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Join the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and support the proposed zoning overlay.  We need your support this Monday, March 20 at the City Council Meeting at 6:00 pm.

This past November the Ventura Chamber of Commerce 25-member Board of Directors met for its annual goal setting retreat.  During this meeting it was again confirmed that one of the areas of focus is working with the City, County, faith-based community and other stakeholders on the issue of the homelessness.  The Chamber has actively engaged on this issue over the past 18 months and currently the Chamber CEO and several Board Members serve on the City’s Homelessness Stakeholders group and has met regularly over the past 8 months to help develop solutions.

Although over the past 5 years the actual number of homeless individuals in our community has been reduced by half, we still have roughly 300 chronically homeless people.  The Ventura City Council provided bold leadership back in 2011 by implementing the Safe and Clean Public Places Initiative, which aided in the reduction of the homeless from an all-time high of 701.  Council now finds themselves in a similar position as they consider implementing an overlay zone in our industrial areas that would allow day services and emergency shelter to exist in the same facility, something that is currently not allowed anywhere in our city.

No specific site has been identified and no specific provider has engaged to open a facility, this is simply the first step in the process to allow these types of services to exist.

But this is an important first step – to create zoning that would allow a shelter with additional supportive services and provide options for the variety of issues that challenge our homeless community.  Here are a few of the issues:

  • Individuals who are engaged in quality of life reduction behaviors, including sleeping in public, loitering, and storing their possessions in public, are not held accountable by the judicial system nor are they held in jail because of a public defender defense called “necessity”
  • The “necessity” defense is based on the notion that every human being needs to be somewhere, and if they are homeless that means they generally need to be in public places because it’s illegal to trespass onto private properties
  • When a police officer asks someone to move away from private property and the individual asks the question “where am I supposed to go?” if a police officer has to answer “I don’t know but you can’t stay here” that is not an acceptable response according to the judicial system, therefore the individual is not held accountable
  • Alternatively, if a police officer tells someone that they cannot be in a public space but there is a bed or a service available at another location and that person refuses that bed then the “necessity” defense is no longer valid because there was a sheltering option
  • The city of Ventura, not unlike any other city grappling with this issue, will never find the “perfect” location for a crisis service facility, however a responsible operator with an approved conditional use permit and sensible rules and regulations can and will deliver a program whose impact on any neighborhood is mitigated
  • A responsible operator is an operator that understands the possibility that their clients may have a neighborhood impact, and has a security plan that will result in the neighborhood knowing that there will be eyes and ears on the clients
  • In addition, a responsible operator will reduce or eliminate services to any individual who engages in unlawful or illegal behavior

The Ventura Chamber engaged in this issue in direct response to concerns from our members in the business community whose staff and customers were impacted by the issue of homelessness.  This issue affects us all, and therefore the solution must involve us all.  Please help be part of the solution.

I encourage you to support the work of the Homelessness Stakeholders Committee and share your thoughts with the City Council by either writing a letter, sending an email or attending in person and speaking on behalf of the issue this coming Monday evening, March 20 at the City Council Meeting at 6pm.

Please respond to Stephanie Caldwell at the Ventura Chamber of Commerce if you are able to join us Monday, March 20 and speak at the Council Hearing. 805.643.7222 or stephanie@ventura-chamber.org

Pacific Coast Business Times

Pacific Coast Business Times

In an exciting benefit for Ventura Chamber members, Pacific Coast Business Times is offering a 3-month trial subscription beginning in March. New subscribers can sign up for a full year at a special price of $39.99.

To find out more or to make sure you are getting your copy, please contact PCBT Circulation Director Debra Giles at dgiles@pacbiztimes.com. We hope you enjoy reading the region’s only weekly business publication!

Join your Ventura Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, March 11 for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Ventura Chamber of Commerce will have an entry in the parade this year and invite you to join us as a participant.  The theme of the parade is The Sporting Life – The Games We Play. 

We are actively seeking Ventura Chamber members to walk with us in our entry.  Participants will walk with the Chamber as a group and hold a sign with your company logo on one side and “I am the Chamber!” on the other.  Participants are asked to wear their favorite sports team shirt, jersey or uniform, or the color green.  Supervised children are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Interested? Email frontdesk@ventura-chamber.org for more information and to sign up!  Come spread the Luck o’ the Irish, who knows you may even find your pot of gold!

DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 8 at 5pm


The Ventura Chamber of Commerce and Collette Travel presents

Estoril Coast, Alentejo & Algarve
with Optional Madeira Island Post Tour Extension
Travel Dates: October 31- November 9, 2017

Ventura Chamber of Commerce Collette Travel


Portugal’s rich culture is waiting for you! Overnight among vineyards and farmland in the heart of the Alentejo region; stop in historic Evora (known as the “Museum City of Portugal”; ) venture to Lagos, where Prince Henry the Navigator began his explorations; discover the secrets of the 16th-century fortress at Sagres; visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site — and so much more. Other highlights include Cascais, Lisbon, Fado Dinner Show, Sintra, Obidos, Fatima, Evora, Monsaraz, Alentejo Countryside Stay, Sagres, Lagos, Faro, Algarve, Cork Factory, Azeitao, 2 Winery Tours, 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

See the itinerary (below) or online brochure for details. 14 meals (8 breakfasts, 6 dinners) are included in the cost. Ready to book? Download the registration form now!

Rates – Book by May 1 and save $200 per person!

  • Double $3,189* (after May 1: $3,389)
  • Single $3,489 (after May 1: $3,689)
  • Triple $3,159 (after May 1: $3,359)
  • Upgrade your in-flight experience with Elite Airfare with additional rate of $3,790 (Business Class)

* All rates are per person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from LAX. Limited availability. All space is on a first come, first served basis.

Included in price: Round trip air from Los Angeles International Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, hotel transfers

Not included in price: Cancellation waiver and insurance of $280 per person

Important conditions: Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund. (See registration form for consent.) See more information for details.

Book your travel today!


DAY 1 | October 31: Overnight Flight
Portugal — a historic land of great explorers — is waiting for your own exploration. Discover ancient castles, Roman ruins, groves of lemon and almond trees, quiet whitewashed villages, and kind, gentle people.

DAY 2 | November 1: Cascais, Portugal – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Cascais, a scenic coastal resort on the “Portuguese Riviera” and your home for three nights. The mansions scattered about Cascais and nearby Monte Estoril hint at its history as a haven for exiled European royals and nobility. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Included meal: dinner

DAY 3 | November 2: Choice of Lisbon Panoramic City Tour or Alfama District Walking Tour
This morning it’s your choice! You may choose to join a panoramic Lisbon city tour by coach featuring Jeronimo’s Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Belem Tower (UNESCO), the Monument to the Discoveries, and capped off with a visit to the National Museum of Coaches. Or, perhaps you will choose to take a walking tour of the historic Alfama District, Lisbon’s most symbolic quarter: step back in time as you explore this residential neighborhood which is considered a village within a city; stroll through its medieval alleys, narrow streets and small squares; pass by beautiful churches and whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with pots of flowers; then, climb the hill to explore the castle that has the most breathtaking panorama of the city. Later, enjoy leisure time in Cascais. Stroll its narrow cobblestone streets, walk the wide oceanside promenade or shop for ceramics, lace, filigree, hand woven works and tapestries. This evening, savor excellent Portuguese cuisine and wine while local artists perform the traditional Fado (UNESCO). (Please note: the Alfama District walking tour is mostly uphill. Participants need to be in good physical condition. It is not recommended for guests with respiratory issues, heart issues or walking difficulties.) Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 4 | November 3: Cascais – Sintra – Obidos – Fatima – Cascais
Begin your day exploring the picturesque town of Sintra (UNESCO), the favorite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Travel to Portugal’s beautiful “Silver Coast,” a spectacular region filled with sleepy villages, rich vineyards and age-old castles. Proceed to picture-perfect Obidos where white washed houses are held snug by medieval city walls. Later, visit Fatima, the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site. Included meal: breakfast

DAY 5 | November 04: Cascais – Evora – Monsaraz – Alentejo
Travel through beautiful Portuguese countryside and stop in historic Evora (UNESCO), known as the “Museum City of Portugal.” Inside this medieval walled city lies a 2nd-century Roman temple to Diana. Next, journey to the hilltop, walled village of Monsaraz, a “jewel in the crown” of the Alentejo. This small medieval town has carefully preserved its original charm. From the 13th-century castle you’ll enjoy amazing panoramic views of the countryside. Then, indulge in a winery tour and a tasting of the full-bodied character of the region’s wines. Enjoy your stay in the heart of Alentejo’s countryside during an overnight at a country resort set among 3,000 acres of farm land, vineyards and cork trees. Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 6 | November 5: Alentejo – Sagres – Lagos – Algarve
Travel to the famous Algarve and discover the secrets of the 16th-century fortress at Sagres, home of Prince Henry’s School of Navigation and the “compass rose.” You will also garner magnificent views of beautiful Cape of St. Vincente where 200-foot cliffs plunge into the Atlantic at the most southwesterly point of Europe. Next, explore the historic resort town of Lagos, where Moorish and Renaissance influences abound. Here, the famous voyager, Prince Henry the Navigator, began his explorations and from the harbor, Vasco da Gama sailed in 1499 on his epic voyage of discovery. Stroll through the fortress and historic buildings while taking in the surrounding ocean views during some leisure time. Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 7 | November 6: Algarve
The entire day is yours to independently experience the beautiful Algarve. Geraniums, camellias and oleanders grow alongside fig, orange and almond trees while brightly colored fishing boats bob on the seas. Protected by hills to the north and warmed by the sea, the Algarve’s mild climate and beautiful beaches attract vacationers from all over the world. Included meal: breakfast

DAY 8 | November 7: Algarve – Faro – São Brás de Alportel – Algarve
Journey to Faro, gateway to the Ria Formosa protected lagoon landscape. Explore the city’s historic center with 9th-century Roman walls, dramatic golden coastline, and its archaeological and architectural gems. In historic São Brás de Alportel, a presentation by a local liqueur maker is followed by a tasting of some of the many varieties produced in the region. Portugal is the world’s number one producer of cork. Visit a local cork factory to learn about its importance to the local economy and its many uses. Your day comes to an end with dinner featuring local delicacies and wine. Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 9 | November 8: Algarve – Azeitao – Lisbon
En route to Lisbon, make a stop in Azeitao, a charming agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and beautiful country estates. Spend time at the centuries-old Jose Maria da Fonseca Winery. Embark on a tour followed by a tasting of local wines, including moscatel. Next, meet local artisans at a family-run shop that demonstrates how azulejos, the famous hand-painted Portuguese tiles, are made. Later, bid “adeus” to Portugal during a dinner celebrating the end of a wonderful tour. Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 10 | November 9: Lisbon – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. Included meal: breakfast
See below for an option to extend this vacation!

Book your travel today!

Extend your vacation with optional 5-day Madeira Island post-tour extension!

  • Rate: $1,399 per person, double, land & air inclusive
  • 5 Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • Extensions are subject to availability and applicable charges at time of request.
  • A minimum of 4 passengers is required for this extension to operate.
  • During your extension, your local guide will provide included sightseeing services and will be available via a local office at other times.
  • This extension requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.

DAY 10 | Lisbon – Funchal, Madeira – Monte – Botanical Garden
Fly to Madeira Island, the “pearl of the Atlantic.” Madeira boasts a subtropical climate, majestic mountain ranges and volcanic caves. Stop in Monte, perched on the hills overlooking Funchal. Visit the Botanical Garden of Madeira with its vast collection of more than 2,500 plants from all continents. Discover Madeira’s history during a leisurely paced tour of Funchal’s charming plazas, colonial mansions, 15th-century cathedral and local market.

DAY 11 | Funchal – Câmara de Lobos – Cabo Girão – São Vicente – Porto Moniz
Visit Câmara de Lobos, a traditional village with a wonderful bay. Continue along mountain roads, passing banana plantations and vineyards, en route to Cabo Girão, the world’s second highest cliff. São Vicente, a charming agricultural town, offers dramatic views. Explore the lively fishing village of Porto Moniz, renowned for its natural volcanic pools. Included meal: breakfast

DAY 12 | Funchal – Ribeiro Frio – Santana
Wind through the mountains to Poiso to visit the island’s third highest point — Pico do Arieiro. Then it’s your choice! At Ribeiro Frio (Cold River), you may choose to explore a fascinating trout farm and the surrounding natural beauty. Or, perhaps you will choose to join an exhilarating “levada walk” (approximately 45 minutes on a flat surface) and follow the paths that run along the water channels that flow through the mountains. Later, continue to Santana, a village characterized by small triangular homes thatched with straw. Visit a family-owned embroidery shop for a first-hand look at this delicate craft. This is followed by a tasting of world-famous Madeira wine. Celebrate your Madeira adventure with a traditional dinner known as espetada. Folk dancers and music entertain as you feast on a local dish of beef marinated in herbs and cooked over an open fire. Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 13 | Funchal – Lisbon
Return to Lisbon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Included meal: breakfast

Day 14 | Lisbon – Tour Ends
Included meal: breakfast

Please note

  • Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at prescheduled times.
  • This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.
  • Air passengers will arrive into Lisbon, Portugal airport. All transfers will depart from Lisbon airport for Cascais (approximately a 40 minute drive).
  • Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check- in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions.
  • Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.
  • A deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation. If you purchase our Travel Protection Plan, the deposit is only $250 per person plus the cost of the Insurance. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of April 24, 2017 are based upon availability. Final payment due by September 01, 2017. Deposits are refundable up until May 01, 2017.
  • CST#2006766-20 UBN#601220855 Nevada Sellers of Travel Registration No. 2003-0279

Book your travel today!

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2017 Board

Suzanne Scar, Nick Deitch, Michele Newell, Nan Drake, John Silva, Shannon Hillygus, Amy Towner, Charnell Smith, James Perero

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting and Board Installation on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at The Pierpont Inn. The event was attended by business members, City officials and dignitaries including Assemblymember Monique Limón and Councilmembers Cheryl Heitmann and Christy Weir of the City of Ventura.

Outgoing Board Chair James Perero presented an overview of the Chamber’s many programs and accomplishments over the past year, thanking the Chamber members, Board members, and staff for their support and contributions. Highlights included selecting new and dynamic Board members and officers for the coming year, and involvement with the new initiative, the City of Ventura Homelessness Stakeholders Group. This joint effort between local community advocates, providers, and agencies within the City and County is continuing to develop, and new and innovative approaches to homelessness in Ventura are being explored.

Nan Drake

Nan Drake

Nan Drake, incoming Board Chair, presented her vision and the Chamber’s theme for 2017 – “Creating a Strong Business Environment for Ventura.” Drake outlined the focal points of the Chamber as she addressed the goals for the coming year. Drake’s plan includes the Chamber continuing its efforts to work with the City of Ventura to improve the development process, recruit high growth entrepreneurs to the City, track progress of business sustainability and increase membership that is representative of the entire business community.

Assemblymember for the 37th District Monique Limón installed the Chamber Board’s new Directors. Among those installed were officers Nan Drake, Chair of the Board; John Silva, Chair Elect; Shannon Hillygus, Treasurer; Suzanne Scar, Secretary; Alice Love, Vice Chair Marketing; Charnell Smith, Vice Chair Membership; Greg Van Ness, Vice Chair, Governmental Affairs; and James Perero, Immediate Past Chair.

Some Ventura Chamber businesses also were recognized for being long-time members, including Kaiser Permanente, member for 50 years, and 25-year members Buena Lanes, Casitas Municipal Water District, Employer’s Depot, Office Depot, and Pacific Coast Business Times.

The event was generously sponsored by Ventura Auto Center, Aera Energy, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Gold Coast Acura, Kaiser Permanente, MortgageCouch, Ventura County Star, CAPS Media, Gold Coast Broadcasting, Luners Production Services, Pacific Coast Business Times, VC Reporter, Ventura Breeze, and Ventura County Camera Club.

2017: New Laws Affecting California Employers

From HRCalifornia, presented by California Chamber of Commerce:

Effective January 1, 2017, the California minimum wage rate depends on your company size:

  • For employers with 26 employees or more the minimum wage is $10.50 an hour.
  • For employers with 25 employees or less the minimum wage is $10.00 an hour.

This is a result of SB 3, which Governor Brown signed into law last year.

The minimum wage will continue to increase over the next several years until it reaches $15 per hour. Larger employers will reach this rate in 2022 and smaller employers will reach this rate in 2023. After that, future increases are tied to the consumer price index (CPI). For a chart of future increases, see California Minimum Wage and California Minimum Salary Thresholds Through 2023.

This new law leaves employers with some questions about how, exactly, the phase-in of minimum wage rates will occur and how to determine which rate applies to workplaces.

Recently, the Labor Commissioner’s Office issued a series of FAQs designed to answer some employer questions. However, the guidance is not always definitive. It’s important to remember that the guidance is just that — “guidance.” It is not binding on the courts but does indicate how the Labor Commissioner might enforce the law.

Visit this DIR webpage to review the full set of FAQs. Below are some of the more important questions answered by the Labor Commissioner.

Who do you count as an employee to determine which minimum wage rate applies?

All individuals working for compensation will be counted, regardless of the number of hours worked or the geographic location. This includes part-time workers, new hires and exempt employees. Bona fide independent contractors are not counted.

What time period should you use when counting employees?

The law does not specifically state how to count employees, and this can be confusing if a workforce fluctuates (e.g., you hire seasonal workers). Do you look at the prior year, or the month, or a pay period? The FAQs state that a court, or the Labor Commissioner, will likely look at the facts during the pay period in which an alleged underpayment occurred.

The Labor Commissioner recommends that if an employer reaches the threshold of 26 employees at any point in a pay period, the employer should compensate workers at the higher minimum wage rate for the duration of the entire period.

The Labor Commissioner states that employers must “make a reasonable, good faith determination of the size of their workforce.” Remember that when labor laws are ambiguous, they are generally interpreted in favor of employees.

Which rate should you use if the number of employees changes during the year?

Per the above discussion, if you increase to 26 or more employees at any time during a pay period, you should apply the large-employer rate to all employees for that pay period.

If you drop below 26 employees and decide to lower the wage, the Labor Commissioner states that you must give notice in advance and must provide the information on the pay stub. The Labor Commissioner specifically refers to the Wage and Employment Notice required under Labor Code 2810.5. The Labor Commissioner indicates that advance notice, along with good recordkeeping, will also lessen confusion and potential liability.

The Labor Commissioner also states:

Should an employer drop below the 26 employee threshold in the middle of a pay period and determine they wish to pay the lower minimum wage rate it would not be appropriate to reduce their employee’s rate of pay until the following period, and only after the required notice has been provided to their workforce.

What about workers provided by a staffing agency?

The FAQs state that if an employer obtains workers through a staffing agency, the employer should count these workers, along with other direct hire workers, as employees for purposes of determining the applicable minimum wage rates.

This is an important point if you use workers provided by a staffing or temp agency.

What about franchises or other joint employment scenarios?

The Labor Commissioner points out that all individuals under an employer’s control should be counted as employees for purposes of determining the applicable minimum wage rate.

The FAQs state that employers in these types of scenarios should analyze the nature of their employment and franchise agreements to determine if they could be found to be an employer under the Labor Code: “[A] person or entity who exercises control over an individual’s wages, hours, or working conditions could be found to be the employer of that individual.”

If so, all individuals under the employer’s control need to be aggregated and counted as employees for purposes of determining the correct minimum wage rate.

This, however, is not always an easy, “bright line” analysis, and the trend has been toward finding more and more situations of joint control

What do I need to know about local ordinances?

The FAQs highlight the fact that many local jurisdictions have their own minimum wage rates. See the Local Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances chart.

Some of these local ordinances, such as the minimum wage ordinance for the city of Los Angeles, also use a tiered approach, with one rate for larger employers and one rate for smaller employers.

However, these local ordinances may have different requirements for determining employer size. For example, the state test counts employees regardless of their location, but Los Angeles city counts employees who work in Los Angeles at least two hours per week.

Also, the dates of the minimum wage increase vary depending on the locality, with many increases occurring in July and one (Berkeley) in October.

Best Practices

  • Consult legal counsel if you have any unanswered questions regarding the applicable minimum wage rate for your workforce or issues regarding paying employees.
  • If you are covered by a local ordinance with a higher minimum wage rate than the state rate, pay close attention to the coverage requirements. These often are spelled out in the ordinance itself or in FAQs issued by the city or county.
  • Pay attention to other pay practices that are affected by the statewide minimum wage increase.
  • Post the required state Minimum Wage Order (MW-2017) and any applicable local minimum wage poster. CalChamber’s 2017 all-in-one poster includes mandatory updates to the California Minimum Wage Order for January 1, 2017, as well as other required updates. CalChamber also sells labor law posters covering various local ordinances.

Employment posters available through the Chamber! Click below.

2017 Employment Posters – Available at the Chamber



On Thursday, December 8, nearly 300 people turned out to celebrate the 20th Annual Poinsettia Awards luncheon hosted by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. The event honored and 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:
• Small Business of the Year: MortgageCouch
• Large Business of the Year: Patagonia, Inc.
• Mid-Size Business of the Year: Gold Coast Acura
• Non-Profit of the Year: Ventura Education Partnership
• Citizen of the Year: Tom Spence
• Young Professional of the Year: Jordan Olaes
• Ambassador of the Year: Buzz Noe
• Environmental Excellence: BōKu Superfood
• City of Ventura Employee of the Year: Keith Fowler
• City of Ventura Supervisor of the Year: Kevin Cook
• City of Ventura Firefighter of the Year: Michael Westbrook
• City of Ventura Police officer of the Year: Craig Kelly
• Ventura Unified School District Male Student of the Year: Jesus Lara
• Ventura Unified School District Female Student of the Year: Aaliyah Staples-West
• Ventura Unified School District Educator of the Year: Alma Quezada
• Jewel Key: Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC

This event was proudly sponsored by: Montecito Bank & Trust, Ventura Auto Center, City of Ventura, Community Memorial Health System, Cal State Channel Islands, Four Points Sheraton, Gold Coast Acura, Ventura County Community Foundation, AT&T, Hofer Enterprises, Ventura Beach Marriott, Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLC, Union Bank, MortgageCouch, Gold Coast Transit, Pacific Western Bank, Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC, Ventura Community Bank, Ventura County Star, Ventura Rental Party Center, Western States Petroleum Association, CAPS Media Center, Gold Coast Broadcasting, Luners Production Services, Pacific Coast Business Times, VC Reporter, Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE) and Ventura County Breeze.

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Let’s celebrate small businesses and help our community thrive! Please check out our members’ “don’t-miss” special deals for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Shop small and spend big this holiday season!

Traveler Café – Special Offer November 25-27

Special offer for THIS Friday-Sunday, Nov. 25, 26 & 27 – Traveler Café’s Gift Card Special:

  • $20 Traveler Cafe Gift Card for only $16! That’s $4 off!
  • $30 Traveler Cafe Gift Card for only $25! That’s $5 off!
  • $50 Traveler Cafe Gift Card for only $40! That’s $10 off!

These offers are not redeemable on the day they are purchased.

1070 E Front St, Ventura
(805) 667-8229

$10 Towards Any Purchase at SpiceTopia

For every $30 you spend at SpiceTopia on either Black Friday (11/25) or Small Business Saturday (11/26) you will receive a $10 credit toward any purchase made between Dec 1-Dec 24th.

SpiceTopia offers the opportunity to bring family and friends in for a sensory experience to taste and smell wonderful local artisan products and organic, fair trade spices and teas, and to receive an education on great ways to use these terrific products in your future cooking and dining. Think local, shop small, come to SpiceTopia!

576 E. Main St. Ventura
(805) 628-3267

Island Creation’s Big Sale, Saturday November 26

Holiday Sale! Save 20%-50% off everything in store! Saturday, 11/26 only.

Located in Ventura Harbor Village, Island Creations Boutique is a laid-back sea-side boutique offering a collection of stylish, hard to find Tropical and Afro-Caribbean inspired clothing & accessories.

1591 Spinnaker Dr #113, Ventura
(805) 850-0485

Vom Fass Ventura – Spend $75 and Get a Free Gift

VOM FASS Ventura is offering the following to customers on Small Business Saturday (November 26): Spend $75 or more and choose between a two bottle set (40 ml each) of either our Lemon Infused Olive Oil and Star Date Vinegar, or Rosemary Infused Olive Oil and Star Apple Vinegar (value $12-25). Both combinations are delicious and perfect for holiday cooking.
Also: 10% off all orders over $100!

451 E Main St, Ventura
(805) 641-1900

Patagonia Donating 100% on Black Friday

On Black Friday, November 25, Patagonia is donating 100% purchases made in Patagonia® stores and online to grassroots organizations working to create positive change for the planet in their own backyards. They’re determined to use every means at their disposal to defend our world’s climate, air, water and soil. In these divisive times, protecting what we all hold in common is more important than ever before.

Patagonia Ventura
235 W Santa Clara St, Ventura
(805) 643-6074

Small Business Saturday Special at We Olive

We Olive will be offering 3 x 375ml We Olive Logo Bottles filled your choice of bulk product for $59.00! This offer can not be combined with any other offers or discounts.

294 E Main St B, Ventura
(805) 648-6166

Artisan Boutique at Ventura Pop Up Yoga

Ventura Pop Up Yoga is hosting an Artisan Boutique on Small Business Saturday (11/26) from 10am-2pm. Yogis and artisans will come together to offer a creative experience in Pop Up Yoga’s new indoor space!

Pop Up Yoga will offer a $40 new monthly member promotion. Artisans including Freedom Rise, HOMEmade Ventura and Chris Bennett will also be offering special shopping deals.

83 S Palm St, Ventura
(805) 667-8455

Nicoll Insurance & Financial Services – Savings Through January 2017

Now through January 31st (including Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday), save 15% – 150% on major medical insurance through the only Ventura Storefront office of Covered CA and Certified Insurance Agent (CIA) Jim Nicoll, and use the savings to buy all your Christmas Gifts! Click for more details.

5550 Telegraph Rd, Suite B3, Ventura
(805) 642-1775

The Walking Company’s 25th Anniversary Special Offer

FREE GIFT* (blanket or cozy scarf) with every regular price footwear purchase! Valid now until 12/31/2016.

*FREE Blanket offer applies to any regular-priced boot purchase while supplies last. *FREE Scarf offer applies to any regular-priced shoe or slipper purchase while supplies last. Gift color may vary. Offer valid online and in-stores for a limited time only. One blanket or scarf per qualified item purchased. Limited time only. While supplies last. Visit retail location for full details.

4020 E Main St, Ventura
(805) 676-1432

Coupon Code for Online Discount: Dottie’s Sweet Delights

Use coupon code Holiday2016 to get 5% off your order of five pounds or more, or code Holiday10 to get 10% off your order of 20 pounds or more!


Now Through Cyber Monday – A Softouch Photography Deal

Now through Cyber Monday, November 28, get unlimited $100 gift certificates and pay only $75 each! Use them for portrait photography services between now and 3/31/17. (Sessions based on availability.) Contact Bonnie to get your certificate today!


Himalaya Cuisine’s Holiday Gift Special

Buy a Gift Card, Get an Extra! Buy a gift card valued $25 and get an extra $5 gift card for yourself! Please call or visit to purchase your cards. Not valid for online orders. Offer expires 12/25/2016.

35 West Main St., Ventura
CA 93001 (805) 643-0795


Don’t start the new year without them! Make sure your business is in compliance. Even if you have only one employee, you can be fined $17,000 for not posting required notices. Our poster includes all 17 notices in one convenient poster. Order yours today — you receive a substantial discount when you order through the Ventura Chamber of Commerce!

  • 2017 California and Federal Employment Poster: You must post a compliant Employment Poster in a conspicuous place in the workplace where all employees and applicants can see it. The poster also must include information about your workers’ compensation benefits, payday schedule and emergency contacts. You may need to order several to ensure that your business, branches and satellite offices are displaying the poster according to the law. Failure to comply can result in severe penalties and fines by the state of California. If any of your company’s workers are Spanish-speaking, you will need to order the Spanish version.
  • 2017 HR Quick Guide for California Employers: Includes color-coded easy reference sections. Required and recommended forms for California businesses available to download using a special URL provided in the book.
  • California Labor Law Digest 2017 Edition: This comprehensive, California-specific Digest puts answers to labor law questions right at your fingertips, updated with new case law and regulations.
  • Required Pamphlets Kit: Contains 20 copies of each of five pamphlets that employers must distribute to employees.
  • New for 2017! Poster Protect: Your poster will be automatically replaced if any mandatory changes occur during the calendar year. See the order form on the back for details.