We are proud to present our Local Food Passport that features specials from some of our Los Osos Favorites! We’ve teamed up with the following food vendors to offer some great deals to our community:
Our Local Food Passport is valued at over $100! Support your local community and purchase yours today for ONLY $20.
- Martin’s Restaurant – Buy One Get one FREE, Super Lunch Combo #1-10, NO substitutions
- Blue Heron – $10 off an order of $50 or more
- The Greasy Weiner Food Truck – FREE drink or fries with the purchase of a hotdog, burger, or sausage.
- Valley Liquor – Buy any burger or chicken strip meal and get second one 50% off
- Carlock’s Bakery – Bakers Dozen – Buy 12 get 1 donut FREE
- Lotus Thai – Spend $29.95 get a FREE order of dumplings
- Vintage Cheese Company – $1 off each block of cheese
- La Palapa – Buy 1 combo, get the 2nd one 50% off, NO substitutions
- Baker & Brain – Buy 4 or more bottles of red wine and get 30% OFF the retail pricing of your whole order
- Nardonne’s Pizzeria – FREE mixed green salad with a purchase over $20
- Noi & Doi’s 2nd Street Cafe – FREE Thai tea when purchasing $20 or more
- The Clubhouse Grill at Sea Pines – 10% off any order
We are selling a limited amount of these so make sure to get yours before they sell out! This is perfect for your food-loving friend (or self), an appreciation gift for our essential workers, or for Mother’s Day that is right around the corner.
The Local Food Passport will be valid until July 31, 2020 and each coupon is one-time use only. If you redeem all squares on the passport, turn it into the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber you will have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants of your choice! We will announce our lucky winner on August 1, 2020!
Amid the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, there have also been moments of brightness. Citizens making music together from their balconies in Italy. People braving the supermarket to buy staples for elderly neighbors. Athletes donating money to hourly workers and staff whose jobs are in limbo.
Among the bright spots are the inspiring ways small businesses are getting creative to keep offering their goods and services. Notable examples include restaurants offering curbside pickup, fitness centers hosting virtual workout classes, and local retailers delivering purchases. Here are a few more ideas for small businesses looking for alternative sales avenues.
If your business needs prep or have questions about the SBA loan, this video from Wednesday’s Central Coast Coalition of Chambers webinar is very helpful.
Here is the 2019 report on Industries and Occupations of “Coastal Area” San Luis Obispo compiled by San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development Board for Los Osos/Baywood Park and Morro Bay Chamber of Commerces. This report includes Demographic, Economic, Industry, and Occupation data specific to the Coast Area of San Luis Obispo County.
The Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is looking for volunteers who can commit to 3 hours per week. We have Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons available. The Chamber Office & Visitors Center assists travelers upon their arrival to Los Osos/Baywood Park and is open 5 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm to answer questions, give maps and directions, tourism information and Chamber Member materials. Knowledge of local businesses and area is highly desirable. You will also provide assistance to the Executive Director to help with:
- Membership support
- General office work
If you are interested in helping us out please contact Dawn Rodden, Executive Director at (805) 528-4884 or email us at email@example.com. We have a fun team and would love to have you on the team that makes Los Osos/Baywood Park a great place to live, work and play!
We want to thank Sage ecological Landscapes for sponsoring this summer’s Water Conservation Fair and for their continued efforts in supporting water conservation in the Los Osos/Baywood Park community.
Please join us for new art, yummy treats and fabulous bay views!
Our waterfront home will be transformed into an art gallery by Laguna Beach designer Jayne Cosh, and we will be showcasing my new ceramic art and the fabulous eclectic jewelry of Anita Marie Schwebel. Everything is one-of-a-kind!
Imagine standing quietly, gazing out at peaceful Morro Bay, shore birds hunting for food nearby, the sand dunes at a distance, AND being surrounded by new artwork and fun people at the same time. My ceramic work ranges from clean lines to heavy texture. From gesturally organic marks colored with oxides, to layers of highly refined color and rich finishes. Anita’s jewelry incorporates an eclectic combination of high-quality beautiful semi-precious stones, local beach finds, mixed metals and glass seed beads resulting in unique one-of-a-kind pieces for everyday wear and special occasions.
You can see a preview at:
Open Studios will be open for 2 weekends only,
Sat. and Sun., Oct. 12 & 13 and 19 & 20, 10 AM – 5 PM.
The tour is FREE to the public and is one of the largest studio
tours in the US.
We are easy to find at 350 Mitchell Drive,
Los Osos ~ 1-805-528-7014
Nardonne’s Pizzeria opened up in 1976, right here in the heart of Baywood Park. We have enjoyed being a part of the community for over 40 years and we are very happy to be able to serve our local patrons and visitors alike! We serve hand-rolled, homemade Sicilian style pizza, calzones, and sandwiches. We also have fresh salads with all homemade dressing options, a great list of craft beer and wine, a patio for large parties, and an arcade for the kids! Thank you to all of our supporters, we couldn’t do it without you!
Rabobank, N.A. (National Association) is an award-winning, nationally chartered bank serving California communities grounded in agriculture. Headquartered in Roseville, Calif., and with more than $13 billion in assets, Rabobank provides a wide range of financial products and services for individual, business, and food-and-agribusiness customers. Its 100 branches, multi-function ATMs, and online and mobile banking resources empower Californians to bank when, where and how they want. Committed to service, Rabobank’s more than 1,500 employees take pride in improving their communities personally and professionally. Rabobank, N.A. is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. Visit www.rabobankamerica.com.
Carstairs Energy provides fast, professional, and affordable energy compliance documentation including Residential and Commercial Title 24 and HVAC Design Services in all areas of California. Carstairs Energy also provides Home Energy Rating Services, whole house energy audits, and Green Point Rating in San Luis Obispo County.
Energy-Wise Realty is a full service real estate agency serving all of San Luis Obispo County specializing in new construction and energy efficient properties. We guarantee dedicated service and personal attention to all our client’s requests from the first point of contact to the signing of the purchase agreement and beyond. Our listing package includes professional photos, Virtual house tour, online and social media advertising as well as agent hosted open house events.
Cheri Grimm Bookkeeping has been in business here in Los Osos since 1996. Cheri is a “Julie Orr trained” bookkeeper both in technique and in community involvement. Anyone who met Julie knew that she believed owning a business in Los Osos came with it a responsibility to contribute to the wellbeing of Los Osos. As Julie was, Cheri is very involved in many different community projects – including the LOBP Chamber, Kiwanis Club of Bay Osos, the Finance Advisory Committee of the LOCSD, among others. As a small, home-based business, Cheri Grimm Bookkeeping has provided jobs and training for several local people over the years. She says one of the joys and privileges of being an employer is working with people who start with little experience to the job, mentoring them for a time, and then helping them move on to another job with more “career” opportunity. She loves sharing in their success. Another real joy for Cheri is having clients who have been with her for 20 years. She says, “I have the best clients in the world. They are wonderful people, running great businesses, and I’m honored to be their bookkeeper.” She works with several different kinds of businesses and loves the variety. Cheri is also excited to announce that Cheri Grimm Bookkeeping is becoming CG Bookkeeping – her daughter, Christina Grimm, has come on board as her partner. Cheri says, “I love my job, and will continue to work as long as I’m physically and mentally able – and now I get to turn over the daily running of the office to Christina. This is the best of both worlds!”
Sullivan Law Corporation provides legal services related to wills, trusts, estate planning and estate administration, as well as transactions related to real property and business entities. Attorneys Shaunna Sullivan and Jesse Hancox have collectively provided legal services for over 44 years. Sullivan Law Corporation is an active member of our community and one or more of its attorneys are involved in a number of organizations including: the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce, the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens, the Central Coast Biological Society, the Morro Coast Audubon Society, the Small Wilderness Area Preservation, the Bay Foundation of Morro Bay and the Morro Bay National Estuary Program. Both attorneys are currently members of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association and the State Bar of California. Shaunna Sullivan is also a member of the Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County, South Bay Women’s Network and serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay Foundation of Morro Bay. Jesse Hancox serves on the Board of Directors for the Conejo Free Clinic.
The Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce is looking for a part-time (flexible schedule) Advertising Sales Rep for securing ad sales for the Chamber website, weekly e-blast sponsors, e-newsletter both ads and flyer inserts.
- Contact and sell Chamber advertising to Chamber member businesses and organizations.
- Schedule appointments and personal visits with prospective advertisers.
- Close sales during on-site visits or through follow-up phone calls/visits and email correspondence.
- Understand the specifications of producing both digital and print advertising.
- Coordinate with the Executive Director on design and placement requests.
- Have knowledge of all Chamber benefits.
- Use statistics to pitch benefits of Chamber advertising to members.
- Handle incoming inquiries to buy ad space.
- Achieve budgeted revenue goals.
- Represent the Chamber in a professional manner.
Skills and Abilities:
- Experience in sales & comfortable in making cold calls.
- Good organization and time management skills.
- Outgoing personality.
- Persuasive ability.
- Self-starter with a professional appearance.
Compensation based on commission. Send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for a Celebration of Accomplishments, Installation of Board Officers and Directors on Friday, January 18th at 6pm. We will be honoring our 2018 Citizen of the Year, Linda Quesenberry; Volunteer of the Year, Ed Gelb and Business of the Year, Crizer Construction.
Reception starts at 6 pm with a no host bar followed by a buffet dinner catered by Martin’s Restaurant. Presentation of awards begins at 7:30 pm.
• Chips & Salsa
• Black Beans
• Cheese Enchiladas with sauce*
• Fajitas – Chicken, Beef & Shrimp w/tortillas
• Taquitos – Chicken, Beef & Potatoe w/sour cream and guacamole
Luis Quiroz, owner, and staff Connie and Hope are long time residents of the Central Coast, they look forward to personally addressing your insurance needs…we are Farmers..
Pictured left to to right: Lynette Tornatzky, LOBP Chamber Board Secretary; Luis Quiroz and Hope Cornejo of Farmers ; Jim Stanfill, LOBP Chamber Past President.
Golden State Water Proudly Serves Los Osos With Quality Water and Exceptional Customer Care
(Pictured left to right: Gabriel Quiroz, Farmers Insurance; Tony Lindstrom, Melissa Ruiz, Mark Zimmer of Golden State Water; Jim Stanfill and Lynette Tornatzky)
Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) has proudly served the Los Osos area since 1976, providing high-quality and reliable water to approximately 2,678 customers through the Los Osos System.
Under the leadership of Coastal General Manager Mark Zimmer and Operations Superintendent Anthony Lindstrom, Golden State Water’s local six-person staff is supported by more than 500 scientists, engineers and water experts throughout the state who share the focus of providing exceptional customer care and delivering water that meets all state and federal quality standards.
Water delivered through the Los Osos System is 100 percent groundwater pumped from the Los Osos Valley Groundwater Basin through wells owned and operated by Golden State Water. The Los Osos System includes approximately 25 miles of pipe and six active wells.
Golden State Water is a participating member of the Los Osos Valley Groundwater Basin Management Committee and works in collaboration with neighboring providers to restore and protect the· health of the local bc;1sin. As such, Golden State Water has recently completed key projects such as the Rosina Nitrate Treatment Plant and Los Olivos Well 5 in an e·ffort to combat sea water intrusion into the basin.
In addition to its membership with the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce, Golden State Water is actively involved in helping th.e community of Los Osos with significant assistance to Celebrate Los Osos, the Community Resource Center, and other various organizations, including annual turkey contributions to local non-profits through the Operation Gobble program.
Golden State Water’s local customer service office is located at 1140 Los Olivos Avenue in Los Osos and is open weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm (closed from noon-1 pm and holidays). For the convenience of customers, the company also operates a 24-hour call center at 800.999.4033 and provides information on Facebook and Twitter @GoldenStateH2O.
Thank you to the local businesses and organizations that participated in this years Bear Festival. The community voted for their favorite bear(s) during the Family Fun Fair on September 9th. Winners were Farmers Insurance “Bear in Bee Hive” and Los Osos Valley Memorial Park “Día de los Muertos Bear”. Other participants included: Los Osos CSD, Rotary Club of Los Osos, Lyrics & Melodies Music Studio, Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe, and Treasures by Local Artists.
Steve “Bromeliad” Auslender has been active in and committed to the beautiful central coast community and to the people who live here. He owned and operated his own business, “Steve’s Bromeliads” exotic plant shop, in Baywood Park for over 12 years. Steve was an associate with Prudential Hunter Realty for 12 years and moved to RE/MAX Ocean West over 5 years ago. Steve has been a Platinum producing agent for RE/MAX for 5 years. As a platinum agent for his first 5 years in a row he has been recognized in the RE/MAX Hall of Fame as one of the top professionals in the real estate industry.
Named LOBP Chamber 2005 Business of the Year, Steve continuously strives to be a top producing agent for his clients. Whether you are a seller or buyer, Bear Valley Realty is committed to a high level of professionalism and integrity to achieve the quality results you deserve.
For Steve Auslender, real estate is his passion. It’s what gets him up and going every morning. This is evident from the enthusiasm with which he approaches the business, working hard for his clients to provide the finest real estate service possible.
Bear Valley Realty staff includes realtor Tyler Fechner who is a Central Coast native from Morro Bay. He has been a part of the local community as a Sports Coordinator on and off for the past 10 years. Dianne Blanchard, office manager and realtor, began working for Steve in the Fall of 2010. Customer service is her specialty. She was previously a leasing agent in a Chicago suburb, and worked in Las Vegas before moving to the Central Coast with her family.
The Domino’s Pizza in Los Osos has been locally owned and operated since it was bought by my wife (Brenda) in 1989. Brenda started working at the Lompoc Domino’s in 1983 and was offered to work in the Los Osos Domino’s in 1988. In 1989, the Los Osos location was up for sale and was purchased by Brenda.
While I was attending Cal Poly in 1990, I met Brenda and was immediately attracted to the owner of a pizza restaurant ……. I mean my future wife. In 1994, we were married and I moved to live with her in Los Osos. In 1995, we had our first child Brandon and in 1998, our second child Kyle. Domino’s became a true family operation with the kids growing up around the store and eventually working with us and running the store.
We have enjoyed running the day to day operations of this business over the last 29 years and look forward to many more years to come in this beautiful community.
Chris Saletta, Domino’s Pizza
Are you ready to participate in this years’ 3rd Annual Bear Festival?
We are looking for Bears that represent Community Spirit. Big, small, friendly, silly or serious, we invite local businesses, community artists, creative professionals, organizations and students to create something special for locals and visitors to enjoy. All Los Osos BEAR! must be in place by August 8th and displayed until September 8th.
BEARS will be moved to the South Bay Community Center on September 9th for Grandparents Day where they will be judged by a panel and the community.
There will be categories; Chamber Business, Residential/Organization, Youth (under 18).
Erica Leiman-Spellacy and Jordan Carmichael, Pacific Capital Mortgage; Board Members Jim Stanfill; Renee Osborne; Whitney Reis; Lynette Tornatzky; and Kathy Breska owner of Pacific Capital Mortgage holding the certificate.
The hiring process can be a long, tedious one for both employers and potential hires, and for many, it can be a frustrating one as well. Finding the right person for the job who also has a great work ethic and availability sometimes seems impossible, but for most companies, it’s imperative in order to keep standards high and turnover low.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do during the onboarding process to help things go smoothly and narrow down the field a bit. You’ll want to place an emphasis on the long-term goals of the job rather than focusing on the day-to-day tasks, in part so you can ascertain which applicants are willing to go the extra mile, but also to see what sort of ideas they have in regards to the future of the company and their role in it.
Whether you work with a large corporation or own a small business, here are some of the best tips on how to do just that.
Find out their long-term goals
Talk to your applicant about their long-term goals; where do they see themselves in five or ten years? Opening up the conversation about where they want to be in the foreseeable future will allow you to suss out whether they’re right for the job.
It’s also important to talk about the long-term goals of the position itself. While you’ll want to take into consideration which specific skills the applicant has, you need to also look into the future a bit to see the big picture. Don’t focus solely on the day-to-day tasks; rather, take into consideration whether the individual has what it takes to lead the position to success.
“Achieving goals is often about making tradeoffs when things don’t go as planned. Employees need to understand the bigger picture to make those tradeoffs when things go wrong,” says Professor Linda Hill of Harvard Business School.
A great example would be if you were to hire a contractor; of course you want assurance that he or she can do all the individual tasks the job requires, but the long-term goals are of concern, as well. What sort of milestones can he or she set within the job, and what is the timeline for those? How will any problems be handled should they arise? Will they be able and willing to work with others to achieve their goal? There are many questions involved during the hiring process; you can find out more in regards to finding the right contractor for the job here.
In short, you can train just about anyone to perform most tasks, but it takes a special person to fit all the requirements of a position with long-term goals.
One of the best ways you can make the hiring process go smoothly is to ensure you’re as specific as possible when it’s time to write out the job description, especially if you’re posting it online for candidates to read before applying. Studies have shown that when companies give a specific job listing and include what they can do for the employee–rather than the other way around–they attract a higher number of positively-rated applicants than the companies that list their needs and demands.
Consider the applicant’s other skills
While it’s certainly attractive to potential employers when an applicant has all the necessary skills for the job at hand, it’s important not to forget about the other skillsets: social, emotional, and the ability to communicate. After all, a person with experience in the field may be terrible with clients because he can’t put them at ease, while an individual without much training but great interpersonal skills can be taught how to perform day-to-day tasks easily.
Remember that the hiring process can be overwhelming at times and can lead to stress, so try not to take too much onto yourself. Ask for help when you need it to avoid becoming burnt out, and when all else fails, try a new tactic during the hiring process.
L. to R.: Cheri Grimm, Cheri Grimm Bookkeeping; Debra Garcia, Golden Anchor Financial Services; Jim Stanfill; Megan and Jason Tewell, Los Osos Rexall; Richard Joseph; Chad Carroll, Baywood Ale House; Gabe Quiroz, Farmers Insurance.
Los Osos Rexall has proudly served the community of Los Osos for over 35 years. Working side by side, Gary and Judi Tewell turned Rexall into an independent pharmacy and top rated gift shop focused on bringing the best customer service possible to their customers. Their son, Jason, began working as pharmacist in charge in 2010 and took over operations when Gary and Judi retired in 2015. Jason has continued his parents’ legacy by providing quality pharmacy care to patients and gifts for every recipient and occasion. Rexall has a friendly and knowledgeable staff, offers complimentary gift wrapping, delivers prescriptions to Los Osos, Morro Bay, and SLO, hosts fun seasonal events like the Holiday Open House and Pajama Party, and constantly brings in new gift merchandise for your shopping pleasure.
SLO Roasted Coffee was started in 1984 by founder, Norman Galloway, and his wife, Gail. Thirty one years later the company is owned by the second generation of coffee entrepreneurs, daughter, Julie, and son, Chris. With the foundation of service and quality they have held true to the values their father created. With the third generation in training they continue to providing quality coffee at an affordable price. That is why at SLO Roasted Coffee they say “Don’t Just Drink Coffee Enjoy it!”
Los Osos Auto Body Inc. or Robertson’s, as many know it, opened its doors in 1985 as a family business. Today that small family business has grown but has not lost its small town roots. They will gladly take the time to polish off a little scratch or go to bat for you with the big insurance companies. With employees that have been with them since they opened their doors, free loaner cars and four generations of the Robertson’s in house this is the definition of a caring family business.
Thank you again to the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce – for choosing Los Osos Grocery Outlet as your Business of the Month August 2017!
We have been meeting lots of our neighboring residents. Coupons in local advertisements such as Bay News and Local Flavor help with our introductions, our customer service and valued products seem to keep them visiting often.
We are thankful to the community response to our own little programs: Honorary savings cards for active & retired military families & veterans, win what you save (2 winners drawn a month), school rebate cards (we meet our neighbors, neighbors get groceries, and card carrying for selected schools get 5% of total sales earned back to their school). And then there is our big company wide food drive that happens the month of July. Independence from Hunger. As a family of grocers, all sister stores participate in collecting food, and monetary donations for our local food pantries. Together Grocery Outlet Inc. has raised over 1 million dollars this July! We were proud to be one of the newer additions to help that drive.
Tuscany/One Hotel Holiday Presented by CI Destinations
The Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce will once again be offering a fully escorted tour of the awe inspiring region of Tuscany. Tuscany is the place where movies are filmed and fantasies run wild. Perhaps it’s the cities of Florence, Pisa, or Sienna that invoke feelings of culture, art, or arouse the senses as do the smells and taste of the Chianti region. The fact is that Tuscany is home to some of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Italy.
This is truly an amazing opportunity to discover all that Tuscany has to offer. Tuscany is what many people around the world envision as a true representation of Italy.
DEPARTING OCTOBER 24, 2017. For more information contact the Chamber office at 805.528.4884.
CONTINUING TO TAKE RESERVATIONS/DEPOSITS – 9 days $2899/all inclusive
November 11, 2017
On behalf of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, I want to thank you and CI Destinations for an amazing trip to Tuscany earlier this month. We had a group of 23 travelers who went to Tuscany as part of a CI Destinations trip through our Chamber. Every person complimented the outstanding customer service and attention to detail that your company provided.
The Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce presented Aracely Aceves Lozano of the Food Bank Coalition with a donation of $400 raised at the Annual Festival of Flavor Food Showcase held on June 25, 2016. This community friendly event was held at the South Bay Community Center and chaired by Chamber board members Chad Carroll of Baywood Ale House and Gene Heyer of Thoma Engineering.
This donation was made possible by the participation of our food and beverage sponsors Beach Hut Deli, Nichols Pizza N Grill, Baywood Ale House, Kuma Bowls Sushi, Sylvester’s Burgers, Nardonne’s Pizzeria, Sweet Alexis Bakery, Blue Sky Bistro on the Bay and Baker & Brain Wine. The donation will provide $4,000 worth of nutritious food to individuals and families who face hunger.
Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for July is The Medicine Shoppe at 1199 Los Osos Valley Road. The owners are pharmacist Keith Hanan and his wife Elizabeth, supported by a long term employee, DeDe Pauze and Compounding Technician, Alex Aspernelson. They have been in business in Los Osos since 1989. In addition to running his shop Keith has been a member of the Los Osos Rotary Club, was president in 2013-14 and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He is also a contributing member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
In nominating The Medicine Shoppe Board member Chad Carroll had this to say. “I was referred to The Medicine Shoppe after experiencing difficulties with several different pharmacies. What no one else could accomplish in a month’s time, Keith was able to handle in a few hours. He took the time to swim through the red tape of insurance companies and get me my much-needed prescription, even though it was a trial and
he wasn’t going to make money on it. I have since transferred all of my other prescriptions to him and I have been very happy with the service of Keith and his staff”.
DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS YOU WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE? Recommendation for future monthly awards will be open to all. Nominators must apply the criteria adopted by the Board and the final decision will be made by the Board. The person making the nomination should offer sufficient detail as to why the business is being nominated to help the Board make the decision. All nominees will be considered and a winner will be chosen at the Board’s monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. To be considered the nomination should be received on the Friday prior to the board meeting. Entries can be emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to Business of the Month, PO Box 6282, Los Osos, CA 93412 and should include the contact information of the person making the nomination.
Criteria for the “Business of the Year”: The Business of the Year Award recognizes a business in our community for noteworthy accomplishments, long-standing contribution to the community, and significant community service efforts. The nominees business activities illustrate a commitment to the community and have made a visible contribution in the past year that reflects business growth and achievement, innovation, creativity or community involvement. Must be a member of the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce in good standing. Gives generously of themselves and/or staff in time and resources to the Chamber.
Let’s nominate one of the many wonderful businesses that make our community such a great place to live, work and do business.