Do you want to practice public speaking, improve your communication and build leadership skills?
The Oxnard Toastmasters Club is one of the newest members of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. Toastmasters is a nationally recognized, nonprofit educational organization that helps individuals hone essential communication and public speaking skills. Members learn the unavoidable and critical skills that every business professional must confront including public speaking, meeting preparation and more.
Everyone is invited to attend the Oxnard Toastmasters meetings, which happen at noon on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce's board room. You can see their meeting schedule on the Chamber's Community Calendar.
The leadership team consists of Craig Miller (President), Doug Riffenburgh (VP of Education), Josh Damigo (VP of Membership), J.C. Lombardo (VP of Public Relations), Kirkland Tibbels, DTM (Treasurer), and Jennifer Caldwell (Sergeant at Arms).
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Last week, Oxnard Chamber’s Business Development Manager Tom Carrese attended Academy 2019, a three-day professional development program for chamber executives and staff.
Hosted by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.), Academy is a three-year commitment to learning chamber management essentials.
Carrese, along with 65 other first-year participants, attended six, in-depth, half-day workshops on legal basics, committee and board development, budget preparation, membership sales and recruitment, and marketing and communications.
Chamber CEO Nancy Lindholm is a graduate of the program and led the class on “Budget Preparation & Monitoring.”
To graduate from the three-year Academy program, participants must attend all 18 classes and complete additional requirements outside of the classroom, such as attending W.A.C.E. Annual Conferences and webinars, and regional or state chamber executive conferences.
Representing more than 800 chamber professionals in 18 states in the Western U.S. and Canada, W.A.C.E. is the premier organization for education and professional development for chamber executives and staff.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can be very expensive!
A Message From Our CEO Nancy Lindholm
Sexual harassment prevention training is not an option – it's the law. Employers must take reasonable steps to prevent harassment. Every California employer with five or more employees is required to provide every worker with prevention training.
A work culture that tolerates harassment not only incurs legal risks (along with legal fees and costs), but also creates other problems including:
Take this quick quiz (from the California Chamber of Commerce) to test your understanding of your responsibilities for providing sexual harassment prevention training.
How did you do?
Harassment prevention training for all supervisors and employees is required in California (for companies with five or more employees). Training is an essential component of any harassment prevention program – especially when combined with company leadership on these issues. Those at the top level of company management must not only set the proper tone, but also dedicate the necessary time and resources to meet their prevention obligation and ensure their efforts are effective.
Training must be completed by January 1, 2020 or within six months of hiring a new employee. However, there is no need to wait! Harassment prevention training now can help avoid a potential claim.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the California Chamber to provide easy, affordable training for workers and supervisors.
Order your online training today! You will receive a 20% discount when you purchase through this link.
You will have to create a CalChamber store account, but you are not required to become a preferred member. The Oxnard Chamber 20% discount will be applied during checkout.
Chamber committee connects Oxnard's Business and Military Communities
Did you know that Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) is the largest employer in Ventura County and has an economic impact of $2 billion?
“With the base being the biggest employer in the county, it’s very important for the businesses to interact with the base and the members of our military,” says Ron Van Dyck, Deputy Director of Ventura County Parks Department and Chair of the Oxnard Chamber Military Appreciation Committee.
The Military Appreciation Committee is focused on strengthening the relationship between the business community and local military installations. Being part of the committee is an excellent opportunity for those who want to learn more about the integral role the military plays in the Oxnard community while showing support for our local servicemen and women, their families and their mission.
“This county is one of the best in supporting our local military. We are like one big family, which is hard to find in other military cities,” says Van Dyck.
The committee meets on the second Thursday of every month and receives key updates from representatives from NBVC, US ARMY Recruiting Station, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Air National Guard and the United States Coast Guard.
Honoring Our Heroes
The Committee oversees the Chamber’s Military Discount Program, through which businesses provide discounts to military personnel and their families, and organize the annual Military Appreciation Dinner in September, an annual awards banquet honoring enlisted service personnel.
And in August, the annual Military Appreciation Mixer brings together military personnel, local leaders, business owners and professionals for a networking event hosted by the Port of Hueneme with the Oxnard and Port Hueneme chambers of commerce.
“Through both of these events, we have the opportunity to showcase our military to the public and Oxnard Chamber business community, where they can talk and meet our military members,” says Van Dyck.
To get involved on the Military Appreciation Committee or another Oxnard Chamber committee, click here.
CURE Pharmaceutical is changing how we take our medicines
By Chair of the Board Stacy Miller
Imagine a daily regimen of several pills, liquids or injections being reduced to a simple small film that dissolves in your mouth.
You don’t have to just imagine this great innovation because it is already developed by the brilliant team at CURE Pharmaceutical based right here in Oxnard.
CURE Pharmaceutical is a vertically integrated life science company with a propriety platform for oral drug delivery. The CURE mission is to improve lives by redefining how medicines are delivered and experienced, enabling more precise dosing and better efficiencies for patients.
By partnering with innovative firms looking for new methods to deliver drugs from early feasibility to commercialization, CURE Pharmaceutical is utilizing cutting-edge technology to solve a myriad of drug delivery issues.
“CURE’s oral soluble film technology is a versatile formulation platform that allows CURE to create proprietary drug products with optimal release profiles for better patient outcomes and experiences,” explains Jessica Rousset, CURE Pharmaceutical’s Chief Operating Officer.
From young children to the elderly and some in-between, the experience of taking pills, liquids and injections can be difficult. This can lead to poor medication adherence.
When swallowed, pills need to be dissolved by the body into particles small enough to be absorbed. During this process, as much as 80% of the drug may get metabolized by the liver and excreted.
While liquids can be offered as an alternative delivery method, they often taste terrible and can be challenging to administer to children and pets. Also, many patients strongly dislike injections, particularly when self-administered.
CUREfilm®, CURE Pharmaceutical’s marquis drug delivery system, is revolutionizing how medicines are consumed, solving the issues some have with pills, liquids and injections. CURE’s oral dissolving film technology unleashes the full potential of drug treatments and can improve the efficacy and safety of new and existing drugs, match or improve pharmacokinetic drug profiles, and stabilize plasma levels over extended time periods, possibly reducing dose frequency and side effects.
With CURE’s patented technology, life-saving drugs can be delivered to patients that bypass the G.I. tract, avoiding G.I. side effects and in activation in the gut and liver. This method protects the active ingredient from degradation in the biological environment; it prolongs the drug’s presence in the blood, and it increases cellular uptake. CURE’s technology is different from other oral thin films in that larger amounts of the drug active can be loaded onto the CUREfilm®.
Patient benefits of the CUREfilm® include rapid delivery for faster clinical affect and symptom relief; reduced side effects with a possible lower dose; an alternative to swallowing pills and injections; and easier adherence by combining multiple actives in one dose.
What else is on the horizon for this innovative company? How about raising the bar for cannabis by maximizing how cannabis can be used as an effective therapy for patients?
“We are very excited about the momentum at CURE Pharmaceutical. We are always looking at being collaborative not competitive, and we live by our company’s mission to improve people’s lives by redefining how medicines are delivered and experienced,” says Rousset.
What a great innovator right here in Oxnard! Check out CURE Pharmaceutical at: www.curepharma.com.