"The HR manager of a large manufacturer in Newbury Park came to me with a dilemma. She could not find skilled manufacturing employees to replace those that were retiring. I turned to VCEDA for assistance. VCEDA put me in touch with several key educators in the county. I am now part of several groups of educators and business people working together to either develop new or customize existing programs to meet the needs of local manufacturers. VCEDA’s assistance helped me better serve my client’s needs."

Ellen Brown, Regional Delivery Manager, Volt Workforce Solutions, Simi Valley, CA

"VCEDA provides valuable research and information that helps local businesses grow. It was instrumental, for example, in helping Agromin connect with other businesses that support incorporating sustainable practices in their day-to-day operations. In addition, as members of this powerful organization, all of us have an influence on how decisions are made in Ventura County. Businesses outside of VCEDA do not have that advantage."

Bill Camarillo, CEO, Agromin, Oxnard, CA

"I have been involved with VCEDA for over 20 years. VCEDA is the place to go to be "in the know" about issues facing business today--on a regional, state and national level. The VCEDA Board, consisting of over 35 business and community leaders, is a valuable resource to members. VCEDA partners with city, county, state and national elected officials who view VCEDA as a knowledgeable and focused advocate for business. This allows VCEDA to add immeasurable value to members and the region as a whole."

Sue Chadwick, Senior Vice President, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Ventura, CA

"VCEDA has provided me and thousands of small and large business organizations the tools to prosper in this County. With many committed member firms, VCEDA has stayed on top of all issues pertinent to our successes in spite of numerous obstacles including the downturn in our economy. VCEDA knows how to lobby and present cogent arguments; no one does it better!"

Penny M. Boehm, President, Bohannon Management Works!, Oxnard, CA

"The Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) is an asset to our local community. Through VCEDA, California State University Channel Islands stays connected with business leaders in Ventura County who keep us abreast of the current issues affecting their businesses. As a result, we are able to create innovative programs that meet workforce demand and to educate better our students, the future of Ventura County."

Richard R. Rush President, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

"Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton values its membership in VCEDA and the role that VCEDA has played, on a countywide basis, in advocating for the best interests of the economic growth of all segments of the county's business community. VCEDA has continuously taken a leadership position in identifying and coalescing various elements of our community that have worked together for the betterment of the county."

Marc L. Charney, Of Counsel, Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP, Oxnard, CA