A Monthly Publication of the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region

January 2017
Vol. 4, Issue 1
Photo Of The Week
 Mission Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show

Business Leaders Council

Executive Members
Hospitality Members
New 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

The Real Definition(s) of a "Parking Problem"

December has now passed, and with it the crowds of shoppers out finding just the right gifts for their friends and loved ones.  For those of you in the retail trades, it's such an important part of your year, and I hope you had a wonderful (and profitable!) 2016 season.

The flip side of this time of year is that there are a lot more people out - and therefore - a lot more people parking in our shopping districts.  I was reminded of this myself when I went to my "secret" parking area at Paseo Nuevo a few weeks ago (OK, not really secret, just the basement area by the Macy's entrance), and it was completely full.  As I groused under my breath about not being able to find a spot, I had to catch myself.  I was complaining for all the wrong reasons.

Ken Oplinger, ACE
The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region
Chamber News  
1. Business After Hours
Thurs | Jan 12 | 5:30 pm 
Join us at Impact Hub for our first Business After Hours of 2017! Kick off your year making some great new business contacts and learning about this outstanding new addition to the entreprenuerial landscape of Santa Barbara.

Wed | Jan 18 | 11:30 am 
The 2017 Regional Business Awards, presented by American Riviera Bank, is the Chamber's Annual Luncheon Meeting.  We honor the Small and Large Businesses of the Year, the Non-Profit of the Year, and the Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year.  Come join the fun!

Thurs | Jan 26 | 7:30 am 
Join the Chamber at the  Santa Barbara Zoo  for our first Coffee & Connections Breakfast of the year on Thursday, January 26th! Imagine X Functional Neurology 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! 

4. Economic Vitality Team of Santa Barbara County Annual Meeting
Tues | Jan 31 | 7:30 am 
Come hear about all of the work of our first Countywide Economic Development Organization, the EVT. This fast-paced morning will leave you feeling great about the future of economic development in Santa Barbara County, and give you some great ideas about how you can get involved.
2017 Regional Business Awards - Chamber Annual Meeting

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

Short Term Rentals
Supervisors Delay Vote on Short Term Rentals
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors today voted 4 - 1 to have staff bring additional information to a future meeting before any action is taken on the proposed ban on Short Term Rentals in unincorporated parts of the County.  The vote, with only Supervisor Wolf in opposition, was in line with the Chamber's position against the proposed ban.

"In conjunction with our partners at Hospitality Santa Barbara, the Chamber asked the Supervisors not to approve this ban," said Chamber President/CEO Ken Oplinger.  "We believe the County's rather draconian step of an outright ban is against the interests of the community, and that a regulatory system that addresses the concerns of neighbors and contains strict enforcement measures is a better way to go."

Chamber staff will continue to work on this issue as the Board receives additional information from County.  For more information, or to find out how to get involved, contact Ken Oplinger at the Chamber, 965-3023.

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! 
Business of the Month
The Joint was originally founded in 1999 by a Doctor of Chiropractic with a vision to transform the traditional, often misunderstood concept of routine chiropractic care by making it more convenient, friendly and affordable. In March 2010, The Joint was re-founded with the acquisition of the original eight franchised clinics. Today, The Joint has grown to a nationwide network of more than 350 clinics and counting. We are the leader in delivering chiropractic care, performing more than two million spinal adjustments a year.
Our mission is to improve quality of life through routine and affordable chiropractic care. Come in and see what makes us so unique. Once you experience our innovative approach, you'll wonder why all healthcare experiences aren't this easy. For more information please visit our site at http://www.thejoint.com/

Non-Profit of the Month
Since 1970, CEC has led the Santa Barbara region - and at times California and the nation - in creative solutions to some of the toughest environmental problems. We are often referred to as a "think-and-do tank" - deeply analyzing a problem and then applying creative, real-world solutions to it.

CEC's process for creating social change is:
  1. Identify a critical community need,
  2. Raise awareness about that need (often by setting a challenge goal for the community),
  3. Push state and local government to change laws and regulations that affect the issue,
  4. Take direct action ourselves toward that need, and
  5. Spur the community to adopt new behaviors.
CEC seeks to move the Santa Barbara region away from dependence on fossil fuels in one generation - Fossil Free by '33. We are aggressively pursuing this goal by educating and activating the community around sustainable practices, advocating for environmentally-sound policies and laws, and building partnerships with other organizations to open new pathways for sustainable transportation, energy, and food systems. Our five initiatives - Drive Less, Drive Clean, Go Solar, Ditch Plastic, Eat Local - offer accessible pathways for the community to connect with and take action on CEC's vision for a cleaner, healthier future.
We invite you to join our movement to create a healthy, prosperous and green Central Coast. For more information please visit us at http://www.cecsb.org/
Member News

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Ambassador of the Month
Mallory Harcourt

Our Ambassador of the Month for January 2017 is Mallory Harcourt! Mallory is the Executive Director of Imagine X Functional Neurology. She oversees all things Imagine X, from general management to insurance billing. She and her husband, Dr. Adam Harcourt, are the owners of Imagine X Functional Neurology.

Imagine X is beginning its 4th year serving Santa Barbara and surrounding communities. Imagine X specializes in finding the root causes of Migraines, Dizziness/Vertigo and Post-Concussion, and corrects them completely drug-free. Imagine X has experienced exceptional growth since opening its doors in 2013, now having 2 additional doctors and a staff of 11. The team at Imagine X has won several awards, including being nominated for Small Business of the Year for 2016 by the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region... And they don't plan on slowing down any time soon. Mallory says, "There is such a huge need for what we do in the Santa Barbara area. Right now there are not a lot of options for people who have these conditions and prefer not to take medication or deal with the pain and symptoms for the rest of their lives. We offer them a better solution."

Dr. Adam and Mallory also welcomed their first child in May 2016. A baby boy, Branson Xander Harcourt. Mallory and her family will be celebrating her 30th birthday this weekend.

Macy's Closing 68 Stores - Including Paseo Nuevo
Macy's shares tumbled 6 percent after the market's close Wednesday after it posted disappointing holiday sales and released 68 of the 100 stores it plans to close as it looks to turn around its performance.

Economic Development of Santa Barbara County's Cities Guided by Industry, Demographics and Vision
A look inside the socioeconomic conditions of each of the eight cities in the county

Tax Revenue Goes Up in Santa Barbara
Amid the turmoil created by the city's continued short-term rental policies, revenue information indicates that TOT (transient occupancy tax) from vacation rentals dropped 21.4 percent in November.

Santa Maria's Abel Maldonado potential Drumpf nominee for agriculture secretary
Santa Maria farmer and former mayor Abel Maldonado met with President-elect Donald Drumpf at his Palm Beach Mar-A-Lago resort Dec. 28 to discuss Maldonado's potential nomination as agriculture secretary, according to newspaper reports.