E-NEWSLETTER | APRIL - JUNE 2012 | VENTURACHAMBER.COM
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK CHAMBER PHOTOS PAGE LEADERSHIP VENTURA
OUR BRIGHT FUTURE P.4 MIXERS, MEETINGS & EVENTS! P.12 COMMUNITY BETTERMENT P. 18
VENTURA MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
CHAMBER “Success is Not Accidental”
Michael Silacci, Chairman of the Board Our Chamber and its members can be proud
Jim Duran, Chair Elect of the positive impact we have made on the
Steven Brown, Vice Chair -Treasurer economic growth and success of the commu-
Barbara Quaid, Secretary nity. Any task that is worthwhile requires focus
Mel Sheeler, Vice Chair -
Business Development and dedication which the Chamber has shown,
Mary Jarvis, Vice Chair - Communications working on behalf of the business community
Pat Seminario, Vice Chair - Membership as an advocate for a strong local economy, a re-
Matthew Graczyk - Vice Chair sponsive government and clearing roadblocks
Marni Brook - Immediate Past Chair for new businesses. Since the beginning the Chamber has been the voice of
business. The Economic Summits in 2009 and 2010 co-sponsored with the
2012 DIRECTORS City, the Chamber helped to identify critical resources and resolve potential
Saurabh Bajaj, FASTSIGNS of Ventura obstacles for a strong local business environment.
Phil Carlson, Pacific View Mall
Kevin Clerici, Downtown Ventura Partners A good partner in creating a more prosperous community, the City
Scott Corby, AERA Energy has worked with the Chamber and streamlined the permitting process, mak-
Nan Drake, EJ Harrison & Sons, Inc. ing it easier for new businesses to operate in Ventura. Since the beginning of
Sharon Dwyer, Ventura County Community the year, 38 permits for new projects and renovation projects have gone over
Jeff Hata, My Anchor Printing the counter, creating jobs and revenue for the city.
John Hecht, SESPE Consulting, Inc. The Chamber, in conjunction with the City, has a goal to call on the
Jim Word, Casitas Municipal Water District Top 100 private sector employers in the City to listen and learn more about the
needs of business in Ventura. This will provide important and much needed
Gary Wilde, Community Memorial input for both the private and public sectors in the development of the City’s
Health Systems and the Chamber’s long range economic strategy.
Randy Hinton, RH Wealth Advisors At the Economic Outlook Breakfast we learned about key current and
Steve Doll, NAI Capital long range plans that will bring over $1.5 billion in capital to our city and
Stephanie Becerra, Montecito Bank & Trust
Ted Cook, Ventura Rental Center
result in new jobs and economic activity. This will require continued energy
and diligence to ensure that the interests of businesses are represented in mov-
CHAMBER STAFF ing forward and creating effective polices for the future. The Chamber will
Ed Summers continue to represent and serve business interests in Ventura with continued
President & CEO focus and dedication because after all, success is not accidental.
Marketing & Events Director
Leslie Knapp Chairman of the Board
Magali Rodriguez / Guillaume Racine
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THE MIX! @ Ventura County Credit Union | June 27, 2012
2 Message from Our Chairman Events
4 Economic Outlook Breakfast: ARTS IN THE PARK
Our Bright Future & Chalk Art for Charity
Sat/Sun Aug. 18-19, 2012
6 CHAMBER CONTINUES LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO 10:00am - 6:00pm
Support a Strong Business Environment Ventura Harbor Village
9 Featured Event: 4th Annual Arts in the Park YPG WORK IT
10 New Members - April -June 2012 FALL 2012
Welcome Aboard! 5:30pm - 9:30pm
12 Chamber Album
Capturing Chamber Events April - June 2012 BUSINESS EXPO
Haunting at the Harbor
16 Renewing Members October 25, 2012
4:30pm - 7:00pm
Featuring Kaiser Permanente & Southern California Automobile Club LocationTBD
TASTE OF THE CHAMBER
November 1, 2012
5:30pm - 9:30pm
The Pierpont Inn
“We’re taking care of business.” DECEMBER 13, 2012
505 Poli Street, 2nd Floor
11:30am - 2:00pm
Ventura, CA 93001 Marriott Ventura Beach
(805) 643-7222 | FAX (805) 653-8015
bor, a center of commercial and recreational activity. Ventura
is one of the top 10 commercial fishing ports in the Country
which will be complemented by commercial and retail develop-
ment in the Harbor. One of these plans includes building on
the new Sondermann Ring project, bringing 300 apartments to
the Harbor to increase the economic activity and community
interest in the Harbor.
Tyson Cline updated the attendees on the aspiration of
By: Ed Summers, President & CEO one day capping the 101 to re-connect our vibrant downtown
The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held its annual to the beach, restoring Ventura as a true beach community. The
Economic Outlook breakfast on June 21st. An audience of over plan creates much greater access to our beach as well as im-
200 business and community leaders learned of several exciting proved access to transportation and Downtown Ventura.
projects and visions for Ventura. Guests included State officials, Focusing on Downtown, Dave Armstrong, DVO
Supervisor Steve Bennett, and five of our current Ventura City Chair, spoke about Downtown’s renewed energy and prosper-
Council members. Of course, the speakers did not represent ity over the the last few years. Increased revenues from parking
all of the new economic activity we will enjoy over the next 10 and retail activity have provided programs for creating a safe
years as all of these projects will serve as great catalysts for a and clean environment in our unique Downtown. Armstrong
prosperous community. spoke about the important economic links and partnership be-
The theme of our Economic Outlook Breakfast, “Put- tween all of the participants and projects. The long term in-
ting the Puzzle Pieces Together”, highlights the combined im- vestment in the Downtown is providing significant economic
pact our ideas and innovations will have moving forward within activity and rewards for the City.
our community. Some of the projects are currently under de- Gary Wilde, CEO of Community Memorial Health
velopment; others are dreams for the future. Yet if we maintain Systems provided an update on the significant and exciting
focus and work towards a mutual vision, it will be a very bright building project at our hospital, creating a new medical cen-
future. ter and related offices and services in mid-town. This will be
Nick Deitch, Chair of the Harbor Commission pre- followed with a similar capital investment and project at our
sented information about the Master Plan for our Ventura Har- county medical facility. The plan includes improvements along
Main Street which will substantially increase the economic ac-
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tivity in the medical sector, making Ventura a regional medical 5% compared to last year.
center. -Pat Seminario, General Manager of the Marriott Ven-
There was an update on potential housing opportuni- tura Beach was also positive about the increased activity in the
ties from Lynn Jacobs, former Director of the State’s Department hotel and hospitality industry from conferences and specialty
of Housing and Community Development. A long time Ven- groups such as the Ventura County Fusion.
tura resident, Jacobs was appointed to the position by Governor -Finally, Summers and Lambert reported that the City
Schwarzenegger. Work force housing continues to be a priority, and the Chamber will be working closely over the next 5 to 10
especially to support the economic growth created by all of these years on a new Economic Development Strategy to focus on
and many other projects. The message stressed the importance the assets and specific economic needs of our community. We
of housing and the economic benefits of creating future homes need to determine the right mix of planning and incentives to
to meet the community’s needs, as well keep our city growing and thriving. The business community
as the importance of exploring every must be an active partner in the plan, identifying specific re-
potential housing opportunity. sources that are needed for
Quality of life continues to be a pri- continued success.
ority within the Chamber’s mission of When you look
“Improving the Quality of Life through at all of the plans and po-
Economic Vitality”. Future plans need tential projects that were
to include recreational and open spac- presented, we have the
es while enhancing transportation, potential of $1.5 billion in
support current retail activity and cre- long-term capital invest-
ate jobs. Jacobs emphasized economic ments into our community.
data provided by the State Department Based on data supplied by
of Housing and Community Develop- the California Economic
ment that indicates that each new house built in a community Strategy Panel (a bi-par-
also creates 2.5 permanent jobs. This is directly related to the tisan Board appointed by
Chamber’s and City Council’s goal of job creation. the Governor) the capital
Jeff Lambert, Community Development Director for investment results in $3.54
the City of Ventura and Ed Summers, President and CEO of the billion increased economic
Chamber concluded the morning sharing other good news re- output. If built, housing
ports from various segments of the community: developments identified in the City’s General Plan will create
-Stacy Petersen, Regionals President, First California approximately 15,000 new jobs.
Bank noted an increase in activity in the financial services in- The morning presented a very positive perspective
dustry and a growth in successful businesses supporting the lo- about Ventura’s potential for economic growth and prosperity.
cal economy. Last year the breakfast asked the Question: “Are we there yet?”
-Both Barbara Meister, owner, Barber Automotive This year certainly provided the answer: Not all the way, but
Group and Phil Carlson, General Manager of the Pacific View we are off to a great start and headed in the best direction for
Mall reported that automotive and retail sales were each up over our community!
CHAMBER CONTINUES LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO
Support a Strong Business Environment
THE VENTURA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Chamber Alliance provides the Ventura Chamber
continues to represent business and monitor government and with a voice in Sacramento. The Legislature having passed
legislative activity at the local, state and federal level to ensure a budget on time this year, lawmakers are enjoying a summer
the Ventura business communities voice is heard on critical is- recess before they reconvene on August 6 to close out the end
sues that could impact our ability to build a strong local econ- of the legislative session.
omy. The effort involves both the Chamber’s Board and also Some pro-business bills are moving forward for a
works with partners including the Chamber Alliance, an orga- change, and the Chamber Alliance has added our two cents on
nization of Chambers of Commerce from Simi Valley to Goleta them, including:
to increase the voice and impact.
At the local level, the Chamber continues to monitor • SB 1225 (Padilla), which authorizes Caltrans to contract with
the Westside Community Plan. After involving the stakehold- Amtrak for a transfer of services agreement with the Los An-
ers representing many of the key business on the Westside, the geles-San Diego (LOSSAN) Corridor Agency for the provision
Chamber provided a five page of intercity passenger rail service
“whitepaper” summary of the “As the General Manager of the Marriott in the corridor (Pacific Surfliner)
business community’s concerns Ventura Beach Hotel, it is very important to between San Luis Obispo and San
and questions. Many of the is- me - personally and professionally - to be Diego. This bill comes as a new
sues have been addressed and engaged in governmental and legislative commuter depot has been ap-
the City has moved forward activities that help shape the business envi- proved for Goleta.
with an Environmental Impact ronment in the City of Ventura. The Cham-
Report (EIR) for the Plan. The ber and the Chamber PAC provide me • SB 1128 (Padilla), which ex-
Chamber will continue to be in- access to our city leaders and up-to-date empts advanced manufacturers
volved and monitor the changes information regarding local policies. Col- from paying state sales and use
as the City completes the EIR lectively the Chamber represents business tax on the purchase of equipment
and public hearing process. interests to our local government where indi- used to design, produce, manu-
Locally, the Chamber vidually we may not be nearly as effective.” facture or assemble their prod-
also provided comments and ~ Pat Seminario, General Manager | Marriott Ventura beach ucts, benefiting industries such
support to the Board of Supervi- as aerospace, biotechnology and
sors recently regarding the Text food production.
Amendment to the Agromin Bio-genetic Park. This change will
enable our community to meet the requirements recently estab- • SB 1186 (Dutton/Steinberg), which provides a 90-day win-
lished under AB 341 for the reduction of waste being taken to dow for businesses to fix possible Americans With Disabilities
landfills. At the request of the Ventura Harbor, the Chamber Act violations before lawsuits could be filed.
supported AB484, a bill introduced by Assemblymember Das
Williams that would allow the Ventura Harbor to use Federal • AB 2026 (Fuentes), which protects jobs in the film industry
contractors to dredge the Harbor and save hundreds of thou- by extending the film tax credit for five years, until July 1, 2020.
sands of dollars in expenses.
The Chamber joined many chambers and business or- • SB 1099 (Wright), which provides certainty for business
ganizations in providing strong support to the House Trans- by creating a predictable and easy- to-track implementation
portation Bill recently passed by the Senate. The bill renewed schedule for new regulations with only four quarterly dates
the current funding and budget to retain billions of dollars in where they could take effect.
funding to maintain roads, transportation and infrastructure.
A solid transportation system is very important to local and The Chamber Alliance with the Ventura Chamber
national business activities. continues to track and advocate for and against dozens of bills
The Political Action Committee (PAC) is another way that have a direct impact on our region’s business climate.
the Chamber stays involved in providing the business perspec- With a diverse set of tools, the Ventura Chamber is the
tive to evaluate and endorses candidates in City and County business watch dog for policy and legislation.
NETWORKING WITH NANCY
B usiness lead-
ers often tell me
care of the chamber first.” you can have valuable input that will
help make changes for the betterment
Unfortunately, business people
“I am involved sometimes see the chamber as just an- of business. Or, if you can’t attend the
with the com- other good cause. All of these other committee meetings, you will be the re-
munity – I am groups can do just about everything a cipient of the changes the committees
the president of chamber can do – fundraising, network- bring about.
(a service club, ing, and events. The Chamber offers While the chamber is not a net-
board of a non- what other groups can’t – PRO-ACTIVE working group, the name of this column
profit, etc.)” There are many good ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PO- is “Networking With Nancy”, so I’d be
causes, groups and organizations that LITICAL ACTION. This is the chamber’s remiss if I didn’t tell you that we have
need help. They ask “should we be part niche. The chamber is not just another outstanding opportunities to promote
of the chamber or should we assist with charity or good cause. I hope that all your business through referrals and
community activities or non-profits or businesses will think about this and re- networking. Connection Breakfast lets
service organizations or an arts group?” alize they just “have to be a member”. you interact with up to 120 people each
Business people need to know It is even more critical during this eco- month. The evening MIX attracts an av-
that, while the causes and non-profits nomic climate that businesses join the erage of 50 people. The three Biz Con-
are important, their best “cause” is to chamber. nections groups are wonderful referral
develop a strong business community. You say you don’t have time groups to help grow your business. The
Business is the heartbeat of a prosper- to attend meetings. Standing commit- upcoming October Business Expo will
ous city. The other causes will not be tees – Economic Development and the showcase your goods or services.
possible without the strong tax base Legislative Committee, - meet once Call (805) 643-7222 or e-mail
that a healthy economy brings. “Just a month and deal with issues facing firstname.lastname@example.org for more
like an airplane, you put your oxygen business within the city of Ventura and information on how you, too, can bene-
mask on first, then take care of others state laws that will affect the cost of do- fit from being a member of the Ventura
in need. Business people need to take ing business. For just an hour a month Chamber of Commerce.
TOP WEB CLICKS Breeze
V e n t u r a
OF THE QUARTER
These are the top sites clicked through from the
Your Hometown Paper
The Ventura Breeze is a
Chamber website proud member of the Ventura
Chamber of Commerce and is the
#1 PrimeLending 2011 “Small Business Of The Year”.
#2 Paychex, Inc. The Ventura Breeze is published every other Wednesday
and over 11,300 free copies are circulated to almost 600
#3 Lincoln James Construction locations in the cities of Ventura, Ojai and the Channel
Islands Harbor including local merchants and
#4 The May Firm businesses, Ventura City Hall , the Ventura Visitors &
Convention Bureau, restaurants, the Ventura Harbor and
#5 FOOD Share-Ventura County’s Food Bank
all of the major hotels.
#6 Ventura Marina Mobile Home Park The Breeze is read from cover with cover with great
#7 Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors enthusiasm, your ad will be seen by thousands of local
residents, business owners, community leaders, and
#8 Archstone Vanoni Ranch visitors. You will reach a highly targeted audience.
# 9 County Schools Federal Credit Union Make a significant impact on local readers who are
passionate about the newspaper and support the Breeze
#10 Ventura’s Surf Brewery advertisers by placing your ad in
the Ventura Breeze.
#11 Pampered Chef - Carol Gerke
Contact us at email@example.com
#12 Parigan & Paumier Dentistry or at (805) 653-0791
By: Diane Demaille
Plan on attending the next GTF
meeting (third Thursday at 3:30), if you
ASSEMBLY BILL 341
haven’t been to one yet. Eye-opening
presentations on subjects like: the Ventu-
ra River Parkway project, ocean-friendly
gardens, and green construction have at- REQUIRES COMMERCIAL RECYCLING
tracted standing room only attendance.
Other topics include the City’s Green Busi- On July 1, California Assembly Bill 341 went into effect stating that all com-
ness Certification Program and upcoming mercial businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of trash per week and
“Best Green Practices” workshops.
all multi-family residential properties with five or more units must have recycling.
We are particularly proud of the
Not only should recycling containers be present on the property, employees and
May 19th Green Jobs Summit, a co-presen-
tation of Assemblymember Das Williams, multi-family residents should be informed about what to put into the recycling bins.
the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, the Although many businesses and multi-family property managers say they
City of Ventura, and the Ventura County all know about recycling, when bins are checked, there are often non-recyclable
Community College District (VCCCD) items in the recycling containers and recycling found in the trash containers. Har-
with sponsorships from Cool Planet rison Industries and the City of Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability Division are
Energy Systems, VCCCD, Houewling’s To- working together to provide literature, posters, presentations and other materials
matoes and AT&T. to support businesses and multi-family properties in their waste reduction and re-
The GTF was presented with
cycling efforts. For assistance or more information on these programs, call Daniel
a Certificate of Recognition at the City
Council meeting on June 4th, from As- Harrison at 647-1414, ext. 4321, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Commer-
semblymember Das Williams for “partici- cial businesses also can call Courtney Lindberg at 667-6502 (email: clindberg@
pation in the 2012 Green Jobs Summit”. cityofventura.net) and owners of multi-family properties can call Christine Wied at
The GTF also received Special Recogni- 652-4584 (email: email@example.com).
tion from the Ventura County Board of
Supervisors on April 24th.
The Best Green Practices work-
shops have covered restaurants (held
Green Business Certification
at RedBrick Pizza) and lighting upgrades The City of Ventura now has a Green Business Certification
(held at the YMCA) and have proven to be Program for local businesses to be recognized and celebrated
popular and informative. for their environmental practices. The certification process
And for fun, the GTF is organizing focuses on waste, energy and water usage, pollution preven-
Green Drinks, a networking event for the tion, and general staff awareness. Watch for this sticker in lo-
environmentally-minded crowd. Come cal office/retail and restaurant locations to indicate a certified
sip organic tequila with us on Wednes- green business. Sign up to become a green business at www.
day, August 1st at 5:00 at the EcoLogic greenbusinessca.org. Contact Courtney Lindberg for more information 667-6502
LifeStyles Design showroom, 56 S. Oak (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Diane de Mailly, Courtney Lind-
berg, and James Davis, Co-Chairs
8 APRIL/MAY/JUNE 2012
50 Artist, Live Chalk Art, 2 Days at the Harbor
By: Barbara Hinton
The fourth Annual “Arts in the Once again “Chalk Art for Char- than sixteen years, participating in fes-
Park” hosted by the Ventura Chamber of ity” will be part of the festivities. This street tivals, fundraisers, and corporate events
Commerce will be held on August 18th chalk art event will raise funds for, Kids’ both nationally and internationally. Ash-
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and August 19th Art, a local non-profit organization which ley has received numerous awards for her
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ventura Har- offers creative arts programs for children work, including People’s Choice and Best
bor. The outdoor event will feature fine every Saturday morning at no charge. of Show awards. Her work can be pre-
arts and crafts, street chalk art, and music A limited number of chalk art squares are viewed on her website, www.chalkgirl.
throughout both days. available for sponsorship by companies net.
Newbury Park artist, Ora Tamir, or individuals and will feature the spon- Admission to the event is free.
has been selected as the Feature Artist sor’s name. Sponsorships can be pur- For questions or sponsorship informa-
of “Arts in the Park” this year. Tamir has chased through the Ventura Chamber for tion, please call the Ventura Chamber of
been painting since childhood and regu- $125 for Chamber members or $150 for Commerce at (805) 643-7222.
larly exhibits her work at festivals in Cali- non-members.
fornia, Arizona and Nevada. Her paint- Several experienced street chalk COFFEE &
ings captivate viewers with their surreal
images and futuristic qualities. She says
artists from throughout Southern Cali-
fornia will be participating in the event
BENEFITS with Nancy
she listens to her inner voice while she including Lysa Ashley, an artist and SEPTEMBER 5th & 19th
paints, and that each painting is an ad- teacher from the Inland Empire, who re- 8:00am - 9:00am
Come learn about the benefits of
venture. “People tell me that they find turns this year after participating in the
belonging to the Ventura Chamber of
their own stories in my paintings,” Tamir “Chalk Art for Charity” debut last year. Commerce! Reserve your seat
notes. She has been a street painter for more now by calling (805) 643-7222
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10 APRIL/MAY/JUNE 2012
I AM THE CHAMBER
I joined the Chamber some 12 years ago in my former incarnation as Mr. Suds. Being new to
Ventura (and to the USA) I found that I quickly made new friends through the Chamber. I think
I knew less than 10 people when I took over at Mr. Suds. Now I number my friends amongst
the hundreds and many of these have been through Chamber contacts. I do business with
some and they do business with me, but there are many that are not in this category. They
are just friends. I quickly became an Ambassador and decided that to get the most out of the
Chamber, I had to put something in. So I attend as many functions as I can. To paraphrase one
of your past Presidents “ask not what the Chamber can do for you, but ask what you can do
for the Chamber!”
After I sold Mr. Suds, I carried on with my membership in my new travel business and am still
Stephen Joyce actively involved (when my travel committments allow!) with the Ambassadors (3 times Am-
bassador of the year) the Marketing Committee and Arts in the Park, as well as the Economic
World Ventures/Rovia Travel Development Committee. To me the Chamber is an essential part of my business toolbox and I
cannot think of a time in the future when I would not be a member of the Chamber and taking
part in the many activities.
What is the MARKETING
of Commerce COMMITTEE
Political The Marketing Committee of the Ventura Chamber has
Action been hard at work since the beginning of the year devel-
Committee oping a new and improved Marketing Plan. This is an ex-
citing step forward, but only the beginning of the process.
The Ventura Chamber Political Action is a commit- A document is only as good as the people putting forth
tee of the Chamber. It also has a separate Board of Trustees, the effort to support its goals.
required by State of California Political Campaign laws so not
to cause all Chamber activities and finances reportable to In order to achieve these goals five different work groups
the State, County and City agencies. have been established to support the plan. These work
By law, the PAC has separate bylaws and reports all groups include Media, Publications, Membership Devel-
activities and finances to governmental agencies. The Board opment, E-Marketing and Events. Each work group is ex-
of trustees consists of 11 members, four of which are Cham- pected to touch base either in person or via conference
ber Board members at the time of their PAC appointment. call on a monthly basis to work on its area of focus. Events
The PAC is designed to support candidates who sup- members will be working to help organize and support
port the free enterprise system, demonstrate a fiscally re- Chamber activities, Membership Development will sup-
sponsible government and whose views represent the inter- port member growth and retention, E-Marketing will sup-
ests of both the private and public sector for a strong local port web and social media efforts, Publications will work
economy. to help create and update Chamber printed materials and
The PAC will keep local politicians honest and fo- Media will focus on assisting Chamber staff with press and
cused on business. That is something most business owners broadcast opportunities.
do not have the time or desire to do. The PAC will identify
the issues most relevant to the business community. The We know there is a wealth of talent within our Chamber
PAC interviews the elected officials and candidates and pro- so we are asking for volunteers to join this exciting effort.
vides information through our reports, newsletters and fo- Please contact Charleen Morla at the Ventura Chamber
rums. to share your area of interest and the Chair of the work
Join the PAC and support local businesses. For more group will follow up with you to notify you of meeting
information or to get involved call (805) 643-7222! times and dates.
CONNECTION BREAKFAST CLOCKWISE: April Connection Breakfast
Sponsor Rabobank; May Connection
Breakfast Sponsor - Daylean Atkin,
Scentsy Independent Consultant; June
Connectiong Breakfast Sponsor - Farm-
ers Insurance, ML Peterson; Angel Jones
of Wenches & Warriors dressed in
costume for her 20 second commercial;
Linda Wall & Ridgeway Pope engage
their table in their 20 second commercial
RIBBON CUTTINGS & GRAND OPENINGS
CLOCKWISE: Loving Arms Staff celebrate a ribbon cutting and grand opening reception;
Ambassadors join the staff at Bail Bonds for a mid-day ribbon cutting; Amigo’s Cantina
in Downtown Ventura for their ribbon cutting; Mayor Mike Tracy joins staff and Ambassa-
dor’s for Rabobank’s ribbon cutting at their new Victoria location!
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PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY
CLOCKWISE: Foothill Technology School’s Art Class take a break
to take a quick picture with Principal for a Day - Mary Jarvis;
Su-Lin Rubalcava taking the seat as Pricipal for a Day at
Poinsettia Elementary School; Participants of the program end
the day at the Ventura Unified School District office for lunch
and a wrap up session
GREEN JOBS SUMMIT
CLOCKWISE: Members of the Green Task Force along with Peter Brown, City Manager
- Rick Cole, Kevin Clerici (DVO) & Joey Briglio (City of Ventura) take a break between
sessions; Green Jobs Summit attendees fill the City Chambers during speaker sessions;
Assemblymember Das Williams; Diane Demaille & James Davis (GTF Co-Chair) with
James Panagotti (Red Brick Pizza); Ventura Water participated as an exhibitor
TOP ROW: Chamber Ambassadors
& Friends at THE MIX! @ Rabobank;
Ventura County Credit Union staff
Patti Braga and Natalie Bradley
pose with President & CEO, Joe
Schroeder MIDDLE ROW: Kama
Sutra Closet - Owner, Roylin Downs
showing the crowd her hula hooping
skills; Janet Fukumoto (Time Warner)
& VCCU’s Stacey Oates network-
ing away; BOTTOM ROW: Mixer at
WE OLIVE to commemorate the late
Steve Tobey; Rabobank Manager
Roland Barrios welcomes the crowd
at their MIX!
BIZ CONNECT, CONNECT
BIZ CONNECTION leads referral groups cast net at their Bi-Annual Biz
Connect, Connect which took place at the Marriott Ventura Beach!
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BUSINESS OLYMPICS EXPO
TOP ROW: Cypress Place Staff - Robert Goldberg (Executive Director), Yvonne Knepper and Mike
Macke (Marketing) stop and take a photo with Tom Spence (KVTA - Goldcoast Broadcasting) who won
the grand prize raffle (55” Flat Screen TV) which they donated!; Colleen Caster (Ventura Party Rentals)
is seated at her beautifully decorated booth perfect for the summer!; MIDDLE ROW: Chamber Ambas-
sadors Rosandra Esquivel & Carol Gerke enjoying their time at the expo; City of Ventura Environmental
Sustainability - Courtney Lindberg and Dana Bogdanich (Intern) set up shop and talked TRASH; Ventura
Chamber’s YPG - Diana Trinh and Angel Jones going for the gold; Anchor Printing Crew - Dan Gutierrez,
Michelle Mercado (Axxess Ventura) & Jeff Hata pose with the bronze, silver & gold; LEFT: Robert & Sue
Gary of Promotional Products USA and their fabulous display perfect for Expos!
47 YEAR MEMBER
“The Automobile Club of Southern California
Ventura County Branch has been a loyal 46 YEAR MEMBER
Ventura Chamber member for 47 years. At Kaiser Permanente we promote the idea that it is important to Thrive.
Through these many years, the AAA Ventura And in order for a community to Thrive, it needs an active, vibrant and
County Branch has benefited through this engaged Chamber of Commerce. That is why Kaiser Permanente sup-
alliance because the Chamber is such a strong supporter of the local ports and participates in the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. We are
business community. The Ventura Chamber has been a great place proud to be associated with a local Chamber that always keeps the
to develop relationships and to network with a diverse group of needs of its membership, the business community and community at large
businesses in Ventura. We look forward to working with the Cham- as the focus of its efforts. Our membership in the Ventura Chamber is a
ber for many years to come.” Rikki Pleis – AAA Ventura Branch proud tradition and one that we know helps to keep Ventura thriving!
64 YEARS Southern California Edison Co. Ventura Del Sol 3 YEARS Fileyourtaxes.com
47 YEARS Automobile Club of Southern California Porta - Stor Prudential California Realty
48 YEARS Kaiser Permanente 14 YEARS Ventura Urgent Care Center KP Enterprises
41 YEARS Hammer-Hewson Assoc. 13 YEARS Halter-Encinas Enterprises, Inc Diani Building Corp.
Eulau Accountancy Corp. VC Reporter & Ventana Monthly Magazine SESPE Consulting, Inc.
39 YEARS Plum Lift-A-Door Co. 12 YEARS KHAM INC Coastal Occupational Medical Group
33 YEARS T.E. Hoctor & Company Museum of Ventura County 2 YEARS Kingdom Center, The
Paradise Chevrolet Players Club, The Ralston Courtyards
33 YEARS Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP Hammerhead Industries Inc. Cypress Meadows LP - The Towbes Group
30 YEARS Victoria Village Shopping Center CSU Channel Islands Vintage Production California LLC
Hubbard & Gruber, CPAs 11 YEARS Anti Aging - NuSkin Enterprises Keller Williams Realty
28 YEARS Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Ventura Education Partnership 1 YEARS Rabobank Main St Branch
Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Assoc. Roadrunner Shuttle Rabobank N.A. Mills Branch
27 YEARS Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast United Way of Ventura County Buena Animal Hospital
Rasmussen & Associates Patrick Allan Telephone REC Solar
26 YEARS Oaktree Property Management 9 YEARS Community Access Partners (CAPS) Essex Realty Management, Inc.
25 YEARS Earth Systems Southern California Ventura West Marina Mission Church
Swiss Productions, Inc. Ventura Gateway Western States Petroleum Association
Boys & Girls Club of Ventura Seaside Highland Games Ventura County Fusion
24 YEARS Woodland Apartments Bonaventure, The AdvoCare
Ashwood Gardens Apartments 8 YEARS Freeway Mini Storage Instrumental Music Corp
22 YEARS Alert Communications Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP Long Term Care of Ventura County (Ombudsman)
Kiwanis Club of Downtown Ventura Four Seasons Cleaners Massage Envy Spa of Ventura
21 YEARS Office Depot 7 YEARS Commercial Process Serving, Inc. Janet Fukumoto, Time Warner Cable Media
20 YEARS Pacific Aire, Inc. 6 YEARS Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, Inc. SAS Comfort Shoes
19 YEARS American Cancer Society, Central & Pacific Breeze Chem-Dry First 5 Ventura County
Greater Ventura 4 YEARS Camarillo Premium Outlets
Roger Case Realty Humana, Inc
18 YEARS Ventura Downtown Lions Club Midtown Kitchens Inc.
17 YEARS Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau Old Creek Ranch Winery Inc
16 YEARS Ventura Baptist Church Hillview Dental Care
15 YEARS Armada Apartments Hooman Zarrinkelk, DDS
Command Performance Catering
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Ventura THRIVES School Supply Drive:
Together Helping Replenish Inventory for
Ventura Educators and Students
Ventura City Corps is cur- their classrooms donated by the community. Everyone wins
rently seeking businesses to host boxes with THRIVES – the teachers, parents and especially the kids.”
for their employees and patrons to stuff THRIVES was made possible through donations
with school supplies throughout July. from Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union and Ventura County
Boxes will be delivered at the end of June Credit Union.
and a list of participating businesses and Ventura City Corps youth volunteers are managing
the master supply list will be available at the THRIVES Drive. The Ventura City Corps mission is to
www.venturacitycorps.com. inspire and develop youth to become capable, productive, en-
Ventura THRIVES has launched for the second year. gaged civic leaders and to elevate the status of youth in their
Ventura THRIVES School Supply Drive functions similar to a communities, through experiential service learning projects
toy drive with area businesses placing donation boxes in their and youth mentoring.
lobbies or offices and community members generously donat- Ventura City Corps is seeking youth volunteer lead-
ing items from the THRIVES Master Supply list, compiled di- ers, ages 21-30, to lead projects. All youth 12-18 interested in
rectly from input from Ventura Unified School Districts Prin- making this an outstanding summer are encouraged to volun-
cipals and Teachers. Ken Cozzens, retired Sheriff ’s Captain teer. Find applications and more information about getting
and Ventura City Corps Site Director comments “Feedback involved with Ventura City Corps or making a tax deductible
was overwhelmingly positive from last year’s drive. We had donation @ www.venturacitycorps.com or by stopping by 77
nearly 60 teachers show up and leave with free supplies for N. California Street.
lending means, and thus would never get off the ground.”
Through its website, Kiva lets people lend as little as $25
Launch of Kiva
to help fund entrepreneurial ventures across the globe. With a
98.97 percent repayment rate since its 2005 founding, Kiva has
generated $328 million in loans through 784,817 lenders. The
organization works with 154 field partners and 450 volunteers in
Peer lending program provides micro-
To qualify for a Kiva Zip loan, an area business must
financing option for area’s smallest businesses have a solid business plan and social and economic need. The
company must be unable to access a loan through formal finan-
CAMARILLO, Calif. – The Economic Development Col- cial channels, and have less than $3,000 in past-due debt. Other
laborative-Ventura County is leading the launch in Ventura and requirements include having a debt-to-income ratio of less than
Santa Barbara counties of Kiva Zip, a Kiva.org pilot program that 35 percent, a monthly repayment-to-net-income ratio of less
enables small businesses to access peer-funded micro-loans of up than 75 percent for the loan and not be in bankruptcy or fore-
to $5,000. The program is built on Kiva’s mission of connecting closure proceedings.
people globally through lending to support business entrepreneur- EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a
ship. business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura
As a Kiva Zip field partner, EDC-VC will identify small County by offering programs that enhance the economic vital-
businesses within the region that are a good fit for the program. ity of the region. For more info about the Small Business De-
“This is an excellent resource for small-businesses in the velopment Center, loan programs, manufacturing outreach and
earliest stages of growth,” said Bruce Stenslie, CEO and president international trade programs or other services available to small
of EDC-VC. “These microloans will provide startup funding to businesses through EDC-VC, contact Stenslie at 805-384-1800
businesses that would not receive financing through traditional ext. 21 or email@example.com. Or visit www.edc-vc.com.
WHAT IS LEADERSHIP VENTURA?
Employers and individuals alike reap the benefits of Leadership
Since January, Ventura Leadership 2012 has been split up into 3
Ventura; a leadership development course led by Relly Nadler. A working groups with specific project focusses for the betterment of
licensed psychologist and Master Executive Coach, Dr. Nadler the community. Here is an insite of what each group has been doing:
has been working for more than 30 years with top executives and
their teams to become star performers. Participants learn prin- Team 1 - Partners with DVO to Enhance
ciples such as Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Levels, Change Downtown Mini Park
Management, Feedback/Delegation, Coaching for Performance Team 1’s project is working in a partnership with the Downtown
and Decision Making. Each participant receives a Myers-Briggs Ventura Organization to enhance the downtown mini park lo-
Type Indicator and personal analysis. The return on investment cated on Main Street, between Oak and Palm. Enhancements
for any company with an employee participating is phenomenal. will include landscape upgrades, lighting upgrades and increased
Emotional Intelligence Leadership improves leaders’ ability to ex- usability by the public. Specific landscape design plans have not
cel in today’s increasingly difficult and complex leadership roles. been finalized yet, but in-kind donations for equipment usage and
electrical installation labor have been graciously donated through
Through the first year, the class hears from key community leaders Leadership Ventura. The group is also working with the City of
as they share the latest plans, developments, and decision-making Ventura for potential additional funding, and the Rotary Club of
processes affecting the community. Lectures, panel discussions Ventura in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club to have an
and site visits provide a forum for discussion and a greater un- environmental education component, working with the kids to
derstanding of local issues. Class attendees participate in hands further enhance the park.
on learning including a grass roots community betterment project.
Amazing Team 2 -Tender Life Maternity Home
Leadership Ventura meets once a month for the first 11 months. Our project emerged from a vision to help the homeless preg-
Each day begins at approximately 7:30 AM and lasts until 4:30 PM. nant women residing at the Tender Life Maternity Home in Ven-
Continental breakfasts and lunches are provided. The second year, tura experience a welcoming and safe environment for them and
participants lead the activities and planning for the subsequent their expected newborns. From the generosity of the community
class, offering the opportunity to test the skills learned year one. Tender Life receives many donated baby items which were over-
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whelmingly stored in their garage. Our team worked together to the residence shelters located in River Haven. You can help raise
sort through baby and maternity clothes, strollers, car seats, cribs, the funds for the River Haven paint project through a unique fun-
blankets and many miscellaneous items and organized them into draising effort developed by team three called “arts for the home-
storage bins and shelves to make them more accessible to residents less.” Local arts organizations, artists and artisans donate tickets and
and staff. In addition we planted a sustainable vegetable garden to products to “arts for the homeless.” When you purchase those tick-
help subsidize their food budget. Currently we have a few more ets or products online, 100% of your donation automatically goes
small projects to complete at Tender Life and as a team we have all to the River Haven paint project. You may purchase tickets, prod-
learned that our hard work today helps to build a brighter tomor- ucts or make a direct donation through “arts for the homeless” at:
row for mothers and babies at Tender Life who would otherwise www.Artsforthehomeless.com. For more information contact any
have been living on the streets. of the following team three members through the Chamber: Staci
Brown, Katherine Kasmir, Robert Krimmer or Carlos Landeros.
Team 3 - Announces Fundraising Effort
River Haven is a two-year transitional program offering Ventura’s For more information on Leadership
homeless an opportunity to move from the river bottom towards Ventura, please contact Daylean Atkin
self-sufficiency. As a community project, Leadership Ventura’s team (805) 207-8569 or Lola Hererra (805)
three is raising the funds and the “people-power” needed to paint 612-5868 or visit www.venturachamber.com
Chamber Appoints ML Peterson New Foundation President
I am pleased and honored to serve as process and create a closer relationship to our schools. The
the President of the Ventura Chamber’s Foundation is working to recruit additional leaders over the
Commerce and Education Foundation. months ahead. Through these committees, the Foundation
I accepted the nomination because will manage existing and emerging projects in each designat-
of my deep respect for the Chamber and ed focus, providing leadership, advocacy and fund sourcing.
President Ed Summers’ integrity, expertise, The filter through which the Foundation will work will be
and deep commitment to strengthening to focus on making a more significant impact on supporting
and expanding partnerships between busi- to build a thriving business and cultural climate in which com-
ness and the Ventura Unified School District, the Community munication, partnership-building, and life-long education for
Colleges, workforce training and professional skills develop- personal and professional development can be sustained con-
ment. sistently now and into the future, benefitting Ventura’s busi-
I see my primary responsibility as supporting and ness and residential community by investing in the economic,
serving the Foundation’s Board educational, cultural, and envi-
of Directors. Comprised of
Chamber members, each are “Foundation will take great ronmental interests of our city.
To do so, the Foundation
chairing committees focused on
strengthening existing programs care to identify and develop will take great care to identify
and develop multiple funding
and developing new ones that
are responsive to the needs multiple funding streams.” streams. Fortunately, the Foun-
dation begins with a healthy
of our business and education starting point and financial foot-
partners. ing: We currently receive gen-
We have a strong group of Directors, Lola Herrera erous tax-deductible contributions from local business and
remains as the Chair of Leadership Ventura and a Foundation community leaders. We will have to build on this and will have
Director. Leadership provides an excellent opportunity for to do more.
local executives and future leaders to gain valuable insight All this will take time, wise planning, and the good work of
into personal leadership styles and skills as well as the many our business and community leaders.
unique characteristics of our community. Patti Braga will I look forward in taking these first steps in this exciting
again oversee the Teacher of the Month Awards and Principal journey with the Chamber’s Commerce and Education Foun-
for a Day Program. Sam Benner has agreed to undertake a dation’s Board of Directors and the Ventura of Chamber’s staff.
new initiative for the Foundation, developing a professional
Mary Louise (ML) Peterson is the owner of ML Peterson Farmers Insurance
skill development workshop series. Other Directors ready
Agency in Ventura, California. Previously, she served as President of the Ventura
and willing to serve are Sherry Lyons, Treasurer and Chris- County Board of Education, eight years as Trustee on the Ventura County Board
tine Wied, Su-Lin Rubalcava, and Stephanie Becerra who will of Education, and four years on the Board of Directors of the California County
oversee our efforts to integrate business not the educational Boards of Education, representing Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
TEACHER OF THE MONTH
Ventura, Calif. – On May 16, the Ventura Commerce and Commerce members Ventura Trophy, Red Brick Pizza, the Rubi-
Education Foundation (VCEF) named Sebastien DeClerck May’s con Theatre, Island Packers and Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union.
Teacher of the Month. Mr. DeClerck was presented with certifi- Principals and parent-teacher organizations from schools
cates of appreciation from Ventura County Board of Supervisor within the Ventura Unified School District are all eligible to nomi-
Steve Bennett, and a representative from the office of Assembly nate any teacher(s). Nominees must be a credentialed teacher, and
member Das Williams. Ventura High School Principal, Val Wyatt, should display certain qualities, including the demonstration of an
and VUSD Superintendent, Trudy Tuttle-Arriaga, spoke of Sebas- outstanding dedication to students, service on school or district
tien’s dedication to the student body and the support he gives his committees, and projects on their own time and/or participation
fellow staff members. in youth-focused activities in the community.
Mr. DeClerck has been teaching French and Italian The VCEF, under the auspices of the Ventura Chamber
for more than 13 years, advises three separate clubs on campus, of Commerce, works to provide a business link to the economic,
welcomes the exchange students on campus and is currently the educational, cultural and environmental interests of the Ventura
Foreign Language Department Chair. Gifts of appreciation were regional community.
presented to Sebastien by Ventura Commerce and Education For more information about the Teacher of the
Foundation member Pattie Braga from Ventura County Credit Month program, please contact Pattie Braga, Chair, at PBraga@
Union. Donated items came from generous Ventura Chamber of VCCUonline.net or (805) 477-4052.
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I AM THE CHAMBER
“As a board member of the Ventura Chamber, people often ask me why they should join. Accordingly, I list
for them the myriad ways the Chamber can help them create new opportunities, advocate for their inter-
ests on important legislative issues and save them money. Though these are certainly important valuable
aspects of Chamber membership, joining the Chamber also makes a powerful statement to the business
community that you, a fellow business owner, understand the value of the greater collective whole. Your
Chamber membership makes you part of something larger than your own individual business. You are part
of an enterprise that is solely focused on creating, sustaining and growing a vibrant community for all of us.
Montecito Bank strives to be committed, contributing members of our community. One of the ways we
demonstrate this commitment is by joining the local Chambers of Commerce because we know that a
vibrant community is absolutely dependent on a thriving, connected business climate. As the Community
Marni Brook President for this region, one of my primary responsibilities is to make and cultivate connections with the
business owners of our community. The Ventura Chamber continues to provide a variety of opportunities
Montecito Bank & Trust to do this. The Connection Breakfast, Business Tabletop Expos and other events keep us connected not only
to other businesses but as well to key issues that are impacting our community.”
CONCERTS and RODEOS
with Fair Admission
The Technology Committee of the Chamber is a group of
local member companies in the Information Technology
fields. We meet monthly and have four goals: education,
conservation, advocacy and philanthropy. We seek to edu-
cate not only our own community, but the public at large in
advanced and basic technology issues. We promote green
technologies and ways to conserve finances. We aim to in-
fluence public policy issues affecting the industry, and in-
form the public on its consequences. We also give back to
the community in various ways as well, including technol-
ogy donations, and donated time. We’re looking for inter-
ested Chamber Members who have a strong background in
Information Technology! For more info, contact Charleen
Morla at the Chamber office.
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MEET OUR INTERNS
Magali Rodriguez Guillaume Racine
Magali Rodriguez was born and Guillaume is currently completing
raised in Panama, where she gradu- his second year of college. He is a
ated from high school and complet- business major at Novancia Busi-
ed two semesters of marketing at ness School which is adminstered
University of Panama. by the Paris Chambre de Com-
On December, 2000 she moved merce et d’Industrie. His long
with her family to Oxnard, California term goal is to work abroad and
where she has been residing since more particularily for a company
then. As the oldest of three sisters, she wanted to be an with an international dimension.
example for her sibling and follow her dreams as well.
Therefore, she started to pursue a higher education once As a second year, business student, his major is in Market-
again. ing and Economics. Last year, as part of his school’s inter-
She graduated from Oxnard College on 2008, national focus Guillaume spent three months studying at
obtaining an AS in Business and AA in Liberal Arts. After a the University Salamanca in Spain. Back at home in Paris,
one year break, Magali transferred to CSU Channel Island Guillaume works part time at an events planning company.
where she is currently finishing her BS in business with mar- In the future, he hopes to work for an international firm.
keting option and economic minor.
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Ventura Chamber of Commerce presents...
Join us for two days
of fun, Fine Arts,
Over 40 Art Exhibitors
will display a wide
array of Sculpture,
Jewelry and Painting
the 2nd Annual
Over 20 Chalk Artists
Watch the sidewalk
come to life!
Proceeds to benefit
West Side Cultural Center
Featured Artist: Ora Tamir, Magic, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 14”
SATURDAY, August 18 from 10am - 6pm
SUNDAY, August 19 from 10am - 5pm
Ventura Harbor Village - Main Lawn
For more info (805) 643-7222 | www.VENTURACHAMBER.com
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