The Community Development Division of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce works to create opportunities, programs and partnerships to improve the knowledge and commitment of Ventura’s business leaders and citizens.
This division hosts the annual Poinsettia Awards each December with the goal of recognizing the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who make a difference in our community.
Most of the efforts of this division are driven through the chamber’s Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF). The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation was formed to engage businesses in undertaking economic, educational, cultural and environmental projects that promise to benefit Ventura and the regional community. It is anticipated that the projects in the four key areas – and the leadership required to manage them – will have significant impact on the economy of the City of Ventura and the regional community and the health of its business and education communities.