Christy Madden is a Sr. Deputy Executive Officer for Community Development Division in County Executive Office, administering HUD Entitlement grants and Countywide Continuum of Care funding for homeless programs and services. She actively participates in several County initiatives including Pay for Success, promoting outcomes-based contracting, innovative financing, data integration, and pursuing system improvements to enhance service delivery by strengthening community, non-profit, and local government partnerships. Specific emphasis is placed on high frequency users of publicly funded systems of care, particularly for persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Find out what collaboration is taking place on addressing the increasing challenge of homelessness in Ventura County. Ms. Madden will offer her perspective and insight.
Please join us on May 10 at the Knowledge & Networking Lunch at River Ridge Golf Club, 2401 W. Vineyard Avenue. Check-in and networking begin at 11:30. Lunch is at noon with the program to follow.
Advance reservations are required and are discounted for Chamber members if made by May 7.
The Selection Committee for the 2018 Community & Business Awards met on March 29 to sift through nominations submitted by Chamber and community members for a variety of award categories. The Selection Committee is made up of representatives of the sponsors of the Awards luncheon, which will take place on April 27 at Levity Live at The Collection.
In addition to the nominations from the public, the Oxnard Chamber Board also selects a person, business, or organization to receive the Oxnard Trophy for bringing recognition to Oxnard and bettering the community.
Here are the awardees:
Distinguished Citizens of the Year – Sisters Servants of Mary
Since 1961 the Sisters Servants of Mary have been ministering to the sick day and night.
Woman of the Year – Marilyn Peake
Marilyn is the Community Outreach Officer for Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) where she leads VCCU's financial education efforts in the Hispanic and immigrant community. She is very involved in Oxnard as a volunteer, serving on the MICOP and SEEAG boards of directors. She also donates her time at the St. John's food pantry and for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Man of the Year – Scott Whitney
Chief Whitney has spent nearly 25 years with the Oxnard Police Department. In addition to serving as Chief, Scott stepped forward when Oxnard needed an interim city manager. Scott was born and raised in Oxnard and has dedicated his life to bettering the community.
Large Business of the Year – California Resources Corporation
California Resources Corporation has a strong dedication to the local communities where their employees live and work. CRC serves as an active and supportive community partner through impactful donations and volunteerism.
Small Business of the Year – Coastal Architects
Partners Michael Sanchez and Jeffrey Zook formed Coastal Architects ten years ago and have had quite an impact on Oxnard since then. They have been a transformative agent in Downtown revitalization and throughout the community.
Downtown Business of the Year – Xielo Artisan Desserts
The Ramirez family owns and operates their artisan Mexican café from the historical Woolworth building in Downtown Oxnard where they prepare and serve a unique variety of delicious foods using recipes passed down through generations of their family.
Innovative Business of the Year – The Annex at The Collection at RiverPark
New at The Collection in 2017, The Annex is a 16,000 square foot collection of microshops, artisan boutiques and epicurean discoveries showcasing unique local retailers, craft food and beverage purveyors.
Service Organization of the Year – Soroptimist International of Oxnard
In addition to everything Soroptimist of Oxnard does to enhance women's lives, they have added a new program called "Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls" which focuses on girls in secondary education programs who face obstacles to their future success.
Oxnard Trophy – Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau works tirelessly to promote Oxnard to both domestic and international visitors. Their efforts are paying off since Oxnard currently has the highest hotel occupancy rate and the highest average daily hotel rate of all the cities in Ventura County.
The 68th Annual Community & Business Awards luncheon will be April 27 at Levity Live at The Collection. Advance reservations are required. Call or click to sign up!
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are a carefully selected group of highly respected individuals from all facets of business. They are an extension of the Oxnard Chamber Board and staff as they take on the role of welcoming committee. Ambassadors are an essential component of the Oxnard Chamber’s growth and success, and their feedback is invaluable and incorporated in Chamber programs and events.
What does an Ambassador do?
Does this sound like something for you? If so, then come to a Chamber Ambassador meeting and meet everyone! Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 12:00PM at the Chamber office. Want more information? Contact Sharen Strong, Director of Member Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 983-6118. We look forward hearing from you!
Following the Oxnard Chamber’s candidates’ forum on March 8, its political action committee met to discuss what they heard at the forum and what they knew about the candidates.
“The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce opposed the city council recall election when petitions were being circulated among voters. However, the recall is here. If the current mayor is recalled, we believe the best candidate to succeed him is Miguel Lopez. Miguel is an open-minded champion for Oxnard and would assume office without any preconceived agendas,” said Chamber CEO Nancy Lindholm.
The Chamber’s mission is to represent business interests and advocate public policies that promote a
healthy economy. The mission is accomplished through legislative involvement, networking events,
and numerous other programs and services that are offered.
The goal of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce is to promote the business and economic well-being of
our diverse community to benefit enterprises, big and small, through advocacy, services and
education, business exposure, and promotional opportunities. The Chamber values the quality of life in
our community and encourages economic vitality.
The special recall election will be held May 1. Voters will be asked if Mayor Flynn, Mayor Pro Tem Ramirez, Councilmember Perello and Councilmember Madrigal should be recalled. After voters choose “Yes” or “No” for each incumbent they are asked to vote for a replacement candidate for each office.
There wasn’t much elbow room at River Ridge Golf Club last Thursday when the Oxnard Chamber presented a candidates’ forum for the special recall election on May 1. The sold-out crowd of business leaders heard from three of the four incumbents targeted by the recall. Of the 14 candidates running for mayor or city council, nine participated in the forum.
The Chamber sincerely thanks Dr. Herb Gooch, Professor of Political Science at California Lutheran University for moderating the program.
Click here to read the forum coverage by the Ventura County Star.