Useful Tools

Online Business Databases: Ventura County Library

Your Ventura County 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. Links include:

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Business Plans

  • Online Business Plan software  is a US Department of Commerce resource for writing a business plan. Register for the MBDA Portal in order to gain access to MBDA Business Applications including the Phoenix / Opportunity Matching System and the Business Plan Writer.

Reference Library

  • Tips and Tools for Growing and Managing Your Business provides a free step-by-step guide depending on the stage of your business. Links include breakeven analysis, investment return, equipment purchase v. lease, debt consolidation calculator, business valuation, cash flow calculator, commercial loan calculator, inventory analysis, profit margin calculator and financial ratios.
  • Marketing and Branding 

Academic Support & Employee Training

University of California 

California State University 

Economic & Workforce Development through the California Community Colleges 

Employment Development Department, State of California  can help you find no-fee employment and training services throughout the state.

California Department of Education, Workforce Development 

California Virtual Campus