Forecasting for Growth: Strategic Thinking

Successful growth of your business means thinking about the present and the future. In addition to working hard on the day-to-day, successful business owners also make time for forecasting and planning critical to continued success. Strategic thinking can help you turn your business vision into a reality by helping you develop the problem solving and critical thinking skills needed to navigate unexpected changes, and help you plan for and make Read More

Simi Thai Restaurant is an SBDC Success Story

Born in Bangkok, Thai couple Tony Pornrattanavisai and his wife Amy met while students at Tennessee State University. After earning their degrees, they began working in restaurants in the Hollywood area. Although schooled in business, Amy's love for cooking prompted her to get a degree in culinary arts from Los Angeles Technical College, and together the two followed their dream to own and operate a Thai restaurant in the United Read More

New advisor brings expertise in global entrepreneurship

Jay Tsao has joined EDC-VC's Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (SBDC) team of 30-plus advisors providing free one-on-one consulting to local businesses to help area companies strengthen and grow their bottom line. Tsao's expertise in international trade and ecommerce will help local businesses looking to develop trade partnerships with Chinese companies and other global markets. "We are so happy to have Read More

SBDC Teaching Supply Chain Logistics to Students in China

In collaboration with California State University, San Bernardino, Ray Bowman, executive director of EDC-VC's Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties enjoyed a week in China as a guest lecturer teaching classes on International Supply Chain Logistics and International Import/Export to about 60 Chinese college students at Beijing Wuzi University's School of Logistics. Read More

Why Small Businesses are Important in Ventura County

Contributed by Gonzalo Fernandez, Small Business Development Center Consultant September's Labor Day honors hard working Americans, and small business owners are among the hardest workers around. They are often the first ones in and the last ones out, working side-by-side with their employees. While we hear and read daily how our national economy is doing based on the stock market's biggest companies and business sectors, don't let Read More

EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center Director Recognized as ‘State Star’

Camarillo, Calif.–Ray Bowman, director of the Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, recently received the Association of Small Business Development Centers coveted "State Star" Award in recognition of his contributions to the state SBDC program. Bowman was presented with the award at the 37th Annual America’s SBDC Conference in Nashville, TN. The award is given annually to an outstanding SBDC consultant from Read More

10 Ways to Ask for Additional Business

For many entrepreneurs, asking the customer for their business is one of the most difficult aspects of the job. For some it feels awkward. Others expect the customer to ask to buy. Still others simply neglect to give the prospect an invitation to buy. One way to be sure you ask for the sale is to practice your closing questions. Try using some of the questions below. Here are all the requirements you gave me and how we are able to meet all Read More

Managing Your Business Credit

As a business owner, one of the most important items on your watch to keep track of is your company's credit. A strong credit file can mean the difference between sustainable success and becoming an unfortunate statistic. Here are five simple steps you should take to manage your business credit. Find out if you have a business credit file. Small business owners should first know if they have a business credit file with Dun & Bradstreet. Read More

Podcast with CEO Bruce Stensile

Check out this informative podcast featuring Bruce Stensile, CEO of Economic Development Collaborative - Ventura County. To listen, click here! Read More

Being a Leader

Being an effective leader in today's complicated business world takes a solid set of skills to manage problems and make decisions in a fast-changing environment. Today’s leaders also need to have a strong sense of ethics and work to build integrity in their organizations. Raymond Cattell, a pioneer in the field of personality assessment, developed the Leadership Potential equation in 1954. According to Cattell, there is a continuum of personality Read More

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