Updated State COVID Guidelines – Salons & Barbershops able to open indoor operations

Today the State issued a new tiered structure for counties on the monitoring list. The following information has been issued this week:
State
  • 8/17/20 – California Department of Public Health updated the County Monitoring List (CML) now that the recent backlog of data has been cleared. As a result, CDPH retroactively updated the list for each day over the entire period impacted (July 25 – August 16). For Santa Barbara County, this lowered the positivity rate per 100k to within the threshold for schools to request waivers. The Public Health Department has posted information related to waivers on their website Here
  • 8/25/20 – The State added new guidance for Cohorts for Children and Youth in Supervised Settings and updated guidance for Schools, Daycares, Day Camps, Youth Sports and Higher Education related to Cohorts. This information has been added to the RISE website.
  • 8/28/20 – The State deployed new tiered structure for counties on monitoring list. https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Rules of the framework:
  1. CDPH will assess indicators weekly. The first weekly assessment will be released on September 8, 2020.
  2. A county will remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a later tier.
  3. A county can only move forward one tier at a time, even if metrics qualify for a more advanced tier.
  4. If a county’s case rate and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned to the more restrictive tier.
  5. City local health jurisdiction (LHJ) data will be included in overall metrics, and city LHJs will be assigned the same tier as the surrounding county.
Initial step applied on August 28, 2020:
  1. Each county is assigned to a tier based on an adjusted case rate and test positivity from the prior two reporting periods. If a county’s case rate and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned the more restrictive tier.
  2. This tier status will be effective on Monday, August 31, 2020.
  3. If a county is initially assigned to Purple Tier 1 and has met the criteria for a less restrictive tier the prior week, the county only needs to meet the criteria for a less restrictive tier for one more week to move to the Red Tier 2. (For the September 8, 2020 assignment, a county does not need to remain in the Purple Tier 1 for three weeks. For all subsequent assessments, a county must remain in a tier for three weeks and meet the criteria to advance as described below.)
To advance:
  1. A county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks, except as described in the “Initial step applied on August 28, 2020” section above.
  2. A county must meet criteria for the next tier for both measures for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.
  3. In addition, the state will establish health equity measures on activities such as data collection, testing access, contact tracing, supportive isolation, and outreach that demonstrate a county’s ability to address the most impacted communities within a county. Additional measures addressing health outcomes such as case rates, hospitalizations and deaths, will also be developed and tracked for improvement.
To move back:
  1. During the weekly assessment, if a county’s adjusted case rate and/or test positivity has been within a more restrictive tier for two consecutive weekly periods, the county must revert to the more restrictive tier.
  2. At any time, state and county public health officials may work together to determine targeted interventions or county wide modifications necessary to address impacted hospital capacity and drivers of disease transmission, as needed.
  3. Counties will have three days to implement any sector changes or closures unless extreme circumstances merit immediate action.
Santa Barbara County currently falls under the Purple Category- Widespread.
Under this category, there are only a few sector changes from the current status that are effective 8/31/2020:
  • Hair Salons & Barbershops are allowed to open indoors with modifications
  • All Retail – Open Indoors with modifications – Max 25% capacity
  • Shopping Centers (Malls, Destination Centers, Swap Meets) – Open indoors with modifications – Max 25% capacity; Closed common areas; Closed food courts
County
  • New HOO issued 2020-13.1 for Beaches Temporarily Restricted in Santa Barbara during Labor Day Weekend See Health Order Here
  • A new HOO is in progress to be effective 8/31/20

 

Santa Barbara County Beaches are Closed for Labor Day Weekend

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced plans for beach restrictions to occur over the Labor Day holiday weekend throughout Santa Barbara County beaches. All beaches will be temporarily closed for stationary activities. Only immediate access to and from the ocean for water sports or beach access for active physical activity will be permitted. Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg, has issued a Health officer Order to outline the specific parameters of the restrictions. This Order is effective beginning on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and continuing until Monday, September 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Disease transmission rates has been consistently improving in the last few weeks yet this metric still remains above the threshold outlined by the California Department of Public Health for being removed from the County Monitoring List.

The following restrictions apply for the duration of the Health Officer Order:

  • Sitting, lying, standing, sunbathing, sight-seeing, picnicking, and all other non-exercise, passive, or sedentary activities on beach parkways are prohibited.
  • Items for sitting or lying on the beach are prohibited for use of possession on beaches, such as umbrellas, shade structures, tents, barbeque grills, sand or beach toys, coolers and beach chairs.

 

Full details regarding these restrictions can be found in the Health Officer Order.

“Reduced disease transmission is critical in the fight against COVID-19. We anticipate a high volume of visitors at our beaches during the Labor Day weekend, which will impede the practice of safe and necessary social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County,” said Dr. Henning Ansorg. “Our community has remained diligent in their efforts and now is the time to protect all the positive outcomes we have accomplished.”

For more information about the COVID-19 response locally, visit www.publichealthsbc.org.

Chamber August 21st Business Leader Webinar Recap

The Chamber held our Business Leaders Webinar on Friday, August 21st. The webinar featured Melissa James from REACH, Kirsten McLaughlin from Cox, Lynn Mohrfeld from the California Hotel & Lodging Association and Suzanne Grimmesey from SB County Department of Behavioral Wellness. All four of our speakers had timely and relevant updates on their industries. We started these Friday business leaders call to help us all keep up with the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis.

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Chamber of Commerce Distributes Free COVID-19 Protective Equipment to Businesses, Nonprofits

Story from our media partners at Noozhawk.com 

Face masks, face shields and hand sanitizers were distributed for free this week to hundreds of local businesses and nonprofit organizations as part of a collaboration with business-centric organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce handed out personal protective equipment to 145 businesses Wednesday at Direct Relief along Wallace Becknell Road in Santa Barbara. The organization provided 6,500 masks, 600 face shields and 1,600 bottles of sanitizer.

“I don’t think we had any idea how much this is needed,” said Kristen Miller, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce. “Given the response, I think our next phone call needs to be back to the state agencies and ask for more.”

The supplies of PPE were available to California small businesses through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate, and in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network and the Economic Development Collaborative.

People lined up — with proper social distancing and wearing face masks — in the parking lot outside Direct Relief before the distribution started at noon.

The personal protective equipment was in high demand. Face masks and face shields were gone after about 15 minutes.

Cheri Diaz, executive director of the nonprofit Hope 4 Kids Early Learning Centers, attended the supply distribution to get gloves, masks and hand sanitizer.

Hope 4 Kids Early Learning Centers in Santa Barbara are faith-based, nature-centered quality programs for children ages birth through kindergarten, according to the organization.

“Gloves used to be $33 a case and now are about $110 a case,” Diaz said. “We use about five cases a month. … We are one of the few centers that stayed open this whole time, serving as many families as possible.”

The chamber scheduled a two-day distribution event this week, but plans were cut short since supplies were depleted on Wednesday.

However, some hand sanitizers were available, so the chamber took those products to Carpinteria businesses.

The chamber worked in collaboration with Direct Relief and Downtown Santa Barbarato distribute PPE to the business community in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. Businesses and organizations were urged to pick up a 30-day supply of free PPE at the distribution sites.

In Santa Barbara on Wednesday, a 30-day supply was provided for 2,588 employees from 221 businesses, according to Downtown Santa Barbara marketing manager Tim Persson.

A variety of local businesses and nonprofit organizations showed up to get the PPE supply, including assisted-living facilities, health services snd professional services, as well as personal care businesses, schools, retail, restaurants, bars, transportation and hotels.

“We at the Downtown Santa Barbara Organization were happy to be able to support the local business community with distributing this major donation at our office in collaboration with the new South Coast Chamber of Commerce,” Downtown Santa Barbara interim Executive Director Robin Elander said. “It was great to see and catch up with many local business owners and their staff.

“We are all working to get through this unique time together. I know we can come out of this stronger together.”

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce also will be providing free personal protective equipment to any small businesses in the Santa Maria Valley area that have experienced economic injury because of COVID-19.

Face masks, face shields and hand sanitizers were distributed for free this week to hundreds of local businesses and nonprofit organizations as part of a collaboration with business-centric organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce handed out personal protective equipment to 145 businesses Wednesday at Direct Relief along Wallace Becknell Road in Santa Barbara. The organization provided 6,500 masks, 600 face shields and 1,600 bottles of sanitizer.

“I don’t think we had any idea how much this is needed,” said Kristen Miller, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce. “Given the response, I think our next phone call needs to be back to the state agencies and ask for more.”

The supplies of PPE were available to California small businesses through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate, and in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network and the Economic Development Collaborative.

People lined up — with proper social distancing and wearing face masks — in the parking lot outside Direct Relief before the distribution started at noon.

The personal protective equipment was in high demand. Face masks and face shields were gone after about 15 minutes.

Cheri Diaz, executive director of the nonprofit Hope 4 Kids Early Learning Centers, attended the supply distribution to get gloves, masks and hand sanitizer.

Hope 4 Kids Early Learning Centers in Santa Barbara are faith-based, nature-centered quality programs for children ages birth through kindergarten, according to the organization.

“Gloves used to be $33 a case and now are about $110 a case,” Diaz said. “We use about five cases a month. … We are one of the few centers that stayed open this whole time, serving as many families as possible.”

A volunteer carries a box of hand sanitizer for distribution. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

The chamber scheduled a two-day distribution event this week, but plans were cut short since supplies were depleted on Wednesday.

However, some hand sanitizers were available, so the chamber took those products to Carpinteria businesses.

The chamber worked in collaboration with Direct Relief and Downtown Santa Barbarato distribute PPE to the business community in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. Businesses and organizations were urged to pick up a 30-day supply of free PPE at the distribution sites.

In Santa Barbara on Wednesday, a 30-day supply was provided for 2,588 employees from 221 businesses, according to Downtown Santa Barbara marketing manager Tim Persson.

A variety of local businesses and nonprofit organizations showed up to get the PPE supply, including assisted-living facilities, health services snd professional services, as well as personal care businesses, schools, retail, restaurants, bars, transportation and hotels.

“We at the Downtown Santa Barbara Organization were happy to be able to support the local business community with distributing this major donation at our office in collaboration with the new South Coast Chamber of Commerce,” Downtown Santa Barbara interim Executive Director Robin Elander said. “It was great to see and catch up with many local business owners and their staff.

“We are all working to get through this unique time together. I know we can come out of this stronger together.”

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce also will be providing free personal protective equipment to any small businesses in the Santa Maria Valley area that have experienced economic injury because of COVID-19.Click to view larger

Members of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce wait for the PPE distribution event to begin Wednesday at Direct Relief. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

Free hand sanitizer, face shields and face masks will be available for small businesses with 20 employees or fewere to pick up between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. next Monday through Wednesday at the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce office, 614 S. Broadway.

PPE will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Molly Schiff, the chamber’s marketing and communications manager.

Businesses seeking free PPE must fill out an online request form, available by clicking here. The form is available in Spanish by clicking here.

Masks and social distancing will be required for pickup, Schiff said.

She told Noozhawk that 24,000 face masks, 1,700 bottles of hand sanitizer and 600 face shields will be distributed.

“We know that times are tough for many of our local businesses right now, and we hope that being able to supply some of this necessary PPE can help alleviate at least a small cost,” Schiff said. “We know every bit can help.

“We also want to continue encouraging our businesses and community members to follow the health guidelines issued by our county and state health officials, and supplying some PPE to these businesses can help keep them operating safely.”

Santa Maria’s PPE supply distribution is a partnership between the Economic Development Collaborative’s Small Business Development Center and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

“As the North County liaison for the SBDC, the Solvang Chamber helped coordinate the drop-off of supplies to northern Santa Barbara County,” Schiff said. “As a business-serving organization, the chamber felt like a natural fit to distribute these supplies.”

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website offers resources for area businesses, including details on how employers can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, economic recovery, assistance programs and more. Click here for more information.

Noozhawk staff writer Brooke Holland can be reached at bholland@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Grants and ReStart Loans for Goleta-Based Businesses

(August 5, 2020)   Grants and ReStart Loans for Goleta-Based Businesses
Support provided by the City of Goleta, Santa Barbara Better Together Fund, Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Economic Ventures
Announcing: ReStart Loan applications open August 6
Reminder: Grant application deadline is August 7

In a collaborative effort to assist Goleta-based businesses and help mitigate the devastating pandemic impacts to our local business community, the City of Goleta has partnered with the Santa Barbara Better Together Fund (SBBT) at the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). Through funding from the City of Goleta, local businesses may receive grants up to $10,000 (administered by the SBBT) and ReStart Loans up to $25,000 (administered by WEV).  Learn more about the Grant Program (application deadline is August 7) Grants in English or Grants in Spanish, and the Goleta ReStart Loans (applications open August 6) ReStart Loans in English and Spanish.

City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “It’s amazing what we can do when great organizations work together to support our small businesses during this unprecedented time of economic upheaval resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is proud to partner with Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) and the Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) on these much needed financial and technical support programs to assist Goleta small businesses.”

A reminder that applications for the SBBT Small Business Grant Program are available through August 7, 2020 for qualifying Goleta businesses.  Grant awards are available to eligible businesses until funds have been depleted. Priority will be given to childcare facilities, to-go food service, service industry and outdoor dining businesses, but is open to all COVID affected businesses.  “Providing support to local small businesses will help to combat community deterioration.  We believe that this program will benefit the entire community,” said Jackie Carrera, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

The City of Goleta contributed $200,000 to support the small business loan program. Goleta ReStart Loans from WEV will provide capital to Goleta-based businesses who are now open or eligible to open under the most current government orders (subject to change based on updated orders) related to COVID-19.  Loan applications can be submitted starting August 6, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until loan funds have been depleted.

“Business owners consistently say community support is a key factor in sustaining their resolve through the pandemic,” shared WEV CEO Kathy Odell.  “Our ReStart Loans will provide the capital necessary to retain employees, modify business practices and acquire new equipment and/or supplies required for safe re-opening.  Additionally, ReStart Loan recipients are eligible to receive business advisory services from WEV.”

Kristen Miller, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce said, “Women’s Economic Ventures has a long history of providing access to capital to Goleta start-ups and small businesses. The Chamber is proud to be working with WEV to help identify businesses who would benefit from this new level of loan support during this economic crisis.”

“The WEV ReStart Loan program will provide immediate funding on favorable terms and WEV’s highly-regarded financial expertise to our small businesses. The recently launched SBBT Fund Small Business Grant Program for Goleta’s small businesses will help them reopen and adapt,” said Mayor Perotte.  “Both of these programs are important components of the City’s economic recovery efforts.”

Meet the Chamber Team Webinar

On Friday, July 17th we held a special version of our weekly Regional Business Leaders Webinarintroducing members to the new Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce team. We heard introductions from each staff member and a little bit about who will be managing what items of the Chamber’s program of work.

Click here to view the recording of the webinar. 

 

Chamber of Commerce Reopens State Street Visitor Center as Hub for Safety Information for Visitors and Residents

Chamber of Commerce Reopens State Street Visitor Center as Hub for Safety Information for Visitors and Residents

Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce is announcing the official reopening of the State Street Visitors Center located at 120 State Street, Ste F, adjacent to the Hotel Californian. The centrally located center welcomes visitors year-round and helps distribute information and promote regional businesses and attractions.

The center will provide guests with traditional services including area maps, recommendations for local restaurants, key landmarks and tours, as well as offering a wide selection of locally made artisanal retail items and hotel information. In addition, the center will educate guests on how to enjoy Santa Barbara safely by explaining the County enforced protocols, encouraging everyone to wear a mask and distributing safety information.

The center has a variety of safety information to provide its guests and will be modeling best practices. Several safety enhancements have been implemented to protect staff and visitors. Plexiglass barriers were installed at the counter and decals are affixed to the floor, guiding the flow of traffic and keeping patrons at least 6-feet apart. When inside the store, guests should be prepared to keep a safe social distance and only touch merchandise with the intention of purchasing.  While there is a limit to how many people can enter the center at a time, staff is also hosting a table outside to distribute information and offer free masks and sanitizer to maximize outreach and encourage a safe and smart Santa Barbara experience.

“We are happy to see Visitors slowly coming back to our region,” said Kristen Miller, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce. “We are here to provide much-needed information on what’s open and what visitors need to do to keep us all safe.”

The center’s modified hours are Monday through Sunday, noon-5 p.m. The State Street Visitor Center is a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and Visit Santa Barbara. The second Santa Barbara Visitor Center located at 1 Garden Street, is still temporarily closed. 

Carpinteria to join Goleta and Santa Barbara in Chamber Merger – New Name Unveiled

Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara County’s South Coast Chambers are excited to announce the merger of three of the area’s largest business organizations. The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region, the Goleta Chamber of Commerce and the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce will be uniting to form the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce – from Goleta to Carpinteria.

The new Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce will be mobilizing the power of our 1,100 members to create a better business environment out of the devastation of the current economy. We believe this organization will fill the void that has been exposed by the economic meltdown, and be a more effective advocate for our issues and concerns.

If our community is going to recover, it will be the small business community that leads the way, and they can’t do it without this organization providing the vital support and resources.

The group is excited to announce the organization’s new name – Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce – from Goleta to Carpinteria. The name represents our mission, who we are, and who we represent.

The new organization was formed by the unanimous support of the business and civic leaders from all three boards of directors. Recognizing that the business community already has connections throughout the three cities, the united group best represents business and community needs across government boundaries.  The unique and distinct qualities of each community’s culture, events, and neighborhoods will be honored and cherished while a new focus on county-wide and regional issues can be addressed.

“As our current business climate continues to evolve, we tried to forecast our members’ future needs and give Carpinteria a stronger voice in the South County. Being a native Carpinterian, I did not take this merger lightly, but I and my fellow board members believe this is our future,” said Curtis Lopez, Chairman of the Carpinteria Board of Directors.

The newly formed Chamber is dedicated to the economic health and vitality of all communities from Goleta to Carpinteria.  The Chamber will continue its work helping businesses, residents and visitors thrive.  Key work will be advocating for responsible public policy, offering networking and community-building opportunities, providing access to business development resources, and supporting visitor services across the region.

Kristen Miller, who has served as President & CEO of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce for the last 18 years, will lead the organization as the Chief Executive Officer.

“Creating a unified voice for business on the South Coast is both the culmination of a long process and at the same time a natural next step in a rapidly changing world.  Business and community, work-life balance, and sustainable workforce practices are all coming together and making us a more unified community.  While some areas of our lives are becoming more isolated, we are coming together,” said Miller.

Joyce Donaldson, IOM, President & CEO of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce will serve as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer – Carpinteria Liaison, overseeing operations and Carpinteria-centric initiatives. With 17 years of professional chamber leadership experience, Donaldson has served as President and CEO for the Carpinteria Valley Chamber since 2015.

“The Carpinteria Chamber Board of Directors and Leadership Teams are enthusiastic about the newly formed Chamber,” states Joyce Donaldson. “This is an exciting step to unify the voice of the entire business community in the South Coast Region, combining our robust resources and talent to create an even stronger environment in which businesses can flourish.”

Stephanie Armstrong, Interim Executive Director of The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region, will serve as the organization’s Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing communications, marketing and public policy. Armstrong is 4th generation Santa Barbara, deeply attached to the community where she grew up. She has been with the Chamber for nine years.

“The current economic and cultural climate we find ourselves in calls for change, innovation, and unity,” says Armstrong. “By joining forces we will be a stronger, more unified voice with the combined leadership from our three organizations in achieving our common goal to help our businesses and represent the unique qualities of our communities. We are excited for this next chapter.”

The organization is eager to preserve the unique character of each City and focus on individual needs as well as the regional needs of the business community. The signature events and networking opportunities of each Chamber are all included in the merged program of work. The organization is working to pivot priorities to serve members in new ways during the current COVID-19 Pandemic given that events are not allowed at this time.

It was announced previously that the Goleta and Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce boards voted to pursue a merger. During recent strategy meetings with leadership, Carpinteria Chamber Board of Directors joined the discussion. Leadership from all three organizations are very excited for the immense potential of a regional Chamber to be a voice for business. The merger will be effective July 1, 2020.

 

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The Goleta Chamber of Commerce represents 450 members and 30,000 jobs in the region.  Operating since 1947, the Chamber envisions a community where businesses flourish, residents thrive, and visitors are inspired by our exceptional quality of life. 

 

Founded in 1878, the mission of The Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region is to enhance and promote the regional economic environment through support of our members and collaboration with businesses, government, and community resources.

 

Founded in 1912, The Carpinteria Valley Chamber has been a unified voice dedicated to supporting local business while enriching our community. The Carpinteria Chamber represents 300 enthusiastic members dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Carpinteria Valley.

Goleta Chamber and Area Businesses Launch Masks4Biz Program to Provide Masks for Frontline Workers

The Goleta Chamber of Commerce partnered with local companies and the City of Goleta to launch Masks4Biz and provide the frontline staff of Goleta businesses with standard paper masks.  The Chamber recognizes the importance of these essential workers, who interact with the public daily to keep local grocery stores, restaurants, banks, gas stations, hardware stores, and more operational. With this community initiative, the Chamber hopes to support the health of essential workers, flatten the curve, and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The goal of Masks4Biz is to gift Goleta businesses with their first round of masks in recognition of their community dedication, and offer to help procure additional masks if needed.

 

“The Chamber and community are so grateful for our essential workers who are helping to keep our grocery stores and restaurants running,” said Kristen Miller, President & CEO of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce. “We want to offer this extra layer of protection by distributing masks to our area businesses.”

 

The Chamber has sourced masks from a vendor that does not compete with masks within the medical supply chain. In the next week, the Chamber team will distribute 20,000 masks with the goal of providing workers with enough masks to cover their face for 2-3 weeks.  Each mask can be worn twice by an employee.

 

To enact this initiative, many local organizations and businesses offered support, including American Riviera Bank, Apeel Sciences, City of Goleta, Community West Bank, Deckers Brands, Kathy Odell – WEV, LogMeIn, Montecito Bank and Trust, Transphorm and Village Properties. The impact of this support was felt immediately.

“We’ve been working toward re-opening with limited service, and one of our challenges was where to get masks,” said Lisa Boelter, co-owner of Anna’s Bakery. “We were so relieved when the Goleta Chamber emailed us the offer to help.  Now we can resume our place in the heart of the community, at least in a small way.”

 

MASKS4Biz is one small way the Goleta Chamber is responding to the pandemic and economic crisis in Goleta.  For more information on this and other programs see the Chamber’s COVID-19 Business Resource page on their website. (https://goletachamber.com/community/covid-19-info/)

 

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The Goleta Chamber of Commerce represents 450 members and 30,000 jobs in the region.  Operating since 1947, the Chamber envisions a community where businesses flourish, residents thrive, and visitors are inspired by our exceptional quality of life. 

 

Goleta Hotels Offer Discounts to Remote Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak

Hotels in Goleta are opening their doors to people working remotely.

Amid the shelter-in-place order related to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, hotels are suffering, and many employees are not allowed to work in the office unless it is regarded as an essential service.

The hotels are offering rooms that come with a desk, free WiFi and other business services.

“We are located in the Goleta high-tech area,” said Patricia Kimball, director of sales for the Hilton Garden Inn. “We have been hearing some feedback that they have challenges with WiFi or VPN or connectivity, or a lot of  people don’t have desks or space in their homes.”

The Hilton Garden Inn, 6878 Hollister Ave., has guest rooms including work space, high-speed Internet and Keurig coffee services for $80 a day plus taxes. It also has event spaces for $50 per day plus tax. Prices are valid for an eight-hour work day. The 24 marketplace offers snacks and beverages for purchase

“We are just trying to be part of the community and stay afloat and give employees an opportunity to work,” Kimball said.

At the Hampton Inn, 5665 Hollister Ave., General Manager Christine Heinrich said that “a lot of people are hurting right now.”

She said a lot of people are in flux, but the hotel wants to help people while also trying to bring business to the hotel. The rooms give people their own space to get work done.

She said no advance notice is needed, and people can just walk in if they need a room for the day or night.

“We are very flexible with the hours,” Heinrich said.

The Hampton Inn has guest rooms available for $65, and a half-day rate for five hours anytime between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. for $45. The hotel has one board room available for full day use for $50 a day.

Click here to view all Goleta area hotel offerings.