The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce advocates and represents business’ interests and issues facing the community.


– Practical real world business skills
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Networking Lunch

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

11:30am – 1:00pm

Obica Mozarella, Pizza e Cucina
606 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tech Talk Tuesday

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

11:45am – 1:15pm

General Assembly
1520 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Speed Networking

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

6:00pm – 7:15pm

Courtyard Marriott
925 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website Upcoming Event Round

Installation Dinner 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5:30pm – 9:00pm

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Bareburger Santa Monica
2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Member Orientation

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

SM Chamber Boardroom
1234 6th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


The best way to forge long-term business relationships is by working closely with people to accomplish goals that help the community. At committee meetings and events, you will have the opportunity to network and talk face-to-face with government officials, business owners, and community leaders.

Membership Council


Young Professionals

Environmental Affairs

Government Affairs

Buy Local Health & Fitness Festival

Land Use

State of the City


Hotel Council

Organization of Women Leaders (OWL)

Installation Dinner

Santa Monica Tech Council


The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce advocates and represents business’ interests and issues facing the community. We provide the environment to help our members prosper and succeed through a proactive working partnership with all levels of government and community organizations to achieve a healthy local economy and quality of life.

Mission, Purpose and Vision

Through our efforts in membership, economic development, and advocacy, we create the environment to help our members prosper and succeed.

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Board Members

The Chamber’s Board of Directors consists of community leaders that help influence and support the Chamber’s strategies and initiatives.

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Past Chairs

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce acknowledges and thanks its former chairpersons for all of their dedication and service.

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Meet the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Staff


Laurel Rosen oversees the Chamber, ensuring that the Chamber is an effective advocate for the business community. In addition, Laurel is directly responsible for strategic planning, staff supervision, the Chamber budget, and media relations.
 Laurel Rosen

Laurel Rosen

P: 310.393.9825


Carl Hansen is responsible for the chamber’s civic engagement and community partnerships. In addition to advocating the interests of the Business Roundtable, he also manages the research, discourse, and outreach of the Government Affairs, Environmental Affairs, Land Use, Education, and Homelessness Committees.
Carl Hansen

Carl Hansen

Director of Government Affairs
P: 310.393.9825 x 116


Gigi produces all signature events for the Chamber, including the State of the City, Sustainable Quality Awards, Installation Dinner, Wellbeing Festival featuring Buy Local Santa Monica, New Heroes Celebration, and all Business @ Sunset mixers. She is responsible for sponsorship solicitation, marketing, registration and production, all event committees.
 Gigi de Pourtales

Gigi de Pourtales

Director of Events
P: 310.393.9825 x 114


Anushka assists with the marketing, planning and production of all signature events and Business @ Sunset Mixers. She aids in sponsorship solicitation, exhibitor support, raffle donation, helps members marketing their businesses through the Chamber, and writes copy for promotional materials, website content and social media posts.
 Anushka McCreary

Anushka McCreary

Marketing & Events Coordinator
P: 310.393.9825 x 113


Nelly recruits, retains and engages our members in many of the activities of the organization. This includes working with the Board, Ambassadors, staff and all other committees who can provide assistance in achieving membership goals. Customer/member relations, database integrity/accuracy, member engagement tracking, and member communications are under her supervision.
Nelly Hocke

Nelly Hocke

Director of Membership
P: 310.393.9825 ext 115


Quonta Beasley

Quonta Beasley

Executive Assistant
P: 310-393-9825 x 110


The Santa Monica Chamber offers businesses a local platform to tap into the power of an already established community of business owners and entrepreneurs. Members of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce are a part of a community of over 800 member organizations.


Reasons to Join

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Learn what our members have to say about the Chamber!
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Santa Monica Chamber has afforded me the networking infrastructure that I just wouldn’t have found anywhere else. I’m grateful for the enormous lift it provided as I launched my new career in Santa Monica!

Sydney Sigman - Insperity

In addition to keeping me informed with all aspects of the City, The Chamber is a great medium for cultivating relationships with local businesses.

Evan Pozarny - Muselli Commercial Realtors

We support the Chamber to have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people who are interested in making Santa Monica a better place to live, work, and play for residents, visitors, and businesses.

John Maceri - OPCC

The chamber staff has been most helpful in getting my business built by being a wonderful liason on city and building matters.

Jonathan Chu - The Independence


Starting a Business

Business in Santa Monica

Buy Locally

Health Care

Business Greening

Disaster Planning And Recovery

Industry Specific

Frequently Asked Questions


The Chamber connects you to many resources for your business development and needs.

Click Here to View Business Guide

Visitor Information

Santa Monica contains the best of the California coast, on the westside of Los Angeles, a diverse business economy and an unequalled quality of life for visitors and residents.

Accommodation Guide

There’s no end to the wonderful items and gifts you can find in many of Santa Monica’s world famous shopping districts.

Dining Guide

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce presents a guide of the best restaurants, cafes, delivery, catering and coffee shops in Los Angeles.

Retail Guide

There’s no end to the wonderful items and gifts you can find in many of Santa Monica’s world famous shopping districts.

Non-Profit Guide

The Chamber is proud to count many nonprofit organizations as its valued members.


The Chamber is your voice in ensuring the continued growth and vitality of our local economy.

Policy Pillars

Local Government Representatives

Advocacy Letters

Business Roundtable

Watch City Hall Meetings Live

Santa Monica Alliance


Government Affairs Committee

Monday, May  1 at 4:00pm at the Chamber

Monday, June  5  at 4:00pm at the Chamber

Monday, July 3  at 4:00pm at the Chamber

Monday, August 7  at 4:00pm at the Chamber

Monday, September 4  at 4:00pm at the Chamber

City Council

Tuesday,  April 25  at 6:30pm

Tuesday,  May 9  at 6:30pm

Tuesday,  May 23 at 6:30pm

Tuesday,  May 24 at 6:30pm

Tuesday,  June 13  at 6:30pm

Planning Commission

The city has released the latest draft of the Downtown Community Plan. Over the next few weeks the Planning Commission will be meeting to review various parts of the plan (see dates below).  Further information can be found at .

Wednesday,  April 26 at 6:00pm
DCP – Overview and Introduction

Wednesday, May 10  at 6:00pm
DCP – Arts & Culture, Public Space, Preservation, Housing

Thursday, May 11 at 6:00pm
DCP – Development Standards Part 1

Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00pm
DCP – Development Standards Overflow, Review Process, and Projects Requirements

Thursday, May 18 at 6:00pm
DCP – Mobility and Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 31  at 6:00pm
DCP – Vote

*  The DCP is scheduled to go before City Council in July.


Santa Monica
Chamber of Commerce

1234 6th Street, Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: (310) 393-9825
Fax: (310) 394-1868

Our staff at the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce makes it a priority to serve as a valuable resource to your business. Here are the top four reasons to join today!


STATE OF THE CITY - Creating Solutions Together

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February 6, 2017

Doors Open at 4:30pm
Program at 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Reception at 6:30pm – 7:30pm 

SGI  World Peace Auditorium
525 Wilshire Blvd  Santa Monica, CA 90401

State of the City 2017 Speakers


Mayor Ted Winterer
City of Santa Monica


City Manager Rick Cole
City of Santa Monica


Keynote Speaker Henry Cisneros
Former HUD Secretary & Urban Innovator

Highlights of this year’s event include remarks by Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer and City Manager Rick Cole, presentation of the Economic Excellence Award to Hulu, a keynote address by former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, and a discussion between Secretary Cisneros and Mr. Cole moderated by KCRW’s Frances Anderton. This year’s theme, “Creating Solutions Together,” encourages Santa Monicans to come together to explore opportunities for partnership and dialogue as a united community in which all can thrive.

State of the City Press Release
“We have a stellar program planned for State of the City 2017—one that celebrates innovation, unity and solution-oriented discussion,” said Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair Yesenia Monsour of Kaiser Permanente. “As our community comes together following a passionate election season locally and nationally, the Chamber looks forward to serving an essential civic role by facilitating the open exchange of ideas, as we have for 91 years.”

The annual State of the City is an excellent means of getting the latest in what’s happening in Santa Monica, and this year should be our best yet.   In addition to remarks by Mayor Winterer, City Manager Cole, Secretary Cisneros (himself a former Chamber of Commerce Chair in San Antonio, TX) and Chamber of Commerce leadership, the event will feature an update on the highly successful Hack the Beach series the Chamber launched last year in partnership with the City to encourage the technology community’s participation in civic life.  The program will be followed by a networking reception in the SGI Auditorium.

State of the City 2015 Video

State of the City 2016 Video

State of the City 2017 Sponsors

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Interested in sponsoring the State of the City

please contact Gigi de Pourtales,
Director of Marketing & Events at

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