Useful Tools

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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  • Connect Ventura Co-Working, Ventura
    Connect Ventura co-working is a collaborative, professional work space with a classic, truss-beam vibe and the high energy of a startup. Become a member to use the space, access Connect Ventura events, and best of all, join a built-in community of business and social connections.
  • HUB101, Westlake Village
    Operated by Cal Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers co-working, community, and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow, and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers.

Plus, Makerspace Features:

  • Ventura Bio Center, Thousand Oaks
    The VBC mission is to create sustainable new tech businesses in Ventura County by combining scientific innovation and science education with business incubation. Tenants can rent space for a day (special event), a week (conference or trade show), month-to-month, or a year.


  • RCMakes, Camarillo
    RCMakes is a non-profit, school-based, student-operated enterprise to manage a Job Shop & public Community Makerspace. RCMakes produces goods and services, provides internships and student employment, awards earned academic scholarships, and incubates startup businesses.
  • MakeVentura, Ventura 
    MakeVentura is on a mission is to provide access to tools and training so you can make whatever you can imagine. MV’s goal is to create a community of makers, builders, artists, inventors, and hackers who personify a DIY philosophy.
  • CVMake (Conejo Valley Makerspace), Westlake Village
    VCMake supports and embraces the resurgence of hands‐on Do‐It‐Yourself and maker culture through classes, meetups, membership, and community outreach where engineers, artists, students, and entrepreneurs can make ideas into real things.
  • Ventura County Library Makerspace
    The Ventura County Library makerspace is free and open to the public and maker-spaces available at two branches, the E.P. Foster Library and the Hill Road Library, both located in Ventura. Their goal is to reach the entire community by providing tools and guidance for all types of makers where communities of both new and experienced tinkerers can explore skills, discover innovations and connect with others using emerging technologies and traditional tools.


  • Aspire3 Accelerator, Ventura
    Make your business idea real with up to $10,000 in financing, mentoring, networking and practical education.
  • Pharos Center for Innovation
    Innovation is a team effort, it’s more fun that way.  And when like minds meet, learn, share, invent, and work together, their efforts are multiplied. The Pharos Center for Innovation is a home for all entrepreneurs and innovators to gather and find the knowledge, connections, and resources to succeed together.


  • 805 Connect  
    805Connect is a comprehensive database created to provide an official directory and networking platform to connect all the businesses in the 805-area code.
  • 805 StartUp
    805 StartUps focus is in cultivating strong relationships with corporations and local government along the 101 corridor and giving them a platform to establish symbiotic relationships with startups via a member directory.