As the current Oxnard Leadership cohort moved into the second half of the 2023 program, local experts guided them through two sessions that highlighted three topics impacting the community: history, the arts, and energy. Leadership alumni Zuviam's Joshua Beck ('20-'21), Oxnard Performing Arts Center's Carolyn Mullin ('22), and Catalyst Environmental Solutions' Justin Campbell ('18) were inspired by their experiences in the program and volunteered to coordinate these sessions.
We would like to congratulate WVCBA member Armando Casillas from Montecito Bank & Trust for being a recipient of the Pacific Coast Business Times' Latino Business Awards! The 12th annual Latino Business Awards recognizes the work of Latinos who live in Santa Barbara and other neighboring cities for creative work that has led to the betterment of the community and formation of job opportunities.
The WVCBA is excited to announce nine winners of the annual Oxnard Community & Business Awards, which will be celebrated on Thursday, August 17 at 11:30 am at the historic Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard. The proud Title Sponsor is Montecito Bank & Trust.
WVCBA is pleased to welcome Synectic Solutions Inc. as a new member! Synectic Solutions has been a longstanding defense contractor in Ventura County since 1997 and is headquartered in Camarillo. Synectic Solutions is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business with 120+ employees who work diligently to support the Navy and Naval Base Ventura County. Support of weapons and missile readiness is provided for America’s Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, providing the best equipment and services in weapons defense.
Thank you to everyone who attended last Friday's State of the City address with Mayor John Zaragoza! Nearly 200 people convened for the luncheon at Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach to hear updates from the Mayor about Oxnard's positive and balanced budget, the City's steady progress in restoring infrastructure and services, and the economic and social impacts slowing down city-wide restoration efforts.
Pinnacle Estate Properties, Inc., a leading provider of exceptional real estate services with over 37 years of history, hosted the Grand Opening of their newest office location in Camarillo on May 11 offering a celebratory event with hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, music, and an opportunity to win over $2,500 in giveaways. Real estate industry professionals were invited to attend and tour the new office space, meet the Pinnacle owners and team, and learn more about the brokerage's commitment to providing exceptional real estate services.
WVCBA recently welcomed Investec Real Estate Companies as a new member! Investec is on a mission to identify, cultivate and develop outstanding real estate opportunities for its investors. One of its current projects is the Central Plaza redevelopment in Camarillo at the northeast corner of Arneill Road & Ponderosa Drive.
Repeating high school isn't on many people's wish lists, but that was a sentiment often heard on Oxnard Leadership '23's Education Day in April. The day began at Oxnard Union High School District (OHUSD) headquarters with Superintendent Tom McCoy and visits to Hueneme High School, Oxnard College, Local 805 Carpenters Union, and Del Sol High School. The day was coordinated by Leadership '22 alum Teodoro Lopez, OUHSD's Web & Multimedia Coordinator, who wanted to highlight the career-focused learning opportunities available from K-12 and beyond.
WVCBA recently welcomed The Beach Cabana Rentals as a new member! The Beach Cabana Rentals takes the hassle out of going to the beach by renting beach equipment like a lux cabana, cooler, chairs and more. They set it up so you can have a stress free and relaxing day at the beach. "We hope to be welcomed by the community with open arms and to continue serving you for years to come," says Gladys Frosaker, Manager/Owner, who launched the business in January 2023.
Get to know Kat Miranda, our "Maven of the Month" brought to you by the WVCBA Women in Business committee. She is Chief Innovations and Sustainability Officer at Oxnard Pallet Company, which you've probably driven by many times at the corner of Pleasant Valley and 5th Street. They are a family-owned, full-service pallet provider offering quality new, used, food-grade and export pallets.
The West Ventura County Business Alliance is proud to present Oxnard Mayor John C. Zaragoza’s 2023 State of the City address on Friday, June 16. He will discuss the city's overall stability and socio-economic impacts on local government, as well as provide updates about the City Council's priorities, citywide restorations, and economic development.
Through various pronouncements, both the IRS and state of California have announced that since residents of California were affected by recent disasters, most Californians have until October 16, 2023 to file individual and business tax returns. The time to remit payments is also extended. Only three California counties are not included in these pronouncements (Lassen, Modoc, and Shasta). Anyone residing in a designated disaster area will automatically qualify for the postponed deadline.
Keep reading for additional details from WVCBA Chair-elect Andrew Kiefer, Managing Director of CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.
Last month, the Oxnard Leadership Class of 2023 experienced Public Safety Day, which included lunch with County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko and meetings with Oxnard Police Department, Oxnard Fire Department, Ventura County Probation Agency, and Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The jam-packed day was coordinated by Tom Cady, WVCBA Board Member and Former Assistant Chief of Police of Oxnard.
Last week, WVCBA and nearly 50 other chambers of commerce and similar organizations statewide wrote a letter to California Deputy Attorney General Ryan B. McCarroll to voice support for community events, specifically “State of the City” style addresses. These events are currently under review by the the Department of Justice at the request of the Ventura County District Attorney’s office to determine whether the Brown Act applies if a majority of the legislative body (i.e. City Council) attends.
The WVCBA has joined a coalition of 64 employer groups and chambers of commerce in California to support Senate Bill 703 that would allow for an employee-selected flexible work schedule. Read the coalition's letter to the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee, that states "California should allow employees to set hours that work for an employees’ personal and family obligations rather than continuously trying to impose new mandates on employers, which burden their ability to afford to hire."
At the March 13 WVCBA Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) meeting, Glenn Shepard of Ventura County Watershed Protection provided a report on the status of the Santa Clara River levees, SCR3 and SCR1. They also received a brief report on California legislation from Chris Collier, consultant for the Tri-County Chamber Alliance, of which the WVCBA is a member.
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.
For its second session, the 15 members of the 2023 Oxnard Leadership Program met with leaders to learn about important conversations happening around local housing, redevelopment, and transportation, and their impact on communities (and vice versa). Land Use and Transportation Day was first introduced in 2022 and is coordinated by Oxnard Planning Commissioner Daniel Chavez Jr, a Leadership '19 graduate.
The WVCBA has joined a coalition of 250 chambers and organizations across the US to oppose the FTC’s proposed rule on non-compete agreements. This sweeping rule would invalidate millions of contracts around the country that are beneficial for businesses and employees. Read the coalition's letter to Congress urging it to exercise its authority over the FTC, which lacks constitutional authority to issue such a rule.
The WVCBA has sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in support of the City of Camarillo’s RAISE grant application for the bridge replacement at Las Posas Road.
The bridge serves as a gateway for many economic centers throughout Ventura County and is important for the continued movement of goods and services in the region. Even with the reduction in commuter traffic observed due to the pandemic, millions of dollars worth of goods and materials rely on safely traveling through this intersection.
Funding for this important regional project will ensure the continued operation of this critical transportation lifeline for years to come. Construction of this project will produce jobs and much needed support to the regional economy.
WVCBA recently welcomed Nate's Place, A Wellness and Recovery Center as a new member! Nate's Place's mission is to deliver targeted programs, healthy replacement activities, and peer support recovery coaching to teens and young adults (ages 13-25), to maintain sobriety and mental health in a safe, healthy manner.
Nate’s Place was founded in memory of Nate Rhoades, who sadly passed away at the age of 21 after a car accident on January 20, 2022.
Get to know Juliann Laufer, our "Maven of the Month" brought to you by the WVCBA Women in Business committee. She represents Soroptimist International Oxnard (SIO) and Guild Mortgage.