Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation
Mission: The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation provides a business link to the economic, educational, cultural and environmental interests of the Ventura regional community with a vision to the future.
Purpose: 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.
Ventura Commerce & Education Foundation
Principal for a Day
How to Do Business with Public Agencies
Ventura City Corps
Ventura Film Office
The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation will link business to projects that help the Ventura regional community develop and prosper. The Foundation will convene community leaders to discuss critical topics. Because of its non-profit status, the Foundation will attract tax-deductible contributions to accomplish its goals.
The Foundationís leaders recognize that the challenges and opportunities faced by Ventura are common to many small communities in California. By developing, implementing and evaluating promising and proven programs and by convening community leaders and fostering partnerships, the Foundation has an important role to play as it confronts the complex concerns that come with growth and change.
Leadership Ventura was established in 1994 to develop the future leaders of Ventura. Each year a new class is formed. Participants complete a nine-month course that includes: Leadership Training; Economic Development and Tourism; Arts and Culture; City, County, and State Government; Regional Commerce; Health and Human Services; Media and Communications; Education; and Public Safety. Each class creates teams to develop and implement a community improvement project before graduation. The program has graduated 110 community leaders over its decade-long history. The program is sustained through participant tuition and grants.
Principal for a Day allows business leaders to get a close look at the challenges and responsibilities of school principals. An average of 30 business leaders takes advantage of this program annually. Sponsorships are available when the program is being promoted.
How to Do Business with Public Agencies provides businesses with important information and key contacts by bringing them together with purchasing agents from the Ventura Unified School District, Ventura County School District, Community College District, California State University at Channel Islands, City of Ventura, County of Ventura and several state and federal agencies. For a complete list please click on the link from above. The chamber and foundation joined forces with Assemblyman Pedro Nava in 2007. This annual program is designed to provide a benefit to the business community for their support of education. Sponsorships are available when the program is being promoted.
Coastal Marine Biolab (CMB) is located in the heart of Ventura Harbor and offers innovative, inquiry based science experiences to prepare high school students for entry into the biotechnology workforce and to give them a competitive edge for college and university admissions. The 9-day Integrative Biosciences Program includes: Applied laboratory of field training under the mentorship of research scientists, scuba certification by diving professionals, science-based field excursions to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, nine days accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express (within a short walking distance from CMB), meal plan from participating Ventura Harbor restaurants. The CMB is seeking grant opportunities to provide scholarships for high school students.
THRIVES Together Helping Replenish Inventory for Ventura Educators and Students
Ventura Commerce & Education Foundation and Ventura City Corps are currently seeking a limited number of sponsors for the THRIVES School Supply Drive, benefitting all of VUSD schools. Sponsorship dollars will provide poster printing, box delivery and pickup, supply storage and management of the program.
The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation is a proud business partner and donor for the IMPACT II Teacher Grant program, co-sponsored by the Ventura County Office of Education, the Ventura County Star in Education Foundation and Ventura County Economic Development Association. For more information or to download sponsorship form, click here.
For more information on the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation or to become involved please contact the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-643-7222.