Tips to Help New Managers

New managers may find it difficult to adapt to their new role, but these tips can help make the transition smoother. Having effective managers is an important aspect of all businesses, but for those that have just been promoted, becoming an effective manager may be a struggle. Being promoted means transitioning from an old team to a new one or it could mean transitioning to an entirely new company. Every manager goes through a learning curve Read More

How You Can Develop a Marketing Strategy

Developing a marketing strategy is an important part of any modern-day business. Marketing takes time, money, dedication and a lot of preparation. One of the best ways you can prepare your business is to develop a comprehensive and effective marketing plan. A comprehensive and effective marketing plan will ensure that you not only stick to your schedule, but you also spend your marketing funds wisely and appropriately. If you want to help your Read More

EDC-VC 20th Annual Meeting is Coming Up

During this season of holiday wishes, it's nice to imagine our state being blessed with a series of days-long gentle rain storms spaced a week apart, safely delivering massive amounts of water to restore our aquifers and reservoirs. But that is dreaming. As we head into year six of drought, many of us recall experts warning that we can't conserve our way out of the water shortage and after we get through this drought, there will be another. So Read More

Cyber Security Tips for Your Business

Is your business protected against the risk of a cyber attack? The internet is a great place to share information and connect with people all over the world.  As great as this is for business, there is also the risk of cyber thieves hacking your business for sensitive information. Some may think their business is too small to catch the eye of a hacker, but small businesses are actually more attractive because they may be easier to hack than a Read More

New Advisor to Help Launch Spanish-Language Program for Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (SBDC), which provides free one-on-one consulting to help strengthen the bottom lines of area companies, has recently added a bilingual advisor with experience helping Spanish-language businesses. The new advisor, Claudia Shah, will help launch a Spanish-language program designed to strengthen the capacity of the SBDC to service Spanish-language businesses throughout Read More

 Limoneira Elects Betsy Blanchard Chess to Board of Directors

Limoneira Company (the "Company" or "Limoneira") (NASDAQ: LMNR) recently announced that Betsy Blanchard Chess has been elected to the Company’s board of directors. Chess is currently director of development for the Museum of Ventura County. Prior to this, she was the editor and publisher of Central Coast Farm and Ranch magazine and the executive director of the New West Symphony. Chess has received numerous awards including the Association of Read More

Getting to Know EDC-VC’s Alondra Gaytan, SBDC Program Specialist

As a program specialist for EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center since 2014, Alondra Gaytan helps assess small business owners and innovators seeking professional/technical assistance and connects them with the appropriate resources, including SBDC’s business advisors who provide free one-on-one consulting to businesses in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. In addition, Alondra coordinates with EDC-VC’s key programs, including the EDC-VC Read More

How to Get Your Slow Paying Clients to Pay Faster

Slow paying clients can be frustrating but with these methods, you can make them pay faster to get your money as quickly as possible.  Every business has them: the clients who, for some reason or another, cannot seem to pay on time. In fact, a survey released by PaySimple found that 80 percent of all businesses struggle with receiving payments on time from their clients. But giving your clients the benefit of the doubt makes the most sense Read More

EDC-VC Joins California Trade Delegation Trip to China

CAMARILLO, Calif. – As part of the ongoing effort to increase trade and investment, particularly in California’s renewable energy and clean tech sectors, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the California Energy Commission recently led a delegation of California clean tech businesses on a 10-day, five-city business outreach trip to China. Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County’s Small Business Read More

How You Can Hire & Keep a Productive Team

The people you hire will represent everything that you and your business stand for. Make sure you hire the right people for an effective team. Hiring the right people for your business is one of the most important things you can do to build a successful business. This is a lot easier said than done, especially if you are a start-up with limited resources pushing to open your doors. In order to attract the best people looking for a job in your Read More

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