Business

BierBrats German Bier Hall now open in Midtown Ventura!

They offer a selection of German, local and domestic draft beers. They of course have bratwurst and you can customize your brat-dog with over 30 different topping choices. In addition to that they offer a selection of appetizers. They are closed Monday but open 4 – 9 Tuesday – Thursday, 4 – 10 Friday and […] Read More »

Credit Union names new President/Ceo

The Board of Directors of Premier America Credit Union announced the appointment of Rudy J. Pereira as President/Chief Executive Officer, effective April 24, 2017. Pereira’s appointment follows the retirement of former President/CEO John Merlo, who served in the role for over 20 years. Premier America Credit Union Board Chair, Larry Colson stated, “Rudy was selected […] Read More »

Prospect Coffee Roasters now open in Ventura

Prospect Coffee Roasters has opened its doors! Established by the two Ulrich brothers in Ventura, their small team is dedicated to sourcing and roasting coffees that stand out due to their complexity and flavor. They focus on offering what they believe are the most memorable coffees that they can find.  Prospect Coffee Roasters is located […] Read More »

Gary Schoeffler Team in Ventura earns prestigious Chairman’s Circle Platinum award

For the second year in a row, the powerful Gary Schoeffler Team at the Ventura office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties has earned the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Platinum award, an honor reserved for real estate agents and teams who rank at the top 1 percent for sales production in a given year, out of the brokerage’s vast […] Read More »

Local sleep consultant, Andi Metzler, helps parents solve challenging sleep problems

Parents of newborns may joke about sleep deprivation being a “rite of passage,” but the fact is that many families suffer sleepless nights for months (or even years) – and the toll it can take on not only the child, but also the parents, is no laughing matter. According to local infant and toddler sleep […] Read More »

Are you ready to become an entrepreneur, or expand your existing small business?

Afraid to “go it alone,” or unsure how to proceed? WEV’s training programs guide you in taking the next step. Attend a free 1-hour orientation, where you’ll meet a WEV representative that will help you determine if SET, EXPLORE, or another WEV program is right for you! WEV’s business training classes are offered in English […] Read More »

Outstanding business women of Ventura County honored

Venturan’s Barbara and Angela (bottom row on the left) were NAWBO award winners. BRAVO is the annual signature awards event of the Ventura Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners(NAWBO). Their awards ceremony was held on Friday, March 31 at the  Serra Center in Camarillo. It spotlighted  outstanding business women of Ventura County, […] Read More »

Realty Watch: 2018 Budget Effects HUD

by Patricia Fasen, Berkshire Hathaway Realtor Last month I wrote about the generous down payment assistance program offered by local and state governments.  Under the new administration these grants are now in jeopardy of being dismantled. The Trump administration has released the proposed 2018 budget, and it seeks to provide one of the largest increases […] Read More »

Do you know about our Did You Knows?

by Kevin O’Connor O’Connor Pest Control’s main reason for creating Did You Knows, has been educational.  We hope to be “community educators,” helping educate families about the hazards of disease-bearing pests and the important measures for controlling these dangers.  Community education is one way of bolstering safety and security for all.  It’s important to us […] Read More »

Emergency Veterinary Care opens in Ventura

Dr. Sarah Gray and Dr. Nancy Scott have opened a newly established small animal emergency hospital in Ventura. Board certified emergency and critical care specialists Dr. Sarah Gray and Dr. Nancy Scott have opened Emergency Veterinary Care, a newly established small animal emergency hospital in Ventura. The practice provides urgent care and veterinary emergency services […] Read More »

A Smart Garden Chamber ribbon cutting

A Smart Garden held an official Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Monday, March 20th, the first day of Spring. Councilmember Mike Tracy was very careful to not cut off his thumb while cutting the ribbon. Their grand opening will take place on Saturday, March 25th from 8am – 5pm. A Smart Garden is […] Read More »

Homeownership may be closer than you think

by Patricia Fasen, Berkshire Hathaway Realtor The scenario:  You and your spouse are a two income household, engaged in steady employment, possess strong credit scores, yet your savings falls a bit short on that large down-payment needed to purchase the proverbial house with the white picket fence. Well a little secret is about to be […] Read More »

Find the Breeze inside Carrows on Harbor

Now you can pick up your favorite newspaper while eating at Carrows Restaurant located at 2401 E. Harbor. Read More »

New CVS Pharmacy in Ventura

On March 11 the new CVS Pharmacy located at 2260 Thompson had their official ribbon cutting and the Ventura Breeze was there. Among the gathered CVS employees and company officials were Breanna Olsen, Pharmacy Manager: Matt Gibbons, District Manager: Laura Schneider, Store Manager and Emad Tadros, Pharmacy Supervisor. Read More »

Sandbox Coffeehouse celebrates 5 year anniversary

Sandbox Coffeehouse is celebrating its 5 year anniversary this month! Will be celebrating on the weekends with live music, gourmet tacos- and beer & wine, served every day. Sandbox Coffeehouse would like to thank Ventura and its partners for their support and kindness. “Who owns the Sandbox?…You do. We just pay the bills!” Where the […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures celebrate graduates

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) recently celebrated the accomplishments of 19 men and women graduating from the WEV’s Basic Spanish Self-Employment Training program. Students in the four week course explored the risks and benefits of starting a business and learned about important characteristics needed to become a successful entrepreneur, all while evaluating their own strengths and […] Read More »

Horsepower for an Hour - Your Ultimate Stop in Automotive Radio

Tom Spence and Donny Caccamise began their show at local News Talk 1590 KVTA. Seven years ago, here in Ventura an automotive talk radio show began its humble rise to the top at the Gold Coast broadcasting studios, home of News Talk 1590 KVTA.  In the beginning, Donny Caccamise, Tom Spence, Jim Naylor and Jeff […] Read More »

Classes put a new twist on English and writing education for kids

Local writer and child educational specialist launches writing clubs for kids, Kid Writers Ventura. Amanda Becker, a published writer, long time educator, journalist, and child psychology expert, puts a new twist on English and writing education for kids.  She believes that children learn best and are most motivated when they enjoy the process of learning. […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures training orientation

Do you want to start your own business, but don’t know where to begin? Are you self-employed and need help formalizing? Do you need help expanding your existing small business? Learn how to make those dreams a reality with Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). WEV provides business training to women and who want to start or […] Read More »

Downtown Ventura’s new garden center

A full-service garden center is returning to Downtown Ventura in March at the former Oasis location on Palm Street.  With a focus on sustainability, drought-tolerance and organics, A Smart Garden will offer monthly gardening classes, a staff of gardening experts, organic herbs/vegetables/fertilizers/soils/seeds, demonstration gardens and more. A Smart Garden will have an official Chamber of […] Read More »

Cut the craft

by Sheli Ellsworth Crafting taken to new heights! How would you like to have your own crafting space? One of a Kind Design Studio invites crafters at all levels to come in and explore their creative side. Located at 4915 Verdugo Way in Camarillo, the studio offers workshops, classes, supplies and equipment for the inspired […] Read More »

“Leading Tax Group” coming to Ventura

Leading Tax Group, which specializes in tax removal, IRS wage garnishment and IRS penalty removal, recently opened four new office locations in Southern California, bringing its grand total of offices to ten. Their Ventura office is located at 1500 Palma Drive, 2nd Floor, (800) 900-4250. Leading Tax Group is dedicated to offering the finest services […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber installs new board

Chamber new board members and officers  Suzanne Scar, Nick Deitch, Michele Newell, Nan Drake, John Silva, Shannon Hillygus, Amy Towner, Charnell Smith and outgoing Board Chair James Perero. Photo by Bernie Goldstein The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting and Board Installation on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Pierpont Inn. The event was […] Read More »

Lighthouse Fitness hosts grand opening event Feb. 8

On Feb.18, at 11am, Colin Jenkins will be holding a Grand Opening Event for her new fitness gym/studio “Lighthouse Fitness” located at 2128 Knoll Drive. Unit F. Colin owned a CrossFit facility here in Ventura for 6 years, before selling it a few years ago, and just recently decided to open a new gym that […] Read More »

WEV Self-Employment Training graduates recognized

72 WEV Self-Employment Training graduates were recognized during graduation ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Barbara the evening of December 15th.  The graduates are from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. During the ceremony, each graduate shared their business venture with a pitch they crafted and perfected throughout the course. Graduates include new and […] Read More »

TGND is proud to offer a place to keep you active, strong, flexible, and healthy

  Foto: Feel good through healthy activities including Zumba.     The Gym Next Door (TGND) mission statement is “good fitness for the mind body and spirit.”  TGND is here to support the needs of their members creating a sense of community through healthy activities. They offer Yoga, Tai Chi Chih, Zumba, Zumba Gold classes. […] Read More »

The Joint Chiropractic – Ventura Village celebrates grand opening

  The Joint Chiropractic – Ventura Village located at 5722 Telephone Road, Suite 19, at the southwest corner of Telephone Road and Victoria is now open. The Joint® is a national chiropractic brand with more than 360 locations in 30 states. The Joint® offers an innovative, patient-friendly model that allows guests access to affordable, quality […] Read More »

Downtown’s latest restaurant the Rumfish y Vino

Downtown’s latest restaurant the Rumfish y Vino (AKA Rumfish) has opened at 34 N. Palm in the Livery Stable. The owners are John and Pamela Solomon. The menu includes an eclectic mix from Arugula Salad, Wagyu Burger, Rumfish Lasagna and Yucatan Chicken all influenced by  South American flavors  from its sister restaurant located in Belize. […] Read More »

Decades of window restoration proves valuable for local Ventura restorer

by Richard Lieberman Ed Sanchez provides window restoration services for historical private homes, and public buildings. Owner of Home Window Repair located in Ventura. Sanchez started out as an engineering student at Cal Poly. He went to work at JPL as an Electronic Technician, but after a while he realized that he just didn’t like […] Read More »

Your Estate Assistant helps seniors downsize, families dissolve estates

by Rebecca Wicks Beth Sutherland has worn many hats in a storied career that stretches from an education in spiritual psychology to jobs in environmental project management and event planning in both the public and private sectors.  She believes it has all been in preparation for what she does now.   Today, Sutherland is the founder […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor’s newest addition called “The Ultimate Escape Rooms at Ventura Harbor Village”.

Can you escape? What is an escape room you ask?  The fun comes in the form of teamwork. The challenge is to use what is in the room in order to solve puzzles. The answers to the puzzles lead you to the code your team needs to unlock the door, allowing you to “escape”. The […] Read More »

Events at the Traveler Cafe

  Closed on Thanksgiving! Fri. Nov. 25: Post-Turkey Friday Specials & Happy Hour Live Jazz Chill-Out with Martin & Macias 4-7pm Sat. Nov. 26: R & R Saturday Specials & Christmas Gift Card Specials! Bernie Larsen plays Happy Hour 5-7 pm Sun, Nov. 27: Sunday Mimosa Brunch Special, Live Music 9:30 am – 1pm Thurs. […] Read More »

Prior to Herzog, Guy served as director of communications for Mustang Marketing

Wine producer Herzog Wines Cellars has announced that Jenny Guy as its new director of marketing and public relations. In this role, Guy will manage the winery’s marketing department, overseeing paid, owned and earned media strategy, community and trade relations, branding and creative output, as well as the ideation and execution of marketing campaigns for […] Read More »

AE Group Mechanical Engineers

According to founder and President Phil White, AE Group Mechanical Engineers has provided professional mechanical engineering services in the Ventura and Santa Barbara County areas since 1976. Under the lead of principal engineers Hugh McTernan and White, the company’s designs have long emphasized energy efficiency and sustainability. Notable projects in which AE Group provided engineering […] Read More »

Local food co-op sponsors discussion

by Sheli Ellsworth October 5, Ventura Food Co-op hosted a panel discussion about locally grown food at MadeWest Brewing. Panel members included father and daughter, Jose and Maria Alcantar of Alcantar Organics; Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farm; Sarah Nolan of the Abundant Table; and Alley Gialketis of Ventura Food Co-op. What is a co-op? […] Read More »

Try on the Breeze at Trystology

At Trystology (451 E. Main) they understand the stylish and fashionable nature of the Ventura Breeze. When you are finished reading the Breeze try it on for size. Read More »

Enter The Trade Desk

Setting up a lemonade stand in the front yard is not what it used to be.  Not only does it take passion and tenacity, today’s entrepreneurs know that it takes visionary genius, a superior product and social, mobile, and video advertising. Enter The Trade Desk.  The Trade Desk started out in 2009—quite literally at one […] Read More »

Mark and Kathy Hartley have closed Watermark on Main/W2O Rooftop Lounge

Mark and Kathy Hartley, owners of the building at 598 E. Main Street and of the restaurant Watermark, have finalized plans to lease the building to  the Ortiz family of the reputable El Pescador Restaurants.  The family, who owns and runs 24 restaurants, will introduce Limon Y Sal, their new concept for “modern” Mexican food. […] Read More »

New restaurant owner Parfait Eklu holds ribbon cutting at Barrel 33

New restaurant owner Parfait Eklu holds the scissors to cut the ribbon at Barrel 33, surrounded by City of Ventura Councilmember Jim Monahan, Ventura Chamber members, supporters, and Barrel 33 employees. Read More »

Local resident considers herself fortunate

by Sheli Ellsworth Tracy McIntosh was studying to be a teacher when a car accident changed her life. McIntosh already had a history of headaches. “I’d suffered from migraines three to five times a week since I was two years old. My migraines involved the usual pain in the skull but also sensitivity to light […] Read More »

New owner finds happiness at Drapes West

by Gail Field Robert Brown’s smile says it all:  “I’m happy here, and I love the work.”  In his office at Drapes West in Ventura, Robert Brown moves easily from the paperwork on his desk to the machinery he operates to make custom window and door treatments for individuals and corporations. Toting heavy water hoses […] Read More »

Breeze staff cowboy up for Ventura Chamber Business Expo

Photos by Kenny Backer Ana and Jaime Baker and Publisher Sheldon at the Ventura Chamber Business Expo held on Sept. 22 at the Four Points Sheraton. Booth designed by Ana and Jaime.   Read More »

Chiropractor Tracy McIntosh opens new office in Ventura

On Tuesday, August 30 a ribbon-cutting celebration was held for the new office of Chiropractor Tracy McIntosh. Helping her celebrate and cut the ribbon were Ventura Chamber CEO Stephanie Caldwell, Chamber members, friends, Leigh Eisen Ventura’s Economic Development Manager and staff of Salon Panache (3639 E. Harbor Blvd.) where her office is located. You will […] Read More »

Reyna Chavez, “Scrubs on the Run”

Reyna Chavez was working in the Emergency Room at VCMC. by Jill Forman 2016 Business of the Year, Women’s Economic Ventures. 2015 Latino Business Award, Small Business Category, Pacific Coast Business Times. These accolades were won by an Oxnard native with no business experience, who had never even thought of owning her own company until […] Read More »

"For Your Home" furniture recognized by city as business of the month.

Likely the oldest continuously operating retail store in Downtown Ventura, For Your Home furniture has come a long way. Located at 443 E. Main  641-1919.   Read More »

Lost in Socks Now open!

Now open!  Lost in Socks’ trendy boutique atmosphere provides a customized statement to accessorize your wardrobe. Come and experience the craziest selection of socks in Ventura County. Offering men’s, women’s and children’s(& baby!) sizes in a variety of colors, themes and heights, Put a spring in your step with a new pair of socks from […] Read More »

"Plum lift A door" provides professional service for Breeze publisher

Wes Goodwin owner of “Plum lift A door” is proud of the new garage door that he has just installed for Breeze Publisher Sheldon. “I am extremely happy with the professional manner in which Plum operates. Very happy with their installation. Highly recommend them,” stated Sheldon. Read More »

Premier America donates $1,000 to Ventura Family YMCA and opens new branch

 To provide greater convenience for members, Premier America Credit Union recently finalized relocation of its Ventura branch to the Montalvo Square Shopping Center at 1794 S. Victoria Avenue. Premier America will mark the occasion on Thursday, August 4 with a $1,000 donation to the Ventura Family YMCA to further their efforts with youth development, healthy […] Read More »

Adela Trainor: A commitment to the community

    by Rebecca Wicks Adela Trainor is what some may call a “master” volunteer. Focusing primarily on educational and fine arts endeavors in the community, she has and continues to leave an indelible mark on Ventura.  Her volunteering began with her children. “It’s where my kids were, so it made sense,” said Trainor.  She […] Read More »

Find a smile and a pizza at Cordello’s Pizza

Writer Gail is ordering some fine Italian food from Fabiola at Cordello’s Pizza. by Gail Field If you’re looking for a smiling face, a warm greeting and something good to eat, a good bet is to find Fabiola at the counter of Cordello’s Pizza on Thompson Blvd. Fabiola has a long history in the food […] Read More »

Greg’s Thai massage sessions combine yoga therapy stretches to promote the flow of energy throughout the body

by Jenny Guy After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Greg Ryan Glass decided to explore the world. He spent months backpacking through Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Asia. Observing the practices and traditions of different cultures, a 20-something Glass discovered his true calling. It came in the form of holistic healing […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) recently celebrated the accomplishments of 11 women and men who successfully completed WEV’s Ventura County-based Advanced Spanish Self-Employment Training (SSET) course with a graduation ceremony held at National University in Oxnard. After 14 weeks of training on topics including finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, […] Read More »

Consortium Media expands its foster care recruitment campaign

Consortium Media, an award-winning brand development agency for local, regional and nationally-recognized businesses, non-profits and government agencies, has expanded its innovative foster care recruitment campaign to Santa Barbara County with the launch of Our County, Our Kids, a program of Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services. The campaign includes a refreshed communication strategy, new […] Read More »

Ribbon-cutting of NOW Ventura held June 23

Co-owner Executive Chef Dean Angelo (holding the scissors) is joined by co-owner Rani John (on his left) at the official ribbon-cutting of the restaurant NOW Ventura held on June 23. Not shown is co-owner Michael Anthony. Joining them was Ventura City Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann, many friends and well-wishers and Ventura Chamber members and staff. This […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures’ (WEV) annual Empowerment is Priceless event

Nearly 300 women and men attended non-profit Women’s Economic Ventures’ (WEV) annual Empowerment is Priceless event held on May 12th at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. The breakfast fundraiser recognized WEV’s 2016 Trailblazer, Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year award winners. WEV clients also shared their personal experiences as entrepreneurs and […] Read More »

Spring Business Expo 2016

On May 26  Spring Business Expo 2016 was held at the Four Points Sheraton presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. The event was free and open to the public. Over 70 exhibitor booths of local businesses and restaurants filled the ballroom including the Ventura Breeze booth which was beautifully designed and staffed by Ana […] Read More »

A stress-free mattress shopping experience opening in Ventura

The Sleep Shoppe, a locally-owned and operated retailer that focuses on creating a “stress-free mattress shopping experience”, will be opening its fifth Ventura County area store after leasing a 10,000 square foot facility on Main St. in Ventura. The Sleep Shoppe has scheduled a soft opening at 4051 E. Main St., July 4th weekend.  The […] Read More »

Palermo Pizzeria has gained a following of local supporters

Yoshi’s career path into the restaurant business was “almost like an accident.” Photo by Zach Frankart by Jenny Guy Yoshi Namiki, owner of Palermo Pizzeria in Ventura, says his career path into the restaurant business was “almost like an accident.” Namiki came to California when he was 14, moving from Japan after his father, a mechanical […] Read More »

Happy seventh anniversary Ladies Luncheon!

At a recent  Ladies Luncheon lucky Breeze publisher Sheldon was the first man invited to one of their luncheons. by Carol Leish The Ladies Luncheon is having its 7th Anniversary luncheon on June 2 at the Pierpont Inn Pavilion Room in beautiful Ventura. The Ladies Luncheon was started by local Ventura Realtor, Laurie Ann Meyer-Ehrhardt, […] Read More »

Music Together opens in Ventura

Music Together, a popular Beverly Hills venue offering music classes for infants, babies, toddlers and preschoolers, recently opened a new location in Ventura. Music Together’s owner and director Siree Franks said she noticed a dearth of music education opportunities in the area, even prior to moving here with her two daughters in 2012. “I knew […] Read More »

BoHo Chic now open in Ventura

There is a new store in town, BoHo Chic located at 973 E. Front Street, across the street from The Wharf.  Owner, April Michalski-Toth, brings years of creative designing and the love of style and comfort to her new boutique.   April grew up in Pierpont just a few hundred feet from the beach. She served […] Read More »

NAWBO celebrating outstanding women in business and leadership

  The Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) held their 17th Annual Bravo awards and luncheon on Friday, April 1st at the beautiful Serra Center in Camarillo. It celebrated outstanding women in business and leadership. “We were impressed with many exceptional nominations this year,” stated Dr. Janis Shinkawa, President, […] Read More »

Students receiving awards were from all areas in and around Ventura County

On Thursday, March 31 at Ventura College Wright Event Center Ventura College re-entry students received scholarships to help achieve their goals. The 17th Annual Phoenix Scholarship Ceremony offered larger scholarships, helping students overcome financial hardships 21 adult re-entry students, who have overcome difficult circumstances in order to pursue their studies at Ventura College, each received a […] Read More »

The Vagabond Coffee Shop turns 50

Ventura Breeze Account Executive Breezy Gledhill and Publisher Emeritus Staci Brown helped Jolene celebrate Vagabond’s anniversary. The Vagabond is celebrating 50 years of service to their most valued and dedicated customers. Owner Jolene McBee told the Breeze “I came to the Vagabond in February 1975. I wasn’t really looking for a job as I had […] Read More »

A May graduation for VCLA

VCLA’s mission is to connect and empower a diverse group of leaders. by Jenny Guy The 35 cohort members of the 2016 Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) will be graduating this May, with a celebration at Ventura City Hall. Founded in 1994 as an initiative of United Way of Ventura County, VCLA’s mission is to […] Read More »

Passport Habits in Midtown has opened.

Bringing the world to Ventura is a Ramirez family goal. After living in the Middle East for 2 years and scouring the globe for handmade treasures, Michelle and Anthony are thrilled to have brought them back to share with our community.  For a taste of wanderlust visit Passport Habits at 1987 E. Main St. Open […] Read More »

Melody O’Leary-Namikas was presented the "Chairman's Circle Gold" award by her broker, Lyle Elliott

Melody stated “I’m so proud to accept this award, which is presented to the agents who are the top 2% of Berkshire Hathaway agents. I could not have accomplished this without your referrals and friendship. I promise I will continue to provide hands on, exceptional service to you all. Thank you so much!” Read More »

Melody O’Leary

Melody O’Leary has over 16 years of experience in the real estate industry. After 13 years with Coldwell Banker, she became affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway in February 2013. She is proud to be associated with Berkshire Hathaway for a number of reasons: Their branding is sophisticated, they have the latest innovations in marketing and technology and they are […] Read More »

Passport Habits in Midtown has opened

Passport Habits in Midtown has opened. Bringing the world to Ventura is a Ramirez family goal. After living in the Middle East for 2 years and scouring the globe for handmade treasures, Michelle and Anthony are thrilled to have brought them back to share with our community.  For a taste of wanderlust visit Passport Habits […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures celebrate graduates from the WEV’s Basic Spanish Self-Employment Training program

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) recently celebrated the accomplishments of ten men and women graduating from the WEV’s Basic Spanish Self-Employment Training program. Graduates left the course with an understanding of whether they are ready to take the next steps in launching their own business.   Read More »

“Urgent Care on Main” - Now open in Ventura

A new urgent care center, Urgent Care on Main, is now open at 2660 East Main Street, Suite 100. Hours will be noon-8 p.m. Monday-Friday (several weekdays open at 9 a.m., please call 667-8750 to confirm) and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Urgent Care on Main’s experienced physicians and physician assistants provide care for many common […] Read More »

NAWBO celebrating outstanding women in business and leadership

The Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) invites you to join them as they celebrate outstanding women in business and leadership at the 17th Annual Bravo awards and luncheon on Friday, April 1st at the beautiful Serra Center in Camarillo. This is sure to be the must-attend event of […] Read More »

Island Creations is a new hip business in the Ventura Harbor Village

Jo Hawthorne and Alioune Diouck have opened a new hip business in the Ventura Harbor Village. Island Creations is a laid-back seaside boutique offering a collection of stylish, hard to find Tropical and Afro-Caribbean clothing and accessories. 1591 Spinnaker Dr. #113 www.IslandCreationsVHV.com. Read More »

Local Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Host Free Community Event

Three recent graduates of WEV’s Self-Employment Training (SET) Program will join forces in a free yoga and coffee event for the community. For those with a love for both yoga and coffee, three local entrepreneurs are hosting the perfect event. On Saturday, February 27th, WEV Self-Employment Training graduates Michelle Nouraei, Marilyn Hefferen, and Ashley Tindall will […] Read More »

Consortium Media is known for its expertise through its Five Pillars of Marketing Success

Consortium Media, an award-winning brand development agency for local, regional and nationally-recognized businesses, non-profits and government agencies, announces the addition of two new employees to its dynamic team. Multimedia Specialist Briana Frank’s scope of responsibilities includes project management, public relations outreach, social media coordination and new business development. Prior to her role at Consortium Media, […] Read More »

Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County installed new board members

Haas Automation Inc. senior-level manager Peter Zierhut was installed as 2016 chair of the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County’s board of directors at the organization’s 19th Annual Meeting on Jan. 21. He is joined on the executive board by city of Ventura Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann as vice chair and secretary/treasurer Roseann Mikos, Ph.D., a member of […] Read More »

Local entrepreneurs to host free community event

For those with a love for both yoga and coffee, three local entrepreneurs are hosting the perfect event. On Saturday, February 27, at 1pm WEV Self-Employment Training graduates Michelle Nouraei, Marilyn Hefferen, and Ashley Tindall will combine their passions to provide the community with a leisurely morning of yoga and coffee. The event will kick […] Read More »

WEV provides business training

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) provides business training to women and who want to start or expand an existing business. WEV is holding free, 1-hour informational sessions for their English course in Ventura County. Orientation will cover class details and help you determine readiness for the next Self-Employment Training (SET) course beginning in February. (SET courses […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber installs new board

2016 Executive Committee members James Perero, Steven Brown, Jeff Hata, Charnell Smith, Greg Van Ness, and Greg Gillespie. (Not pictured: Sam Benner and Matthew Graczyk) The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting and Board Installation on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at The Pierpont Inn.  The event was attended by business members, City officials and dignitaries […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures Free Self-Employment Training orientation in Ventura County

Have you wanted to run your own business, but don’t know where to start? Or do you already own a business and want to expand? Learn how to make those dreams a reality with Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). WEV provides business training to women and who want to start or expand an existing business. WEV […] Read More »

Mustang welcomes Megan Macias

Mustang Marketing continues to expand its creative team with the addition of a new copywriter, Megan Macias. Macias’ role at Mustang includes drafting copy for advertisements, brochures, websites and beyond, as well as developing social media content, editing and proofreading, and assisting with crafting pitches and press releases for media outreach. “Megan’s creative mindset and […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County announces BRAVO 2016 Winners

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Ventura County Chapter is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the 17th Annual Bravo Awards. The awards were presented at a gala luncheon at the beautiful Serra Center in Camarillo. Mimi Donaldson, internationally renowned speaker and speech coach, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. 2016 Awardees: […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures welcomes entrepreneurs to the WEV Family

WEV’s Ventura County Self-Employment Training graduates proudly display their certificates during ceremony. Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) recently celebrated the accomplishments of 86 women and men who have successfully completed WEV’s Self-Employment Training program during a ceremony held at Montecito County Club.  Twenty-seven of the graduates are from Ventura County and three from Los Angeles County. […] Read More »

WEV has a new Development Coordinator

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is pleased to announce Adrienne (Addy) Cleverly as new Development Coordinator. Cleverly brings to WEV a background in marketing and public relations for an array of organizations, including small businesses and international nonprofits. As Development Coordinator, Cleverly will focus on donor relations and community engagement in Ventura County. Cleverly earned her […] Read More »

NOW Ventura offers new dining experience

By Gail Field This brand new venue, NOW Ventura, opened Dec 2, is the brainchild of a trio of entrepreneurs.  The trio consists of Executive Chef Dean Angelo, who hails from New Jersey and has long experience as a restaurateur at multiple venues in the east coast including restaurants Milan, Bizarros, Chaps, and Michaelangelo’s. Michael […] Read More »

Crowell Weedon honors Anita Jeffrey In Ventura

Crowell, Weedon & Co., a division of D.A. Davidson & Co.,  has honored Anita Jeffrey with the Branch Operations Manager “Big Picture” award. Anita Jeffrey serves as Supervisory Branch Operations Manager for the firm’s Ventura branch. Anita Jeffrey, who joined the firm in May 2014, is honored with the “Big Picture” title which is awarded […] Read More »

Shop Local This Holiday Season to Discover Unique Gifts for All

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) encourages community to support local businesses As the holidays are approaching, many people are joining the crowds at malls and big chain stores seeking  the right gift for friends and family – or camping out in front of their screens, avoiding the crowds and  shopping the biggest online retailers. This season, Women’s […] Read More »

WEV gave Katie her confidence and knowledge to start her own business

Katie Adams didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life. She struggled in school and did not know which path to take. When she became pregnant with her daughter, she realized she needed to find a way for support her. She started to make her own essential oils and baby lotions and discovered […] Read More »

City Council to vote on proceeding with hillside 55-unit development

On Nov. 30, with a 5PM start time, the City Council will be voting on the following line items for the proposed 55-unit Regent project: To process a Prescreen for a proposed General Plan Amendment and Specific Plan. Review and approval of General Plan Amendment and Specific Plan Prescreen to file an application. Authorization of […] Read More »

Have you wanted to run your own business?

If you don’t know where to start to own your own business of  already own a business and want to expand attend a WEV session to learn how? Learn how to make those dreams a reality with Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). WEV is holding free, 1-hour informational sessions facilitated by Spanish Program Coordinator Leticia Sandoval […] Read More »

BBM&D chosen to represent Camarillo association   

Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association has selected Ventura’s BBM&D Strategic Branding, a Southern California-based marketing and design firm, to spearhead its branding and communications. BBM&D will use marketing, public relations and social media campaigns to welcome visitors to Camarillo. “With premier shopping, beautiful venues, scenic golf courses and unique cultural experiences, Camarillo is truly a […] Read More »

Artisan Made gift store grand opening and fundraiser

On Nov.6, Artisan Made gift store (315 Main) held their grand opening. 10% of all sales on Friday and Saturday (“Shop For A Cause”) went to the Turning Point Foundation. Artisan Made features artisans with handmade works from local artists. Read More »

Veterinary surgical hospital VetSurg opens in Ventura

Dr. Holsworth is holding lucky Stewart the clinic dog who was rescued one day before he was to be euthanized. Board certified veterinary surgeon, international surgical educator and active community member, Dr. Ian Gordon Holsworth BVSc MANZCVS (Surgery), Diplomate ACVS has opened VetSurg, a veterinary surgical hospital located in the heart of Ventura’s Wellness District […] Read More »

Veterinary Health Care where Western Science meets Eastern Medicine
   

by Karen Helen Szatkowski Established in 1981, East Ventura Animal Hospital has thrived these decades, “promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and educational opportunities for their clients and employees” which is their core mission. Dr. Nancy Bohman, long with the hospital, brings her education and experience in Eastern medical therapies as an integrated option […] Read More »

BRAVO seeking nominations for eight extraordinary women

BRAVO is the annual awards luncheon of the Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-VC). To be held on Friday, April 1st, 2016 NAWBO shines the spotlight on outstanding business women of Ventura County, honoring them for their vision and perseverance, which is creating a brighter future for women business owners and women-led […] Read More »

WEV trollies around Ventura

Reyna Chavez (far right) with her team of employees and Marsha Bailey (second from the right), CEO/Founder of Women’s Economic Ventures Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) recently hosted a reception and trolley tour of WEV client businesses located in downtown Ventura. The evening began at the Watermark on Main as guests mingled with local business owners […] Read More »

Parts Unknown

Parts Unknown sales lady Karen Peacock and store manager Jennifer Kildee are waiting to give you an upscale shopping experience. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Victoria Usher Parts Unknown is a clothing store located at the corner of Main Street and Oak Street in the heart of downtown Ventura. It’s a store that gives its […] Read More »

Ohana Pet Hospital welcomes two new vets

Dr. Tam and Dr. Asato will provide for more care for animal patients Ohana Pet Hospital expands its veterinary professional team, to support the health and well-being of its growing family of patients, by welcoming Dr. Christina Tam and Dr. Kayla Asato to the Ohana family. Dr. Tam will join Dr. Jennifer Kelly to serve […] Read More »

Woodworking show

Featured turning demos by Robert Sorby Co. from England will be available each day.  Woodcraft’s annual woodworking show on Oct. 9 & 10 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm is packed with fun and information:  Free demos and free prize giveaways, vendor tool reps to show you the latest innovations in the industry, woodworking games […] Read More »

Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery grand opening party

On September 26 the Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery held a grand opening party at their beautiful new location at 540 E. Main in Downtown Ventura. The greatly enlarged location features clothes, jewelry and gifts, music, books, much more and art in their GalleryV. All by local artists, artisans and manufacturers. They open at […] Read More »

Ventura Women in Business

By Sheila Lowe, MS, CG In 1982 women in business were still fighting for recognition. Despite owning 25% of all US businesses, women were required to get their husband’s signature when applying for any type of loan. There were no women’s networking organizations to support them and they were not allowed to join service clubs […] Read More »

Shannon started her love of food by joining her father

Taking a break from her busy schedule Pam Baumgardner  enjoys relaxing at Marie Shannon’s Shannon Wright, owner of Marie Shannon Confections; started her love of food by going to fancy restaurants with her father. She loved trying to figure out the ingredients in these dishes and enjoyed taking in the atmosphere of each restaurant. Shannon […] Read More »

WEV celebrates 14 graduates

Some businesses include an art gallery, a hair salon and a housing cleaning service. On Wednesday, August 12th, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) celebrated the accomplishments of fourteen men and women graduating from the WEV en Español’s Basic Self-Employment Training (SET) program. Students in the four week course explored the risks and benefits of starting different […] Read More »

Ohana Pet Hospital welcomes Dr. Jennifer Kelly

Dr. Jan Shinkawa, Medical Director of Ohana Pet Hospital, announced the expansion of their professional family as they welcome local veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Kelly, to the growing Ventura practice. Dr. Kelly will be overseeing urgent care services for existing clients. Dr. Kelly is a native Southern Californian from Westlake Village. She earned her undergraduate degree […] Read More »

Barber RV has a new location

Also in attendance at the celebration were manufacture representatives. Barber RV has relocated from Main Street where it had been since it opened in 1978, to the Ventura Auto Center at 6660 Auto Center Drive. Kirby Subaru remains in its current location, 6404 Auto Center drive. August 1 and  2 were celebration days at the […] Read More »

Ventura Community Bank to be moving downtown

Ventura Community Bank, a division of Ojai Community Bank, announced today that it will be moving its offices to a new location in downtown Ventura during the first quarter of 2016.  The Bank has entered into a lease at 89 S. California St. subject to regulatory approval. “The downtown location is a perfect location in […] Read More »

Ventura Water Announces VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility

Gina Dorrington, Wastewater Utility Manager explaining the demonstration facility to interested attendees. Recently Ventura Water unveiled the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility to distinguished guests including Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann before it officially opened to the public for tours on July 18. VenturaWaterPure is a pilot program for the City of Ventura. Ventura along with […] Read More »

Barber RV has a new location

Also in attendance were manufacture representatives. Barber RV has relocated from Main Street where it had been since it opened in 1978, to the Ventura Auto Center at 6660 Auto Center Drive. Kirby Subaru remians in its current location, 6404 Auto Center drive. August 1 and  2 were celebration days at the location.  Live music […] Read More »

Panelists shared the benefits and challenges of giving back the WEV evening

Panelists Maria Durant, owner of Dance 4 Wellness; Cory Pironti, owner of Dandyline Designs; and Emily Barany, owner of Emily Barany Consulting discuss their strategies on giving back to the community Over 40 Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) clients, supporters and members of the community enjoyed an evening of inspiration and networking at WEV Connects at […] Read More »

Fashion Forms announces move to Austin, Texas

Ventura based Fashion Forms, a Bra Solutions and Bra Accessories company, has announced that the company will be moving to Austin, Texas in the Fall of 2015. In addition to the company’s office and distribution center expansion, Fashion Forms will add 40 staff and operations positions. Ann Deal, Owner and CEO of Fashion Forms, started […] Read More »

Consortium Media to provide public relations for The Collection

Consortium Media, an award-winning brand development agency, will provide public relations for local shopping center, The Collection at RiverPark. The Collection is built around a town grid of retail streets, a carefully crafted assortment of established and contemporary designer shops, distinctive dining, and signature entertainment venues. “We are delighted to be partnering with The Collection […] Read More »

Grand Opening Celebration held April 23-26 at Stephen’s Greek Market & Grill

At the 4-Day Grand Opening Celebration held April 23-26 at Stephen’s Greek Market & Grill Gregory Kazos owner-chef, and official greeter welcomed guests and then ran back into the kitchen to prepare his wonderful dishes. They are located at 2632 E. Main, 648-4200. Read More »

Local CEO receives highest honor and prestigious award

Jeffrey Rosenthal, joins an elite group of 25 members, having received YPO-WPO’s highest honor and most prestigious award, The Hickok Distinguished Service Award, at the recent Global EDGE conference in Melbourne, Australia. Jeffrey Rosenthal, Chairman and CEO of Southern California-based companies, Rose Investments, Rose Advertising, StarKart, and the NALA, was recently recognized with the highest […] Read More »

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