employer Health Insurance & Worker's Compensation Updates - Free Business Workshop 
Thursday, June 27th, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Rabobank - Goleta - Luis Villegas
5956 Calle Real, Goleta
Attend this free business workshop and learn what is happening in health insurance and worker's compensation today. Light snacks will be provicded. Presented by Gulley & Larsen Insurance Services LLC and Bill Terry Insurance

MJ Cafe - Friday Night BBQ
Every Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6985 Santa Felicia Drive (inside Ice in Paradise)
Come by on Friday nights and enjoy the tastes of summer BBQ at MJ Cafe! They will be grilling Angus burgers and hot dogs. Get a draft beer and a burger for only $10. 

Goleta Fireworks
Thursday, July 4th, 2019 
Girsh Park - 7050 Phelps Road, Goleta
Event starts at 5:00 p.m.

Lots of activities for the young and old are included! There are bounce houses, face painting, a climbing wall and many more games and activities. Bring your dancing shoes & enjoy the music from our DJ and main band, Area 51.  Chairs and blankets are welcome. This is a family friendly event, so no alcohol or pets please.

Pacifica Graduate Institute - Summer Dream Tending Workshop
July 12 - 14, 2019
Pacifica's Ladera Lane Campus
801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara
Participants in this three-day workshop will build practical skills grounded in traditional and emerging methods of dreamwork.

Spectrum Reach Idea Summit
Kimpton Canary Hotel - Channel Islands Room
31 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

A free event for local business owners and leaders to get their creative juices flowing!  Guest speaker Scott Toland, Owner of the Toland Group and renowned national speaker will be conducting an Idea Summit.  The idea summit will help attendees create and explore new ideas to grow their business.  Space is limited. 
Email to reserve your spot!

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.