At its December 6 meeting, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors elected the 2019 Officers. Most of the faces will be quite familiar, as there wasn't much change from the later part of 2018.
Members may recall we had changes in officers mid-year in 2018 due to the relocation of the Board chair. Chair-Elect Stacy Miller stepped up to fill the vacancy at the end of April, and has agreed to stay in that position through 2019. Stacy is the principal of Stacy Miller Public Affairs.
Serving as Chair-Elect in 2019 is Celina Zacarias. Celina is the Senior Director of Community and Government Relations at California State University Channel Islands. Celina is very active with a number of other chambers of commerce, so we feel very lucky to have her as Chair-Elect.
Amy Fonzo has agreed to serve another year as the Chamber's Immediate Past Chair. Amy is the Manager of External Relations for California Resources Corporation, the largest producer of oil and gas in California.
Andrew Kiefer will remain in his position as Vice Chair / Treasurer, where he has served for the past two years. Andrew is the Managing Director for CBIZ MHM, LLC in Oxnard. His firm provides accounting and other services to help businesses grow.
New to the slate of Officers in 2019 is Craig Classen. Craig is Regional Vice President for Jani Tek Cleaning Solutions. Craig is active on the Chamber Ambassadors Committee and a graduate of the Oxnard Leadership program.
The Officers of the Oxnard Chamber make up its Executive Committee.
One of the Chamber’s signature publications is its annual Business and Community Guide. Advertising sales are now open for the 2019 edition.
As with past editions, the 2019 Guide will be distributed all over town. Most of the hotels in Oxnard make it available to their guests. With its eye-catching cover and beautiful photography, the Guide is something people hold onto and use as a buying reference.
The Business and Community Guide is completely compiled and produced by the Chamber, so in addition to promoting members’ goods and services, it’s a great way to support the organization as well.
Ad sales will be open until February 28. Prime advertising locations will go fast, so don’t delay. Contact the Chamber today to reserve your space. There are options to fit every budget.
The Oxnard Chamber Political Action Committee has endorsed three candidates for city council in the new district elections.
Of the four candidates seeking election to Oxnard city council in District 1, Ken Oplinger's qualifications and positions on issues certainly rose to the top of the list.
Ken has a long list of public service on planning commissions and served on the city council in Blaine, Washington. He currently chairs the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board and serves on the City of Santa Barbara Living Wage Advisory Board. He was recently appointed to the City of Santa Barbara Sales Tax Oversight Committee.
Ken Oplinger currently serves as the President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region, where he has been since May 2013. He has been leading Chambers of Commerce in the Western US for over 25 years.
Ken and his family live near the beach in Oxnard. Voters in District 1 can learn more about Ken Oplinger from his website, www.ken4oxnard.com.
Gabriela Basua and Vianey Lopez are running in Districts 5 and 6, respectively. The Chamber PAC scrutinized their written questionnaire responses and interviewed both as well.
"We believe Basua and Lopez will be excellent additions to the Oxnard city council," noted Steve Buenger, Chair of the PAC. "They both understand how local government operates and how important it is to have a healthy business community."
Gabriela Basua lives in the College Estates neighborhood of Oxnard. She is the housing manager for the city of Port Hueneme. When asked what is the greatest challenge facing Oxnard, she replied that Oxnard's economic sustainability could affect public safety and infrastructure needs. She also noted that the city needs to maximize its revenue by partnering with businesses to ensure they are successful in order to maximize tax revenues. Ms. Basua is passionate about providing options for the homeless population in Oxnard.
Vianey Lopez currently serves on the Hueneme Elementary School District Board of Trustees and works for Assemblymember Monique Limon. She lives in the Redwood neighborhood of south Oxnard. Public safety is one of her priorities. She is also very concerned about the city's infrastructure needs – such as the wastewater treatment plant – and the city's bond rating. Vianey believes there are grant opportunities that should be explored to help with capital projects.
Changes to employment law require new posters at each place of business STATEWIDE - order your posters today to avoid fines
The Oxnard Chamber is making it easy for businesses to comply with California’s labor laws. No matter how many employees you have in California, your business is required by law to post a current California and Federal Employment Poster centrally in every place of business. Severe fines and penalties will be assessed if a business doesn’t display a current poster.
In partnership with the CalChamber, the Oxnard Chamber is currently taking pre-orders for the updated 2019 California and Federal Employment Poster. CalChamber is a trusted source for California and federal compliance products, with more than 125 years of experience helping California business do business.
The 2019 all-in-one poster includes mandatory updates to the Cal/OSHA notice for January 1, 2019, plus recommended updates to the USERRA notice and the CFRA notice. Reminder: On January 1, 2019 the minimum wage increases to $11.00/hour for employers with 25 or less employees and $12.00/hour for employers with 26 or more employees.
The all-in-one posting is available laminated or non-laminated and in your choice of English or Spanish. Posters must be displayed in a conspicuous place accessible to all employees. Employers must also display posters in each company location.
Orders placed by December 14 will be available for pick up at the Chamber around January 1. Orders placed after mid-December may take two weeks to process depending on current inventory. Please call the Oxnard Chamber at 805-983-6118 or download the order form via our website www.oxnardchamber.org .
Other labor law compliance resource materials are available as well. Need a supply of the required pamphlets and notices for new hires? We can provide those. A list of all products and pricing (discounts for members) is listed on the order form available on the Chamber's website.
2019 Leadership opens registration
Oxnard Leadership's 2019 program is accepting applications from those who desire to enhance their leadership potential, increase their knowledge of the community and are willing to commit their individual talents for future years toward the betterment of the community of Oxnard. A successful candidate should possess a passion for self-improvement with the goal of assisting others.
This interactive program provides a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economic prosperity and quality of life while developing and refining individual skills to better serve in leadership roles within their organization or in our community.
Participants receive a comprehensive overview of the Oxnard area – its realities, opportunities and challenges. Sessions move to various locations throughout the Oxnard area and provide students with a unique opportunity to meet key business and government leaders who play integral roles in the region by way of tours, panels, and speakers. Class speakers address not only the facts, but also perspectives, challenges, and opportunities in highly interactive sessions. Oxnard Leadership extends an invitation to interested individuals who are committed to a better tomorrow and who are motivated to assume leadership roles in Oxnard today.
"The Oxnard Leadership Program is one of the best experiences I have ever been apart of. It’s an all encompassing course that dives into many facets of our local community. If you would like to network with others in the community, grow personally and professionally this class if for you. I can truly say I learned something new every session and it was a delight! The planning and execution was done flawlessly by the Oxnard Chamber – thank you! It’s a must for those looking to broaden their knowledge of our local community and the businesses that operate in it."
Justin Cotton, Engineering Tech, California Resources Corporation
Oxnard Leadership 2017
The benefits of Oxnard Leadership are multifaceted. Your participation in the program allows you, employers, and the community as a whole to reap rewards. Whether you are new to the area, or have lived here for years, this course can open new doors of opportunity. Benefits from the program include the following just to name a few:
"I am a member of the Oxnard Leadership Academy for 2017 and it has been an honor and privilege to be a part of such a rewarding adventure to learn and enrich my knowledge with all that the academy classes have shared with me. I would highly recommend the course to all my associate colleagues that have not experienced this leadership academy! Thank you for this opportunity and for your leadership in keeping this program active throughout our communities!"
Alyce D. Bosacki, Vice President, Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau-California Welcome Center
Oxnard Leadership 2017
Click here for more information and the application.