Business Updates For January 07, 2021
Last Chance to Share Your Thoughts and Ideas for the Future of Ventura!

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COVID-19 Relief Grant for Small Businesses

*Application deadline extended to January 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.*

The Governor announced the creation of a $500 million COVID-19 Relief Grant administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. 

Grants, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, have been allocated for small businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant program is NOT first-come, first-serve; therefore, applicants are encouraged to take their time, gather all necessary documentation, and carefully review their application before submitting. The Economic Development Collaborative recommends that you follow these steps:

  • REVIEW: Click HERE to view the business guide & step-by-step instructions prior to starting
  • ATTEND: Virtually attend a California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Daily Webinar to discuss the grant program, eligibility requirements, the application, and who to contact for assistance. Click HERE to register for webinars hosted at 11a.m. on January 8, 11, 12, and 13.
  • APPLY: Once ready to apply, visit, and choose your appropriate language/county to view partners to apply through.
  • ASSISTANCE: For assistance, call
  • The Lendistry team can be contacted at (888) 612-4370 or by emailing
  • EDC SBDC office (805) 409-9159 (ENGLISH) or (805) 309-5874 (SPANISH) to speak with a member of the EDC staff. 
  • INFORMATION: Businesses and nonprofits will be selected based on priority key factors, including the following:
  • Geographic distribution based on COVID-19 health and safety restrictions
  • Industry sectors most impacted by the pandemic
  • Underserved small business groups 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read through the FAQs and to work with one of the partners designated for Ventura County. Both EDC and WEV are among the partners identified for Ventura County and for working with Spanish speakers. You must apply through one of the designated partners.
Virtual City Council Public Meetings

Interested in participating in or viewing virtual City Council meetings? Here's how:

📋 Step 1: Review the meeting agenda (the Ventura City Council meets two Monday's each month at 4:30 p.m.)

Click here for direct links to review, watch or participate in the City Council meeting.

Weekly: Thursday's, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
805 Startups - Community Check-in : Professional Peer Support & Networking
While we are practicing self isolation, human connection is more important than ever.
It is important for us to see friendly faces and to share ideas, struggles, and celebrations with others. That's the point of this virtual event.
Come share:
  • What you are working on
  • What you could use support with
  • How you may support others.
So, don't be shy! It is important remember you're not in this alone.

January 8, 12:00 p.m.
New CARE's Act COVID-19 Business Relief-New PPP, Second Round Funding, Expanded Unemployment Benefits and EIDL
Join the EDC for a discussion of new COVID-19 Business Relief. Business Disruption Resource Director, Clare Briglio and EDC SBDC Financial Advisor Juliana Ramirez will be presenting and answering questions around these new federal benefits and expansions to existing programs. Space is limited. Please register early.

January 8, 11, 12, 13, 11:00 a.m.
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Daily Webinars
The extended deadline for the Round 1 application window closes January 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
The State of California COVID-19 Small Business Grant Webinar will discuss: The Grant Program; Eligibility Requirements; What the funding can be used for; The Application; Required Documents; and Who to Contact for Assistance. Additionally, this is the first round of applications. Businesses that are not chosen during the first round have the opportunity to be chosen in the second. The second window of applications has not been announced yet.  

Tuesday, January 12, 10:30 a.m.
QuickBooks® Online and Best Accounting Practices for Small Businesses
Join SCORE for a 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.

January 13, 2021, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
2021: Moving Forward With Intention AND Action
Ever have a new year's intention that doesn't last through the first quarter? You're not alone. Intention is important, but when it comes to being an entrepreneur, you need something sturdier to get you to the outcomes you truly want. In this webinar we'll look at how your neurobiology and body influence your capacity to keep showing up to do hard things in hard times. Expect to learn a little theory, to experientially engage in some simple practices, and to walk away with a plan for a new kind of action for the coming year. Presented by Jay Fields, M.A. E-RYT. Sponsored by WEV.

Wednesday, January 13, 10:30 a.m.
Amazon (Increasing Your Sales): Marketing and Ad Campaigns
When you start off selling on Amazon, you have to advertise to generate sales velocity. As your Product listing matures, you still have to advertise, but at a lower percentage of sales to maintain your momentum. In this webinar we will discuss the basics as it relates to how to setup your own Amazon marketing and ad campaigns. Sponsored by SCORE.

Thursday, January 14, 10:00 a.m.
How to License your Intellectual Property (Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Trade Secrets)
This webinar will explore the fundamentals of how to license intellectual properties either to or from other companies. You will gain an understanding of the terminology, the available resources, costs, timing and rules of thumb necessary for optimizing the value of your IP. Technical, legal, financial and practical issues will be explored. Sponsored by SCORE.

January 14, 1:00 p.m.
What Changed with Death & Taxes in 2021?
A discussion on key elements of Proposition 19 passed in the November 2020 election. Learn about how Proposition 19 will limit the transfer of assessed values between parents and children/grandchildren, while expanding the ability for certain persons to transfer the assessed value of their primary residence to a replacement primary residence.
Provisions of Proposition 19 affecting transfers between parents and children/grandchildren will become effective for transfers of property occurring on and after February 16, 2021, while provisions regarding the transfer of base year values from one primary residence to another will become effective on April 1, 2021. Sponsored by VCTA & VC CoLAB.

Tuesday, January 19, 10:30 a.m.
Basic Accounting for your Small Business
Understanding your financial statements is a key to the success of your business. You will learn what your reports mean and the importance of tracking your finances. Now is the time to review your business performance which can shed light on what you are doing right and where you are falling short. Sponsored by SCORE.

January 22, 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. This session is titled: Smart Goals for You and Your Business, hosted by Nicki Parr, WEV's Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives with special guest, WEV client Tami Mayorga, Founder of Talk of the Town Hair Studio.

January 29, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Café Conexito
Conéctate, Colabora y Aprende con WEV. Café Conexito es nuestro grupo de empoderamiento /reunión virtual mensual en la que te invitamos a conectarte (con tu bebida matutina preferida) un Viernes al mes de 9:00 am a 10:00am. Conocerás a un invitado especial cada sesión y disfrutaras de la oportunidad de compartir, escuchar y apoyarse mutuamente mientras alcanzas las metas de tu negocio. Esta sesión estará titulada: Metas Inteligentes para ti y tu negocio, y será facilitada por Irene Kelly, Administradora del Programa de Educación Financiera de WEV con nuestro invitado especial, Armando Sahagun, Asesor de Negocios de WEV.
COVID-19 Testing Sites

For an updated list of countywide COVID-19 testing locations and hours, please visit:

The best way to keep our businesses open continues to be to:
  • Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Self-isolate if you are sick
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household
  • Avoid participating in group/private gatherings with others from outside your household (group gatherings continue to be a high-risk activity)
  • Make a plan to get tested regularly
Regional Stay At Home Order

Ventura County COVID-19 Updates, Business Registration & Testing Info

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

CDC Updates

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