News

2015 Board of Directors Sworn In

Feb 02, 2015

In January, the Solvang Chamber held its Annual Installation Luncheon and swore in the 2015 Board of Directors.

Read more...

The Wealth of Neighbors

Jan 06, 2015

Kenneth Harwood, Economist
Solvang Chamber of Commerce


You can estimate the relative household wealth of neighbors by looking at total dollars of revenue in their elementary school district per average daily attendance.

Read more...

California Senate votes to raise minimum wage to $13 an hour in 2017

Jun 11, 2014

Article by Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times writer who covers the California Legislature out of the Sacramento Bureau.


This past Thursday, the state Senate approved a measure that would gradually raise the minimum wage in California from the current $8 an hour to $13 in 2017, despite warnings from the California Chamber of Commerce that the bill is a "job killer."

Read more...

How Millennial's Will Change the World of Work

Jun 11, 2014

An article from May 29, 2014 by Nancy Cook, Economic and Domestic Policy Correspondent for the National Journal

Just 11 years from now, by the year 2025, millennials are expected to make up as much as 75 percent of the American workforce.  As members of this generation starts to dominate cubicles and corner offices, they'll drastically shift the way the businesses woo consumers, treat employees, and market themselves to the outside world.

Read more...

Check Your Mail For Fire Prevention Fee

Jun 11, 2014

California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record and we are already experiencing the dire effects with the recent outbreak of wildfires. Within the next couple of weeks you may be receiving the 2013-14 State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Fee bill in your mailbox.

Read more...

Spanish Roots In Our Community

Jun 11, 2014

From the desk of: Kenneth Harwood, Economist Solvang Chamber of Commerce


European agriculture arrived here in 1804 with the founding of Mission Santa Ines. Today agriculture is a mainstay of our economy, just as it was when Spanish priests introduced European methods of farming and ranching.
Three Spanish missions were in today's Santa Barbara County.

Read more...

Ken Harwood, Economist

May 06, 2014

Finding New Employees
From the desk of:
Kenneth Harwood
Economist
Solvang Chamber of Commerce


  As our economy edges closer to full employment, finding an additional employee becomes harder for many
employers. Good luck puts us near the center of population in Santa Barbara County, so that we are able to draw
employees from surrounding places. Here are three places from which added employees often come.

Read more...

Governor Brown on the Drought

May 06, 2014

Gov. Brown Orders More
Emergency Drought Measures


  Citing a article written by Matt Weiser of the Sacramento Bee, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a sweeping new emergency drought proclamation, cutting red tape for a variety of government functions to help water agencies find new supplies, and to press the public to use water carefully.

Read more...

Business Compliance in Drought Emergency

May 06, 2014

Is your Business in Compliance?


  On Monday evening, January 13, 2014, the City Council of the City of Solvang adopted a Resolution declaring a Stage One Drought Condition per City Code Section 9-3D-3. On January 17, 2014 Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency requesting all Californians reduce water usage by 20%.

Read more...

Solvang Looks At 2013

Solvang Looks At 2013
Dec 06, 2012

From the desk of:
Kenneth Harwood
Economist
Solvang Chamber of Commerce

Read more...