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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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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6 Tips to Using Emojis in Your Marketing Campaigns

Grab your phone and look at the last few text messages you sent and received. I’m willing to bet there were some emojis used.
They are quickly entering the world of marketing — email subject lines are now full of emojis, and you can even order from Domino’s by simply texting them the pizza emoji.
Soon, it won’t just be trendy to use emojis …

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5 tips for sending an email blast without getting blacklisted

Email blasts can be effective, but only when executed properly. When email blasts are mishandled, brands risk being blacklisted by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Google or Yahoo; recipients either mark the messages as spam or the messages don’t meet the ISPs’ authentication requirements, among other factors.
Getting blacklisted not only damages your sending reputation, but …

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