Small Business Resources Guide
Business owners in Port Hueneme have access to a range of no- and low-cost services through a variety of resources tailored to their needs. Chief among these are the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE and Women's Economic Ventures. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) supports each of these organizations in some capacity.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
SDBC is the SBA's most extensive economic development program, helping small businesses create jobs and strengthen local economies. It is the SBA's largest counseling and training network, with locations in every U.S. state and territory.
Business advising and training sessions are led by paid SBDC business advisors who bring a wealth of real-world business experience to each engagement. SBDC business advisors are evaluated on their ability to produce results, so improving your business' performance is their priority. SBDC clients achieve much higher growth in sales, profits and new jobs than average businesses. The SBDC provides free consultations and low-cost training sessions in a wide variety of key business areas:
- Business planning and management
- Capital sourcing
- Financing/Loan packaging
- Government contracting and procurement
- Human resources
- International trade
- Legal issues
- Social media
- Starting a new business
Complementing its direct counseling and training, SBDC provides SBDC Net (www.sbdcnet.org) a business resource library. Additionally, available only to SBDC clients are extensive proprietary research tools and data bases. For Port Hueneme, the EDC-VC is the region's contractor for SBDC services. Business owners can access SBDC services through www.edcsbdc.org or call 805-384-1800.
In addition it provides regional economic development services, including direct small business lending. For more information about EDC-VC's services and partnership with Port Hueneme, visit EDC Website. For more information about business attraction and retention, visit the Ventura County Grows Business Website.
Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network
The SBDC of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is part of a larger regional network of service centers, organized through the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network. Operated in partnership with the Long Beach Community College District, the Los Angeles Regional Network is the largest of six lead centers in California and the seventh largest in the U.S. including activity in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The Los Angeles Regional Network provides counseling annually to more than 4,000 business clients. SBDC clients benefit from access to the wealth of resources provided by the professional business consultants offering service throughout the Los Angeles Regional Network.
Affiliated nationally with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Score's mission is to provide face-to-face and remote business counseling to help small businesses evaluate plans, stabilize, grow, innovate and succeed. Locally, there is A SCORE chapter in Ventura. For assistance in Ventura County: SCORE Ventura Website805-204-6022.
SCORE'S volunteer business counselors include retired and still-practicing successful business owners and managers, who provide consulting to business owners and potential owners. Counselors provide services via face-to-face counseling, business mentoring or online email counseling-all at no charge to the client. A particular expertise of SCORE is presenting business seminars and workshops, including a complete series in Ventura County on starting and managing a small business.
Women's Economic Ventures (WEV)
WEV is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Providing services for both women and men, WEV offers a comprehensive 14-week, 56-hour self-employment training program; business consulting; advanced training; coaching and networking opportunities. WEV's Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF) provides start-up loans of up to $25,000 and expansion loans of up to $50,000 to pre-bankable micro enterprises. WEV's goals are to help businesses stay in business, drive other local businesses to them, retain jobs and create new ones. WEV's comprehensive scope of services assists entrepreneurs throughout the business lifecycle: start up, launch, grow and sustain. WEV is also partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, serving as a local Women's Business Center (WBC) in Santa Barbara County.
WEV maintains offices in Santa Barbara and Ventura to assist business owners. For information in Ventura, call 805-667-8004 or 805-965-6073 in Santa Barbara or visit Women's Economic Ventures Website.