Business Updates For April 5, 2021
County of Ventura Second Business Assistance Grant Program
Deadline To Apply Is Tuesday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m.

A $5,000 grant will be awarded to selected organizations that meet the eligibility requirements.

  • Click HERE for the County Grant website

Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have a physical location and operations in Ventura County
  • Must have been in business prior to 2021
  • Annual Gross Revenue must be between $25k-$2.5m
  • Must not have received County of Ventura COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant in 2020 (prior grant recipients are not eligible to apply)
  • Non-profit organizations must be qualified as exempt from taxation under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501(c)(19)
  • Churches and other faith-based institutions may apply
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Required Documentation

  • Photo ID
  • Tax Returns from 2019 or 2020
  • Proof of physical address in Ventura County (see website for list of acceptable documents)
  • Signed and dated IRS form W-9
  • Nonprofits must show IRS Determination Letter
All eligibility, use of funds, required documentation, and additional information can be viewed at www.VCBusinessgrants.org or call 888-405-1004
Tuesday, April 6, 10:00 a.m.
The State of the Small Business - 2021 Economic and Labor Market Outlook
Hosted by SCORE, join us for this timely webinar on the economic and labor market outlook, presented by Nela Richardson, Chief Economist and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. Nela will share insights on the economic recovery in 2021 and beyond and will cover:
  • The state of the economic recovery: how soon will the economy return to pre-pandemic levels?
  • The state of the 2021 labor market: what are the latest small business jobs figures?
  • The future state of the workforce: what is the future of remote work?
  • Register HERE

Tuesday, April 6, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
City of Ventura Economic Development Strategy Committee Meeting
Join the Economic Development Strategy Subcommittee for its monthly virtual meeting (1st Tues of every month at 4:30 p.m.).
  • Click HERE to view the Agenda and for meeting link information

Thursday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.
Volunteering in 2021 - How it Can Help Small Businesses Grow in Your Community
In recognition of National Volunteer Month, join the CEO of SCORE Association, Bridget Weston and SCORE Certified Mentor and District Director, Ed Coleman as they share their expertise with the SCORE audience. Additionally, hear from SCORE mentee and the Founder and CEO of Mutt's Sauce, Charlynda Scales, about the impact volunteering has had on her business. This webinar will discuss:
  • The importance of volunteering in the United States and the impact it has on our nation
  • The many benefits that come with volunteering
  • How volunteering with SCORE will help you, the small businesses we serve, and your community!
  • Register HERE

Friday, April 9, noon
COVID-19 Business Resources – EIDL, PPP, UI and Grants
The EDC invites you to join their webinar series on alternative Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:00 pm to answer questions about EIDL, PPP, UI, Grants and all currently available COVID-19 related business resources. Please register in advance. Space is limited.

Tuesday, April 13, 10:000 a.m.
Your Money. Your Business. Your Life.- Funding and Financing Your Black-Owned Business
Join four-time entrepreneur Ramon Ray to get his real-world insights and best practices for financing your business and funding your growth. Presented by SCORE. You'll learn:
  • How to be attractive to lending partners
  • Funding options to consider
  • How to develop your business pitch
  • How to finance and grow your business
  • Register HERE

Friday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Strong Women, Strong Coffee
Connect, Collaborate, Learn with WEV. Strong Women, Strong Coffee is our monthly meet-up/community empowerment group and we invite you to join us online (with your favorite morning brew) one Friday each month from 9:00am to 10:00am. You'll meet a special guest speaker and enjoy the opportunity to share, listen and support one another in reaching your business goals.

Tuesday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.
April 20: What the Most Successful Businesses Are Doing in 2021 - Trends You’ll Want to Jump on Now
Join SCORE for a conversation with Rieva Levonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily, Ross Herosian, Founder & CEO of Tricycle Creative, and Blake Clark, Global Vice President of Software Advice, about continuing patterns, new small business trends, and the biggest changes that will impact your business this year. You’ll discover:
  • How small and midsize businesses adapted and survived in 2020 (and what you can emulate)
  • Patterns from 2020 that persist in 2021 and what’s changed about them
  • What customers are expecting this year
  • Where digital commerce and contactless experiences are headed and what to do about it
  • New trends to watch out for now, in the latter half of 2021, and beyond 
  • Register HERE

Thursday, April 22, 11:00 a.m.
Reach Customers Online with Google
Learn how to make your business easier to find online. This workshop explains how Google Search works and how you can improve your website's visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The session also introduces products like Business Profile on Google, Google Trends, Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Ads, and more. Presented by SCORE. In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:
  • Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices
  • Creating a free Business Profile on Google
  • Advertising your business on Google
  • Register HERE

Friday, April 23, noon
COVID-19 Business Resources – EIDL, PPP, UI and Grants
The EDC invites you to join their webinar series on alternative Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:00 pm to answer questions about EIDL, PPP, UI, Grants and all currently available COVID-19 related business resources. Please register in advance. Space is limited.

Tuesday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.
Plan Your Website for Online Success
You know you need a website for your business. But, how do you set it up for online success? First, you need to have a solid plan in place. Fortunately, this webinar will help with exactly that! This webinar, presented by Co-Founder of Cardsetter Jessica Baldwin, will share a comprehensive plan for your business's website. Attendees may also request the free website planning workbook upon completion of the webinar. Presented by SCORE.
After the session, you’ll have a better understanding of:
  • Your website’s audience
  • Feature and functionality needs
  • Content planning
  • How to choose the right platform
  • Best practices for online success
  • Register HERE

Additional Webinars
  • Click HERE for additional live and recorded SCORE webinars
  • Click HERE for additional live and recorded EDC webinars
  • Click HERE for additional live and recorded WEV webinars
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