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City of Santa Maria News Release: Featured Businesses of the Month


January 20, 2023
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Featured Businesses of the Month
The City of Santa Maria and Santa Maria Valley Chamber are partnering to highlight different businesses in the City of Santa Maria through their Santa Maria Featured Businesses program. This program gives recognition to businesses who have been in the community for a significant amount of time, and/or providing unique or significant contributions to our community. Not only does this give valuable exposure to these local businesses, it also reminds our community of the unique, diverse and long-standing businesses we are fortunate to have in Santa Maria.
The focus for 12 months, since January 2023, gives recognition to local businesses for their longevity and/or providing significant healthcare contributions. Each month, one business from each of these two categories is recognized during the City Council meeting and publicized by the City and the Chamber.
January 2023 Featured Businesses
  • Long-standing business: the Historic Santa Maria Inn.
  • Healthcare business: A.T. Still University
The Historic Santa Maria Inn, owned by the Hearns and Hollingsead families. The Inn employs 54 full-time employees and 48 part-time employees. Located at 801 S. Broadway in Santa Maria, the business first opened its doors in 1917 with proprietor Fran J. McCoy. It sold in 1999 to the present-day owners. The Historic Santa Maria Inn has provided unique accommodations to Santa Maria Valley travelers for over 100 years.
A.T. Still University which provides Physician Assistant education for healthcare providers focused on underserved communities. The University employs 22 full-time employees. Its Santa Maria campus launched in 2021 at 1075 Betteravia Road, matriculating 90 students in its inaugural class. Dr. Craig M. Phelps is the current University President. The original campus was founded in 1892 in Missouri and continues to operate there, as well as in Arizona and California.
Businesses are chosen by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber. To nominate a business or ask about the program, contact Paulina Leang, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Chamber via email at or by phone at (805) 925-2403 extension 853. 

Dr. Ted Wendel, Senior Vice President of A.T. Still University, accepts the January 2023 Healthcare Business of the Month recognition from Mayor Alice Patino

Scott Shute, General Manager of the Historic Santa Maria Inn, accepts the January 2023 Long-Standing Business of the Month recognition from Councilman Michael Cordero.             

Department:                             City Manager’s Office
Contact Person:                      Mark van de Kamp, Public Information Manager
Telephone Number:                 (805) 925-0951 ext. 2372 or cell (805) 720-4038  
E-mail Address:              

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