• Santa Maria Housing – A Relative Bargain

    Recently, a story appeared in the local media highlighting a housing affordability study conducted by a finance industry publication.   In the report, our region was identified as one of the least affordable housing markets in the country.
    What the article did not do, however, was dig deeper into the data and tell the whole story.  Because …

  • Nominations Now Open for Annual Awards Citizen and Business of the Year!

    Each year, the Chamber of Commerce takes pride in recognizing individuals and businesses in our community who truly represent what is best about our community.
    The Chamber’s Annual Awards program serves as an opportunity for us to identify those who have gone above and beyond in helping to ensure that Santa Maria continues to be the …

  • 5 Strategies for Going to Fewer Meetings

    It’s unfortunate but true: The further you progress in your career, the more meetings you go to. While some are productive, many are disorganized, inefficient, and distracting. It’s also hard to check off your other work tasks when you’re constantly going from meeting to meeting.
    The solution is obvious: Reduce your meetings.
    However, that’s easier said than …

  • Find Focus: 3 Simple Ways to Conquer Work Distractions

    According to a study from the University of California, Irvine, the average office worker has focused periods of just eleven minutes in-between a constant barrage of interruptions.
    I was shocked when I read that, and didn’t quite believe it. But then I paid attention to how much typing I did in this article before my attention …

Armstrong Park’s Play Structure Destroyed

A large play structure for children at Armstrong Park was destroyed by a fire, causing an estimated $200,000 in damage. Community donations are being accepted toward the expense of replacing the popular equipment.
 
The Santa Maria Fire Department extinguished and investigated the blaze, which was reported by multiple callers at 12:58 a.m. Monday, March 27th. There …

Santa Maria Housing – A Relative Bargain

Recently, a story appeared in the local media highlighting a housing affordability study conducted by a finance industry publication.   In the report, our region was identified as one of the least affordable housing markets in the country.
What the article did not do, however, was dig deeper into the data and tell the whole story.  Because …

Ribbon Cutting: Carniceria El Matador

We recently welcomed Carniceria El Matador to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting! Located at 101 N Depot #B in Santa Maria, the local business has a 24 year history in the community and offers grocery items, fresh meats and bakery items, and lunch and dinner specials.
The Diaz family, who has owned and operated the …

Statue Unveiling and Celebration  “Rehearsal”

The Clark Center and Lucia Mar School District will unveil the statue “Rehearsal” on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm in front of the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande.

We will be honoring the donors of the statue  Don & Teri Ernst, as well as the artist, Nell Bannister Scruggs.
The Donors: Don Ernst started his law firm in 1980 …

Santa Maria Housing – A Relative Bargain

Recently, a story appeared in the local media highlighting a housing affordability study conducted by a finance industry publication.   In the report, our region was identified as one of the least affordable housing markets in the country.
What the article did not do, however, was dig deeper into the data and tell the whole story.  Because …

Ribbon Cutting: Carniceria El Matador

We recently welcomed Carniceria El Matador to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting! Located at 101 N Depot #B in Santa Maria, the local business has a 24 year history in the community and offers grocery items, fresh meats and bakery items, and lunch and dinner specials.
The Diaz family, who has owned and operated the …