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Catalyst. Convener. Champion.

Chamber Connection SANTA M ARIA VALLE Y CHA MB E R MONTHLY NE WSLE T TE R | J ULY 2020

Local Organizations Help Businesses Navigate Reopening and Recovery From financial struggles to understanding when and how they can safely reopen, local businesses have experienced a number of hurdles during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an organization that serves the business community, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce recognizes the challenges local businesses face during this time, and have partnered with a number of local organizations to help our businesses navigate the road to reopening and recovery. “The Chamber has always been a strong supporter of our business community, and we know how important it is for us to show up for our local businesses at a time when they need us most,” said Glenn Morris, President and CEO for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. “With so many great organizations out there devoted to strengthening our local economy, we know that in most cases, the solutions businesses are looking for can be found through working with these organizations.” Morris says a large part of the Chamber’s role in the reopening and recovery process has been reaching out to local businesses, understanding their struggles and concerns, and connecting them with local organizations and resources who can fit their needs. “In many cases, the resources businesses are looking for can be found through the Chamber or one of the other business-

Many local business-serving organizations offer free resources for businesses, including online webinars, mentoring, assistance with finding available funding and more. serving organizations we partner with,” Morris explained. “Many businesses are surprised to learn about the number of local services and resources we have available to help businesses recover, succeed and grow.” SCORE San Luis Obispo Provides Free Workshops & Mentoring for Small Businesses SCORE San Luis Obispo serves San Luis Obispo county and Northern Santa Barbara County. “At SCORE, our primary goal is to

help the formation, growth, and success of small businesses in San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Maria Valley, explained SCORE San Luis Obispo Chapter Chair Horace Morana. “We do that by providing free mentoring and free workshops.” Horace said that he has seen firsthand how the business shutdowns caused by COVID-19 have caused enormous financial hardships on small businesses. “The greatest need we have seen for our small businesses Continued on p.2

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was to be able to get access to the loan programs provided by Congress and the Small Business Administration (SBA).” Morana said. “SCORE as an SBA partner was able to guide businesses through the loan process. We put together a dedicated team just to help clients apply for available loans.” Morana said that as businesses begin to reopen, SCORE will be there to help them with ways they can be successful in this brand new environment. SCORE also offers free mentoring, workshops, and a variety of other resources which are available at sanluisobispo.score.org. Cal Poly CIE SBDC Offers Consulting, Funding and Training Opportunities The Cal Poly CIE SBDC (Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Small Business Development Center) is another excellent resource for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, offering no-cost, expert one-on-one business consulting, training and online courses in startup assistance, debt and equity funding, sales and marketing, international trade and product commercialization. They provide assistance to San Luis Obispo County and has just recently received the green light to offer services to Santa Maria businesses. “We have world class consulting services to help you tackle business problems, at no cost,” explained Liz Fisher, Cal Poly CIE SBDC Program Manager. “While our COVID-19 task force is readily available to assist you towards re-opening measures, our team is also experienced to counsel in the following areas: Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Legal, Startups, Funding, Finance and Operations.” Fischer said during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the organization was busy assisting companies in applying for SBA disaster relief funds. “To date we have assisted 500 clients and tracked $14M in disaster funds allocated to our local business community,” Fisher said. "As businesses are gradually re-opening to the general public, the SBDC is here to continue assisting business owners in navigating these uncharted waters,” said Judy Hahan, Economic Development Director for Cal Poly CIE. “ Our team is here to help you build a solid new foundation for sustainability throughout 2020, with a goal to have the right strategies 2

Employees at Cups & Crumbs in Old Orcutt prepare takeout orders. The cafe is one of many local businesses navigating the "new normal" resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. in place for growth and success in 2021. We will be offering continued support to help businesses manage mandated health and safety guidelines, guidance to innovate with new business models and help businesses tap into new revenue streams. Out of recession, comes amazing creativity, let's tap into that!" To learn more about resources available through the Cal Poly CIE SBDC, visit sbdc. calpoly.edu or contact slosbdc@gmail.com. Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board Helps Businesses Strengthen the Local Economy The Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board (WDB) develops innovative workforce strategies that help businesses, individuals, and industries achieve and sustain economic vitality across all communities in Santa Barbara County. Chambers of Commerce (partnerships on webinars, etc.) The Santa Barbara Workforce Development Board works with employers to optimize their human resource needs including hiring, training and retaining employees. They provide assistance with business expansion and custom programs to meet specific business and industry employment requirements. Part of their mission is assisting employers to increase their competitiveness while strengthening the regional economy. The Workforce Development Board can

help you: • Find the employees you need • Pre-screen potential employees • Provide facilities for interviewing • Train current employees • Retain valued workers • Expand your business Learn more by visiting www.sbcwdb.org. Local Chambers partner to provide educational opportunities The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce has partnered with a number of other local Chambers in the County to provide a number of informative webinars on COVID-19 business impacts, reopening your business safely, and other timely topics. Upcoming webinars can be found at santamaria.com. Additionally, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber offers a variety of reopening and recovery resources for businesses at santamaria.com/COVID19-Recovery. If businesses have additional questions or need more assistance, they can fill out the Chamber’s business assistance form, and someone from the Chamber will connect with the business to assist with the help they need. This form can be found at santamaria. com/business-assistance-form.


Chamber Welcomes 2020-2021 Board of Directors The Chamber, Visitors Bureau and Economic Development Commission are led by a unified Board of Directors, made up of senior executives from member companies and partner organizations. The Board provides strategic and policy guidance to ensure the Chamber’s program of work serves the best interest of our members and the Santa Maria Valley community. The Chamber is pleased to announce these recently approved members of our 2020-2021 Board of Directors, who have been endorsed by current Chamber leadership and approved by Chamber membership. A full list of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors, including returning members and the Executive Committee, can be found on page 6.

consulting to the company’s clients. Sandra is a member of the California Lawyer and American Bar Associations.

Karen Fothergill Principal, Andre Morris & Buttary Karen Gjerdrum Fothergill is a principal at the law firm of Andre, Morris & Buttery and practices law in its Business and Real Estate Transactions Practice group. Karen was born and raised in Santa Maria, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College and her Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law. In September 2005, Karen returned home to Santa Maria to start her legal career. Andre, Morris & Buttery named her a principal of the firm in January 2014. Karen has served on the boards of the Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center and North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center and is a member of the Women’s Fund. Karen and her husband Ryan are happy to be back in her hometown raising their two children.

Sandra Dickerson ESQ. CEO/HR Director, Your People Professionals Sandra began her human resources career with Your People Professionals in 1987, working initially for the founder of the company and as CEO since purchasing YPP in 1997. As of April 1, 2014, she is also CEO of HR Your Way, based in Pleasanton, California. As CEO, Sandra has specialized in managing the company’s services, ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and adherence to best practices, and in general business management, including all corporate and legal affairs. Her staff is responsible for strategic human resource management and consulting for a wide variety of clients and industries throughout California. Services include: full HR Edgar Gascon outsourcing; total compensation system Hacienda Realty (2nd term Chamber evaluation and design; talent acquisition Board Member) system design and implementation; Edgar Gascon, a born & raised Santa manager/executive coaching; performance management; policy development; risk Maria native, recently returned to his management; and wage & hour compliance. hometown after 8 years of being in school In addition, she provides general business & working in corporate America. Coming Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce | July 2020

home with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology, Edgar began a full time career in Real Estate at Hacienda Realty. Since coming back to home, Edgar has quickly gotten involved in the community; leading the development of Santa Maria Connect! – a networking group for young professionals & Toastmaster’s Valle de Santa Maria – the Central Coast’s first Spanish Toastmaster’s group. In addition, he serves on various boards such as the Santa Maria Association of Realtors, Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce and Northern Santa Barbara County United Way. Edgar is strongly supported by his lovely wife – Yessenia & their 18 month old son Giancarlo. Between his community involvement & spending time with his wife, Edgar enjoys golfing, reading, and traveling.

Butch Lopez Treasurer / Project Manager, V Lopez & Sons (2nd term Chamber Board Member) Born and raised in the beautiful Santa Maria Valley, Butch enjoys the people, places and events the community has to offer. Butch loves working the family construction business with his Father and Brother. He is blessed with a family of 5, and they love movies, camping, traveling, sports and anything fun! Butch feels blessed to grow up in the Santa Maria Valley and connecting with all the locals in the community. He enjoys being on the Chamber Board and getting involved with our Community. Butch believes the Chamber has a great presence here in Santa Maria and with our neighbors, and feels the Chamber champions businesses in the Santa Maria Valley as we should all do.

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David Merlo Certified Public Accountant, Director/ Principal, Glenn Burdette David has been a Tax Principal with Glenn Burdette since 2008. Since joining the Glenn Burdette team in 2003 he has specialized in advising and servicing corporate, partnership and limited liability entities and planning with the related business owners. David is known for providing technically sound advice in the areas of taxation and business consulting. He has extensive experience with industries including professional service companies, agriculture, and construction. David has also advised on several business mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the Glenn Burdette team graduated from the University of San Diego and practiced accounting with the national firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. David is a native Santa Marian where his family has resided for over the last 50 years. While growing up in Santa Maria David learned a lot about the business community and the dedication and hard work it takes to be successful while working in the family business. David is most proud of his family. He and his wife Katie, who is also a native Santa Marian, can be found enjoying several sporting events, whether participating or watching, with their 3 children. David also enjoys giving back to the community and has been an active member of the Pacific Central Coast Health Centers Board, Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and Central Coast Cal CPA society.

Tere Paredes Owner & Treasurer of MT Puzzle Piece, Inc. DBA: Maya Restaurant in Santa Maria, CA My Name is Teresa Paredes (formally Cadena) but most know me or call me Tere (TED-eh) for short. I was born in Santa Barbara and raised here in the beautiful Santa Maria Valley when my parents opened up the Maya at the Santa Maria airport back in the early 80’s. I am the 3rd generation carrying on my family’s legacy of running and owning the Maya Restaurant that has been around for 54 years and I hope to continue by having my children be the 4th generation of owners one day. I had always dreamt of being in my position ever since I was just a little girl. I knew nothing would stop me, even if it meant more work had to be done to be proven worthy. I guess you can say ambition and competitiveness runs deeply in my veins. Being a member of this community has brought so much light to my life. To see the outpouring of love and following especially during these trying times of COVID-19 has my heart so overwhelmed and just confirms that being there for them before all this doesn’t go unnoticed. I must say my Christian Faith has a lot to do with it as well.

The Chamber is excited to welcome all of these business leaders to our 2020-2021 Chamber Board of Directors. We would also like to acknowledge out outgoing board members and thank them for their time and dedication to serving out organization: • Ray Arensdorf, Arensdorf Chiropractic • Hugh Rafferty, Santa Maria Public Airport • Rick Rust, Aera Energy • Tim Woodbury, Woody's Butcher Block A full list of the 2020-20201 Chamber Board of Directors and Executive Committee can be found on page 6. The Chamber is grateful for the service of our local community leaders on the Chamber Board. To learn more about your how you can get involved with the Chamber, including volunteer opportunities and committees, visit santamaria.com.

Shannon Seifert CEO, Santa Maria Valley YMCA One of Shannon’s earliest memories, and one that ties into her career and community philosophy to this day, is a neighbor-shared 4

harvest season. Her farming roots (pun intended) inadvertently set the foundation for an excellent training ground for her long term career as a Y CEO. As a 5th generation Californian, 1 of 6 children, and current ranch owner, Shannon knows that community collaboration is the key to a healthy city and economy. Shannon earned her BA in Business Admin and Sociology. She is a member of the Y CA State Alliance, Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary, California Strawberry Commission, Women’s Fund and AFP (American Fundraising Professionals). Shannon previously served on the Small to mid-size National Y cabinet from 2010-2013 and the Y National Board and the Y National Membership Standards Committee from 2014-2017. She also participated in the 2 year National pilot Leadership institute for 17 established CEO’s from 2017-2019. Shannon and her husband and partner of 39 years, Tim, have two adult daughters, Katie and Rae. She and her husband are both recent past presidents of their Breakfast Rotary group and have both decided that middle-age is an excellent place to be.


Incoming Board Chair Plans to Help Businesses Navigate Change, Expand Latino Business Outreach Edgar Gascon of Hacienda Realty will serve at the Chairman of the Board for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce 2020-2021 fiscal year. We talked with Edgar to hear why he wanted to serve on the Board, and his goals for the Chamber in the upcoming year. Why did you want to be on the Chamber Board of Directors? I joined the Chamber Board of Directors to further involve myself in the community. I began my involvement with the Chamber as an Ambassador, and through my involvement with the Ambassador Committee I quickly saw the value of the Chamber and the opportunity the organization provides to build relationships within our business community. I wanted to be a part of that growth for our local businesses. What are your priorities as Board Chair? My priorities as the Board Chair are to provide resources and be a convener to our business community in times of uncertainty and change. As our community and businesses grow, there will be new issues with growth. The Chamber will continue to provide guidance and resources to the business community. Another focal point is to also expand our outreach to the Latino Business Community. I want to ensure our Spanish speaking business have the resources to maximize their efforts but also receive input and participation to encourage a balanced representation and influence of these businesses in our community. What skills/background/experiences have you had that you feel will help with this leadership position? My degree in Industrial Psychology and background in sales has given me valuable experiences in learning to intake all perspectives of the company while working effortlessly to meet the end product. Listening and understanding my clients has given me the ability to discern the key wants and needs to better assist them.

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volunteering for an event, or hosting a industry talk - giving back to others allows us to improve our community and help one another with our skills and knowledge. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Being a dad of an 18 month old boy, my favorite thing is to be with my family. I enjoy reading and playing golf on my down time but these last 2 years have been full of evening walks, Blues Clues episodes, and Target formula runs. The best book you’ve read recently and why? The Rhythm of life by Matthew Kelly. This book was a great read as I transition into a new level of responsibility both professionally and personally, it addresses how to focus our energy and intention into living everyday with purpose and determination. Why would you encourage others to join the Chamber? I would encourage other to join the Chamber because it allows you to give back to our community and businesses through various venues. You can meet new people at the Mixers, welcome new businesses through the Ambassador program, enhance our local tourism or even help at events such as the Awards Gala. We have the opportunity to contribute and shape our community for us and our generations to come. Any final thoughts? As we find ourselves in a time of change & turmoil across our country, I encourage everyone to look at our community as the place to start change. Economic or social change can be ignited with the decision and actions of one person, with that I look forward to starting a new year of positive change and continuous support for our community and local businesses.

Why do you think it is important people get involved in volunteer positions? I think it's important to get involved because it's a way of helping those with the skills or knowledge that you can provide. Whether its cleaning up the parks, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce | July 2020

American General Media Armando’s Autobody & Paint Inc. Babe Farms, Inc. Black Bear Diner - Santa Maria Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast CALM Certified Freight Logistics College and Career Readiness, Santa Barbara County Education Office Comcast Community Bank of Santa Maria Community Carpenters Diani Companies Family Care Network, Inc. Golden State Water Company J. Wilkes Wines Mega 97.1/La Buena Morris & Garritano Insurance On the 101/ Beach Betty Creative PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre Phillips 66 Pipeline LLC Phoenix Property Inspections Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. Safran Cabin Santa Maria Safran Seats Santa Maria Santa Maria Bonita School District Santa Maria Country Club Santa Maria Joint Union High School District SCORE San Luis Obispo SESLOC Federal Credit Union Smith’s Alarms & Electronics, Inc. SM Tire SunOpta Terracore Operating Company Testa Catering Tileco Distributors, Inc. The Towbes Group, Inc. Trojan Petroleum, Inc. Urban Planning Concepts/ Rural Planning Services VTC Enterprises Walmart #2507 Wave Business Wells Fargo Bank Wine & Design Orcutt WSPA Xtreme Electronics The Y

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Santa Maria is Safe & Open for Business Chamber Board of Directors: 2020-2021

Urbane Cafe requires face masks for all who enter the restaurant, and those dining in must eat on the outdoor patio. The restaurant is one of the many local businesses making changes to safely reopen their doors to the public. As businesses continue to reopen under state and county guidelines, we've checked in with a few of our local businesses to learn more about the steps they are taking to safely reopen to the public. Old Town Quilt Shop 165 W Clark Ave, Orcutt "We have installed a Plexiglass barrier at the cutting counter, and have hand sanitizer throughout the shop. Masks are required, and we have disposable ones for those who forgot theirs. We are limiting the number of customers in order to better help everyone. We expect our customers to wear a mask at all times, to sanitize their hands upon entering, and to touch as little as possible. We expect them to also observe social distancing measures." Jack's in Old Orcutt 156 S. Broadway St. Suite C, Orcutt "We hope they will stay home if they are not feeling well. We are following all the guidelines for sanitizing, limited seating, social distancing and educating our staff on every guideline presented. We ask that guests wear their masks until seated and please use the hand sanitizer that is provided in several areas of the restaurant. Please do not come in to dine if you are ill or have symptoms. We are working very hard to keep everyone safe and we appreciate your patience during this time. Please wear a mask until seated and sanitize your hands upon entering." ADV Vision 525 East Plaza Dr. Unit 304 Santa Maria At ADV Vision, we have implemented 6

extra precautions to keep all of our patients and staff safe. Each patient's temperature is taken upon arrival at our clinic. Our clinic has been modified to meet social distancing requirements. Lastly, everyday we have one staff member, our "Safety Champion", screen each staff member with COVID-19 symptom related questions. Their temperature is taken as well. The expectations we have from all of our patients are to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask upon arrival. Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld 616 E. Chapel Street, Santa Maria In addition to using remote technologies to meet with clients and perform legal processes like depositions and hearings, we are also preparing for when we do allow clients into the offices by obtaining appropriate plexiglass dividers and PPE, removing lobby furniture and asking that they remain in their vehicle or outside until their appointment. I anticipate many of our clients with co-morbid conditions will be only working with us remotely. Urbane Cafe 655 E. Betteravia Rd, Santa Maria "Since our restaurant is small we are not opening up the inside dining room. We are opening up our patio seating instead. We are sanitizing each table after use or every 10 minutes, whichever comes first. We have social distancing stickers on the floors and a manager always directing traffic. We request that guests wear face masks while inside our restaurant."

Executive Committee Chairman: Edgar Gascon, Hacienda Realty Chairman-Elect: Danny Deveraux, CalPortland Vice Chairman: Janet Silveria, Community Bank of Santa Maria Vice Chairman: Laurie Tamura, Urban Planning Concepts Past Chairman: Jean-Luc Garon, Radisson Hotel Santa Maria Board Members Mark Allen, Marian Regional Medical Center Ron Cossa, Tolman & Wiker Insurance Sandra Dickerson, Your People Professionals Donna Farrell, Santa Maria Town Center Karen Fothergill, Andre, Morris & Buttary Doug Janzen, The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center Emily Kitts, Naughty Oak Brewing Company David LeRoy, Toyota of Santa Maria Butch Lopez, V Lopez Jr. & Sons General Engineering Contractors David Merlo, Glenn Burdette Tere Paredes, Maya Restaurant Era Polly, Era Polly Real Estate Shannon Seifert, Santa Maria Valley YMCA Michelle Shipman, Searchlight Properties Kevin Walthers, Allan Hancock College Tim Williams, Digital West

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for a stronger Santa Maria Valley. Learn more about the Chamber by visiting www.santamaria.com.


Chamber Membership Corner Renewing Members: May 2020 The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to recognize these partners who strive each day to create jobs, boost our local economy and build a community of which we can all be proud. Thank you for your continued membership with the Chamber. 72 Years: Stowasser Buick GMC 60 Years: Century Tax and Bookkeeping Services 58 Years: Kirk & Simas Law Firm 53 Years: Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast 40 Years: Santa Maria Country Club SMOOTH, Inc. Toyota of Santa Maria 27 Years: Cassia 26 Years: Shaklee Distributors - J & J Colegrove 25 Years: Darensberries, LLC 24 Years: Coastal Valley Soccer Club 22 Years: McDermott & Apkarian, LLP Nu-Tech Pest Management

20 Years: Santa Maria Philharmonic Society Santa Maria Sun 19 Years: CCSA Rage Youth Hockey Association Coastal Ag 17 Years: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Ultrex Business Solutions 14 Years: PODS, Moving and Storage Solved 12 Years: Fund for Santa Barbara Star Physical Therapy of Santa Maria WealthSource Partners 11 Years: Mike Cordero 10 Years: New America Realty 9 Years: Central Coast Mechanical Services 8 Years: Central Coast New Technology High School

Laurus College 7 Years: Cugini's Pizzeria & Trattoria El Pueblito Restaurant Maya Restaurant Presqu'ile Winery Windset Farms 5 Years: Santa Maria Tool, Inc. 3 Years: Care Connection - Central Coast Mexican Ladies Social Club Parable Candle Company Pets Hospital The Salvation Army Top Notch Heating Inc. U-Pick Blueberries 2 Years: KleinDance Arts Leavitt Coastal Valley Insurance Services 1 Year: Cool Hand Luke's Great Business Marketing Round Table Pizza Workforce Development Board of Santa Barbara County

New Members: May 15- June 15, 2020 The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome these new members joining the Chamber. We appreciate their vote of confidence in our ability to add value to their business and to create a strong local economy together. Casa Bonita Furniture (805) 310-5050 500 West Main St., Santa Maria www.casabonitafurniture.net

ADV Vision (805) 876-9575 525 E. Plaza Drive, Unit 304, Santa Maria www.advvisioncenters.com

Smooth Criminal (707) 327-8646 1103 E. Clark Avenue, Suite F-1B, Orcutt www.facebook.com/smoothcriminalwax

Home Solutions Real Estate Inc. (805) 245-9788 2045 South Broadway Suite B, Santa Maria www.HSRE.Team

Trojan Petroleum, Inc. (805) 922-0461 1665 W. Betteravia Rd., Santa Maria www.trojanpetroleum.com

Evolve Retirement Plan Solutions (805) 369-6020 613 S. Main St., Templeton www.evolveretirement.com

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Santa Maria Counseling (805) 268-5317 1505 S. Shepard. Dr. Suite 204, Santa Maria www.smcounseling.com

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Chamber Encourages Community to Protect. Respect. Wear Your Mask. The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Allan Hancock College and other local community leaders in the "Protect. Respect. Wear Your Mask." Campaign. The PR campaign highlights the importance of keeping yourself and the community safe by wearing a face mask when you are in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. “In order to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and support an open economy, we must all unite and continue practicing social safety measures – including wearing a mask when in public,” said Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Morris. “We are all understandably eager to get back to ‘normal’, and wearing a mask can help us get there more quickly.” Learn more about the campaign and how you can show your support for wearing a face mask at protectrespect.org. Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 614 S. Broadway, Santa Maria | (805) 925-2403 | santamaria.com | info@santamaria.com 8

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