A Monthly Publication of the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region

February 2017
Vol. 4, Issue 2
Photo Of The Week
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Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show

Business Leaders Council

BLC Colleagues Members
Executive Members
Entrepreneur Members
New Entrepreneur Members
Hospitality Members
Renewed Hospitality Members

New Business Members

Renewed Business Members

 Chamber Staff

Ken Oplinger
Vice President of Sales
Scott Ericson
Vice President of Marketing
Stephanie Armstrong

Visitor Center Director
Annmarie Rogers

Director of Economic Development 
Zoe J. Taylor
Membership Service Coordinator
Kali Embry

Director of FishSB
Kim Selkoe
2017 Board of Directors
Jim Turner
Radius Commercial Real Estate

Vice Chair
Rich Block
Santa Barbara Zoo

Bill Shields
Armstrong Associates

Michelle Apodaca

Immediate Past Chair
Nathan Sigler
Cottage Health

Tyler Duncan
Rusty's Pizza

Steve Epstein
The Epstein Partners

Michael Fauver
Buynak Fauver Archibald & Spray LLC

Steve Fort
Suzanne Elledge Planning & Permitting Services, Inc.

Geoff Green
Santa Barbara City College Foundation

George Leis
Montecito Bank & Trust

Jonathan Miller
Nye Peabody Stirling Hale & Miller LLP

 Bibi Moezzi
Heritage Oaks Bank
Tom Patton
Ramada Santa Barbara

Cameron Porter

Sherry Villanueva
Acme Hospitality

Steve Windhager
Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

Paul Wieckowski
Schipper Construction

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Business After Hours Sponsorship
President's Message

Drought Far From Over
Santa Barbara has received 2 - 3 inches of rain in the last week alone.  Most of our reservoirs have now received 130% to 180% of normal rainfall for this rain year.  We all saw the pictures in the news a few weeks ago of Gibraltar reaching capacity and spilling for the first time in years.  
And we are still in a severe drought.  
In fact, Lake Cachuma is still at only 14.5% capacity, rising only 7% through all of these storms over the last two months.  
The point is, we still need to be vigilant.  We still need to maintain our outstanding efforts at conservation, efforts that have made Santa Barbara among the most conservation-minded communities in the State.  
And yes, we still need the desalination plant.  
In an effort to provide you with the latest on the drought and how the City plans on addressing it, we're pleased to welcome Rebecca Bjork, the City's Public Works Director, and Madeline Ward, the Water Conservation Supervisor, to an informational luncheon on March 2 nd  at 11:30am at the Santa Barbara Club.  
This important event, part of the  Hospitality Santa Barbara program, has been extended to Chamber members.  I hope you'll come join us as we hear from the experts on what our water future has in store for residents and businesses alike.  For more information, call us here at the Chamber at 965-3023.  

Ken Oplinger, ACE
The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region
Chamber News  
Thurs | Feb 09 | 5:30 pm 
Join us at the Serra Hall of the Old Mission Santa Barbara tomorrow evening for our second Business After Hours of 2017! Don't miss out the chance to make some great new business contacts and enjoy a wonderful evening at the Old Mission.

Thurs | Feb 23 | 7:30 am 
Join the Chamber at the Santa Barbara Zoo for our Coffee 
& Connections Breakfast on Thursday,
February 23rd! Business Giving Roundtable  is our sponsor, and they'll be at the breakfast to share the outstanding services they provide for our community. Be ready for fast paced networking by preparing your 60 second commercial now, and be sure to bring lots of business cards and marketing materials, as well as door prizes for extra promotion! 

Santa Barbara The Guide
Connect With 90,000+ Businesses and Residents

Advertising sales have started for the 2017 edition of Santa Barbara The Guide - Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this valuable publication. Connect with 90,000+ businesses and residents. Santa Barbara The Guide, the Chamber's annual Magazine and Business Directory is the best way to reach that market for a full year.
ECONOMIC PROFILE SECTION -The Santa Barbara County Economic Profile section, a special section within The Guide and printed separately, focuses on the area's economic vitality including detailed information about local economies, infrastructure, and resources of the cities and incorporated area's throughout Santa Barbara County.
MULTIPLE MARKETING OPTIONS  Choose from a traditional display ad, or tell your story with an advertorial; give us your best photo(s), some text, a logo, and contact information and we tell your story in the magazine, in print, online and on tablets! 
BROAD DISTRIBUTION & ONLINE VISIBILITY A minimum of 14,000 copies of the print edition will be delivered to area businesses and residents in affluent neighborhoods of Santa Barbara and Montecito and other locations throughout the area. An additional 7,500 copies of the Economic Profile section will be distributed through Chambers of Commerce throughout Santa Barbara County. The digital flipbook is available 24/7 on the Chamber's website, reaching locally and beyond.
Advertising space reservations for The Guide are currently being accepted by our sales team at Seaside Communications, the chamber-member publishers of Passport Gateway Magazine, the area's leading visitor guide since 1995. 
Space is limited and the window of opportunity is now. Premium positions will go to the first responding chamber member businesses that reserve advertising space in this upscale publication. This is your opportunity to drive more business to your business throughout 2016.
I encourage you to secure your place in Santa Barbara The Guide today by calling (805) 617-4095 or by email to info@santabarbaratheguide.com for more information.
Santa Barbara Guide & Economic Profile 
Santa Barbara Guide & Economic Profile

Santa Barbara Life

 Two Great Ways to Win and Grow Your Business!

1. Include your business on  Santa Barbara Life and reach thousands of customers in our local marketplace (Special Chamber Member Discount) 

Monthly Contest Getaway
2. FIND ANOTHER beach ball like this one elsewhere in this email and click it to enter the SBLIFE Monthly Grand Prize Getaway! Good luck from your friends at the Santa Barbara Chamber and Santa Barbara Life! 
Ambassador of the Month
Brianna is a third generation real estate agent, born and raised in Santa Barbaran. Brianna grew up learning the ins and outs of Santa Barbara real estate from both her mom, a local Realtor, and her dad, a local contractor. After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a degree in Graphic
Communications encompassing graphic design, web design, and marketing, she came back to Santa Barbara and partnered with her Mom, Dianne Johnson at Village Properties Realtors. Dian ne and Brianna have a unique approach to helping their clients achieve their home goals in the Santa Barbara area. As a multi generational team, they are able to offer their clients decades of Santa Barbara real estate experience with the most up-to-date marketing techniques and design.
Brianna enjoys sharing her love for Santa Barbara with her clients and tries to give back to the community however possible. She actively volunteers with the Teacher's Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Giveback Homes and was a founding member for the SBAOR Young Professionals Network. She participates in numerous events with the American Heart Association and the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region.
As an ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, Brianna is able to play a role in fostering new member's growth and appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with all different types of Santa Barbara businesses and promote the Santa Barbara lifestyle. 
Non-Profit of the Month
Young America's Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, the Foundation introduces thousands of American youth to these principles. We accomplish our mission by providing essential conferences, seminars, educational materials, internships, and speakers to young people across the country.

Young America's Foundation stepped forward to save President Reagan's Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, in the spring of 1998 to preserve it as a living monument to Ronald Reagan to pass on his ideas to future generations. President Reagan committed himself to reaching young people with his ideas-a goal that is also central to the Foundation's mission.
Preserving the Ranch and passing on the President's lasting accomplishments is Young America's Foundation's way of thanking Ronald Reagan for all he has done for his country and the world. His beloved ranch is a place of learning, a place of encouragement and a place of inspiration for generations to come. The Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara is a "schoolhouse for Reaganism" where young and old alike can visit and learn more about one of America's greatest presidents.

Young America's Foundation's Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise educates and inspires young people to defend and articulate free enterprise principles. The Center's program aim to popularize the ideas of free markets, limited government, and lower taxes necessary to generate economic growth and prosperity for more Americans.
Member News



Latest Storms Push Santa Barbara County Seasonal Rainfall Totals Well Above Normal 
With the latest storms, all areas of Santa Barbara County are well above average for seasonal rainfall, but what has fallen has only made a small dent in the region's persistent drought. 

SBIFF 2017: Mid-Fest Wrap - What's Happened So Far at the Fabulous Santa Barbara International Film Festival
By general consensus, according to my very informal survey, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival ( SBIFF) film cited as the best of fest - five days in, anyway - is Raoul Peck's stunning and inventive I Am Not Your Negro, which imaginatively addresses texts by James Baldwin and swatches of history to convey the strongest study/indictment of racism I've ever seen.
Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta put up for sale 
The Pacific Hospitality Group listed the Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta for sale for an undisclosed amount, PHG Chief Investment Officer Kory Kramer said.
The Irvine-based company has invested more than $25 million in upgrades and renovations since it purchased the resort in 2013 for an estimated $150 million to $180 million.