About Santa Barbara Merchant Services

Our Story:

From humble beginnings, Santa Barbara Merchant Services was born locally and built for business anywhere our clients take us. Celebrating our 7th year this last March we feel like we have overcome some hurdles and excited for the next obstacle. Regardless of who is running for office, we look toward new technology, expanding our minds with new concepts, but most of all making and retaining friends both locally and throughout the United States.  
As a software company, we provide a simple way for businesses to understand customers and grow sales which differentiates us from all others in this industry. With information from the payment network, in-store systems, guest wifi, and the social web, SBMS makes it easy to understand what brings customers back.  SBMS provides game-changing insights, the ability to engage and align your customers, trend monitoring and a better approach to payments.
 
 
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The Team

Craig Saling of Santa Barbara Merchant Services
Craig Saling - President

For Craig it's all about thinking global and acting local. How can I help? Often it's more about making a difference rather than a buck. Saling is a 4th generation Santa Barbarian. Born and raised in San Roque he got his start cleaning pools after school, washing dishes at a restaurant, or sitting in on multi-million dollar real estate transactions and filing papers for Milo Saling of Income Property Management.
Prior to founding SBMS in 2009 he worked for such organizations as Tempest Telecom, ADP Employer Services, FirstData, Citrix, Make It Work, Time Warner Telecom, Cox Communications and Bartending. Craig is involved with various community organizations such as SB Creeks, SB Chamber of Commerce, Alzheimer's Association, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Hospitality Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Young Professionals Club, and others.

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara is a year-round tourist destination renowned for its fair weather, downtown beaches, and Spanish architecture. Tourism brings more than one billion dollars per year into the local economy, including $80 million in tax revenue.[66] In addition to the city's cultural assets, several iconic destinations lie within the city's limits. Mission Santa Barbara, "The Queen of the Missions," is located on a rise about two miles (3 km) inland from the harbor, and is maintained as an active place of worship, sightseeing stop, and national historic landmark. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a red tiled Spanish-Moorish structure, provides a sweeping view of the downtown area from its open air tower. The Presidio of Santa Barbara, a Spanish military installation and chapel built in 1782, was central to the town's early development and remains an icon of the city's colonial roots. In 1855, the Presidio Chapel, being in decay, grew into the Apostolic College of Our Lady of Sorrows, now Our Lady of Sorrows Church.[67] The present church, consecrated on the 147th anniversary of the founding of the presidio on April 21, 1929, remains one of the most beautiful churches in California.

Also famous is the annual Fiesta (originally called "Old Spanish Days"), which is celebrated every year in August. The Fiesta is hosted by the Native Daughters of the Golden West and the Native Sons of the Golden West in a joint committee called the Fiesta Board. Fiesta was originally started as a tourist attraction, like the Rose Bowl, to draw business into the town in the 1920s.

Flower Girls and Las Señoritas are another attraction of Fiesta, as they march and participate in both Fiesta Pequeña (the kickoff of Fiesta) and the various parades. Flower Girls is for girls under 13. They throw roses and other flowers into the crowds. Las Señoritas are their older escorts. Many Señoritas join the Native Daughters at the age of 16.

The annual Santa Barbara French Festival takes place Bastille Day weekend in July. This is the largest French Festival in the western United States.

New Noise Music Conference and Festival, established in 2009, is a 4-day event with the main party in the Funk Zone, a small art and wine tasting section of the city near the beach, and other small bands to local venues around the city. New Noise brings in over 75 bands and 50 speakers to the festival each year.[68]

For over 40 years, the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show has been held on Cabrillo Blvd., east of Stearns Wharf and along the beach, attracting thousands of people to see artwork made by artists and crafts people that live in Santa Barbara county. By the rules of the show, all the works displayed must have been made by the artists and craftspeople themselves, who must sell their own goods. The show started in the early 1960s, and now has over 200 booths varying in size and style on any Sunday of the year. The show is also held on some Saturdays that are national holidays, but not during inclement weather.

In recent years, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, another local non-profit, has also become a major draw bringing over 50,000 attendees during what is usually Santa Barbara's slow season in late January. SBIFF hosts a wide variety of celebrities, premieres, panels and movies from around the world and runs for 10 days.

The annual Summer Solstice Parade draws up to 100,000 people.[69] It is a colorful themed parade put on by local residents, and follows a route along State Street for approximately one mile, ending at Alameda Park. Its main rule is that no written messages or banners with words are allowed. Floats and costumes vary from the whimsical to the outrageous; parties and street events take place throughout the weekend of the parade, the first weekend after the solstice.

Surfing is as much a part of Santa Barbara culture as art. Bruce Brown's cult classic, The Endless Summer, put surfing on the map, and he is often seen around the town. Surfing legend Pat Curren and his son, three time world champion Tom Curren, as well as ten time world champion Kelly Slater, and other popular surf icons such as Jack Johnson call Santa Barbara home. Local surfers are known for going north to The Point, or south to Rincon.