Have you seen our weekly Fave 5’s email blast? Many locals look forward to receiving these from the Chamber. Many also ask us how we choose the Fave 5’s? The answer is, we review the list of events that are on our member and community calendar taking into consideration all ages, event genre as well as the time of the month, season and holiday if any. Also keeping in mind which member-hosted events were promoted in our previous Fave 5’s eblast. We of course want to rotate and spread the love amongst all of our valued members.

From here, we determine which 5 upcoming events we feel our community and out of town visitors might be interested in a5nd enjoy attending. From here, the Fave 5’s are on their merry way to be publicized in an eblast to our subscribers! These Fave 5’s can also be found on our website, www.santamariavalley.com/fave-five by each week and www.santamaria.com/calendars/.

Along with the displayed Fave 5’s eblast, you are able to go directly to the above links to find many more exciting events our members are hosting for your enjoyment!

You may wonder where the events on our member and community calendar come from. Wonder no more! These events are submitted to the Chamber by our members so that we can add them to our calendars as well as be aware of them in the event we get an inquiry, which we often do.

If you are a Chamber mem6ber and you have a login and password to access our Chamber Master Member Information Center, (MIC) website program, you too can submit your events and get added exposure on our website calendars and perhaps even make our Fave 5’s! Don’t have a login or you’ve forgotten your password? Contact the Chamber offices by email at info@santamaria.com or 925-2403, ext. 0. If you are interested in subscribing to our Fave 5’s eblasts, you can register at  http://eepurl.com/qDpzD.

Chamber Member Testimonial: Clarissa Nagy with cnagy wine tasting:

“I am happy to have this tool as a Chamber member. I submit my events to the Chamber calendar to get the word out to other members and the community. This gives me extra exposure in addition to my own marketing efforts. When I am logged in to the Chamber’s Member Information Center posting my events, I also get to see what other venues out there are doing in our community.

Unless you are involved and engaged in what is going on in the community, people may not know who you are or what you do. I have heard many say they’ve learned about my wines and tasting room because they saw one of my events on the Chamber calendar or someone else did and told them about it. When they attend one of our events, they get the opportunity to taste my wine then they come back another time! Exposure is important and the more you do to get your name out there, the more people will remember you. Repetition is just as important so you have to be faithful and consistent in posting your events to the Chamber calendar.

” When asked how Clarissa felt about actually posting her events in the Member Information Center, she said “it is definitely user friendly and straight forward so it’s very easy to use!”

Clarissa also said that being a member of the Chamber has been a great advantage for her all around in getting the word out in the community about her wines and the regular events she hosts. Clarissa will soon get to celebrate her 3rd year of opening cnagy tasting room which is located at 145 S. Gray St., Ste 103 in Old Town Orcutt. Tasting room hours are:

Wednesday & Thursday ~ 1-5PM

Friday ~ 1-8PM, Saturday ~ 1-6PM

Sunday ~ 1-5PM (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

For more information on cnagy wines, call 286-7228 or you can visit Clarissa’s website at www.nagywines.com

caraCara Martinez joined the Chamber of Commerce team in January, 2008. Cara manages membership development and retention for the Chamber. Cara’s passion is to see businesses be successful. It’s important to her to build relationships with new and existing members, ensuring they understand the benefits and services available to them, which includes providing quarterly new member orientations. She also works closely with Chamber communications staff to help support marketing efforts on behalf of our Chamber members. Cara also serves as liaison to the Ambassador Committee.