July 30, 2020
Community Development Department
Business Update
New Billboard Lofts Bring Opportunity to Downtown
Construction of a 5-story, 55-unit mixed use apartment building Downtown has received a Major Downtown Design Review Permit, approving the planning and zoning of the project.

The site, which is currently a vacant lot, located at 800 South A Street, includes 4,508 square-feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with residential units on the top four floors. 

This is the first project to go through the entitlement process subject to the new Downtown Code, and the project was found to be consistent with both the General Plan and the Downtown Code.

Read the Community Development Director Staff Report here .
Now Open!
Cottage Urgent Care, located in the Esplanade Shopping Center, at 360 West Esplanade Drive, opened on July 28th. The Center provides the community access to care during extended hours for treatment of minor injuries and illnesses.

Hours of operation are 8 am to 8 pm, 365 days a year. Walk-in and online appointments are available.

The Center features X-rays and lab services. Visit Cottage Urgent Care online here .
Offers and Discounts for Small Businesses
Now is the time to take advantage of free resources to help your business!

Check out a few of the offers from the Shop Safe Shop Local campaign below:

  • GoDaddy is offering FREE website service, and three months FREE of their email marketing tool 
  • Adobe Sign can help keep your business running with simple and secure electronic signatures available with a FREE 14-day trial, or try a 2-month FREE trial of Adobe Spark
  • Quickbooks is offering a 40% savings for 6 months
  • Google G Suite Essentials can host your secure video meetings with Google Meet for FREE through September 30, 2020, or take advantage of Google Ads that will match the amount you spend up to $150

Partners with the Shop Safe Shop Local campaign are providing California’s small businesses with special discounts, tools and resources. Read about all of the offerings here .
Apply for $180 Million in Tax Credit
California Competes Tax Credit Application Deadline August 17
The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California.

Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods each year. Applicants will be analyzed based on twelve different factors of evaluation, including number of full-time jobs being created, amount of investment, and strategic importance to the state or region.

Applications for the CCTC will be accepted online here during the following periods:

  • July 27, 2020, through August 17, 2020 ($80 million available)
  • January 4, 2021, through January 25, 2021 ($80 million available)
  • March 8, 2021, through March 29, 2021 ($71.1 million plus any remaining unallocated amounts from the previous application periods)

Sign up for a webinar to receive instructions on how to apply and read the FAQ's here .

For application assistance email C alCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov  or call (916) 322-4051.
Apply for Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion
The City of Oxnard is helping businesses that are required to move outdoors by waiving fees and fast tracking approval.

Eligible restaurants, bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries and wineries, hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, personal care services that are permitted to open outdoors, gyms and fitness centers, and worship services can apply for temporary outdoor expansion  here .

Businesses can obtain approval quickly by completing the one-page application and submitting the required documents.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions on local rules visit the Ventura County Recovers website here .
Only 10 Days Left to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program, Deadline August 8
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) deadline is coming up on August 8th!
Apply through any existing and currently issuing SBA 7(a) lender or other approved lender for this potentially fully forgiven loan. Visit the SBA website to access lender forms, guidance, and interim final rules.

Read the PPP Frequently Asked Questions here.

Questions? Contact the Economic Development Collaborative  here .
Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Coronavirus spreads when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs within 6 feet of others. You may have the virus and spread it even if you feel well.

To prevent infection, you must cover your nose and mouth when outside your home. Wearing a mask or cloth face covering can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of virus into the air. It also reinforces physical distancing, and shows you care about the health of others.

Don’t wear your mask under your nose or just on your chin. A mask is only effective if it covers both ways you breathe.

Wearing a cloth face covering doesn’t take the place of physical distancing. It is effective when combined with keeping a 6-foot distance from others.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Questions regarding business compliance? Contact Ventura County COVID-19 Business Compliance by email at CovidCompliance@Ventura.org  or call 805-202-1805.