TODAY August 1, 2017
A Monthly Publication
President's Message
What's The Key Issue In This Year's Election?
Last week, I was invited to speak at a forum called by the City's Living Wage Advisory Committee.  The Committee was formed several years ago when the City passed its Living Wage Ordinance - requiring that most businesses that do contract work for the City of Santa Barbara pay a pre-determined "living wage", currently at around $16 per hour.

The purpose of the forum was to discuss the cost of living in Santa Barbara, and how we should address it.  In fact, that was the question we were asked to make prepared remarks on - "How would you define the problem of living costs in Santa Barbara and what is your most important path for making progress toward making this an inclusive community?"

As I was the first speaker, I decided to turn away from where several of the speakers would go - asking that employees simply be paid more (yes, more even than the now State-mandated $15 per hour minimum wage by 2023).  Instead, I focused squarely on housing.

November of 2017 will see a number of important local matters on our election ballots, not the least of which is the election of three City Council members and a new Mayor of Santa Barbara.
To help wade through all of the issues that are helping to drive this election, the Chamber has circulated questionnaires to all announced candidates.  Those candidates have responded back, and we've posted their responses, verbatim, on our website.  You can find those answers at the links below.
IDI.US Inc Launch Party !
IDI.US - Stronger Leaders - Better Teams - 
More Effective Organizations

Come Celebrate! August 10 at Antioch University's rooftop venue, 602 Anacapa Street, 5:30 - 7:30PM.
  • Network with other Santa Barbara influencers
  • Experience some of Santa Barbara's newest tastes in wine, beer, and food
  • Learn more about the Interpersonal Dynamics Inventory 
  • Register for a chance to win an IDI Team Building Workshop ($3500 value) 
New to the US, but with 30+ years of research and collected data experience from Europe, Africa, and Asia, the Interpersonal Dynamics Inventory has helped organizations across the globe to forge stronger, more transparent workplace bonds. People strategy is surpassing business strategy in importance, and tools offering a 360° view have been shown to be the most powerful to better understand, build, and manage effective teams and their leaders. 

Register online for the event and be entered to win $100 in gift certificates. 

Sample unusual wine selected by Drew from  Satellite , the new wine bar inside the Impact Hub Downtown. Try upcoming brews by Kris from  Third Window Brewing Co . in The Mill. Find out what all the buzz is about by tasting food prepared by Katie from  The Honey B Kitchen  located on the top floor of Antioch University.

Coffee & Connections Breakfast

Join Montecito Bank & Trust as they sponsor Chamber's August Coffee & Connections Breakfast! 
Thursday August 24, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Ninos Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Coffee & Connections Breakfast is our platform for marketing, connecting and growing your business! This monthly networking breakfast is a program that sits community leaders, business owners and representatives at the same table to engage and learn about what is going on in our business community.
After Hours Business Networking

Friday August 25th, 2017
Location: Harder Stadium
Building 580, Stadium Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Join us for this month's After-Hours Business Networking Event hosted by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Harder Stadium on Friday, August 25th @ 5 PM.  Come for drinks and appetizers, raffle prizes (including Gaucho gear and season tickets!), and an on-field view of the home of the 2018 & 2020 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup, then stay for the Gauchos' regular season home opener against St. Mary's at 7 PM (Gold Zone tickets included courtesy of the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office).

Meet over 100 local businesses at the #MySantaBarbara Business Expo! Explore the diverse businesses while enjoying tastes from local wineries, breweries and restaurants.

What better way to get to experience Santa Barbara than to meet the local business owners and representatives who make living and working in Santa Barbara what it is!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Contact to register as an exhibitor or for more information!

Partners in Education was formed by local business and education leaders in 1977 and is administered by the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Through partnerships with local  businesses,  youth-serving nonprofits,  community  members, and educators, Partners in  Education is preparing Santa Barbara County students for what's next - whether it's the next grade, college, or  a career.
Through Partners in Education's award-winning programs, students gain access to technology, enabling them to complete homework at home; volunteers  support educators and m otivate students through their roles as classroom tutors, guest speakers, resume coaches, and mock job interviewers; and students learn job skills and gain experience in careers they are interested in pursuing after high school.

The organizational assessment and consulting experts at Effectiveness Consultants, headquartered in Santa Barbara, Ca., recently announced plans to release a comprehensive behavioral assessment tool called the Interpersonal Dynamics Inventory. The firm has launched a website dedicated to the tool ahead of the release, which is slated for August 2017.

About The Interpersonal Dynamics Inventory
Originally developed in the late 1970s in Sweden (where it is still widely used), the Interpersonal Dynamics Inventory (IDI) is an organizational assessment tool that measures the innate aspects of an individual's behavior rather than his or her intent. The assessment's results allow individuals to gain more awareness about how their behaviors impact others as well as improve their ability to work with, lead and influence those in their professional circles... 

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To apply, email or call
(805) 965-3023 and for more information about the Leadership Santa Barbara County program visit
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Sponsorship Available!

Become an Event Sponsor Today!  Bring business into your business through becoming a host and experience the benefits of sponsoring these fantastic networking events!

2017 - After-Hour Business Networking:
-Nov 9th

2018 - Coffee & Connections Breakfast:
-Jan 25th
-Feb 22nd
-Mar 22nd
-Apr 26th
-May 24th
-Jun 21st

2018 - After-Hour Business Networking:
-Feb 8th
-Mar 8th
-Apr 12th
-Jun 7th

If you would like to host an event please contact Stephanie Armstrong by emailing  or by calling 
(805) 979-5013
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Coffee & Connection Breakfast
2017 Sponsors  


After Hours Business Networking
2017 Sponsors

Become an After Hours Business Networking Sponsor Today!

Contact or call (805) 979-5013.

Bring business into your business through becoming a host and experience the benefits of sponsoring these fantastic networking events!

  The Towbes Group taps Craig Minus for Vice President of Development

Check out Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara's new  FaceBook site

Old Spanish Days and the Santa B arbara Zoo will once again host this annu al fiesta kick-off event with food, music, dancing, and, of course, the infamous DIGS margaritas!

Attached are Sponsorship, Individual Player and Volunteer Opportunities for the 16th Annual St. Vincent's Charity Golf Classic "FORE" the Children.    

Every Saturday morning head to Saturday Fisherman's Market in the harbor for the freshest fish you've ever tasted!
Meet local fishermen and buy fresh fish (filleted or whole) and live crabs, abalone, urchin and more.
Support your community, planet and personal health with fresh and affordable seafood. Its a triple win!
Rain or shine, 6-11 am on the City Pier across from Brophy's. See details at

September 9th and 10th the Earl Warren Showgrounds will be filled with sea glass and ocean arts enthusiasts as the 3rd Annual Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival opens its doors for Early Bird Shoppers at 9 am on Saturday, the 9th. 

Santa Barbara Golf Classic
August 5 & 6

Fun With the Force  
Something beautiful happens when Santa Barbara comes together!
The Energy Watch Partnership of Northern Santa Barbara County
is hosting an Energy Update event. The lineup of speakers and topics they have pulled together is timely and top of mind in our communities.

Come taste with Jamie Slone Wines aboard Santa Barbara Sailing Center's "Double Dolphin" catamaran. We'll be Sipping on the Sea.
Your hosts Kym and Jamie Slone will be pouring two whites and two reds from their fabulous lineup of wines from Santa Barbara County.
Grab a spot on the trampoline netting and enjoy the views of the water below and sunset above while Sipping on your wine.

Child Evangelism Fellowship
6th Annual Golf Tournament Dinner & Raffle
Saturday, September 23