Category Archives: Business

Women’s Economic Ventures honors local graduates, business owners and Million Dollar Club Inductee

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) hosted a Celebration of Small Business on December 11 at the Ventura Beach Marriott to honor local entrepreneurs making a big impact in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The event spotlighted the 2019 graduates of WEV’s business training courses, announced the People’s Choice Award winner, inducted a new business into the Million Dollar Club, and featured a shop local market & business mixer.

More than 300 guests attended as local entrepreneurs shared a common thread – how their businesses have been positively impacted by the support of WEV’s business training, consulting and loan programs. WEV programs helped start or expand more than 4,500 businesses on California’s Central Coast, and are offered in both English and Spanish.

Ren Ostry

Ren Ostry, millennial founder of Kitchen Catch was named the 2019 People’s Choice Award winner for her seafood business. By offering sustainable, lesser-known seafood, along with recipes, Kitchen Catch is supporting our California harbor communities and transforming the way consumers think about, buy and enjoy seafood. Ostry said, “Thanks directly to skills I learned at WEV, we’re already starting January 2020 with a single order of 30,000 pounds of fish, and we have plans to offer frozen Kitchen Catch products nationally by the end of the year.”

Cynthia Torres

Reaching one million dollars in annual revenue is a milestone achieved by less than 2% of woman-owned businesses, and less than 4% of male-owned businesses in the U.S. The Million Dollar Club honors WEV client businesses who have achieved this extraordinary milestone. WEV’s CEO Elect, Kathy Odell, introduced this year’s Million Dollar Club inductee, Cynthia Torres, CEO of New Dawn Counseling and Consulting, Inc. in Oxnard.

Torres’ company was incorporated in 2016 with a mission to empower individuals and families to improve the quality of life by providing culturally appropriate mental health, education, resources, and wellness services. Torres told the audience, “I came to this country 20 years ago with $800 in my pocket and lots of dreams and aspirations.” Today, as a million dollar business owner, Torres said, “My challenge to aspiring female entrepreneurs is let’s change the statistics and correct that 2% number!”

Odell remarked that, “WEV is successful because we provide a continuum of services and programs to help our clients start, grow and thrive in business – from assessing entrepreneurial readiness to long-term mentoring and consulting. We are thrilled Cynthia chose to launch her business here in our area, and that WEV has been part of her impressive entrepreneurial journey.”

Women’s Economic Ventures is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. WEV provides training, consulting and loans to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive in business. WEV serves Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. While WEV targets its services toward women, it helps men as well. Services are provided in both English and Spanish.

Since 1991, WEV has provided business training and consulting to more than 14,000 women and men throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. WEV has made over $5 million in business loans, and helped more than 4,500 local businesses start or expand. WEV-supported businesses have created nearly 9,000 jobs. WEV is a U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center, and a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

New location and name for 805 Gift Emporium

805 Emporium, formerly 805 Gift Emporium, is reopening with a new location and a new look. lt was a hard and sad goodbye when 805 Gift Emporium had to close its doors last year. Owner Nancy Farrar missed her customers and the store so much and has been grateful for the many who kept in touch as the months went by.

New husband, Larry Drake decided not only could they be life partners but business partners as well. A building became available that they thought might work. After redoing the interior, the shop is ready for
and they invite you to come see what’s happening.  They have great greeting cards, vintage items, antique furniture, seasonal decor and gifts. The inspiration department will be increasing in the next few months as well. Go say hello and see what’s new at the 805 Emporium, now located at 2500 Channel Drive, at the end of Howard St.  Look for the Turquoise door. The hours are 11:00 – 4:00 Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Phone contact is 805-340-4393 and 805-744-1948.

Peirano’s Market & Delicatessen is officially open

Peirano’s Market & Delicatessen is officially open. Co-owners Linda Jordan and Jim Rice are very happy to be ready for business in time for the holiday busy season. The market and deli, which took more than three years to open, is located at 204 E. Main St. in the Historic Peirano’s building which was built in 1877. The market and deli features California-Italian cuisine created by a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, has an outdoor patio with views of the San Buenaventura Mission and offers up both locally sourced and imported foods from Italy.

BMC Window and Door of Ventura grand opening and ribbon cutting

BMC Window and Door of Ventura recently held their grand opening and ribbon cutting at their new location at 3111 E. Main. BMC covers all your window, door, hardware, and millworks needs. From the smallest door hardware to quoting a complete window and door package for your home. They have over 30+ years of experience with both inside and outside sales. (805) 648-3667
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Chamber ribbon cutting to celebrate new owner’s of SpiceTopia.

The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new owner’s of SpiceTopia.

The store specializes in fair-trade spices and teas, international salts, flavor-infused sugars and other gourmet goodies. “My family is very into food. We love to cook and eat, so we’ve been purchasing stuff from SpiceTopia for a long time,” said Anna-Marie Tan, co-owner and general manager.

576 E. Main St.  805-628-3267

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Vonazon Inc official ribbon cutting with the Chamber

Vonazon Inc is a full-service digital marketing agency with a focus on using today’s technology to drive top line revenue for our clients, they have recently held their official ribbon cutting with the Chamber. They specialize in marketing automation, video production, trade show marketing, email marketing, SEO & SEM, graphic & web design, and much more!

Located at 410 E. Main St.

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Delta Restoration Services Chamber ribbon cutting

Delta Restoration Services of Ventura & Santa Barbara offers a 24/7 two hours rapid response for your immediate water, fire, sudden freeze or wind caused damages. Recently they held a Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at their new location.

4532 Telephone Rd., Suite #104, Ventura, (805) 209-0204

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Missy’s Cupcake Creations

Missy’s Cupcake Creations wrapped up its move to Ventura with an official ribbon-cutting.

Located at 2950 Johnson Drive, Suite 119.

The cupcake case features more than a dozen flavors daily, sold in miniature and regular sizes ($1.65 and $3). Gluten-free options are available.

Hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily 805-382-4852.

Photo by Michael Gordon