Dr. Ken Hardwood

Our Leading Nonprofits

Oct 25, 2017

This is a season when many people think of giving to private nonprofit organizations. Here are examples of local leaders in yearly nonprofit revenue.

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Our Business Communities Recover from Recession

Feb 27, 2017

Five business communities in the Santa Ynez Valley economic area recovered from the Great Recession at different rates. The table below shows the communities in order of size by number of businesses before and after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. - See more at: http://www.solvangcc.com/admin/articles/preview#sthash.zygX10vk.dpuf

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No recession expected in 2016 or 2017

Sep 09, 2016

No recession expected in 2016 or 2017    


Economic indicators do not point to a recession this year or next, according to research from the California Economic Forecast.

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Restaurants Again Voted Most Popular U.S. Industry

Aug 16, 2016


  • Restaurants lead industries with 66% positive, 7% negative ratings

  • Computer industry a close second at 66% positive, 13% negative

  • Federal government again ranked last


EAT LOCAL FIRST,


Dine with Chamber Membership First


  Birkholm's Bakery,Chomp, Bistro Restaurant Inn, Bit of Denmark, Succulent Cafe, The Solvang Restaurant, Paula Pankcakes, Red Viking Restaurant, Solvang Brewing Company, Root 246,  Bacon & Brine, Alisal River Terrance, Cecco Ristorante, Greenhouse Cafe, Fitzpatricks' Tavern, Mad & Vin at the Landsby, Copenhagen Sausage Garden, Randy's Taproom,Olsen's Danish Village Bakery,Tower Pizza & Solvang Bakery


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Consumer Confidence Index

Mar 30, 2016

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After New Rule, More Small Businesses Adopt Chip Technology

Feb 24, 2016



by Coleen McMurray and Frank Newport







Story Highlights



  • 48% of small businesses that accept credit cards are now chip-enabled

  • This is up from 31% in August before new rules went into effect

  • Most plan on upgrading at some point in the future



PRINCETON, N.J. -- About half (48%) of small-business owners who accept credit cards now have chip-enabled systems in place. This is up from 31% in the third quarter of last year, just before new rules on liability for credit card fraud committed at point-of-sale card readers took effect in October.


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Our Trending Business Community

Dec 23, 2015

Our Trending Business Community 
Kenneth Harwood 
Economist 
Solvang Chamber of Commerce 

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Exclusive: Impact Databank Projects U.S. Wine Market To Expand For 22nd Consecutive Year

Dec 21, 2015

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U.S. Ad Index Climbs Again To Another Record High

Dec 21, 2015

The U.S. advertising market continues on its torrid pace -- with both digital and TV advertising moving higher versus earlier levels in 2015 and against the same month in 2014.

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More Southern Californians Than Ever Will Travel For End-Of-Year Holidays

Dec 21, 2015


A record-breaking 12.3 million California residents and 7.6 million Southern Californians will travel 50 miles or more between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3 – the largest number of local holiday travelers this century, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s holiday travel forecast. 

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