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“the mission of the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the well-being of its residents and visitors by being the catalyst for professional leadership in the development and promotion of the local business community”

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Meet The Board: Brad Evans, Stacked Sandwiches


New Member Orientation 1 Breakfast Board of Directors


President’s Message


President’s Circle


Chamber Stats! October 2010




Santa Lucia Bank TriChamber Mixer


Annual Poker Tournament


Grover Beach Walk Celebration


Carved Pumpkin Contest


Schedule of Events / Calendar


Ribbon Cutting / New & Renewing Members


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Meet The Board: Brad Evans, Stacked Sandwiches

Brad Evans said, “When I first moved to Grover Beach and people asked me where I lived, I would usually say, „Oh, in a small town next to Pismo Beach‟ or „I live in the Five Cities area, south SLO County‟. But, you know, Grover Beach is coming of age and now, I right out tell them „I live in Grover Beach‟”. Along with his wife, Lisa, Brad, lives in Grover Beach, is raising a family in Grover Beach, owns a business in Grover Beach; and, he is an active member of several Grover Beach organizations helping to guide the future growth and development of the community. Lisa and Brad were both born and raised in the valley. They graduated from Tulare Union High School in the early eighties and, although they knew each

other in high school, love and marriage came later. Brad attended Long Beach State College where, in 1985, he received his BA degree in Radio, Television and Film. Later, he returned to school earning his teacher‟s certificate and, for four years, taught at both Hanford and St ra t hmo re High Schools. Brad and Lisa were married in 1987; they have two lovely children, daughter Alex, 18 and son Rece, 15. After

they moved to the Five Cities Area, Brad knew that teaching was really not for him. He found other work to occupy his time; a disc jockey at the Graduate, he studied and became a certified Ophthalmology Assistant and worked six years for the doctors of Pacific Eye Surgeons. In 2006, after great thought and much discussion, Brad and Lisa decided that they would open a family operated sandwich shop. They found a location just south of West Grand Avenue across the street from Vons and opened (Continued on page 3)

New Member Orientation Breakfast Once again the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce is stepping up to the plate with a “first” event. We are excited to be hosting our First New Member Orientation Breakfast for all Chamber of Commerce new members. The event will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the lovely Ramona Garden Park Community center (933 Ramona Avenue, Grover Beach, CA - 93433) beginning with check-in at 7:00 a.m. sharp. There is on-site parking as well as street parking surrounding the picturesque Ramona Garden Park.

The program will begin with a light breakfast, followed be an hour of information including a question-and-answer session, presentations by select chamber members, and an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and showcase your business. You will learn about the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce‟s Ambassador Program and how it recognizes new chamber members. You will learn how our board meetings bring the best of people and events together to trigger your enthusiasm that may steer you onto the board of directors.

You will learn how the chamber works with the city of Grover Beach; which community events are sponsored by your chamber; and how important your business is to the blueprint and vitality for our city‟s economic forecast and future. You are encouraged to bring a friend or personnel from your office. Remember the Grover Beach chamber of Commerce is hosting this event and we are extending an invitation to you to be our guest at our First Grover (Continued on page 3)



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f your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams

Board of Directors Chair Michael Boyer

ELEMENTS Vice Chair Linda McClure

American Property Services Secretary Anita Shower

Miss Etiquette

Presidents Message By Michael Boyer With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have been working hard on our year-end planning! We participated with the city of Grover Beach in a celebration of the new Grover Beach Walk district. We are in the middle of a membership drive to increase our business representation in and around the Five Cities area. We had a successful Poker Tournament and we are wrapping up board nominations for 2011-2012. The Grover Beach Walk celebration on October 7th was a fantastic event to help support the business community of West Grand Avenue. The city partnered

with the Chamber and local businesses to introduce the street, sidewalk and plant-life improvements to West Grand Avenue. We are well on our way to meet our membership goals for fall of 2010 with 35+ new members. Thank you for all of your referrals and assistance with our new members. Now in November, we are actively recruiting new volunteers to

Thank you for your continued support as we move forward to drive the needs of our business community and membership to achieve mutual success in these improving economic times. I welcome any and all suggestions on ways our Chamber can better serve our members. Please contact me directly at

assist us in leading our great organization. Our finance committee is working on the 2011 budget and the ambassador team is beginning to plan our Installation Dinner.

Treasurer Jennifer Fonteneau

Rabobank Past Chair Lois Hughes

Keller Williams Realty ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Rita Canclini


Higher Groundz Brad Evans

Stacked Sandwiches Skip Kautz

City of Grover Beach

Kautz Chevron Ben Naeini

Peter & Carol Keith

Ben’s Computers Karen Randall

Miner’s Hardware

Wells Fargo Bank

Anthony Salas, Jr.

Aflac Mark Veiga

DeBlauw Construction ~~~~~~~~~~ City Liaison Kathy Petker

Parks & Recreation Director

Central Coast Casino


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Beach Chamber of Commerce New Member Orientation breakfast. Questions may be directed to the CEO, Linda Garcia at (805) 489-9091.

Stacked Sandwiches; premium, handcrafted sandwiches that not only have good taste, but also have public appeal with funny names: Jane Doe, The Oinker, The Mobster, Lisa‟s Stack, Fishbreath, The Treehugger, The Hippy Chick, The Moo Cow, The Philly Wonka; names that attract independent thinkers. After the initial start-up, Lisa followed her medical career, developing and managing surgical centers leaving Brad and his merry workers to run the shop. Brad is an active member of the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Brad said, “It‟s gratifying to see this very diverse and dynamic Board led by a great CEO who has brought a lot of professionalism and energy to the Chamber.” Brad knows that it has been a struggle for a lot of businesses in town including his own but staying open means you are probably doing better than some realtors, mortgagers and pharmaceutical salesmen. “Compared to some others,” he said, “We are doing well. In one word, the key is „differentiation‟, meaning doing something different; a different package.” In his business he stresses premium quality products, the highest quality meat, cheeses, bread and truly great customer service. “We want to be your friendly, neighbor sandwich shop!” he said. Brad is the vice chair of the Grover Beach Planning Commission. An interesting job to Brad, one filled with new knowledge of how government works and how permits are obtained to start businesses and/or initiate development. “It‟s a fascinating process,” he said. “For example, the term „Ocean View‟ can be misleading as adjoining neighbors

Each year during National Small Business Week, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes outstanding small business owners for their contribution to the American economy and society. The President has declared May 15-22, 2011 as National Small Business Week. SBA is currently accepting nominations for several SBA award categories including the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award. The Fresno SBA Office services the fifteen Central California counties. Trade associations, chambers of commerce and business organizations frequently sponsor candidates. A business owner may also nominate themselves or other candidates. As part of National Small Week, businesses located throughout Central California will be honored with local community events. Through the work of entrepreneurs, jobs are created, families are given a better life and whole communities are transformed. Please join us in the National Small Business Week celebration. Nomination criteria and deadline dates for all award categories can be found by visiting the SBA website at "Spotlight” section or by contacting Melende Ward of the Fresno SBA Office at (559) 4875791, ext 143.





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may have the right to build and impact your ocean view. We try to work out situations where the „view‟ can be sustained as much as possible.” Commission meetings lately have been focused on what the City might be able to do in terms of incentives to developers and builders to do business here. “We have a great city staff; they are informative and helpful and make our job as the intermediary between the paid staff and the city council a lot easier.” He is an active member of the Rotary club of Grover Beach currently heading up the Rotary Foundation Service. One of the featured Rotary International world service programs is the elimination of polio throughout the world. “I have always believed in service orga niza tio ns such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and their involvement and service to the community. I immensely enjoyed Lisa‟s being the president of our Rotary last year; and, I immensely enjoyed it when her term was over.” To this end, Stacked Sandwiches now offers the Rotary Sandwich; a portion of the sales of which will go toward polio eradication. The Evan‟s are also heavy donors to local youth programs supporting local athletic teams and services. “I can‟t say no to charities,” he said. “Kids are important and I‟m always working on a balance between charity work, my business and my family.” “I should tell everyone that I am a radio talk show junky; I listen to all viewpoints so I can make informed decisions. I am also

intrigued with how to incorporate the use of social media; e-mail, twitter, Facebook, etc., to benefit and promote business.” Brad says he has used it successfully to the point where many other business owners call him for information. Because of this, he is setting up Stacked Marketing Associates where he will help other business learn how to get the most cost effective use of their marketing budget. “The next wave will be the use of video emails using a web cam, click a button and off it goes to others. Pretty exciting!” he said. His other idea is to eventually have a Stacked Food Truck. Brad said, “They can see our daily location through Twitter or Facebook, then place their order through their blackberry, IPhone or whatever; and then they can come pick up the food at our location. This way we can get our product all over the county.” Brad explained a personal challenge: “I have a love/hate relationship with Joy, my personal trainer at Kennedy Club Fitness. I hate when she makes me work so hard, but love the way I am beginning to feel. I‟m committed to getting back into shape and I‟m actually beginning to wear clothes I haven‟t worn for a year. We‟ve added a new Low-cal section to our menu, the FitStack; non-fat products, low carbs and low calories. Not only is it good for you, it‟s also good tasting.” Brad also said that he loves to write and he is looking for an opportunity to use his creative juices in the medium.

Richard Roberts



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CEO / President

Linda Garcia Administrative Assistant

Shannon Quake

Ambassadors Chair

Rita Canclini Higher Groundz

Trisha Borgardt Mobility Therapy

Gary Chambers Mobility Therapy

Michael Ebinger KCOY 12 / FOX 11

Andrea Ghiselli Rabobank

Dr. Trish Hardy Hardy Chiropractic

Michael Phares Dado's Marketing, Communications, & Public Relations

Anthony F. Salas, Jr Aflac

Anita Shower Miss Etiq0uette

Michael Wambolt Seacrest Resort

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Chamber Insider The Grover Beach Walk Celebration Was a Huge Success!

Carved Pumpkin Contest at Ramona Garden Park




Volume 49 Issue 11 Schedule of Events 11/01 City Council Meeting 11/07 11/09 11/09 11/11 11/12 11/15 11/16 11/16 11/16 11/17 11/17 11/18 11/18 11/20 11/25 11/26

Day Light Savings Time Ends Executive Committee Meeting Planning Commission Meeting Veterans Day City Hall Closed, Furlough Day City Council Meeting Board of Directors Meeting Ambassador Meeting Ribbon Cutting Tri-Chamber Luncheon, with speaker Jim Hogeboom , South County Regional Center Tri-Chamber Mixer, Pismo Beach Premium Outlets New Member Orientation Breakfast Parks & Recreation Beauitfication Committee Meeting Grover Beach Beautification Day Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Holiday

City Hall

6:30 PM

Grover Beach Chamber Office City Hall City Hall & Chamber

7:45 AM 6:30 PM Closed

City Hall Rabobank, Grover Beach Rabobank, Grover Beach Rabobank, Grover Beach 800 A W. Branch St. Arroyo Grande 333 Five Cities Dr., Pismo Beach Ramona Garden Park City Hall City Hall Parking Lot City Hall & Chamber City Hall & Chamber

6:30 PM 7:45 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 AM 6:30 PM 8:00 AM Closed Closed

November 2010 SUN MON

31 •Day Light Savings Time Ends


•City Council Meeting




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Committee Meeting •Planning Commission Meeting






4 •Veteran’s Day, City Office Closed


•City Council Meeting



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•City Hall Closed, Furlough Day



•Board of Directors Meeting


•New Member

•Grover Beach


Beautification Day

•Ambassador Meeting

•Tri-Chamber Mixer

Orientation Breakfast •Parks & Recreation Beautification


Ribbon Cuttings







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•Thanksgiving Day

•Thanksgiving Holiday

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Offices Closed

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Chamber Insider New Members & Ribbon Cuttings Crystal Dove Cleaning Lil’ Bits Café Spyglass Inn Restaurant Pismo Coast Shopping Plaza Hardy Chiropractic Majuvi - Flowers, Decorations & More Renewing Members

Majuvi - Flowers, Decorations & More • Hardy Chiropractic

Wet Dog Design

Cowles California Media

Attractions Salon

United Way of SLO County

Herber, Hobert E., DDS

Accessories Marketing, Inc.

Taco Bell, Nissjac Inc.

Five Cities Women’s Network

Station Grill

Costco Wholesale

Shoreline Workforce Development Services

Prime Outlets/CA Welcome Center

City Books

Fluid Resource Management

Oxford Suites Pismo Beach

John L. Gannon, PhD

The Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce 180 Highway 1, Grover Beach, CA 93433

Phone: (805) 489-9091, Fax: (805) 489-4147 E-mail:

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The Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce Newsletter Volume 49, Issue 11