Economic Development
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Business Assistance

 
Business Assist programs (cover)Whether you are considering starting a new business in Camarillo, or looking for help with your existing business, City staff can help you get the assistance you need. If you need information about a business loan, zoning, marketing strategies, putting together a business plan, financial planning, or other issues, we're here to help. We can point you to numerous organizations and programs, including the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County (EDC-VC), Women's Economic Ventures (WEV), the Small Business Association (SBA), and the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), the Cal Coastal Development Corporation, and more. We can also assist with expansion or zoning issues through the City Community Development Department, Foreign Trade Zone matters, and more. For instance, through its Business Enhancement Program, the EDC-VC offers free, confidential help for businesses with less than 200 employees. These assistance programs are summarized in the document to the left. 

JOB SPECIFIC TRAINING ASSISTANCE 
Program Sponsor: Employment Training Panel. 
Eligibility: All employers who employ persons covered by the California Unemployment Insurance System.

SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT
Program Sponsor: City of Camarillo Economic Development Office (c/o City Manager). 
Eligibility: Any firm considering relocation or expansion within the City of Camarillo.

PERMIT ASSISTANCE  
Program Sponsor: City of Camarillo Economic Development Office (c/o City Manager). 
Eligibility: Any firm considering relocation or expansion within the City of Camarillo.

Contact Information
Please contact Economic Development Coordinator John Fraser with any questions you may have, toll-free at 800-643-5373, or locally at 805-388-5349, or by email jfraser@cityofcamarillo.org
We're here to help!

Russell Fischer Business Collection
Russell Fischer was a Camarillo citrus farmer and library patron whose generous bequest made possible the creation of a dedicated center for business research, innovation, and collaboration. Opened in 2013, the Russell Fischer Business Collection (RFBC) at the Camarillo Library boasts an ever growing assortment of resources, featuring business-related print materials, electronic and audio books, a group workspace, and a dedicated coordinator to help with business research. Coupled with regular workshops, seminars, and presentations, the RFBC specializes in assisting the local business community through a distinct focus designed to help entrepreneurs thrive.