• Sweet or Sour? Ten Things You Should Know About Office Romance

    Although Valentine’s Day usually brings pleasant thoughts of chocolates and other sweets, the thought of romance at work can leave a bitter taste for employers.
    In Vault.com’s 2016 Office Romance Survey, 50 percent of business professionals surveyed said they participated in an office romance at some point in their careers.
    But office “sweethearts” can quickly sour on …

  • Allan Hancock College has been named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges and is eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds. It marks the third time since 2011, when the institute started identifying the nation’s top community colleges, that Hancock has been …

  • The Santa Barbara County Fair is celebrating some well-earned recognition after taking home several achievement awards from the Western Fairs Association (WFA) and the International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE).
    “It’s an outstanding honor to receive these achievement awards and to be recognized by others in the industry. We have a great team on our …

  • Haas Automation donates $30,000 to Hancock’s Machining and Manufacturing Dept.

    Students in the machining and manufacturing technology program at Allan Hancock College will soon benefit from the generosity of the Gene Haas Foundation. The private foundation that invests in manufacturing education presented a check for $30,000 to the Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees on Tuesday to benefit the industrial technology program.
    “The college will put …

Most professionals go into business to serve customers, not manage employees and struggle with a tangle of changing rules and regulations. Fortunately in Santa Maria, business owners can turn to Your People Professionals.
For nearly 30 years, Sandra Dickerson and Cindy McKellar at Your People Professionals (YPP) have been helping local businesses navigate the confusing human …

Sweet or Sour? Ten Things You Should Know About Office Romance

Although Valentine’s Day usually brings pleasant thoughts of chocolates and other sweets, the thought of romance at work can leave a bitter taste for employers.
In Vault.com’s 2016 Office Romance Survey, 50 percent of business professionals surveyed said they participated in an office romance at some point in their careers.
But office “sweethearts” can quickly sour on …

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce was pleased to welcome these new members to the organization in November:
JB’s Jewelers
Jose Barrientos
323 Town Center West, Ste A, Santa Maria
(805) 614-7711
R&D Security Solutions
Robert Carpenter
Santa Maria
(805) 351-2571
www.rdsecuritysolutions.com
AFLAC – Dolores Alaya
Dolores  Ayala
Nipomo
(805) 264-7671
El Oaxaqueno Market
Froylan & Gaudencio Garcia
809 N. Broadway, Ste D, Santa Maria
(805) 260-6189
Taqueria Carmelita
Froylan & Gaudencio Garcia
809 …

By Gina Keough
Visitor and Convention Bureau Director
The Tourism Marketing Series which we have held monthly this year, will be discontinued in 2016, as of January 1.  Attendance has been very small and we feel our goal of keeping our Visitor and Convention Bureau members (anyone who owns/operates a hotel, restaurant or attraction) in the know, …

Allan Hancock College Community Education will present a special lecture series, MCMXV: California, Here Comes the World: 1904-1915, to mark the centennial year 1915 that reshaped California.
The series includes lectures and films presented by Roger Hall, Ph.D., professor of history, and Chris Hite, M.F.A., professor of film and video. Presentations will be held Friday evenings, …

Ribbon cutting: Jaffa Cafè

Ali Saleh wants you to taste the same great food with the same great recipes he did growing up in Israel.
The Palestinian-born restaurateur opened Jaffa Cafè, a family-friendly Mediterranean eatery, at  2530 S. Broadway, Ste A near Foodmax.
This is the second Jaffa Cafè location for Saleh, who opened his first restaurant in Arroyo Grande. The …