TODAY July 6, 2017
A Monthly Publication
President's Message
State Finances Are Healthy - Time to Help Local Governments
Last month, the State Legislature passed its 2017/18 budget, and the Governor signed it virtually as is. After years of budget turmoil, late budgets, and general animosity between the Governor and the Legislature, one thing that cannot be argued is that Governor Brown has brought a sense of calmness and congeniality when it comes to the budget process.

The spending document that was agreed to is a record for California, calling for $183.2 billion in spending. Healthy increases in spending will come in public schools and health & human services, and $1.8 billion will be added to the voter mandated "Rainy day" fund - bringing that fund to $8.5 billion.

Whether you agree with the plan - and I know many of us have our concerns - there is something to be said for comparing the plan to where we were at the end of great recession.  State coffers were so dry that cuts in state spending weren't enough, and the Governor turned his attention to local governments for a way to bridge the gap.

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.

Later this month, Chamber members will begin interviewing each candidate to determine their support for issues important to the business community, the results of which will be provided to the Board as we review who the Chamber might endorse in these races.
After Hours Business Networking

Join the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region  every 2nd Thursday for our monthly  Business After Hours Networking Event! 

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Thursday July 13th, 2017

Location:  Impact Hub Funk Zone
10 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Coffee & Connections Breakfast

Join the Santa Barbara Zoo as they sponsor the Chamber's July CCB! Join us this month in a new location, on our Elephant Deck with some special breakfast guests! Come learn all about the Santa Barbara Zoo and their mission! 
Thursday July 27, 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.
IDI.US Inc Launch Party !

August 10th 5:30-7:30 At Antioch Rooftop.
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.

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.

We're proudly announcing our official launch as a Santa Barbara based and community driven organization, and would love for you to come celebrate this with us August 10 at Antioch University's rooftop venue, 602 Anacapa Street, 5:30 - 7:30PM.
Food supplied by The Honey B Kitchen.
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!

Special Olympics Southern California -Santa Barbara Region empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to improve their health and overall wellness through year-round sports training and competition. Special Olympics services over 650 local children and adults with intellectual disabilities through their year-round sports competitions, in which 12 Olympic-type sports are available to athletes.

The Champion School Program is built upon the premise that in order to have the greatest impact the change process needs to start with young people. Champion Schools brings youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through education, sports, and related initiatives that provide them with the knowledge...


The Santa Barbara Family and Life Magazine has been in the news stands for more than 19 years, however it was recently taken over in January by Raiza Giorgi, Publisher of also the Santa Ynez Valley Star. 

The entire magazine has been redesigned with a focus of the story behind the story, and quality editorial on all things related to the Santa Barbara area. It's a community newspaper, where they welcome people to share their stories or photos. The focus is on mostly positive stories that are community building, and about the people we should know and those that deserve some press. 

Kristin Chambers - Santa Barbara Airbus

Kristin Chambers is the Director of Finance & Marketing at Santa Barbara Airbus having joined the team in 2016. Santa Barbara Airbus was established in 1983 to provide safe, efficient and affordable transportation in the bus transportation industry to and from LAX. Branching outside their core business model many years ago, Airbus also provides charter services, cruise ship transportation and fun day trip events.  Before joining Airbus, Kristin served as VP of Finance and Operations for real estate and fashion distribution companies. In addition to her vital role at Airbus...

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

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:
-Jan 11th
-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
July is Smart Irrigation Month! Remember to periodically check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape. Watch our how-to video here .
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New Business Members

Renewed Business Members
New Hospitality Members
Renewed Hospitality Members
New Executive Members
Renewed Executive Members
New Entrepreneur Members
Renewed Entrepreneur Members
New Business Leader Council Members
Renewed Business Leader Council Members
New Business Leader Council Colleague
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!

Exhibit your services or products along with other exclusive vendors in the most anticipated health, fitness, and beauty event of the Santa Barbara Summer!

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

Santa Barbara Community Phone Book wins recognition as one of the "BEST IN THE NATION" for fourth consecutive year!

Mandatory E-file and E-pay (Assembly Bill 1245)
Employers who have reported 10 or more employees are now required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD). All remaining employers are required to begin reporting and paying electronically with their 2018 payroll or as soon as they report 10 or more employees.

Global Good Impact & Impact Hub Santa Barbara presents:
JULY 24-28

The 805 will be joined by a second area code - 820 - officially starting in June 2018.

 Fun With the Force  
Something beautiful happens when Santa Barbara comes together!

Host with EF Santa Barbara this July 2-4 weeks.