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A Message From City of Ventura Economic Development Manager, Estelle Bussa
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. For weekly updates, stay connected at the City's Economic Development webpage .

The City greatly values our business community and wants to support local companies as much as possible during this time. To continue processing business and project applications, the City has consolidated all project intake and delivery functions under the new title of "Development Services". This central point of contact was established to make it easy as possible to answer all questions related to your business or project application.

Starting in early May, the City will launch the new Development Services platform as well as resume public hearing meetings, which are required in the development review process. Once launched, the Development Services team can be reached at 805-654-7869 or by emailing devservices@cityofventura.ca.gov .
 
In mid-May, local businesses will be invited to a virtual Economic Development Town Hall to learn more about all Development Services offered online and hear from local business leaders. Stephanie Caldwell from the Chamber of Commerce and Marlyss Auster from the Visitors Bureau will share updates on small business impacts resulting from COVID-19. Clare Briglio from the Economic Development Collaborative will highlight various funding opportunities for employees and employers during COVID-19.

Recently, Southern California Edison announced an extension for all scheduled small business rate increases. Increases have been postponed from May to September 2020. 

On behalf of the City of Ventura , thank you again 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 group gatherings prohibited. 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

Non-Essential & Essential Business Enforcement
On April 20, the County's "Stay Well at Home Health" Order was updated to include a list of essential businesses not permitted to operate during this time. The "Essential Business List" is set by the State Public Health Officer.

The City continues to educate the community and enforce the County's "Stay Well at Home Order." We have made over 1500 contacts with businesses to ensure compliance in the last several weeks.

For any questions or to report companies not in compliance, visit the County COVID-19 Compliance email at covidcompliance@ventura.org  or the COVID Business hotline at (805) 202-1805.
Current Federal Programs & Benefits Available
Local Disaster Relief Options
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, in English and Spanish, 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
The City of Ventura Beaches and Parks have limited closure for passive passthrough activity. Gatherings or relaxing is prohibited. These guidelines and restrictions apply to the Promenade/Surfer’s Point, Pier, Marina Park, and Wastewater Treatment Plant wildlife ponds.

Signs, barricades, and fencing around all City parks and beaches continue to reinforce restrictions, discourage crowds and remind the public of essential closures throughout Ventura.

The public is advised 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. 
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