Resources

Business Links

Ventura College Institute for Community and Professional Development.
The Institute for Community & Professional Development is a “one-stop” shop for community, workforce and professional development.

Economic Development Collaborative – Ventura County.

A regional public/private economic development organization, the EDC-VC delivers programs that promote jobs and economic growth, and raise overall productivity and incomes. As a true collaborative voice of Ventura County, the EDC-VC is funded through contributions from the County of Ventura, nine cities in the county and top-level private sector executives.

Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County.
The Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County is the community’s single organization that has workforce development as its sole responsibility and focus. The Board is dedicated to ensuring that all employers have the work-ready employees they need and all potential employees have the skills appropriate for employment. The Board integrates employment, training, education, and business services for job seekers, workers and employers.

Center for International Trade Development.
The goal of the Oxnard Center for International Trade Development (CITD) is to enhance the competitive strength of California businesses in the international marketplace and to support international trade development. Their services are designed to assist small business owners expand their operation’s profitability through engaging in international trade. Additionally, they help businesses interested in international expansion to navigate the complexities of importing and/or exporting. Ventura County. Regulations and instructions and downloadable forms to register your business under a fictitious business name or “doing business as” (dba).

SCORE.
(Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Score is dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

Women’s Economic Ventures.
Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is a local, non-profit organization, dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient through entrepreneurship and career development. WEV provides opportunities for entrepreneurs in the areas of training, access to capital & business services.

 

Government Assistance Sites

US Small Business Administration, Los Angeles District Office
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Los Angeles District Office (LADO) serves Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Technical assistance is readily available through the Small Business Development Center Network comprised of 9 Small Business Development Service Centers in the Tri-County area and an extensive network of SCORE counselors. The Los Angeles District Office 30 member staff is committed to providing quality service to all customers, small businesses, prospective entrepreneurs, lenders and resource partners.
California Employment Development Department (EDD)
The EDD provides specific services for small business; payroll tax information, tax rates and withholding schedules, electronic filing and payments, forms and publications, tax and hiring incentives and more.

CalGOLD
The California Government Online to Desktops (CalGOLD) Website assists in providing businesses the information they need to comply with regulatory and permitting requirements. CalGOLD offers direct Internet links and contact information to state, local, regional, and federal permitting authorities for more information.

California Business Portal California Secretary of State
Corporate registration information, downloadable forms, regulatory and tax information with links to business related State departments.

Business.gov
Guides you through the maze of federal government rules and regulations and provides access to services and resources to help you start, grow, and succeed in business.

The Social Security Administration
Provides information to help employers and employees explain the value of Social Security. You will find important information for business owners regarding Social Security taxes and regulations at this site.

The Internal Revenue Service
Has a site that offers information, forms and training for small business owners. This site provides extensive information regarding tax laws that are a must for business owners.

The US Census Bureau
Has a wealth of information regarding demographic treads and data in the US It is a great source for business owners conducting marketing research and identifying marketing opportunities.

The Patent and Trademark Office
(PTO)’s role has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries Entrepreneurs can visit this site and learn how to research and file for trade marks and copy rights for their business.

The US Postal Service (USPS)
Can help small businesses serve their customers better by delivery goods more faster and more cost effectively. USPS has a special section for business owners which explains how they can help businesses succeed.

The US Department of Labor
Provides a wide variety of information for the business owner including regulations on minimum wage, work safety, work hours, pensions and much more. This site is a must for any entrepreneur who has employees or will be hiring personnel.