The Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County’s special services coordinator, Clare Briglio, has announced additional resources now available for businesses recovering from the impact of the Thomas Fire and subsequent floods and mudslides.
“New federal declarations have secured additional resources for those who have suffered personal and/or business injury as a result of the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides and floods,” explained Briglio. “To take full advantage of these new federal resources, business owners are encouraged to follow this three-step process. For direct in-person assistance in filing with FEMA or the SBA, please visit a Disaster Recovery Center in your area. In addition, EDC-VC has compiled an online list of resources at http://edc-vc.com/disaster-recovery-services/.”
To access available federal fire and flood relief resources, people should follow this three-step process:
Step 1: Registration with FEMA- Clients who have been impacted by the Thomas Fire and subsequent flood and are interested in government assistance should apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
NOTE: The filing deadline to return FEMA applications for property damage is March 16, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Oct. 15, 2018.
Applicants should have the following information at hand:
· Social Security number.
· Address of the damaged primary residence.
· Description of the damage.
· Information about insurance coverage.
· A current contact telephone number.
· An address where they can receive mail.
· Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.
Step 2: Registration with the SBA for low-interest loans- Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. Disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries. This includes Economic Injury Disaster loans for businesses that may or may not have sustained any damage, but have experienced a downturn in business because of the disaster. The SBA customer service center is also available to answer questions at 1-800-659-2955. Applicants may also come in to a Local Recovery Center (LRC) for person-to-person assistance in completing their applications. For further information, visit SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster.
Step 3: Registration with EDD for unemployment benefits- Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available for workers, business owners and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work hours substantially reduced as a result of the wildfires and associated flooding, mudslides and debris flows in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Those affected are encourages to apply online at https://eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov/, by calling 1-800-300-5616 (English) 1-800-326-8937 (Spanish) or by visiting a Local Recovery Center (see locations below).
Local Recovery Centers (LRC) - Two Disaster Recovery Centers are now open locally for personal and business assistance. Representatives from FEMA, SBA, OES and other agencies will be present to provide information and resources for economic and personal injury due to the Thomas Fire and subsequent floods. Locations are as follows:
1 N Calle Cesar Chavez #21
Santa Barbara, Ca 93103
Saturday 10-2 pm
Ventura County Credit Union
6026 Telephone Rd
Ventura, CA 93003
Saturday 9-1 pm
RESOURCES FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency has opened a temporary satellite office this week in Ventura County to help farmers and ranchers who suffered losses in the Thomas Fire apply for federal disaster recovery assistance.
Agricultural Commissioner's Office
815 E. Santa Barbara St.
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Hours of operation
Thursday, January 18, 8 a.m. to noon
Thursday, January 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, February 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, February 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, February 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, February 22, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Applicants are asked to call the Santa Barbara FSA office at 805-928-9269 to schedule an appointment, but drop-ins are also welcome.
The SBDC is funded by the SBA and provides professional business assistance at no cost to businesses. Participating businesses are required to follow a well-defined scope of work and report their economic successes. These SBA milestones are defined as job creation, increase in sales, capital investment, jobs retained and businesses started.
EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the Small Business Development Center, loan programs, manufacturing outreach and international trade program, or other services available to small businesses through EDC-VC, contact Bruce Stenslie at 805-384-1800 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.edc-vc.com.
Wm. Rick Gill is a native of California and has been a resident of Ventura County for over 30 years. Rick and his wife, Nancy Covarrubias Gill, believe in supporting the community by serving in various charities and events. Rick has coached youth sports and served on their board of directors. The Gills are the proud parents of their son who graduated from St. Bonaventure High School and currently attends Cal State Fullerton.
As a full time Realtor who was licensed in 2002, Rick has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the entire process of buying or selling Real Estate in Ventura County. He has an extensive background in outstanding customer service and his interpersonal skills will provide you with the best service in today’s real estate market. As a realtor, Rick’s motto is to always place his client’s interests first to provide them with the best possible service and outcomes. Rick’s favorite part of the process is handing over the keys to his first-time home buyers.
Rick was immediately impressed by Comfort Real Estate Services and their demonstrated level of professionalism and service. He is confident that his clients will enjoy and benefit by working with his team and everyone at the Comfort Real Estate Services office. Rick looks forward to getting involved with Oxnard Chamber functions, networking, serving on chamber committees and community events.
If you are looking to buy or sell a home or investment property, please contact Rick at 805-218-1259 or email@example.com.
Ventura County residents and visitors will have an opportunity to raise sails, sing sea shanties, and learn about life on a 19th-century tall ship when the Hawaiian Chieftain visits the Channel Islands Harbor in December.
This one-of-a-kind tall ship based out of Grays Harbor, Washington will be docking at the Channel Islands Harbor from December 15th – 20th. The Hawaiian Chieftain, a replica of a sailing vessel that ran the trading routes in the 1800s, will be open for walk-on tours and adventure sails. A crew of 10-14 people will be on board to answer questions.
Visiting this vessel, docked near the Ventura County Harbor Patrol offices, (3900 Pelican Way Oxnard, CA 93035) is a perfect way to spend a few hours at the Harbor. Here is the schedule for the Hawaiian Chieftain:
For more information and reservations, call 1-800-200-5239. Please visit www.historicalseaport.org to purchase tickets.
More than 250 middle and high school girls will be participating in the second Girls STEM Day hosted by the Career Education Department of the Oxnard Union High School District. The event provides opportunities to encourage girls to pursue STEM-related careers.
Over 30 female engineers, representing numerous business and industry partners, will share the excitement and relevance of careers within STEM. Industry Partners include Aera Energy, Southern California Edison, California Resources Corporation, California Aeronautical University, City of Oxnard, Jensen Design, Nusil, Urban Strategies, Ventura College, AeroComputers, and tenant commands of the Navy including NAVAIR, NAVFAC and NAVSEA.
While the girls experience three workshops from female engineers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as they develop skills for the 21st century, their parents will be receiving information on how to encourage their daughters to pursue higher education in the STEM pipeline, an overview of the local higher education options, and how to afford college through financial aid options.
The keynote speaker will be Silvia Faulstich, a Flight Test Engineer at Port Mugu, supporting Unmanned and Manned aircraft. She is a strong supporter of STEM recruitment and volunteers in many areas in her community.
This event is made possible through numerous other partners, such as the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Richard Favor, Food Share, the Port of Hueneme, Californians for Energy Independence, Southern California Edison, CSU-Channel Islands, Oxnard College, VC STEM, and the Ventura County Civic Alliance.
WHEN: December 2, 2017 ~ 8:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hueneme High School, Oxnard, CA
WHAT: Second Annual Girls STEM Day with Oxnard Union High School District
WHO: Oxnard Middle School students and local female engineers; and
Key Note Speaker Silvia Faulstich of Naval Air Warfare Center, Point Mugu
CONTACT: Mary Anne Rooney, Project Director
Ventura County Civic Alliance
The Ventura County Civic Alliance (VCCA) is a regional collaborative of civic leaders representing a balanced mix of 3E — economic, environmental and social-equity perspectives. Its mission is to work together with our community to promote a healthy and sustainable future for Ventura County. VCCA is an initiative of the Ventura County Community Foundation. For more information about the Alliance and how to join, go online to www.CivicAlliance.org.
The Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD) serves Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme. Founded in 1905, the district currently operates 10 schools (seven comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, one middle college school and one adult school). More than 300,000 residents live within district, which employs over 700 teachers and oversees the education of over 20,000 students with an annual operating budget of over $170 million.
The Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the appointment of its new California Welcome Center (CWC) Manager, Kay Faust Carter. The CWC is located at the Collection Riverpark at 2786 Seaglass Way.
Carter brings a diverse background in communications, business and professional experience in the wine industry. Before joining the CWC, Carter served as a Wine Specialist and Wine Club Coordinator for the Bacchus Wine Shop in Millbrae, California where she provided customer service and management for the wine club members. Before that, she worked as an Office Coordinator at San Francisco Wine School and Business Office and Operations Analyst at The Rare Wine Company in Brisbane, California. She also held the position of Tasting Room Associate at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, California.
Besides working within the wine industry, Carter also served as Director of Finance and Human Resources for Mercy High School in Burlingame, California where she managed financial and investment activity at the school while also supervising all human resource functions and overseeing the overall operation.
Carter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications/Journalism/Video from the University of Colorado and a Master of Business Administration in Management Studies/Marketing emphasis from San Francisco State University. In addition, she has an Advanced Level III certification (with merit) and Intermediate Level II certification (with distinction) from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and recently completed the classroom portion of the Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators via the San Francisco Wine School.
For more information, call the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at 805-385-7545.
About Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, and tourism revenue opportunities through the promotion of Oxnard as a premier travel destination. Oxnard is an easy drive up the coast from Los Angeles or from the northern portions of California. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy Oxnard’s uncrowded beaches, explore the many diverse attractions and outdoor adventures that are unique to the area. A wide variety of hotel accommodations are available ranging from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings. For more information, call the California Welcome Center at 805-988-0717.