• New members get up to speed on Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce benefits

    A dozen new members to the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce got detailed information on the benefits and opportunities of being part of the organization Thursday morning at Moxie Cafe.
    The ACT (Activate your Chamber Tools) Power Breakfast introduces new members each quarter to the many resources available. The program is led by Cara Martinez, …

  • Ambassador of the quarter named, years of service recipients awarded

    Fran Maltby of Juliet’s Salon was named the Ambassador of the Quarter Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the Ambassadors Club for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.
    “Fran was chosen as Ambassador of the Quarter for April, May, June 2015, not only because she attends so many of the Chamber sponsored events but because …

  • Deadline nearing for “Made in Santa Maria Valley” logo contest

    Artists, doodlers, and graphic designers have a limited time to submit their best artwork for the “Made in the Santa Maria Valley” logo design contest.
    The deadline for submission is July 31. The winner will receive $400 and recognition as the designer of the logo to be used by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce …

  • Free SCORE Business Workshops to Start, Run, or Grow Your Business

    SCORE’s business workshops are designed to help small business owners not only succeed but to thrive.  If you are thinking of starting a business, or have already started one, these workshops cover topics from start-up basics to business operations, marketing, business plans, financial education, and getting funding for your business.  SCORE workshops are offered free …

Ribbon Cutting: Santa Maria Terrace Senior Living

A DJ, dancing, and decadent desserts were all part of the ribbon cutting and open house for Santa Maria Terrace Senior Living on Thursday by the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassadors.
The Chamber Ambassadors helped welcome Santa Maria Terrace into the community organization. Santa Maria Terrace recently remodeled its lobby and common area …

Key legislation pending over summer recess

Numerous business priorities remain to be considered when legislators reconvene after their summer recess, according to the California Chamber of Commerce summary of the status of top priority bills for the business community.
Among the pending proposals are 10 job killer bills and four job creator bills still moving through the legislative process.
The CalChamber report presents the …

Marian Regional Medical Foundation Announces Appointment of New Board Members

SANTA MARIA, July 15, 2015 – The Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Foundation is honored to continue its great leadership tradition with the appointment of five new board members, along with announcing the officers who will lead the Board of Directors this year.
Joining the MRMC Foundation Board of Directors are George J. Adam, Mitch Ardantz, …

PCPA presents the inspiring musical  Man of La Mancha

This classic musical Man of La Mancha, plays in the Marian Theatre July 8 & 11, 2015, then under the unreachable stars in the Solvang Festival Theater July 17 – August 16.
In this play within a play, we are presented with Miguel de Cervantes who has just been imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition. In the …

Beneath the waterline in American education

Critics of the American education system have long looked to international test data as proof-positive that the academic progress of U.S. school children leaves much to be desired. “Look at the scoreboard,” these critics say, though this admonition invariably reduces complex issues to a single number, and provides comparisons that are not always appropriate. The …

Ribbon Cutting: Santa Maria Terrace Senior Living

A DJ, dancing, and decadent desserts were all part of the ribbon cutting and open house for Santa Maria Terrace Senior Living on Thursday by the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassadors.
The Chamber Ambassadors helped welcome Santa Maria Terrace into the community organization. Santa Maria Terrace recently remodeled its lobby and common area …