Ventura, CA

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Online Business Databases: Ventura County Library, City of Camarillo Library and the City of Simi Valley Library

Your library card id number is all you need to gain access to many useful databases. To apply for a Ventura County Library card, click here. To apply for a City of Camarillo library card, click here. To apply for a City of Simi Valley library card, click here. Links include:

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Economic Development Collaborative

The Economic Development Collaborative (EDC), facilitates partnerships and networking within 10 cities, the County of Ventura and private resources to promote business expansion through targeted loan fund programs, manufacturing industry assistance and international trade education.  805-384-1800 x21 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

America's Job Center of California – Employer Services

Businesses have convenient, confidential access to free employer services that are offered through the America’s Job Center of California locations in Ventura County. These workforce development services include free employment recruitment, individualized employee training programs and online access to qualified candidates and labor market data. 800-500-7705 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ventura County businesses and commercial property owners interested in installing energy-efficiency improvements can now take advantage of easy, low-cost financing through CaliforniaFIRST, a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance program for nonresidential properties. Ventura County is one of only 14 participating counties. Most clean energy retrofit installations, renewable energy generation, and water conservation measures are eligible for financing. Common projects include windows and doors, electric vehicle charging stations, lighting, solar photovoltaic, HVAC, and more. Benefits of the program include:

  • Low interest rates
  • A longer payback period (up to 20 years)
  • Property-qualified financing that is not credit-based
  • Repayment obligation that stays with property if it is sold or transferred

For more information, log on to, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (510) 692-9995.

SCORE of Ventura County

SCORE’s experienced counselors provide free and confidential business counseling on a wide range of subjects including initial business planning, capital sources, operating statements, governmental agencies, and much more. 805-204-6022

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), hosted in Ventura County by the EDC, is part of a nationwide U.S. Small Business Administration program to provide business owners access to free professional business consulting and technical support, assistance with financial packaging and affordable training programs. 805-384-1805

Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA)

VCEDA advocates for policies, legislation and programs that stimulate business and a vital economy as the foundation for a vibrant quality of life in Ventura County. 805-676-1332

Ventura County One-Stop Permitting

Ventura County’s One-Stop Permitting Website provides both an overview of the development process and step-by-step guidance to individuals seeking land use permits for residential, commercial, and industrial development projects or subdivisions within unincorporated Ventura County.

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

WEV offers programs to help women and men succeed at every stage of the business startup lifecycle. Services include self-employment training, business consulting, and networking opportunities to help launch, grow, and sustain a business. 805-667-8004

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) administers federal funds that help support job seeker and employer programs in Ventura County. The WDB is dedicated to building a strong, relevant workforce to support the changing needs of employers. 805-477-5306