Crime Prevention: A Guide to Business Security

Virtually all businesses face the possibility of a burglary, a robbery or theft by an employee. Retail businesses also face the possibility of a major shoplifting loss. Law enforcement officials say that, most often, these are crimes of opportunity that happen because the criminal spots an easy chance and takes it. Here are some ways to make it more difficult for him or her. BURGLARY Reduce the odds of becoming a burglary target by Read More

Common Mistakes That Get Employers Sued

There are practical strategies every employer needs to know and best practices to use that will minimize their chances of being sued. Here are a few things you might want to avoid: MAKE EVERYBODY “EXEMPT” The simple fact is, not every employee can be classified “exempt.” State and federal laws provide that certain positions may be exempt from overtime requirements, meal and rest breaks, but merely paying employees a fixed salary isn’t Read More

Defining Your Product’s Features & Benefits

Showcasing the features that make your product unique is what helps to set it apart from the competition. Features can communicate the capability of a product or service, but features are only valuable if the customer sees those particular features as providing a valuable benefit. Benefits are the reasons customers buy the product or service. Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the features and the benefits, as many Read More

Ring in the New Year with a Healthy Financial Forecast

January is a great time for small business owners to get organized financially. From reviewing business expenses, to managing cash flow and revising business plans, every business owner can benefit from a financial refresh. Here are three financial tips to help you ring in a fiscally-sound 2018: PLAN AHEAD FOR TAXES As a small business owner, keeping business checking and credit accounts separate from your personal accounts can help you Read More

President’s Message

Our hearts go out to all those who lost homes and so much in the Thomas Fire disaster.  While the emergency isn’t over, it is both humbling and inspiring to witness the outpouring of understanding, support and spirit for a shared recovery for all. On the business side, we’ve been far more fortunate in escaping immediate material loss.  Still, the impacts are profound and will be long-lasting. Lost Sales:  The most significant impact to our Read More

GBL Systems Corporation is an SBDC Success Story

GBL Systems was first introduced to EDC-VC through Ray Bowman, executive director of the Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara. Although there was no business area that GBL requested the EDC-VC to specifically address, its CEO Jim Buscemi stated, “We are constantly striving to improve our front office business processes and increase efficiency throughout all departments.” GBL Systems Corporation (GBL) was formed in 1990 Read More

Energizing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is Focus of Annual Meeting

CAMARILLO, Calif.–Entrepreneurship, technology and innovation will be the focus of the Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County’s 21st annual meeting. Scholar, lecturer and researcher Philip Auerswald, will speak about the importance of entrepreneurship for sustained economic growth, and present current trends and strategies aimed at developing “entrepreneurial ecosystems.” The event is 3-7 p.m., Jan. 18, at the Spanish Hills Country Read More

Join us for free events at Camarillo StartUp Week, Dec 4 – 8

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The days of installing an anti-virus program on your computer and forgetting about computer security are gone. Although we think that cybersecurity is a problem for large businesses, such as Target and Equifax, the reality is that a small business's data vulnerability actually caused the Target breach. Data breaches are also caused by all-sized businesses because employees are not trained to detect common security scams. Small businesses are also Read More

New Board Members Bring Higher Education Experience to EDC-VC

CAMARILLO, Calif.—Dr. Greg Gillespie, chancellor, Ventura County Community College District and Ysabel Trinidad, vice president for finance and administration at California State University Channel Islands are the newest Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County board members. “Greg and Ysabel each have more than 25 years’ experience in higher education leadership. Their insight into university-level administration will be beneficial Read More

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