The Santa Maria Times has partnered with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce to highlight local businesses in Santa Maria and in Orcutt that have built their business futures right here.
In an effort to show the impact that these individual businesses have on lives and communities in the Santa Maria Valley we will be publishing two business profiles a month, and one spotlight video where a digital ambassador from the Chamber sits down and talks with a local business owner about why they made the choice to open their business here.
Learn more about the personal journey that each local merchant took to opening up a new business, expanding an existing business or relocating a successful business to the Santa Maria Valley; and learn how the Chamber of Commerce helped in that journey.
For this week's chamber spotlight video we focus on Hans Duus Blacksmith Inc, located at 2976 Industrial Parkway in Santa Maria. Hans Duus talked to Chief Ambassador Alli Borja about moving his successful blacksmith business from Buellton to the Santa Maria Valley in 2017, and why the Santa Maria Valley was a great place to relocate.
You can listen to the full interview online, but you can watch the full interview on the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce website.
You can see photos, videos and browse through some of the great work that is available for purchase from Hans Duus Blacksmith Inc on their website, hansduusblacksmith.com.
Read the previous profiles featuring Naughty Oak Brewing and the important impact of summer intern programs on SantaMariaTimes.com, and learn more about the work of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce's on their website, santamaria.com.
We are entering a perfect storm for all residents to influence the future of Santa Maria and the region. First there is a feeling of optimism for economic recovery. Second, the City is updating their General Plan to guide the growth and development for the next 20 years.
Guest Commentary - Naughty Oak Brewing Company has always had two goals: To create the highest quality, best tasting craft beer we can, and to cultivate a friendly, welcoming environment. We couldn’t have found a better location and are lucky to be doing business in Santa Maria.
Shirley Contreras: Santa Maria Valley’s Chamber of Commerce, once located in a small office at 125 W. Church St., began in 1906 as a protective organization to keep out competition. It later moved to an office in City Hall, and in 1972, a separate office was constructed at 614 South Broadway on property leased from the city, where it remains today.
Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce Commentary: We encourage local businesses to help develop our next generation of business leaders through participating in the student internship program.