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True success takes a team effort. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff is always available to assist you and your business—whether or not you currently call Camarillo home. If you have any questions about starting a business, moving business locations, or hiring employees, please reach out to our Economic Development Team at 805.388.5369 or email@example.com.
Camarillo Job Fairs
The City’s Job Fairs provide the opportunity to bring the community together, in real time, to interact, learn and explore opportunities for both employers and job seekers. They are absolutely free for both parties to attend. Sign up for our e-news and we’ll let you know when the next one will be held.
Below, please find some additional resources to assist you and your small business. Many of them are available to you at no cost.
The 805 Startups is all about helping new businesses take advantage of the community around them. Collaboration is the cornerstone. 805 Startups’ support programs include education, matchmaking, and networking events that expose entrepreneurs to new circles of investors, corporations, and fundraising mechanisms.
The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to relocate to 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.
Camarillo’s $1,000,000 Business Loan Fund is designed to assist business owners in overcoming some of the challenges inherent in running and growing a business. Funding can be used for equipment and inventory purchases or just plain working capital. All Camarillo-based small businesses are encouraged to apply.
If you’re looking to expand, relocate, or startup, you can utilize this valuable resource. Commercial Property Search provides information on commercial, industrial, and office properties that are available for lease and sale in Camarillo.
Our local university offers curriculum in business, entrepreneurship, life science, mechatronics, and more. If you’re looking for employable talent, reach out to the Career Services Department to connect with potential interns or employees. They also organize an annual Career Fair.
The Economic Development Collaborative and Small Business Development Center are based in Camarillo and are staffed by more than 50 consultants with expertise in all facets of business operations. Advising opportunities include marketing, accounting, legal, HR, expanding into new domestic or foreign markets, and more. The EDC also manages Camarillo’s loan program and has its own loan program to offer additional capital. This trusted partner has funded many businesses after they were declined for traditional bank financing.
Fathomwerx is a public-private consortium and resource for technological innovation that fuses civilian companies, academia, and other nontraditional Department of Defense (DoD) partners. Located in Port Hueneme, the Fathomwerx laboratory is a physical collaborative space where government employees, business owners/ entrepreneurs, and academic stakeholders can innovate, experiment, and transfer/transition capabilities. The laboratory features a 3D metal printer, CNC machine, drone cage, underwater testing area, and more.
CLU’s Hub101 is a coworking space, startup incubator, and community that helps entrepreneurs build and grow successful businesses, including through educational programs, mentorship, community-building events, and more.
RC Makes is a Rancho Campana High School Makerspace that features tools for woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing, laser cutting, industrial sewing and more. The makerspace is open to the public most Saturdays and can be commissioned to complete various activities.
This endowment-funded business collection at the Camarillo Library features databases for business research, online learning through LinkedIn Learning, thousands of books, e-audiobooks, and events that are always free and open to the public. To utilize the online resources, you’ll need to drop into the library to obtain an active library card.
A national organization of professionals supported by the SBA, SCORE provide free advising to small businesses. The organization also presents free and paid workshops for your business education.
An initiative powered by Pacific Western Bank, the SoCal Ventura Pipeline matches startups that are raising institutional funding with venture capital investors. Its goal is to provide access to its nationwide network of capital providers, all at no cost, helping startups go from seed to success.
Our surrounding community colleges offer employable talent and educational resources. Additionally, they partner with businesses to provide short-term employee trainings that can be taken individually or bundled, depending on your particular business needs.
In 2021, the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce voted to unite as The West Ventura County Business Alliance (WVCBA). The WVCBA advocates for business-friendly legislation and policies and promotes economic development for these two cities and the wider Ventura County region.
Women’s Economic Ventures provides classes in Ventura that help entrepreneurs develop a business plan, access capital, join a mastermind group, and more. Also, it’s not just for women.
The Workforce Development Board offers paid on-the-job training for any members of your staff who have been hired through America’s Job Centers of California. This includes subsidizing 50% of employees’ training expenses.
Economic Development Strategic Plan
The City of Camarillo Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP) was developed to help guide the city’s efforts toward enhancing economic viability in Camarillo. The EDSP provides the strategic framework needed to guide the city’s economic development policies and programs over the next decade.
It was thoughtfully developed with the assistance of comprehensive research and a strong community/stakeholder outreach program. It is intended as a dynamic document whose success relies on active and ongoing participation from a diverse group of business and community members.
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