NEWS & BUSINESS RESOURCES
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Published January 2019
Free Concerts will be held one Saturday per month in June, July, August and September at Constitution Park, located at the corner of Carmen Drive and Paseo Camarillo. Planning is under way and more information will be released when available.
Published in December 2018
Dear Camarillo Old Town Association Members & Camarillo/Ventura County Community in CA,
Because we are in a federally declared disaster area (Camarillo does qualify.) there are very low interest Small Business Association (SBA) loans available with low fixed interest for 7 years with 1 year deferred payments and for business owners up to 25K with no collateral and up to 2M with collateral. These loans are not through a bank, but directly through the federal government for small businesses who suffered any economic loss due to the fires.
There are also property tax programs in place with County of Ventura if you live and your business is in the disaster area, special programs also through the State of California as well as IRS tax exemptions. A FEMA number is required. These can be obtained at the FEMA offices in Agoura Hills or Malibu offices.
For more information go to the FB link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/298566597282368/about/
Published in June 2018
City of Camarillo ~ Business Scene Newsletter / Volume XIII, Number 2 / Check out Assistance Programs for Businesses
Whether you operate a large or small business in Camarillo, there are numerous assistance organizations and programs that may benefit your company. How to access all of these programs is noted below, but here are a few specifics:
The Economic Development Collaborative, or EDC-VC (www.edc-vc.com)
is in Camarillo and partners with the VC Small Business Development Center (SBDC). These organizations have some 30 consultants with expertise in all aspects of business, and are available to assist you at no charge. For manufacturers, there are several lean manufacturing specialists. The EDC-VC also has a loan program, which may provide funding where banks have not. Please contact Kelly Noble at 384-1800 (ext. 21), or Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EDC-VC receives funding from the State of CA for the Employee Training Panel (ETP). The ETP covers training costs from 40 to 80 hours per employee involved. The training is typically for manufacturing companies, and can be provided in-house or through a consultant.
Business Tax Credits
Companies expanding in California are eligible to apply for a tax credit through the CA Competes program. To date, seven Camarillo companies have been awarded tax credits through the program, totaling over $3.5 million. The application is free, and the tax credits will allow these companies to hire over 480 new employees into Camarillo’s workforce: http://www.business.ca.gov/Programs/CaliforniaCompetesTaxCredit.aspx.
For the complete list of business assistance organizations and programs, please go to the City website: www.cityofcamarillo.org
and click 'Business' at the top of the page; a drop-down menu will appear, and click on 'Economic Development'. The icon for 'Business Assistance Programs' will be at the top of the following page. For assistance, please contact John Fraser at email@example.com, or call 805-388-5349.
The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) has a number of energy-efficient options to help businesses reduce their operating costs. VCREA assistance includes energy conservation, environmental issues, and decreasing utility bills.
Programs include VC Green Business (VCGB), which is a part of the CA Green Business Network (CAGBN). The Small Business Direct Install Program is a collaboration with SC Edison and SoCal Gas (SCG). Through Direct Install, free assessments are provided to consider more efficient solutions for lighting, signage, refrigeration and other systems. For more info, please go to https://vcenergy.org, or contact
Leigh Lain Walker, at 654-3874, or Leigh.firstname.lastname@example.org.