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Our Valley of Entrepeneurs

Mar 11, 2015

Kenneth Harwood, Economist
Solvang Chamber of Commerce


Entrepreneurs are folks who organize businesses and manage them, risking their own time and money. They make the big decisions about their businesses, take the losses, and reap the profits. We have unusual numbers of them around here.

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Travel with Us!

Feb 20, 2015
Travel with Us!

Join us for three exciting 2016 TRIPS


1. CUBA- trip will depart May 10 –18 ,2016


2. The Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park trip will be June 13 – 19, 2016. 


3. Exploring Greece and Its Islands will take place September 19 – October 3, 2016


 


A cultural exploration of Cuba trip will depart May 10 –18 highlighting Cayo Santa Maria Island, Sugar Museum, Remedios Cienfuegos, Botanical Gardens, Cuban Cigar Factory, Havana, Literacy Museum, Cuban Fine Arts Museum, Salsa Dancing and Casa



  1. There are only 16 seats available on this tour so you will want to deposit as soon as possible to reserve your space.  The film orientation for this tour will be November 5 at 6:00PM.


 The Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park trip will be June 13 – 19, 2016.  Highlights of this trip will be Calgary, Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier National Park, the Sun Road, Banff, and Columbia Icefield.  We will stay two nights in the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel as well as the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lake National Park.  The film orientation for this trip will be November 5 at 7:00PM and we have 30 seats available to sell on this amazing trip.


 


Exploring Greece and Its Islands will take place September 19 – October 3, 2016 with only 25 seats available.  Highlights of that trip include Athens, Taverna Dinner Show, The Acropolis, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, a Cooking Class, Green Dance Class, Mycenae, Wine and Olive Oil Tasting, ancient Akrotiri, and a two night stay on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini.


The Plains of Africa, a Kenya Wildlife Safari with availability for a  Pre Tour of Dubai and Post Tour to Tanzania will be scheduled for October 13 to October 26, 2016. There will be 20 maximum seats available on this tour.  Highlights in Kenya will be Nairobi, Shaba National Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Masai, Mara, Karen Blixen Home, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and 13 Wildlife Safaris. 


Please call Linda Johansen at 686-1644 to reserve your reservations or if you would like a brochure of any of the above trips sent directly to you. 


The Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary along with the Solvang Chamber of Commerce will sponsor four new trips for 2016.  Please RSVP for the film orientation to be held on November 5 at 6:00PM in the Solvang Lutheran Church Parrish Hall with Linda Johansen at 686-1644.


 

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Our Wineries and Economic Recovery

Feb 02, 2015

Kenneth Harwood, Economist
Solvang Chamber of Commerce


Six north Santa Barbara County wineries produced 35,000 or more cases of 12 bottles of wine in each case in 2009 and 2013. The four year period saw much of national economic recovery from the Great Recession of December, 2007, to June, 2009. Here are these wineries' production records in the economic recovery.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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