Category Archives: Business

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 the heart of Ventura with easy freeway access and access to our business community,” Dave Brubaker, President/CEO commented.  “We love downtown and are looking forward to becoming a larger part of its success as we continue to serve our community.”

At a time when larger banks are removing lenders from branch locations, Ventura is beefing up its lending services by providing lenders in the actual branch location. “

“People need to talk to people, not computers or call centers. We pride ourselves in always answering the phone, knowing your name and willing to assist you however we can.” continues Brubaker. “We’re old school with hands-on customer service, but have the technology that banking customers need.”

“We’re a hometown bank, most of the staff has grown up here, and we look forward to our friends and family visiting,” added Brubaker. “We want to make a difference in the lives of our customers and look forward to spreading our good works to others.”

Ventura Water Announces VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility

city venturawaterGina 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 other water providers throughout California, is investigating sustainable ways to meet long term water supply demands. The City currently provides recycled water from the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility (located on Ventura Ave.) to two golf courses and landscape irrigation in the Harbor and Olivas Drive areas.  Adding “potable reuse” purification technologies at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility will extend Ventura’s use of “local” sources of water including sewer water.

This water purification process has already been successfully used by San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange counties. Ventura Water has been studying  additional water reuse for many years as well. Ventura Water has chosen to be involve in a nationwide study that evaluates blending options with other water resources prior to the delivery of drinking water to customers.

This “test” installation now produces 20 gallons of water per minute. This water is being sent to many testing labs throughout the country to analyze its use as drinking water and domestic use. If a large reuse facility is ever built it will take one acre of land which is available at this site located on Spinnaker Dr. across from the Harbor.

city venturawater insetTours of the VenturaWaterPure demonstration facility will be held every Saturday from 9 to 11 am for the
general public. Tours are limited to 20 people. Please sign up for the public tours before noon on the Friday before the tour by emailing Gina Dorrington ([email protected]) or calling  677-4131. Private groups interested in week day tours can also be accommodated with advanced notice.

The tours are led by Gina Dorrington, Wastewater Utility Manager who very carefully explains the process and the many steps that are necessary to turn sewer water into potable water and what it would mean for Ventura. Her presentation includes a slide show and video prior to touring the small actual demonstration facility.

This might also give you the opportunity to walk around the beautiful holding ponds located there (A Ventura secret gem) and see the many birds that call it home. Gina would be happy to explain how you can do this.

Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann has stated “The City of Ventura relies entirely on local water supplies which have become limited during this unprecedented drought. The VenturaWaterPure demonstration facility brings attention to the value of potable reuse as a renewable resource that can provide a cost effective and sustainable supply of high quality water. It will help Ventura to expand our water supply portfolio and improve supply reliability.”

There are many benefits of potable reuse in Ventura:


  • Locally controlled, reliable water supply
  • A sufficient supply to support the economy
  • A high-quality water supply
  • Reducing wastewater discharge
  • Seawater intrusion protection
  • A more diversified water supply portfolio
  • Increased water supply at a lower cost than imported water
  • Reduced impact on groundwater and river sources

A concern that will need to be addressed when a working facility is constructed is convincing people that it is safe to be drinking water that was once sewer water. Other cities have managed to do this.

Barber RV has a new location

business barber rvAlso 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 was provided by Nathan McEuen and Friends and fresh tacos and condiments were provided by Juan Mendoza.

On Sunday attendees were treated to the Ventura K 9 Search and Rescue Unit and Carol and her PR Dog.

Also in attendance were manufacture representatives from 7 different companies who answered detailed questions for those interested in purchasing their vehicles.

Jeff Sukay, President of The Kirby Auto Group invited customers, city officials and Ventura Chamber members to attend the 2 day celebration.  Motor homes, trailers, towables, and campers were put on display which amounted to over a one-quarter mile of  traveling toys for all their visitors to enjoy, tour and purchase.

For nearly 50 years, The Kirby Auto Group has been treating customers like family.

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

business WEV - CopyPanelists 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 the Ventura City Hall Community Room.

“Many of our WEV clients care deeply about the community and desire to give back, but new business owners are often overwhelmed by the number and size of requests they receive for donations,” said Marsha Bailey, Founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures.

Panelists shared the benefits and challenges of giving back, as well as best practices they’ve learned to ensure philanthropic efforts do not hurt cash flow or prevent business growth. Panelist Maria Durant, owner of Dance 4 Wellness, teaches ballroom dance lessons to promote physical, mental and emotional wellness. She gives back to the community by offering free dance lessons to community members affected by cancer, as well as local students at school sites. Panelist Cory Pironti, owner of Dandyline Designs, pushes the boundaries of small design to help local client businesses create big impressions through web design. Panelist Emily Barany, owner of Emily Barany Consulting, works with nonprofits and corporate businesses to help develop partnerships that are mutually beneficial, and works to help clients make the greatest difference with the resources available to them.

The WEV Women’s Business Center offers a comprehensive 14 week, 56-hour Self-Employment Training (SET) program, for women and men who want to start a business.

WEV is now holding free 1-hour orientations to determine readiness for SET course beginning in September. Orientation is required to enroll.

Upcoming Ventura County Orientations include:

Oxnard: Tuesday, August 11th from 6 -7 p.m.
Ventura: Wednesday, August 12th from 12-1 p.m.
Ventura: Tuesday, August 18th from 6 – 7 p.m.

To register or for more information, visit

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 the company in 1993 from her garage in Calabasas. Her backless/strapless bra was an immediate hit and the first in a long line of Fashion Forms products to revolutionize the Intimate Apparel industry. Ann is also the inventor of the Original Water Push Up Bra®. The company holds 14 patents and 18 trademarks for its innovative designs, and its products are sold in more than 9,500 stores worldwide.

Ann Deal’s and Fashion Forms’ generous support of numerous industry, art and local charities is well known. She has received the Underfashion Club’s “Lifetime Achievement” Femmy Award in support of intimate apparel education, the H.U.G. (Help Us Give) Award from the Intimate Apparel Square Club in support of pediatric programs and children’s services; Ventura County Woman of the Year 2015 and Pacific Coast Business Times’ Top 50 Women in Business.

Ann Deal stated “The past 22 years in California, and the time in Ventura have been a wonderful and fulfilling journey for me and Fashion Forms. Our products are constantly evolving and as a company we are expanding to meet the needs of our customers. Austin has welcomed us with some amazing growth opportunities, and we look forward to becoming a part of this thriving business community.”

In a previous Ventura Breeze article she stated “I came to California in 1990 and opened a company in Los Angeles but the timing wasn’t right.  A friend suggested I relocate to Ventura because it had a great climate, a large pool of potential employees and some really great people living there.  I fell in love with Ventura, moved my operation here in 1993 and I’ve never looked back.”

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 at RiverPark and provide our best PR services to them,” said Denise Bean-White, President and CEO of Consortium Media. “Consortium Media has worked closely with The Collection over the past few years during the successful annual CAN-Tree event, so we have already established a strong business relationship. It’ll be exciting to work closely on The Collection’s very own special events and upcoming grand openings.”

For 25 years, Consortium Media has been building client partnerships based on the shared passion for getting it right. Consortium Media works with a number of clients, both non-profits and retail accounts.

Denise Bean-White opened Consortium Media over 25 years ago as a brand development agency which works locally, regionally and nationally. She created the Five Pillars of Marketing Success™ which strategically combines advertising, promotions, public relations, web, social media and creative together to improve brand recognition and development. Consortium Media has helped hundreds of local, regional and national businesses, nonprofit organizations and corporations achieve greater success, improve their brand and bolster their bottom lines.


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 honor from YPO-WPO, as a member who embodies YPO founder Ray Hickok’s dedication to the organization.  Jeffrey Rosenthal’s passion for the last fourteen years has been the pursuit of cultivating personal relationships and connections globally, by creating a network platform within the organization to help his fellow YPO-WPO members do the same.

Initially Rosenthal’s team created sixty networks based on the common interests of their membership: twenty business, twenty personal and twenty social enterprise networks.  When Jeffrey left the YPO-WPO International Board as Network’s Chair in 2009, there were network officers in seventy-five percent of all YPO chapters, and seventy percent of the members globally who had joined the network platform.

Last year, Jeffrey hosted the largest gathering of YPO-WPO members in history, serving as Host-City Chair for 3500 chief executives from around the world at the Los Angeles Global Leadership Conference “Chief executives and presidents from over 3000 companies throughout 125 countries share experiences,” said Rosenthal.  “YPO-WPO’s mission is, “Better leaders through education and idea exchange,” and this is exactly what we hoped to have accomplished at our LA GLC.”

Originally, Jeffrey created concepts for local grocery store advertising over thirty years ago, and was instrumental in forging the path of the “local advertising” industry.  Rosenthal has always had a unique understanding of the needs of small and medium businesses.  He is the CEO of Rose Investments, which invests in private equity and the founder of StarKart and the NALA. StarKart is the largest advertising network for grocery cart advertising and the NALA, is a full-service digital marketing agency for small and medium businesses, both throughout the United States and Canada.

The NALA consults with each individual business and develops a strategy based on the business’ unique advertising and marketing needs. Clients’ campaigns focus on providing good web content which include services such as news releases, online advertising, social media, blogs, website development, and charity co-branding, among others. For more information, please visit

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