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Upcoming Events
TONIGHT
 2019 Goleta Magazine Launch
Wednesday, May 29th - 5-7:00 p.m.
Join us at SAMsARA Winery for the 2019 Goleta Magazine Launch. We will unveil the cover of Goleta's premier magazine and enjoy delicious local wine and networking. 
Click here to register...

June "Summer Lovin"
B2B Breakfast
Tuesday, June 4th -  7:30 a.m.
Our June host, Senior Planning Services , will help us celebrate the start of summer on the Goleta coast.  Enjoy a delicious breakfast, network with other business owners and celebrate our beautiful local community at our monthly breakfast.

Partner Events
Vitalant Blood Drive
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 
 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Chamber is partnering with Vitalant to host a Summer blood drive. Summer blood donors are needed! Participants will scratch for a chance at over 3,500 prizes! 

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


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 May 16th, we cut the ribbon at MJ Cafe in Ice in Paradise. 

MJ Cafe serves up fresh pizzas, beer, wine, and espresso.
GoGoleta Launches New Inspiration Guide and Visitor Maps
May 5-11th was National Travel and Tourism Week and we celebrated GoGoleta's work at our May B2B Breakfast and with the launch of our new Inspiration Guide and redesigned Visitor Maps.
 
The Chamber is in a unique position in a public private partnership that includes funding from the Tourism Business Improvement District, a hospitality organization, and the City of Goleta with TOT funds. 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, tourism dollars generated $12.8 million in tax revenue last year and supports 1,291 jobs. Without tourism, taxpayers would each have to pay another $1,134 a year per household to cover the amount raised from tourism. Tourism generated $1.9 billion in Santa Barbara County in 2017, according to the 2016-17 Santa Barbara South Coast Visitor Profile and Tourism Economic Impact Study.
 
The new 2019 Goleta Inspiration Guide highlights the variety of outdoor recreation, unique eateries and tasting rooms in Goleta. 
 
The new and redesigned Goleta Visitor Map features bike paths, local attractions, and Goleta's Tasting Trail of wineries, breweries, and spirits. If you would like to request a copy, please contact Paulina@GoletaChamber.com


The Goleta Chamber gathered a group of professionals and hired a consultant to study the City of Goleta's Draft Zoning Ordinance. Updating the zoning ordinance is an important piece of the City's future and a huge step forward since adopting the County's ordinance during incorporation in 2002.  The Chamber's committee spent several months of analyzing and responding to the first draft. Many of our suggestions have been addressed and included in the current  draft released by City staff.  The Chamber's interest in this document is to  make sure the new ordinance is not a detriment to business in Goleta.
 
One concern we still have is that some new permit requirements may put existing, permitted, successful businesses into the category of "legal non-conforming". We don't think this is the intention of the decision-makers or staff, but it is a complicated issue. The Chamber is requesting that some sort of limited exception language be included to protect our business investment, especially in certain hospitality and industrial uses.  Our proposal includes a recommendation that businesses with an existing development plan or conditional use permit be considered approved and not be considered legal non-conforming.  Contact us if you need more information.

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.

Instead of a bus tour around Goleta, this year's event will be held on campus and attendees will tour locations most connected to the local business community.

A vast amount of Goleta's research and technology comes out of UC Santa Barbara. A high priority of the Chamber is highlighting the connections between the Goleta business community and this prestigious institution. This year's event will focus on that economic driver.  The program will conclude at The Club with a wine and cheese reception and panel of business leaders sharing their experience growing a business from campus to Goleta.

Goleta is home to a variety of high-tech and manufacturing companies and is the infrared capital of the world. Our proximity to UC Santa Barbara gives Goleta continuous access to a talented workforce and cutting edge research and technology. Our 2019 TechTopia event will celebrate our vibrant and innovative business community.  Click here to register...

New Members
We welcomed four new members in May:  Lisa Gosdschan, CADA;  Megan Kennedy, Enterprise/National Rent a Car;  Chris Chiarappa and Pixie Saavedra,  Mesa Burger and  Jonny Hawley, Paychex
Cox Named No. 11 on DiversityInc 2019 Top 50 Companies List
Cox Communications has earned the No. 11 spot on the 2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. This marks the 14th time the company has been recognized among the nation's corporate diversity leaders.

Please take the Santa Barbara County Economic Development Survey
The County of Santa Barbara is looking into future economic development and we would like to include your views in our future plans. Please take 10 minutes to fill out the Santa Barbara County Economic Development Survey now to help shape the future of Santa Barbara County. Click here to participate... 

Fairview Gardens - Farm to Table Dinner
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Starts at 5:00 p.m.
Fairview Gardens is excited to invite you to our Annual Farm to Table Dinner! Enjoy a lovely evening on the farm with cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, and dessert. This is an opportunity to support a unique organization through connections with the community at an inspired event. Dinner curated by local favorite BarbareƱo featuring fresh produce grown and harvested at Fairview Gardens!

Pacifica Graduate Institute - The Pacifica Experience
June 7, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join the Pacifica Graduate Institute for their Information Day and learn about their various degree programs in the tradition of Depth Psychology informed by the teachings of C.G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, James Hillman, and others.

Fiesta Ranchera - Rancho La Patera & Stow House
Thursday, June 20, 2019 -  5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Fiesta kick-off event to start the summer off right! Come dance under the stars to Area 51, nibble on delicious bites and sip wine and cocktails from local vendors.
 

Pacifica Graduate Institute - Summer Dream Tending Workshop
July 12 - 14, 2019
Participants in this three-day workshop will build practical skills grounded in traditional and emerging methods of dreamwork.
  

THANK YOU TO OUR PRESIDENT'S CIRCLE