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Ventura Chamber of Commerce

Ventura Commerce & Education Foundation


Ventura Commerce and Education FoundationAs the Chamber’s 501c3, the Foundation engages businesses in undertaking economic, educational, cultural and environmental projects that benefit Ventura and the regional community. VCEF provides a business link to the economic, educational, cultural, and environmental interests of the Ventura regional community with a vision to the future.


It is anticipated that the projects in the four key areas and the leadership required to manage them will have significant impact on the economy of the City of Ventura and the regional community and the health of its business and education communities.

The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation will link business to projects that help the Ventura regional community develop and prosper. The Foundation will convene community leaders to discuss critical topics. Because of its non-profit status, the Foundation will attract tax-deductible contributions to accomplish its goals.

The Foundation’s leaders recognize that the challenges and opportunities faced by Ventura are common to many small communities in California. By developing, implementing and evaluating promising and proven programs and by convening community leaders and fostering partnerships, the Foundation has an important role to play as it confronts the complex concerns that come with growth and change.


Leadership Ventura was established in 1994 to develop the future leaders of Ventura. Each year a new class is formed. Participants complete a nine-month course that includes: Leadership Training; Economic Development and Tourism; Arts and Culture; City, County, and State Government; Regional Commerce; Health and Human Services; Media and Communications; Education; and Public Safety. Each class creates teams to develop and implement a community improvement project before graduation. The program has graduated 250 community leaders over its decade-long history. The program is sustained through participant tuition and grants.

Teacher of the Month (TOTM) program awards one teacher each month for his/her outstanding performance in teaching and their contribution to the students at their school and within our community.

The program has ten presentations, with the first in September and then continuing once a month, throughout the school year. Nominations are submitted by the principals and PTA groups at each of the Ventura Unified School District schools. Honorees are presented with certificates of recognition from our local government officials and receive donated gifts from many Ventura Chamber of Commerce businesses. Businesses that participate in recognizing these outstanding teachers donate 10 items; one for each presentation. They are then invited to attend each presentation at the school site and present their gift to the teacher being honored.

With this program, the VCEF sends a clear message to these teachers that the business community supports and values their dedication to the children of Ventura.

This program is open to all Ventura Chamber businesses. Please call Stephanie Lundquist at (805) 652-5110 or email slundquist@cpventura.com for more information or to get involved.

Principal for a Day allows business leaders to get a close look at the challenges and responsibilities of school principals. An average of 30 business leaders takes advantage of this program annually. Sponsorships are available when the program is being promoted.

How to Do Business with Public Agencies provides businesses with important information and key contacts by bringing them together with purchasing agents from the Ventura Unified School District, Ventura County School District, Community College District, California State University at Channel Islands, City of Ventura, County of Ventura, and several state and federal agencies. For a complete list please click on the link from above. The Chamber and Foundation joined forces with Assemblyman Pedro Nava in 2007. This annual program is designed to provide a benefit to the business community for their support of education. Sponsorships are available when the program is being promoted.

Ventura City Corps has shown that youth and young adults can be engaged in positive activities benefiting the City while at the same time decreasing crime rates within their age group and the Ventura Commerce & Education Foundation is proud to show their support.

Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) is located in the heart of Ventura Harbor and offers innovative, inquiry based science experiences to prepare high school students for entry into the biotechnology workforce and to give them a competitive edge for college and university admissions. The nine-day Integrative Biosciences Program includes: Applied laboratory of field training under the mentorship of research scientists, scuba certification by diving professionals, science-based field excursions to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, nine days accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express (within a short walking distance from CMB), meal plan from participating Ventura Harbor restaurants. The CMB is seeking grant opportunities to provide scholarships for high school students.

The following individuals make up the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation’s Board of Directors:

For more information on the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation, contact info@ventura-chamber.org or call (805) 643-7222.


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