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How Do I Get Certified?

Step 1

Registration

Starting is easy. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your company. Please make sure to fill out your business profile to the best of your ability since we use this for marketing purposes.

REGISTER HERE

Step 2

Academy

Watch or attend a Green Business Academy where you will learn about the checklists and how to meet program requirements.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ACADEMY

Email us at coordinator@greenbizsbc.org if you are interested in attending the academy in person where you will get the opportunity to network with other businesses just starting out like you.

OR

Watch the academy HERE

Step 3

Fees

Before beginning the certification process, your business will be required to pay a fee based on its sector and size. Fees generally range from $300 to $600 and are good for three years. Take a look at the table here to determine your fee. Check with us about discounts for multiple locations, or if you do not see your sector represented in the table.

The fee may be paid by credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA) by clicking this link.

OR

Make checks payable to : Santa Maria Valley Community Foundations

Mail to:
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
614 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Please note the fee covers the initial three-year certification period and is nonrefundable. If you are unable to complete the certification process within one year, you will have to reapply and pay another fee. Recertification fees are half the original certification fee. If you would like us to send you an invoice, let us know.

Step 4

Assessment

GBP staff and partners will go to your business to provide hands-on technical assistance in implementing required measures.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ASSESSMENTS

Step 5

Recognition

After attending the Green Academy and once GBP staff has verified that all assessments have been passed, you will be Certified!

You will receive a  package of print and digital materials to help you promote your new Green status. Your business information will also be listed on the Santa Barbara and California Green Business directories.

All newly-certified businesses are invited to our celebratory luncheon the February following their certification at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott.

If you are unsure whether or not you will be able to join us on these dates or commit to the overall time requirement, please contact us to discuss possibilities.

Sounds great! Sign me up.