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Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the Thomas Fire, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce has postponed the 21st Annual Poinsettia Awards scheduled for Thursday, December 6th.

We know that there will time to celebrate the remarkable work of our very deserving award winners, but now is the time to focus on protecting and saving our beautiful City.

We hope that you understand and will take the time to help in whatever way you can.  Of course we will notify you as soon as a new date has been selected.  Please be safe.

Stephanie Caldwell
President & CEO
Ventura Chamber of Commerce

Please purchase your tickets quickly. Online registration will be closing at noon tomorrow (Tuesday, December 5), or as soon as the final few tickets are sold.
Due to the SOLD OUT nature of the event, we will not be able to accept walk-ins on the day of the event.
For those of you already registered, please don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for our “Spark of Love” holiday drive. Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, December 7
Register here. Please email events@ventura-chamber.org for more information.

Ventura Chamber breakfast-goers are taking a field trip this week! FOOD Share is sponsoring the August 4 Connection Breakfast and we will be enjoying our popular, upbeat (and often full of laughter) breakfast meeting at their warehouse facility. If you have yet to see just exactly how FOOD Share feeds over 74,000 people per month, you will not want to miss this experience. This is a great opportunity to get involved with a fantastic organization.

You are encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation! Every person who brings a donation will receive one raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for dinner at Aloha Steakhouse. Thank you Aloha for the support!

As usual, every guest will have time to give a “20 second commercial.” There will be door prizes, community announcements, delicious food and networking galore!

About FOOD Share:

More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. FOOD Share invites you to join us for our 2nd Annual Blue Jean Ball on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Farms. This event will celebrate our founder and visionary, Jewel Pedi, as she celebrates her 90th Birthday! She will, appropriately, be our “Jewel of the Ball”. Tickets can be purchased at www.foodshare.com/bluejeanball

Please promote this event to your customers, business/network community, and via social media!

Spring Carnival Business Expo
Thursday, May 25 | 4:30-7:30pm
Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, 1050 Schooner Dr, Ventura

FREE and open to the public!
Promote the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1901407330114092

 We have 1/3 page size “tickets,” 8.5×11 flyers and 11×17 posters available, as well as a square graphic suitable for social media. Download and print the artwork:

Please call the Chamber if you want to have printed materials dropped off at your office, so that you can spread the word about this great and FREE event open to the public. (805) 643-7222 or marketing@ventura-chamber.org.

Biz Connect Connect


Curious about the Ventura Chamber and our networking groups? Get to know members of all five Biz Connect Groups and see what they’re all about. Tell a friend, invite a Chamber prospect, have fun and network! Free and open to the public.

Upcoming Connect Connect Events

Tuesday December 6 | 5:30-7:30pm
NOW Ventura »185 E Santa Clara Street, Ventura
Register now



The MIX! @ Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
February 25, 2016 | 5:30-7:00pm
401 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Admission: FREE

Please join us for The MIX! hosted by Latitudes Fine Art Gallery.

National Small Business Week 2016 will be celebrated the first week of May.

Throughout Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Los Angeles District Office, in conjunction with public- and private-sector small business supporters, will host special events to honor and present awards to local entrepreneurs and those who support and champion small business.

If you know of any small businesses who deserve special recognition as small business champions or top entrepreneurs who think big, take risks and work hard to achieve the ‘American Dream,’ while creating jobs and building our economy, then we encourage you to nominate them or ask them to apply.

Nominations can be made by an individual or a business for an individual or a business. Businesses and entrepreneurs can also self-nominate.

The deadline for submitting nominations is January 11, 2016. The nomination form and eligibility guidelines are available on the Los Angeles Small Business Administration’s website, www.sba.gov/ca/la.

On Thursday, December 10, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce along with their title sponsor Montecito Bank & Trust presented the 19th Annual Poinsettia Awards. This luncheon, attended by more than 300 attendees, recognized individuals and organizations that have truly stood out in our community as exemplary in the fields of business, education, and public service. This year, the luncheon was celebrated at the Marriott Ventura Beach and was attended by City officials, legislative representatives, the Ventura Unified School District, and the local business community.

During the event, the Chamber awarded recipients from the following categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year – Hope Deck
  • Small Business of the Year – Axxess Ventura
  • Mid-Size Business of the Year – Sespe Consulting
  • Large Business of the Year – Harrison Industries
  • Non- Profit Organization of the Year – Project Understanding
  • Young Professional of the Year – Caitlin Beavers
  • Citizen of the Year – Dr. Leo Tauber
  • Ambassador of the Year – Jann Huling
  • Board Member of the Year – Steven Brown
  • City of Ventura, Environmental Excellence Award – Shine Supply
  • City of Ventura, Employee of the Year – Kathryn Dippong-Lawson
  • City of Ventura, Firefighter of the Year – Drew DeRousseau
  • City of Ventura, Police Officer of the Year – Fabian Gutierrez
  • VUSD Educator of the Year – Mandi de Witte
  • VUSD Male Student of the Year – Justin Lucio
  • VUSD Female Student of the Year – Fidelity Ballmer
  • Innovation Award – FreshRealm
  • Jewel Key Award – Topa Topa Brewing Company
  • Shining Star Award – Matthew Graczyk

This event presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and Montecito Bank & Trust was proudly sponsored by: City of Ventura, Community Memorial Health System, County Commerce Bank, CSU Channel Islands, FASTSIGNS of Ventura, Kaiser Permanente, Ventura County Credit Union, Aera Energy, AT&T, California Resources Corporation, Coast Self Storage, Marriott Ventura Beach, SESPE Consulting, Union Bank, Gold Coast Acura, Gold Coast Transit, Kris Hansen’s State Farm Insurance, Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLP, Pacific Western Bank, Ventura Community Bank, Ventura Rental Party Center, Western States Petroleum Association, Kenny Backer Photography, Luners Production Services, Pacific Coast Business Times, VC Reporter, Ventura Adult and Continuing Education, Ventura Breeze, and Ventura County Star.

About Ventura Chamber
The Ventura Chamber of Commerce continues to be the largest and most comprehensive business organization in the City of Ventura – speaking on behalf of its member firms employing over 24,000 people. Members include companies of all sizes and industries, from start-up to established, entrepreneurial to corporate.

The Chamber continues to “Make Business Happen” – building a strong local economy, advocating on behalf of the business community at the local, state, and federal levels, fostering community development, workforce development and other member benefit programs. The Chamber embraces a coalition approach to working with government and other community entities for the betterment of the whole community.

The Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties announced today they are hosting an energy event titled “The Future of Energy and the Environment,” scheduled for October 14, 2015 from 8:00-11:30AM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura.

“Energy is an important topic, both to the business community and the members of the public. The Alliance wants to provide an opportunity for greater understanding of our energy needs, and our energy reality, their effects on the environment, and to allow the audience to ask questions”, said Scott Eicher, Chair of the Chambers of Commerce Alliance.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Alex Epstein, a New York Times best-selling author and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress (CIP). Epstein has risen to prominence as the nation’s leading free-market energy debater, promoting a philosophy that is anti-pollution but pro-development. He draws on cutting-edge research and original insights to offer an alternate perspective on the energy debate and shares eye-opening thoughts into how technology will improve the lives of people – safely, cleanly, and effectively – for years to come. He has been called the “most original thinker of the year” by political commentator John McLaughlin.

There will also be a panel discussion featuring representatives from each of the energy sectors, including California Resources Corporation (CRC), Desert Solar, Infinity Wind, and Brightwave Energy. The discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges each sector faces, along with environmental factors.

For more information or to register for this event, please visit http://tinyurl.com/pwvwpsk or call Sandra Burkhart at 805-966-7113.


For further information please contact Sandra Burkhart at (805) 966-7113 or via email at sburkhart@wspa.org