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Business Updates For July 15, 2021
City Hall Now Open To The Public

The City of Ventura reopened City Hall and other facilities to the public on Monday, July 12, 2021. The reopening aligns with the State of California’s move to Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the full reopening of business sectors.

Hours of operation vary at each location so please visit
City Council, Boards, and Commission Meetings
  • Public meetings will continue to be hosted virtually as well as be open for limited in-person participation with social distancing and masking required.  The first modified in-person City Council meeting will be hosted on July 19, 2021.

Virtual City Services
  • As the City reopens, Ventura’s services will continue to be available online, ensuring residents and businesses have more options to take care of important matters and connect with City staff.

  • Electronic applications for City permits and development projects must be submitted online. Residents, developers, and business owners can visit to submit applications.

  • Click HERE for instructions on how to submit applications through the City's Virtual Portal.
Our Ventura TV Interview With Economic Development Manager, Estelle Bussa

Ventura Economic Development Manager Estelle Bussa chats with Our Ventura TV to discuss the role of Economic Development and the business challenges, opportunities, and resources post-COVID pandemic.
California COVID-19 Rent and Utility Relief

The California Rent Relief Program has funding available for eligible renters who have been impacted by COVID-19 and need help paying rent or utility bills. 

Eligible renters may receive assistance for unpaid utility payments dating back to April 1, 2020, or future utility payments, which will both be compensated at 100% of cost, limited to a total of 12 months. 

To check eligibility, learn more, and apply, visit or call 833-430-2122.
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Friday: July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15
WEV - Strong Women, Strong Coffee
Connect, Collaborate, Learn with WEV. Join WEV each month (with your favorite morning brew) to Connect, Collaborate, and Learn from other women entrepreneurs. Meeting every 3rd Friday of the month from 9:00am to 10:00am, and joined by a special guest speaker, you will have the opportunity to share, listen and support one another with reaching your business goals.

Tuesday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
SCORE - Building a 401(k) Plan For Your Small Business
This live, interactive webinar session is designed to help you explore the tips and tricks of small business retirement plans.

Friday: July 23, August 27, September 24, October 22, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
WEV - Café con Exito
Conecta, Colabora, Aprende con WEV. Únete a nosotras/os una vez al mes (con tu bebida matutina favorita) para conectarte, colaborar y aprender de otras emprendedoras y emprendedores. Al reunirnos una vez al mes de 9:00am a 10:00am acompañadas/os por una/un invitada/o especial, tendremos la oportunidad de compartir, escuchar y apoyarnos mutuamente para alcanzar las metas de tu negocio.

Friday, July 23, noon
EDC Quarterly Legal Update: Focus on Cal/OSHA ETS
Join the EDC’s Quarterly Legal Update, presented by Fisher Phillips legal team. This free webinar will review recently-passed California bills that are impacting small businesses, provide an update on current guidance and discuss real-life scenarios employers are tackling today, including the revised Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary that went into effect in June.

Tuesday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.
SCORE - Best Practices: Starting Your Own Business By Buying An Existing One
This live, interactive webinar session is designed to help you understand the value of objectively evaluating a potential business investment. It is also designed to help you assess whether you have the skills to be a successful entrepreneur.

Tuesday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.
SCORE - QuickBooks Online and 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 answer your questions related to the subject matter including live demonstrations.
Attendee's are highly encouraged to bring your own questions and situations to be solved or used as an example during the live demonstrations.

Wednesday, August 18, 10:30 a.m.
SCORE - Beyond Email Marketing- How Constant Contact can Work for You
This webinar will look at Constant Contact's online marketing tools and see how they can work for your business, including tips and tricks, best practices and show real world examples of how other businesses and organizations are using Constant Contact's on-line marketing tools to get results.

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
Ventura County Recovers - One Stop Shop For Vaccine & COVID Info

For vaccine information, daily testing schedules, and vaccine dashboard and COVID metrics, please visit:

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