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Business Updates For June 3, 2021
Ventura County Enters The Yellow Tier

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the County of Ventura entered the least restrictive Yellow Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy after meeting the required metrics for the required two-week period.

Moving into the yellow tier will allow for increases in capacity in many sectors and will also allow:
  • bars to begin providing indoor service at 25% capacity

The sectors with increases in capacity limits include:
  • amusement parks and fairs, indoor and outdoor live events and performances, family entertainment centers, indoor playgrounds, and museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • bars, breweries, wineries and tasting rooms
  • cardrooms and racetracks
  • gyms, fitness centers, and yoga studios
  • hotels and short-term lodging rentals
  • private gatherings
  • restaurants
Beyond The Blueprint For A Safer Economy

The State of California announced the details of the state's full reopening plan. When California fully reopens the economy, the state will move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 

Beginning June 15, 2021, businesses will be able to return to usual operations with limited exceptions for mega events. The updated framework clarifies that physical distancing and capacity limitations will no longer be required for most businesses. 

Review California's reopening plan and guidance effective June 15, 2021 for all sectors listed in the current Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart:


Note: Employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if applicable to them.
Upcoming General Plan Educational Forums

Mark your calendars and join the City of Ventura for a series of educational forums on topics relevant to the General Plan Update.

June 3, 6:00 p.m. - Economic Development
Join us for a virtual educational forum on the ways the General Plan can address economic development and fiscal concerns on Thursday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. The forum will feature a presentation and Q+A session led by the consultant team's economic expert, Doug Svensson. After registering, you will receive a personalized Zoom link.

June 15, 6:00 p.m. - Housing
Join us for a virtual GPAC/public educational forum on housing on Tuesday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. Veronica Tam, of Veronica Tam + Associates, will provide an overview of the State's Housing Element requirements and how this impacts the City of Ventura. The presentation will be followed by Q+A and discussion.

For more information or to subscribe to email notifications, visit www.PlanVentura.com.
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Tuesday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.
SCORE-Quickbooks Online & Best Accounting Practices For Small Businesses
This live, interactive webinar session is designed to help you understand the features, functions and benefits of QuickBooks Online for small business owners as well as assist you in implementing accounting best practices to manage your business finances including COVID-19 Funds and Forgiveness. Juliana Ramirez from JR Bookkeeping will live answer your questions related to the subject matter including live demonstrations. You are highly encouraged to bring your own questions and situations to be solved or used as an example during the live demonstrations.

Tuesday, June 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm
WCDC - Mission Possible: Affordable Housing
Join the Westside Community Development Corporation (WCDC), neighbors and experts to imagine and discuss solutions to community challenges. Create stability and opportunity for our community.
Zoom presentations include:
  • Anti-Displacement Strategies - Veronica Garcia
  • Creative Strategies to Become a Homeowner - Chantelle Limón
  • Housing is a Human Right: Strengthening Renter Protections - Lucas Zucker
  • ADUs For All- Design & Policy Ideas - Vina Lustado & Jeff Mitchem design & policy
  • Register HERE

Wednesday, June 9, 10:30 a.m.
SCORE-Paid Advertising Tactics Every Business Owner Should Know
Learn the basics of successful paid advertising strategies and how to drive new leads for your business. Online marketing is constantly evolving, which can make it difficult for your business to keep up. In this webinar, we will break down the different paid ad campaigns by platform with best practices you can use to get the most out of your marketing dollars.

Tuesday, June 15, 10:30 a.m
SCORE-How To Start & Grow A Profitable Consulting Business
If you are a Consultant, or are considering becoming one, this webinar is for you.
It doesn't matter what your specialty is: business management, social media marketing, information technology, security, personal image and credibility, and more. In just a few hours, you will learn powerful tips and strategies you can use right away, to attract, win and retain more of the most valuable clients.

Wednesday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.
SCORE-The Pros and Cons of Franchise Ownership: Is it the Right Option for You?
Have you ever thought about owning a business, but didn’t know where to start? Join SCORE for an informative workshop where you’ll learn about the challenges and benefits of owning a franchise from an experienced franchise consultant. Arm yourself with information and learn if franchising is the right opportunity for you.

Wednesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.
SCORE-Email and Social Media Marketing That Get Results
Provide an overview of how today’s online marketing tools can work for your business/organization. You will learn how Email Marketing and Social Media can work together to create a powerful system for your marketing campaigns

Mondays, Wednesdays & Friday @ 3:00 pm
COVID-19 Information For Small Business
The SBDC is providing webinars on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays for the Small Business Community on information as it relates to funding information during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be discussing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Payroll Protection Program, Disaster Bridge Loan, 7a Forgiveness Program, and other funding opportunities for your business. Information is changing and updating daily and we want to make sure Small Business owners are being provided the most up to date factual information as to what is available for funding.

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
No Appointments Needed For COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for all community members 12 and older by walk-in. No appointment is required. If preferable, you can make an appointment at myturn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255.

The full schedule of county clinics and mobile events can be found at: 

COVID-19 Testing Information & Locations

COVID-19 Hotline
For inquiries regarding state and local orders or COVID-19 business compliance questions or concerns, please call the County of Ventura COVID-19 Hotline at:
  • 1 (844) VC-OPENS or 1 (844) 826-7367
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