Get to know Maegan Profeta, our "Maven of the Month" brought to you by the WVCBA Women in Business committee. She is the Business Services Coordinator for the Russell Fischer Business Collection (RFBC) at the Camarillo Public Library. The RFBC offers free business resources and services to benefit the small business community and residents of the greater Camarillo area.
Tell us about your work at the library:
Along with managing the material collection, I coordinate and present programs to help local businesses, teach residents about library resources, and connect with community organizations.
I can’t talk about my job without talking about Russell Fischer. He was a successful citrus farmer in Ventura County for over 80 years. Mr. Fischer spent his retirement years living in Camarillo. He was an avid reader and frequent visitor to the Camarillo Public Library. Russell Fischer passed away in 2006 and left an endowment that funds the Russell Fischer Business Collection. It is because of him that this collection and its resources exist for our community.
As someone involved in business in the region, how does the Alliance help you?
The Alliance has helped connect me to the local business community since I did not know anyone in the area before I came to live here two years ago. The Alliance has been a helpful resource for networking and for giving me opportunities to learn what is important to local business owners. Both of those elements are very important to my job.
What’s an interesting fact about the Camarillo Public Library most people don’t know?
I think most people are unaware of the amount and variety of free resources the Camarillo Library has to offer. We have databases that include: Ancestry Library, Coursera, Gale Legal Forms, LinkedIn Learning, and Value Line. All of these resources are free to anyone with a library card and everyone is welcome to get a library card.
Do you have any advice for new business owners?
The Camarillo Library is a useful free resource for new business owners. We have wifi, computers with Microsoft Office Suite access, and databases like Gale Business: Entrepreneurship and DemographicsNow. The library is also a lovely place to get some work done on your computer.
Any other details you wish to share?
I moved to Ventura County with my family from Alaska. We came here for better job opportunities, better education, and of course, better weather. I am completely happy with a few days of rain and 52 degree weather as “winter".
Maegan Profeta: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camarillo Public Library
4101 Las Posas Road
Camarillo, California 93010
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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