In This Issue:
Upcoming Events
October "Oktoberfest"
B2B Breakfast
Tuesday, October 8th - Special Date!
7:30 a.m.
American Riviera Bank and Goleta Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the community to join us for "Oktoberfest" B2B Breakfast. Come celebrate by wearing your Oktoberfest attire!  Everyone will be provided with an opportunity to introduce themselves and their business in a 20-second elevator pitch to the crowd! 
2019 Goleta Lemon Festival
September 28 & 29, 2019
Girsh Park, Goleta

The Goleta Fall Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 28th! 

Volunteer Opportunities are available for all ages. Click here to see volunteer opportunities...

70th Annual Goleta's Finest Community Awards Celebration
Saturday, November 23, 2019
6:00-10:00 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

Partner Events
Women on Corporate Boards
Presented by NAWBO Santa Barbara
Hilton Garden Inn 
 6878 Hollister Avenue, Goleta
Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

To celebrate the passage of Senate Bill 826, NAWBO Santa Barbara will host a panel discussion moderated by California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and featuring: Kristen Miller, President and CEO of Goleta Chamber of Commerce; Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search and CEO 2020 Women on Boards; Karen Bogart PhD, President of Smith Bogart Consulting; Kathy O'Dell, CEO-elect Women's Economic Ventures.
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Ribbon Cuttings
Come celebrate Workzones Grand Re-Opening!
Thursday, September 26th
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The 28th Annual  Goleta Lemon Festival, hosted by the  Goleta Chamber of Commerce and presented by Marborg Industries, will offer plenty of citrus-y fun in Girsh Park Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival celebrates the region's agricultural heritage, which dates back to when Sherman Stow - builder of Goleta's  Stow House - planted about 600 acres of lemon orchards on his ranch in 1875.

The festival is packed with fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy an unlimited activity wristband for the rock wall, Euro Bungee, bounce houses and more. Live performances will be on the American Riviera Bank Main Stage,  which is centrally located between the food court, arts & craft vendors, and kids' rides and activities. Attendees can stay cool in the festive Lemon Lounge and enjoy beer from Hollister Brew Co. and M.Special Brewing Company along with cider from Santa Barbara Cider Co. and wine from SAMsARA Wine Co. 

The popular Safety Street will be back! As an extra treat, the Sheriff's Mounted Enforcement Unit will be at the festival. Attendees are encouraged to say hi to the horses and get to know their deputies. In addition, the Sheriff's newest K9, Chop, will also be on duty exploring the grounds.

The crowd favorite Pie Eating Contest is back this year on the Main Stage at noon on Saturday and Sunday. 

Proposed updates to the Santa Barbara Airport land-use planning map threatened to cause major changes to areas of Goleta, including our most important industrial complexes, retail centers and residential neighborhoods. However, adoption of the proposed draft plan has been delayed, allowing the Chamber and city officials to work together and shape a new process that more carefully considers Goleta's needs.
Previously, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) announced an update to the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan that would place new restrictions on land-use in airport approach and landing zones. The regulations would potentially cause up to 1,600 parcels in Goleta to become "legal non-conforming," meaning they would be out of compliance with current zoning codes, but could exist legally as is until any changes are needed at the property, such as an expansion or remodel, or a re-build after a disaster. The Chamber has vehemently opposed the legal non-conforming status change because it potentially lowers property values and creates layers of new regulations on existing or new buildings.
The airport is an important economic driver for Goleta, as asset for the entire business community and key component of the tourism economy for the entire County. Since the Santa Barbara Airport is located in Goleta, the rules are tricky to navigate. Of course, safety regulations are paramount to having the airport in the middle of our urban setting. The Chamber has worked for years to support a positive working relationship between the Airport and the Cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara.
Planning officials at the City of Goleta worked with our Public Policy Committee to identify and propose solutions to SBCAG that would satisfy all safety regulations while still respecting the existing zoning to key sites in Goleta.  
Our concerns were addressed and the county-wide board voted to amend the proposed plan before bringing back for a vote.  Careful study and analysis are ongoing to create technical solutions to planning policies that will protect our residents and businesses.  A new plan will be drafted by all parties working together.

Click here for a an article from Noozhawk...

Last year California passed Senate Bill 826, a law mandating that all public corporations in California have at least one woman serve on their  board of directors by the end of this year.

To celebrate this step towards gender parity in business and to explain what the law means to California corporations, the Goleta Chamber of Commerce is partnering with NAWBO Santa Barbara to host a panel discussion moderated by California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and featuring: Kristen Miller, President and CEO of Goleta Chamber of Commerce; Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search and CEO 2020 Women on Boards; Karen Bogart PhD, President of Smith Bogart Consulting; Kathy O'Dell, CEO-elect Women's Economic Ventures.

The program is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by wine and cheese at the bistro on the hotel rooftop. Please  join us to celebrate this monumental achievement.

We welcomed one new member in September,  Minette Riordan of  Mindful Patterns

Cox Communications Hosts Toy Drive Benefitting Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation -  Donations being accepted now through Sep. 30
In celebration of Cox Charities' 20th Anniversary in California, Cox Communications is supporting Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation by conducting a toy drive at Cox offices and its retail store in Santa Barbara. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and throughout the month, Cox employees will bring in new toys to the Cox offices, and the public can drop off new toys for the Teddy Bear Foundation at the Cox Solutions Store in the Loreto Plaza, 3303 State St. Cox Charities is also supporting the foundation with a grant.

Boo at the Zoo - Reserve a Spot to Sponsor a Trick-or-Treat table
A great way to expose your business and reach thousands of parents, children and families in the tri-county area. We are looking for Trick-or-treat table sponsors. Spaces are already filling up for the Zoo's "very merry, not too scary," traffic free trick-or- treating alternative. Your business can join in the fun by signing up to sponsor a trick-or-treat table! No participation fee to sponsor a trick-or-treat table, only the cost of candy to provide for at least 3,000 children per evening. 

Dr. Elizabeth Cholawsky Joins American Riviera Bank Board
American Riviera Bank is welcoming Dr. Elizabeth Cholawsky as the newest member of their Board of Directors. Dr. Cholawsky is an established executive leader in the technology industry, with over two decades of experience and accomplishments. She is the current CEO of HG Insights, a provider of technology intelligence software that creates revenue and growth opportunities for its clients. Click here for more information...

American Riviera Bank Names Laurel Sykes New Executive Vice President/Chief Compliance & Risk Officer
Laurel Sykes has joined American Riviera Bank as Executive Vice President/Chief Compliance & Risk Officer. She will be responsible for enterprise risk management and regulatory affairs and will lead the Bank's consumer compliance function and the anti-money laundering/financial crimes unit.
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American Riviera Bank's Tim Johnson Named One of the 40 Under 40 Business Leaders of the Tri-Counties
The Pacific Coast Business Times' 40 Under 40 Awards named Tim Johnson, VP - Compliance and Risk Officer at American Riviera Bank as one of its 2019 honorees. The special report noted Johnson's stellar 16-year career in the local banking industry and his commitment to family and community.

Mariposa at Ellwood Shores Presents: Bowling for Our Angels
Zodo's - Bowling & Beyond (5925 Calle Real, Goleta)
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Event Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A fun family-friendly fundraiser  benefiting the Alzheimer's Association. Tickets are  $30 per person and include 1 hour of bowling, shoes and entrance to the raffle.

SEE International Presents: A Sight to See
Maison des Fortes in Montecito
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Event Time: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an intimate cocktail fundraising event benefiting SEE International's local sight-restoring program, Santa Barbara Vision Care. Spend your evening in the sprawling gardens of Maison des ForĂȘts, a private Montecito estate, enjoying hors d'oeuvre, local craft wine and beer, and the company of your friends. You will also have a chance to win items including golf packages, luxury hotel stays, spa treatments, winery tours, and many more from some of Santa Barbara's finest.

Pacifica Graduate Institute - Information Day
Friday, October 18, 2019
Event Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join us for our final Information/Orientation Day for Fall 2019 enrollment, and learn about our 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.  All of Pacifica's degree programs are offered through low-residential learning sessions that take into account vocational and life commitments.
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