A panel of local experts will share in November what they believe may be the seeds of a new period of opportunity and growth in the Santa Maria Valley if current conditions are an indication of what’s to come in 2016.
The 2016 Business Forecast will be hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce …

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Dave Cross recognized for years of service

By Gina Keough
Visitors and Convention Bureau Director ~
Thanks for the Memories, Dave Cross
It is with much sadness that I said goodbye recently to my good friend and colleague, Mr. Dave Cross, our former Economic and Development Director. I know he will continue to be a huge success, no matter what he undertakes, and that …

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Ribbon cutting: Community Bank of Santa Maria

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors helped celebrate the new branch and corporate headquarters location for Community Bank of Santa Maria with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Community Bank of Santa Maria has been a Chamber member since it first opened in March 2001. The bank celebrated its newest location with a ribbon cutting and will …

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Fun stuff this weekend: #SantaMaria Fave 5’s

Celebration of Harvest Weekend 
This annual celebration of the year’s bounty features area vintners taking a break from the vineyards/cellars to pour their wines and share harvest tales at the Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang.
Cost: $75/person. Upgrades available, visit website.

When: 1-4 p.m. ~ Saturday, Oct. 10
Where: 1760 Mission Dr, Solvang
Info: (805) 688-4815

The Great American Melodrama Presents… Frankenstein’s Bride  
This …

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New IRS resource helps employers understand health care law

The new ACA Information Center for Applicable Large Employers (ALE) page on IRS.gov features information and resources for employers of all sizes on how the health care law may affect them if they fit the definition of an applicable large employer.
The web page includes the following sections:

– What’s Trending for ALEs;
– How to Determine If …

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