Everyone is invited to the Port of Hueneme and Community Partners Job Fair on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port of Hueneme located at 333 Ponoma Street in Port Hueneme.
The Port and its community partners are offering over 100 jobs! The event is free and open to the public and will also feature a special “Kid's Korner” Activity Area.
The Port is seeking energetic, motivated and committed individuals/partners to join its team. As one of the region’s economic engines, the Port plays a vital role in creating and sustaining sound economic development for Ventura County and Southern California. The Port of Hueneme is an equal opportunity employer. Positions available include:
We recently welcomed new Chamber member Kids & Families Together, a local nonprofit that has served the Ventura County community for 20 years through education, support, and counseling for kinship, adoption, foster, and birth families. Caitlin Barringer, Development Manager, shares more about their life-changing mission.
What products or services do you provide?
We provide counseling, education and support for families that have come together through foster care, kinship (primarily grandparents raising grandchildren), and adoption. In addition, Kids & Families Together supports families that are in a reunification process when children have been removed by child welfare.
How and when did the organization get started?
Twenty years ago, Kids & Families Together founders, Faith Friedlander and a family friend, along with their husbands, had a vision of creating an organization that would support children and families as they traverse through the multiple stages of the child welfare system.
What is the organization's mission or motto?
Kids & Families Together’s mission is to strengthen relationships and provide safe, supportive help and education that keeps families emotionally connected to one another.
What’s one thing the organization is known for?
We offer a safe and supportive resource, education and counseling center. We are committed to respecting each individual and family who request our services and to providing the most comprehensive, trauma informed education and counseling to promote healthy families.
Why are Oxnard and Ventura County attractive markets for your organization?
Since Kids & Families Together works in collaboration with the Ventura County child welfare agency, most of our programs and services take place in Ventura County. Through data we know that there are many children both removed and placed in greater Oxnard. In addition, we know that there are many relatives raising relative children.
Are there any new events you can tell us about?
Stay tuned: This is our 20th Anniversary and we will be celebrating!
How can the Chamber / members / Oxnard community help?
The Oxnard community and Chamber members can help by learning about our organization, partnering with us, volunteering, and donating both monetary and tangible goods. There are so many ways and opportunities for collaboration to make our community an even greater place!
Learn more at www.kidsandfamilies.org
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We recently welcomed Battery Systems Inc. as a member of the Oxnard Chamber community. It is the single source solution for all of your battery needs. Whether it’s for your car, boat, RV, truck and more, Battery Systems provides great quality batteries at great prices.
Here are seven more things to know from Branch Manager Louie Montoya, including why you and/or your business should do business with them.
1. What products or services do you provide?
Batteries, Chargers, starters, alternators, cables
2. When did the business get started?
3. What is the company's mission?
At Battery Systems, our goal is to provide our customers with the best battery products available on the market, combined with the most efficient service in the industry, offered at the most competitive prices, in ever expanding markets. We realize that the customer’s needs and our ability to meet those needs are the determining factor in the success or failure of our business. We strive to treat each and every customer like we would like to be treated by our suppliers. To meet these objectives, we employ only people whose focus is on our goal and whose positive attitude and sense of teamwork gives our customers a reason to do business with us.
4. What’s one thing the business is known for over its competitors?
Quality customer service and prices.
5. Why did the business choose Oxnard as its location?
We are located across the United States, however Oxnard is one of the chosen cities because it gives us the chance to service any customer, but also provide the best quality batteries for those in the marine, automotive, and agricultural markets.
6. Are there any new developments you can tell us about?
Our company has expanded across the United States so we are able to service any part of the United States.
7. How can the Chamber / members / Oxnard community help the business?
Leading customers our way any time they need a battery whether that be to buy or test their current one in use. We do free battery testing.
Learn more at: batterysystems.net
By Chamber Chair Celina Zacarias
Every 10 years we have the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Census and stand up to be counted. This year marks the next census. Beginning on Census day, April 1, 2020, and running through the end of July 2020, we have the opportunity to impact the future of our community for the next 10 years.
Census data is used to evaluate each state, county, and community in a variety of ways. From an impact on infrastructure to an impact on local businesses, it is important that we all participate in the upcoming census. Ventura County has been identified as the 59th hardest-to-count county. Meaning that we are likely to be under-counted and therefore underrepresented and underfunded in the years to come.
For every person that goes uncounted, it equates to approximately $2,000 per year in social safety-net benefits that go to fund things such as emergency services, infrastructure, improving schools, healthcare access for infants and children and many other essential social services our community relies on.
The census does not only impact us personally but can have a significant impact on the business community. It is important know that an accurate count is vital to funding for rural business and industry development, job training programs, and other employment programs that impact the economic growth in our county. Census data is regularly used by businesses, developers, and economists to evaluate expansion, and new business ventures within our region. So we want to be sure that our community’s count represents the growing, thriving people we call family, friends, and neighbors.
Additionally, the decennial census data will be utilized to determine the number of votes California has in the electoral college, the number of representatives in the House of Representatives and to potentially redraw State Assembly and Senate district lines. As we all know, having elected officials who believe in our community and support local businesses is important to our continued and future success.
As members of the business community, here are a few practical ways you can help our community be counted:
As the Census approaches, let’s work together to make sure our community is counted and well represented in the decade ahead. If you have any questions about how you can get more involved with the Census effort, you can start by visiting https://venturacountycounts.org.
By Chamber CEO Nancy Lindholm
Transparency in government is paramount. The more the citizenry believes its best interests are a top priority of elected officials, the more confidence it has in local government.
The City of Oxnard placed Measure B on the March 3, 2020, ballot to assure the utmost transparency. The measure will limit the mayor and council members to three four-year terms and impose strict campaign contribution limits.
Measure B also will prohibit elected officials from accepting gifts from lobbyists and city contractors.
It also requires the city to post monthly financial reports on its website, as well as information on high-ticket city contracts.
The Chamber's Board of Directors reviewed Measure B prior to the city council placing it on the March ballot and voted to support it.
For more information and the official ballot language for Measure B, visit www.oxnard.org/measureb.