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Ventura County hosts a network of support and direct technical assistance providers designed to help businesses start, grow and prosper. Although, the organizations listed below are unique in their delivery of service and focus, they share a common commitment to business growth and prosperity. Review the organizations below or call our Business Liaison at (805) 409-9788 to discuss what organization best meets your needs.
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805 Startups is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. The organization provides a vibrant platform for startups, entrepreneurs, and established businesses to connect, collaborate, and grow. With a strong focus on networking events, educational resources, and community support, 805 Startups plays a vital role in driving economic development and nurturing a thriving startup ecosystem within Ventura County.
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) is a prominent initiative focused on advancing the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry in Southern California. Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, AMP SoCal provides critical support, resources, and collaboration opportunities to manufacturers, helping them innovate and stay competitive in the global market. By fostering research, workforce development, and technology adoption, AMP SoCal plays a pivotal role in promoting growth and sustainability in the region’s advanced manufacturing sector.
ReferenceUSA and First Research are searchable databases that contain economic industry profiles and directory information of US businesses and households. Check online or with the reference librarian at your local Ventura County branch for access.
The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) supports California’s mission to provide financial incentives to cutting-edge companies by offering a sales and use tax (STE) exclusion to manufacturers that promote alternative energy and advanced transportation.
A partial exemption from sales and use tax on the purchase or lease of qualified machinery and equipment primarily used in manufacturing, research and development, and electric power generation or production, storage or distribution.
California consistently creates more business and economic opportunity that any other region in the world. If your business is considering expanding or relocating to California, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development office provides no-cost, confidential services for incentive and grant navigation. Their team of business consultants will guide you through the available tax credits, grants, and financing assistance options that are available to your business.
The State of California offers a variety of incentive and financing programs to encourage business development in California through the California Business Portal. Visit their website to find incentives offered by industry, business operation and type.
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners and helps their employers comply with state labor laws.
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is the governing body that manages sales and use tax in addition to issuing seller’s permits. Check their website for free sales and use tax seminars offered quarterly to answer tax questions related tor your business.
The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) established the California Enterprise Development Authority (CEDA), a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), to address gaps in Economic Development financing. Specifically, CEDA’s goal is to issue industrial development bonds (IDBs) for small- to medium-sized California manufacturers.
Ventura County Green Business (VCGB) is a part of the California Green Business Network (CAGBN), whose mission is to assist businesses to operate sustainably as well as profitably. VCGB works with local government agencies to provide assistance to small-to medium-sized businesses who chose to go through the process of becoming Green Certified.
The Career Hub brings together Ventura County employers and students to provide equitable access to a continuum of high quality work-based learning experiences. Local employers can connect with their future talent pool using a free posting board on The Career Hub website, pledging a variety of work-based learning opportunities (WBL) including guest speaking, workplace challenges, job shadowing, internships and jobs.
Central Coast Minority Enterprise Resource Affiliates provides world-class business development solutions for hundreds of consultants, entrepreneurs, small businesses with Business Support Services in the tri-counties to help them reduce or eliminate the need for expensive consultants with the intent to connect the resources that drive wealth and success to enterprises within the Central Coast region and beyond.
The Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of REALTORS (CSMAR) is a prominent business association serving real estate professionals in the Conejo Valley, Simi Valley, and Moorpark areas of Southern California. CSMAR provides a comprehensive range of resources and support services to its members, including real estate agents and brokers. This association plays a vital role in facilitating networking opportunities, professional development, and advocacy on real estate-related issues, contributing to the growth and success of its members in the competitive real estate market of the region.
The county websites offer a comprehensive list of permits, licenses and regulations for businesses located in the unincorporated areas who are looking to expand or enhance their property. Follow the links to learn more.
Creative Live hosts creative classes taught by industry leaders worldwide and is one of the best resources available for ongoing training in creative arts and business development for creatives.
The District Export Council (DEC) for Southern California is a vital organization dedicated to supporting local businesses in expanding their international trade and export activities. As part of a nationwide network, the Southern California DEC provides valuable resources, education, and guidance to help companies navigate the complexities of global markets. Through its efforts, the DEC plays a crucial role in promoting economic growth and job creation by encouraging exports and international business development in the region.
Downtown Ventura Partners is a nonprofit business association dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of downtown Ventura, California. Committed to fostering a vibrant and thriving downtown district, this organization collaborates with local businesses, property owners, and the community to create a welcoming and prosperous environment. Downtown Ventura Partners actively organizes events, marketing initiatives, and beautification efforts to enhance the economic and cultural vitality of the downtown area, making it a destination for residents and visitors alike.
The EDC offers a variety of targeted lending opportunities through four distinct loan programs: the Business Development Loan Fund, Childcare Investment Loan Fund, City of Ventura Business Assistance Loan Fund and the Disaster Loan Fund. The purpose of the EDC loan program is to stimulate job creation and economic activity by providing access to affordable capital.
EDC has compiled a guide to provide a broad collection of resources aimed at (1) supporting and educating employers, employees, and individuals across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties on understanding the racial justice issues highlighted by recent events, (2) strengthening connections between diverse community members and (3) empowering community members to take action to combat racial injustice.
Economic Development Collaborative offers individual no-cost consulting services in Spanish for business owners looking for assistance. Additionally, EDC offers a loan program for those seeking capital and financial advising services available in Spanish. Please call 805.409.9159 to schedule an appointment.
The Economic Development Collaborative’s Small Business Development Center (EDC SBDC) offers no-cost technical consulting services in every area of business need. With over 30 consultants on staff, the EDC delivers business consulting and access to capital to support Ventura County’s economy.
California’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) provides customer-focused employment training resources for adults and dislocated workers. The statewide list includes qualified training providers who offer a wide range of educational programs, including classroom, correspondence, online, and apprenticeship programs.
The EDD works to connect millions of job seekers and employers in an effort to build the economy of California. They work to enhance California’s economic growth and prosperity by collaboratively delivering valuable and innovative services to meet the evolving needs of employers, workers, and job seekers.
The ETP program helps to ensure that California businesses will have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive. ETP reimburses the cost of employer-driven training for incumbent workers and funds the type of training needed by unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce.
The Farm Bureau of Ventura County is a prominent agricultural business association representing the interests of farmers and ranchers in Ventura County, California. With a rich history dating back to its founding in 1914, this organization plays a crucial role in advocating for and supporting the agricultural community in the region. The Farm Bureau of Ventura County provides valuable resources, information, and advocacy on issues related to agriculture, ensuring the sustainability and success of the local farming industry.
FATHOMWERX is an innovator of technology designs fusing academia, civilian companies and other nontraditional Department of Defense partners who work on United States Department of Defense and Maritime’s most challenging problems. Through the use of their growing ecosystem, promotion of divergent thought, and neutral facilitation, their goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems. FATHOMWERX is a partnership between the Port of Hueneme, the Naval Surface Warfare Center- Port Hueneme Division, Matter Labs and the Economic Development Collaborative.
This credit is based on the federal research credit, with modifications. You may qualify for this credit if you engaged in qualified research activities in California.
A US Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a secure area located at or near a US port of entry that is considered outside of US Customs Territory. The FTZ program was created by Congress in 1934 to stimulate growth by deferring, reducing or eliminating custom duties.
Located in the City of Camarillo, Foundry 805 is dedicated to establishing a nurturing and empowering setting for entrepreneurs to gain knowledge, develop, and prosper. For both aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative concepts or early-stage startups prepared for expansion, Foundry 805 stands ready to assist in their journey. Foundry 805 is an optimal destination to transform entrepreneurial dreams into reality.
The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County has partnered with the California Employers Association to provide Ventura County businesses with a FREE HR HOTLINE! Providing assistance with: Hiring & Firing Best Practices, Paid Sick Leave Laws, Wage & Hour Laws, Employee Handbook Policies, HR Compliance, Accommodations in the Workplace…and much more! Call today! 888.763.3174 Hotline Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as the State of California’s leader for job growth and economic development efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit assistance, regulatory guidance, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.
Government agencies issue bonds to finance a variety of economic or public development projects for private and public entities. When investors purchase bonds, they essentially lend money to the borrower through the issuer. In return for the bond proceeds, the borrower promises to pay the investors/bondholders the principal amount plus a specified rate of interest over the life of the bonds based on the bonds debt service payment schedule.
Formerly Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning offers the most in-demand business, tech and creative skill and learning resources from industry experts. Free access is available through the Camarillo Public Library.
Westlake Village BioPartners brings Silicon Valley access and experience to Los Angeles, an emerging biotech community that is fresh, unorthodox and exciting.
An official partner of the Economic Development Collaborative, Matter Labs is a California-based think tank, startup studio, and consulting firm specializing in emerging technologies, making a difference in the world through innovation.
The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Ventura County Chapter is a dynamic business association dedicated to empowering and representing Hispanic real estate professionals in Ventura County, California. NAHREP’s mission is to advance the success of Hispanic real estate practitioners and increase Hispanic homeownership in the region. The Ventura County Chapter accomplishes this through networking opportunities, educational resources, and advocacy efforts that promote diversity and inclusion within the local real estate industry.
Will your business be hiring hourly workers paid at 1.5 to 3.5 times the state minimum wage? If you are also located within a Designated Geographic Area (DGA), you are likely eligible to apply for New Employment Credit (NEC) of up to $56,000 per employee over 5 years. Per-employee reservations are made online at any time.
With a membership of over 60 Experts and the national backing of the SBA, the Ventura County Chapter of SCORE has the talent and resources that will help your business endeavors become a fulfilling reality.
The Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) Ventura County is a vital business association serving human resources professionals and practitioners in Ventura County, California. Dedicated to advancing the field of HR, PIHRA Ventura County offers a range of resources, educational programs, and networking opportunities to support HR professionals in staying updated on industry trends and best practices. By fostering collaboration and providing valuable insights, PIHRA Ventura County plays a crucial role in promoting excellence in the field of human resources throughout the region.
The Russel Fischer Business Collection, named after a local citrus farmer and avid reader, is located on Camarillo Library’s second floor along with a large workspace featuring charging ports and the latest business periodicals. Business research resources and a newsletter are available on their website as well. It’s an incredible resource for anyone hungry for any business, finance, and career-related information.
Be sure to write a business plan before you begin! The US Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a guide to write a plan quickly and efficiently with business plan templates.
The Saticoy Lemon Association is a well-established cooperative business association located in Ventura County, California, with deep roots in the region’s citrus industry. Since its inception in 1932, the association has been dedicated to representing local lemon growers and ensuring the success of their agricultural enterprises. Saticoy Lemon Association provides a range of services, including marketing, packing, and distribution, to help its members thrive in the competitive citrus market.
Spark Conejo Valley is an active business association and networking organization located in the Conejo Valley region of Southern California. Focused on fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, Spark Conejo Valley provides a supportive platform for startups, small businesses, and professionals to connect, collaborate, and grow. Through a variety of events, educational resources, and networking opportunities, Spark Conejo Valley plays a pivotal role in driving economic development and cultivating a thriving business ecosystem in the area.
The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development offers comprehensive permit and regulatory compliance assistance to all businesses in California, helping business owners identify the permits needed to start a new business or expand an existing one.
The Broadband Consortium of the Pacific Coast (BCPC) is a local effort in the central coast area of California organized to improve broadband deployment, access, and adoption in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties through a collaborative regional approach.
Before you start your business be sure to conduct trademark searches through the US Patent and Trademark Office’s searchable database (TESS) to review product or service name and word marks that may already be in use in the marketplace.
The DOL fosters, promotes, and develops the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States, by improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment, and assuring work-related benefits and rights.
The SBA helps set guidelines for loans and reduces risk for lenders, allowing more lenders to provide small business loans. Loans guaranteed by the SBA range from small to large and can be used for most business purposes, including long-term fixed assets and operating capital.
The VBC is designed for the discovery and development of biotech and small-molecule therapeutics. It’s also equipped for all types of synthetic chemical R&D and can accommodate a broad range of molecular biology activities. The Thousand-Oaks based facility has equipment, bench space, and meeting and conference space, plus all the power, water, gas, and other utilities needed for biochemistry research. Tenants can rent space for a day, a week, month-to-month, or a year.
All Businesses Operating in Ventura County are required to have a business license for the jurisdictions they operate within. Click below for a comprehensive guide to obtaining a business license within Ventura County.
The Economic Development Collaborative’s Business Start-up Guide offers step-by-step guidance for business start-ups and individuals curious about the requirements of business ownership.
The Ventura County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture, and Business (CoLAB) is a prominent business association in Ventura County, California, known for its commitment to promoting the interests of labor, agriculture, and businesses in the region. CoLAB serves as a strong advocate, working to ensure a balanced and prosperous environment for these key sectors by engaging in advocacy, policy development, and community outreach. With a history dating back to 1989, CoLAB continues to play a vital role in addressing the economic and regulatory challenges faced by its member organizations and industries in Ventura County.
The Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors (VCCAR) is a leading business association serving real estate professionals along the beautiful coastline of Ventura County, California. With a strong commitment to excellence in real estate, VCCAR provides its members with valuable resources, educational programs, and networking opportunities. This association plays a pivotal role in promoting ethical standards, professional development, and collaboration within the real estate industry in the coastal communities of Ventura County.
The Ventura County Community College District Division of Economic Development provides technical assistance and customized training support to employers seeking to increase the productivity of their workforce. These services are provided in partnership with the three colleges in the District serving employers throughout Ventura County.
The Ventura County Contractors Association (VCCA) is a prominent business association based in Ventura County, California, focused on representing and supporting the construction industry in the region. With a history of serving the local construction community, VCCA provides valuable resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy services to its members. Through its dedicated efforts, the Ventura County Contractors Association plays a pivotal role in promoting excellence, professionalism, and growth within the construction sector in Ventura County.
The Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) is a prominent business association dedicated to fostering economic growth and development in Ventura County, California. VCEDA works closely with businesses, government agencies, and community stakeholders to create a favorable environment for commerce, job creation, and investment in the region. Through advocacy, strategic partnerships, and initiatives aimed at enhancing the local economy, VCEDA plays a pivotal role in promoting prosperity and sustainability throughout Ventura County.
VCEDA is recognized as a regional voice of business on issues affecting the economy in Ventura County and California. VCEDA influences public policy by providing reliable information to local and state elected officials, providing members with meaningful information, and helping form and maintain beneficial relationships.
The Ventura County Film Commission (EDC Film) is a unique program of the Economic Development Collaborative. Born out of the area’s long partnership with film production, local film location resources, local talent pools, and its unique physical relationship to Hollywood, the Commission’s dedicated Ventura County Film Liaison facilitates communication between industry and local resources to create well managed production activity throughout the region.
Ventura County Industry Council (VCIC) is an industry advisory organization supporting the production economy of Ventura County. VCIC unites Ventura County’s diverse production industries, broadly including manufacturing, biotechnology and life sciences, aerospace and defense and agriculture and food systems.
The Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) is a renowned business association that focuses on developing leadership skills and civic engagement within Ventura County, California. VCLA offers a comprehensive leadership program designed to cultivate emerging and existing leaders by providing them with the knowledge, tools, and networking opportunities necessary to address critical issues facing the community. With a commitment to building a stronger and more engaged citizenry, VCLA contributes significantly to the betterment of Ventura County and its future.
Not only does Ventura County Library system have 14 locations and an eLibrary to meet all of your reading needs, it also provides community resources like Career Online High School, ESL classes, and the READ literacy program for adult learners. As it follows its mission to “inspire our community to explore, discover, and connect,” family events and rentable meeting rooms make time and space for community a reality. Drop by for a book and much more.
The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) is a wonderful business association in Ventura County, California, dedicated to promoting sustainable energy practices and fostering the region’s transition towards clean and renewable energy sources. VCREA brings together government agencies, businesses, and community stakeholders to collaborate on initiatives aimed at reducing energy consumption, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing energy efficiency. Through advocacy, education, and partnership development, VCREA plays a vital role in advancing environmentally responsible energy solutions in Ventura County.
Through programs and services the Westside Community Development Corporation create opportunity and vitality for the residents and businesses of Ventura’s historic Westside.
WEV programs and services – including business training, loans, financial education, recovery advisors, technical assistance, social media and webinars – are delivered in both English and Spanish. Please call 805-456-2383 for assistance in Spanish.
Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) offers short-term and long-term business consulting to assist businesses with recovering from COVID-19, improve QuickBooks understanding and pivot their business. Free business-related webinars are regularly held in English and Spanish.
The goal of the WEV Loan Program is to diversify and expand the local economy and create new jobs by providing start-up and expansion capital to small businesses that do not qualify for conventional bank financing.
The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDB) administers federal funds that help to support America’s Job Center locations and other no-cost and low-cost adult, youth, and employer programs and services in Ventura County. Members of the WDB include leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, government, and community-based organizations.
The mission of the WTC Oxnard is to encourage expansion of world trade activities in Ventura County and vicinity, to foster greater participation in world trade and to attract increased international business to Ventura County.