Santa Maria Small Business Summit Provides Networking, Education to Take Your Business to the Top

Local businesses will have free networking and educational opportunities at the first ever Santa Maria Small Business Summit. The event, put on by SCORE in partnership with the City of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, will take place April 26 from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Radisson Hotel …

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Chamber of Commerce Stays Active on Legislative and Regulatory Issues on Behalf of Local Businesses

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is an active participant in statewide business networks which track, monitor, and comment on legislative and regulatory proposals which would impact business conditions in our area – for good or ill. The Chamber regularly joins coalition letters or provides statements in support or opposition to specific bills or …

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What You Need to Know About the New Form I-9

By now, all employers must be using the new Form I-9 (with revision date 11/14/2016 N) issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in November 2016.
The form is designed to be easier to fill out on a computer and is accompanied by expanded instructions. In addition, employers should be aware of several changes.
When …

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Ribbon Cutting: Sugar Daisy Bake Shop

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Sugar Daisy Bake Shop to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting!
Owner Stacy Murray has always enjoyed baking, and decided to being selling her baked goods for others to enjoy, too.
“I’m a cottage food industry, which means I make baked goods out of my home,” Murray said. …

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California Restroom Sign Law Effective March 1

Starting March 1, 2017, all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation or government agency must be identified as “all-gender” toilet facilities. The law authorizes inspectors or other building or local officials responsible for code enforcement to inspect for compliance (Health and Safety Code sec. 118600).
The recent White House action to …

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