The Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce will hold its “Toast the Season” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry, 120 Santa Barbara St.
This year, the chamber is working with the Unity Shoppe to help provide food for those in need. Attendees at the chamber event are asked to bring in any two food items to receive a free ticket for the Holiday Stocking Raffle that will take place later that evening. The Unity Shoppe is in need of cereal, peanut butter and bagged beans.
Admission is $5 for chamber members and $15 for non-members. RSVP by calling (805) 965-3023, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.sbchamber.org.
Karen Dwyer Elected to Lead Workforce Board
The Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board has elected South Coast business owner Karen Dwyer as its new chair.
Dwyer owns and operates the Santa Barbara office of Express Employment Professionals, 1025 Chapala St. A member of the board since 2007, she succeeds Patricia Manfredonia, who said business considerations prompted her to resign her chairmanship. Manfredonia expects to remain on the board until March.
The Workforce Investment Board serves the workforce needs of businesses, adults, laid-off workers and youth throughout the county. The board is a public-private partnership created by the federal Workforce Investment Act.
During her time on the board, Dwyer has lead the Business Services Standing Committee that fosters partnerships and collaborations between the board and the countywide business community. Dwyer has also been the lead board member in the development, dissemination and marketing of the board funded workforce research studies. She has represented the board at statewide Workforce Conferences, and most recently was part of the Santa Barbara team at the California Economic Summit in Los Angeles.
During Manfredonia’s tenure as chair, the board administered more than $36 million in federal funds, helping hundreds of adults find jobs. The board used $4 million in Federal Economic Stimulus funding to provide more than 400 young people with summer jobs.
Dwyer pledged to continue the collaboration and partnership building that the WIB has chosen as a key goal. She voiced her continued support for the high-quality workforce research studies that the board has performed in the recent past.
Grant House Honored
The Santa Barbara Downtown Organization Board of Directors has honored outgoing city council member Grant House.
House has been the city’s liaison with the Downtown Organization for the past eight years. While accepting an engraved plaque as the organization’s token of their appreciation, House said, “The positive energy of this very active board continues to make downtown Santa Barbara successful.”
As House leaves office after terming out, another council member will be appointed as liaison to the Downtown Organization.