SANTA MONICA
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE




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


SAVE SANTA MONICA’S FAMILY RESTAURANTS PETITION


Two Santa Monica City Council policies could put Santa Monica’s family-operated restaurants out of business.  Please visit the link below to learn more and sign our petition opposing these policies.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Networking Lunch

When:
Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Time:
11:30am – 1:00pm

Where:
Bareburger
2732 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Tech Talk Tuesday

When:
Tuesday,  January 9th, 2018

Time:
11:45am – 1:15pm

Where:
General Assembly
1520 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Speed Networking

When:
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Time:
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where:
Capital One Café
401 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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State of the City

When:
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time:
5:00pm – 7:30pm

Where:
SGI-USA World Peace Ikeda Auditorium
525 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Biz@Sunset

When:
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Time:
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where:
Jonathan Club
850 Palisades Beach Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Member Orientation

When:
Thursday,  January 11th, 2018

Time:
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

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

COMMITTEES

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

Education

Young Professionals

Sustainability Business Council

Government Affairs

Buy Local Health & Fitness Festival

Land Use

State of the City

SMADA

Hotel Council

Organization of Women Leaders (OWL)

Installation Dinner

Santa Monica Tech Council

ABOUT US

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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SANTA MONICA CHAMBER FOUNDATION

The Mission of the Santa Monica Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to provide educational opportunities through programs, funding, and mentorships that will improve the quality of education in our schools along with providing professional development opportunities to the business community.

THE TEAM

Meet the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Staff

About

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

President/CEO
P: 310.393.9825
E: president@smchamber.com

About

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
E: govaffairs@smchamber.com

About

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
E: events@smchamber.com

About

Sam assists with the marketing, planning and production of all signature events and Business @ Sunset Mixers. He 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.
Sam Morris

Sam Morris

Marketing & Events Coordinator
P: 310.393.9825 x 113
E: marketing@smchamber.com

About

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
E: membership@smchamber.com

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Rhonda Dans

Rhonda Dans

Executive Assistant
P: 310-393-9825 x 110
E: info@smchamber.com

MEMBERSHIP

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.

Overview

Reasons to Join

Join the Chamber

Meet our New Members

Member Login

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MEMBER TESTIMONIALS

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

BE INFORMED

Starting a Business

Business in Santa Monica

Buy Locally

Health Care

Business Greening

Disaster Planning And Recovery

Industry Specific

Frequently Asked Questions

SANTA MONICA

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.

Save Santa Monica's Family Restaurants

Santa Monica’s independent and family-operated restaurants are under serious threat from Unite Here 11, a hotel union that is aggressively seeking to expand into local restaurants.   The union has already sent picketers to Spitfire Grill , where none of those picketing were past or present Spitfire employees.  The picketers used bullhorns at painfully loud volumes, hurting the ears of both servers and those dining outside.  The protesters also scared away potential customers, robbing the restaurant of sales, and employees of their tips.  The union even showed up uninvited at the home of an employee, you can view her testimony at a recent City Council hearing here.

It doesn’t have to be this way. This coercion and intimidation has been made possible by local policy decisions that have empowered Unite Here 11 to act in ways our community does not support.  The first policy mistake was City Council’s decision in March of this year to eliminate noise ordinance protections on public space adjacent to commercial property between the hours of 7am and 10pm.  Unite Here 11 claimed this was a free speech issue, but this is clearly false.  Free speech rights protect speech content and the ability to speak (which we strongly support), they do not however provide an organization the right to use painfully loud noise as a tool of harassment to grow their membership.  The second policy problem is the deceptively titled labor peace agreement requirement that the city is looking to impose on restaurants located on city property.  We highly recommend you read former Mayor Nat Trives letter asking Santa Monicans to speak out on this issue.    

You have the power to stop this.  We ask that you join the residents, local workers, and family restaurant operators, who have signed the petition below, asking your City Councilmembers to stand up to Unite Here 11’s  intimidation.  We hope you will also keep this issue in mind when you vote for your Councilmembers in the 2018 election.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE

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Press Coverage:

City Documents

 

ADVOCACY

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

Government Affairs Committee

Monday, September 11 at 4:00pm at the Chamber

Monday, October 2  at 4:00pm at the Chamber

Monday, November 6 at 4:00pm at the Chamber

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

City Council

AGENDAS AVAILABLE HERE

Tuesday,  September 12  at 6:30pm

Tuesday,  September 26  at 6:30pm

Tuesday,  October 10  6:30pm

Tuesday,  October 24  at 6:30pm

Tuesday,  November 14 at 6:30pm

Tuesday,  November 28  at 6:30pm

Planning Commission

AGENDAS AVAILABLE HERE

Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00pm

CONTACT US


Santa Monica
Chamber of Commerce

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

Phone: (310) 393-9825
Fax: (310) 394-1868
info@smchamber.com


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