The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce has been convening a group of business leaders each Friday morning to discuss important updates during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

These calls started on March 20th and have evolved into a webinar format. All past webinars have been recorded.

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Here are details from past calls including recordings and agendas.

FRIDAY BUSINESS LEADERS WEBINAR 

Friday, July 24th, 9:00 a.m.

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Friday, July 17th, 9:00 a.m. – Meet the Team Webinar

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Friday, June 19th, 9:30 a.m.

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Friday, June 12th, 9:30 a.m.

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Friday, June 5th, 9:30 a.m.

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Friday, May 29, 9:30 A.M.

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Friday, May 15, 9:30 A.M.

SUMMARY COVID-19 Business Leaders Call May 15

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Friday, May 8, 9:30 A.M.

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Industry Updates

  1. Community Outreach: William Macfadyen, Noozhawk (5 mins)
  2. County Business Re-opening: Ermina Karim, REACH (5 mins)
  3. Health and Fitness: Stephen Stowe, Bond Fitness (5 mins)
  4. Public Venue: Steve Windhager, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (5 mins)
  5. Retail: Mark Ingalls, Camino Real Marketplace (5 mins)
  6. Retail: Anne Pazier, Santa Barbara Gift Baskets (5 mins)

Friday, May 1, 9:30 A.M. 

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 Industry Updates

  1. Banking, Finance and Chamber of Commerce: Janet Garufis, Montecito Bank and Trust (5 mins)
  2. Retail and Commercial Property: Rob Skinner, The Towbes Group (5 mins)
  3. County Business Re-opening: Melissa James, REACH (5 mins)
  4. County Business: Glenn Morris, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce (5 mins)
  5. Lodging and Hospitality: Andrew Firestone, StonePark Capital (5 mins)
  6. Communications Technology: Kirsten McLaughlin, Cox (5 mins)

Friday, April 24, 9:30 A.M. 

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Industry Updates
1. CARES Act Additional Funding: Jennings Imel, US Chamber of Commerce (5 mins)
2. Business Finance: Jeff Devine, American Riviera Bank (5 mins)
3. Recovery Planning: Mark Hartwig, SB County Fire Chief (5 mins)
4. Education: John Longbrake, UC Santa Barbara (5 mins)
5. Economic Recovery: Peter Rupert, UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast Project (5 mins)
6. Retail: Anne Pazier, Santa Barbara Gift Baskets (5 mins) 

Friday, April 17, 9:30 A.M. 

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Agenda
Industry Updates

1. COVID-19 Research: Brian Goebel, 2040 Matters (5 mins)
2. Business Finance: Tony Vallejo, Nicholson and Schwartz (5 mins)
3. Tourism/Hotels: James Minton, Visit Santa Barbara (5 mins)
4. Manufacturing: Randy Berg, Transphorm (5 mins)
5. Restaurants: Chris Chiarappa, Mesa Burger (5 mins)
6. Workforce: Ray McDonald, Workforce Development Board (5 mins)
7. Education: Susan Salcido, SB County Education Office (5 minutes)
8. Nonprofits/Philanthropy: Geoff Green, SBCC Foundation (5 mins)

Friday, April 10, 9:30 A.M. 

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AGENDA:

Industry Updates 

  1. Public Health: Gregg Hart, County Supervisors Chair (5 mins)
  2. Community Outreach: William Macfadyen, Noozhawk (5 mins)
  3. Tourism/Hotels: Tom Patton, Ramada (5 mins)
  4. Workforce Recruitment: Trish Miller, Spherion (5 mins)
  5. Child Care: Taundra Pitchford, SB County Education Office and Eileen Monahan, Emergency Child Care Initiative (ECCI) (5 minutes)
  6. Banking/Finance: Marty Plourd, Community West Bank (5 mins)
  7. Nonprofits/Philanthropy: Geoff Green, SBCC Foundation (5 mins)

Friday, April 3, 9:30 A.M.

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AGENDA 

Industry Updates 

  1. Healthcare: Ron Werft, President and CEO, Cottage Health (5 mins)
  2. Healthcare: David Fisk, M.D., Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control
  3. Residential Real Estate: Renee Grubb, Village Properties (5 mins)
  4. Commercial Real Estate: Francois DeJohn, Hayes Commercial Group (5 mins)
  5. Small Business: Kathy Odell, Women’s Economic Ventures (5 mins)
  6. Restaurants/Tasting Room: Josh Ellis, M. Special (5 mins)
  7. County-wide Chambers: Glenn Morris, Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce (5 mins)
  8. Hotels: Steven Janicek, Ritz-Carlton Bacara (5 mins) (invited) 
  9. Chamber program for masks: Primit Parikh, Transphorm (5 mins)
  10. Restaurants: Adopt a restaurant, Jeremy Peterson, Solutions Consulting (5 mins)

March 27, 2020

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AGENDA
Industry Updates 

  1. US Government/Business: Jennings Imel, US Chamber of Commerce (5 mins)
  2. Hospitality: Kathy Janega-Dykes, Visit Santa Barbara (5 mins)
  3. Insurance: Susan Rodriguez, Brown and Brown Insurance (5 mins)
  4. Finance: Janet Garufis, Montecito Bank and Trust (5 mins)
  5. Healthcare: Kurt Ransohoff, Sansum (or Janet for Kurt if he is unavailable)
  6. Restaurants: Deena Ferro, Kyles Kitchen Restaurants (5 mins)
  7. County: Ray MacDonald, Workforce Development Board (5 mins)

MARCH 20, 9:30 A.M. 

AGENDA 

Introductions & Status Updates 

Update on current status from Government 

Update on current status from Business by Industry 

  1. Health Care
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Hotel/Lodging
  4. Restaurant/Retail
  5. Airlines and Transportation

Government relief efforts for business 

  1. SBA Loans
  2. WEV Loans
  3. Waivers and Deferments of payments