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The City of Ventura's Economic Development Division is committed to providing local businesses with timely information and resources to help our community navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

State and local public health orders and support programs continue to change rapidly, especially for small businesses and displaced workers.

On April 9, 2020, Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Levin issued an enhanced "Stay Well at Home Order." The order includes new requirements for essential businesses to create and post protocols for COVID safety and distribute this information to their employees. Click HERE to review and complete the "Social Distancing Protocol" form for businesses. Additionally, the order clarifies that "Essential Businesses" include bike repair shops, online auto sales and service sectors supporting residential real estate. 

Please find below a variety of programs available for financial support and assistance. This information is also available on the City's Economic Development webpage .

On behalf of the City of Ventura, thank you for your resiliency and willingness to adapt to new ways of doing business and helping support one other.

As a reminder, all parks and beaches remain closed until further notice and cannot be used for group gatherings. For other City updates, visit our COVID-19 website at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/COVID-19 or www.VCEmergency.com for Ventura County Public Health information.

Stay safe and healthy Ventura,

Estelle Bussa 
Economic Development Manager 
The EDC  serves Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and created the EDC Disaster Loan Fund, which offers applicants 4.25% interest loans from $5,000- $50,000 to give a cash flow boost to businesses impacted by reduced sales, supply chain disruption or other challenges related to COVID-19. 

In addition, EDC provides free business consultations on how to deal with COVID-19 disruptions. They’ve also created a COVID-19 Business Resource Guide that is applicable to employers, employees, and self-employed individuals. The EDC is also hosting weekly webinars on local, state and federal resources.   
WEV has set up a  Quick Response Loan  program where applicants can have access to up to $10,000 at a 4.5% interest rate for 36 months, no fees, no payments for the first three months.  WEV also provides resources and weekly webinars for navigating through the COVID crisis.
The Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) has launched the Ventura County Rapid Response Fund to support  non-profit  organizations, addressing the needs of individuals and families with food and housing support, childcare, wage replacement, mental health care, and more.     
Additional Business Resources
City & County Information
City of Ventura
As directed by the County’s “S tay Well at Home” order and guidance from State and local officials, the City of Ventura reminds everyone that all local parks and beaches remain closed until further notice and cannot be used for any type of group gatherings. This includes the Promenade, Pier, and Wastewater Treatment Plant wildlife ponds.

On April 1, 2020, the City of Ventura announced the closure of all parks and beaches until further notice to support the urgent need for physical distancing during the COVID-19 emergency period.

Signs, barricades, and fencing around all City parks and beaches continue to be posted to discourage crowds and remind the public of important closures throughout Ventura.
The public is reminded to follow the advice of County Public Health officials and stay home, wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and wear a face covering or homemade mask when conducting essential activities.

For the latest updates on impacts to the City of Ventura, visit www.CityofVentura.ca.gov/COVID19.
County of Ventura
The County of Ventura has created a one-stop shop for information relating to County issued ‘Stay Well at Home Orders’, COVID-19 updates from Ventura County Public Health, FAQ’s, information for seniors, homelessness and housing, and much more. 
Non-Essential Business Enforcement
The City’s Economic Development Division , Code Enforcement Division and Ventura Police Department are working together to educate the community and enforce the County's " Stay Well at Home Order. " As of April 9, 2020, this includes requiring businesses to create and post social distancing protocols. A Social Distancing Protocol form has been provided by the County for businesses to use. 
Food Beverage & Retail Information
Looking for local information on what's open and ways to purchase food and beverages via delivery, pick-up, eCommerce (internet sales), and gift card purchases? Click below for a comprehensive list from our amazing Community Partners.
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