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By Daphne Khalida Kilea 09/04/2014

 

Opening
Studio Barre recently opened at 2325 Borchard Drive in Newbury Park. The exercise boutique offers a variety of personalized, goal-oriented workouts that tone and strengthen the body. … Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties opened a new office in Oxnard at 520 W. Fifth St., suite G and held a campaign kickoff, reaching out to the community to help elect Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, to Congress. … 9021Pho recently opened at The Lakes (2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd) in Thousand Oaks for its fifth location. Owned by award-winning Chef Kimmy Tang, the 9021PHO eateries are casual restaurants that offer French-Vietnamese cuisine made with quality ingredients and handmade sauces. … The Ventura Chamber of Commerce and the city of Ventura will host a ribbon cutting to launch the Ventura Chamber’s Home-Based Business Support Network to provide resources and networks to make such businesses successful. The ceremony will be held on Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. followed by a reception in the City Hall Atrium. For more information, call Terry McBreen 643-7222. … Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) will relocate its corporate headquarters to 2575 Vista Del Mar in Ventura. The 73,000-square-foot site is expected to be occupied by 100 VCCU employees who provide support and perform administration duties.
Changes
The Bamboo Steakhouse at 4426 Central Ave. in Camarillo is closing and the Sportsman Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge will occupy the space. The Sportsman will also continue to operate its Ventura location at 53 California St. in Ventura.
And the award goes to
United Way of Ventura County will hold its 10th annual Spirit of Community Partnership Awards Luncheon on Sept. 18 at the Serra Center in Camarillo. Scott Corby, Denise Thomas, David M. Smith, Sarah Rune, the County of Ventura and the Ventura County Community Foundation Center for Nonprofit Leadership will be honored. The nonprofit will also present several Live United Spotlight Awards for special efforts on behalf of United Way as well as recognize 10 outstanding corporate partners for their contributions to Ventura County. … Renée Rock, a senior lecturer at Cal Lutheran University and her team (David Anderton, Prateek Gupta, Billy Kirkley, Sarah Klein and Mateo Nakah) won first place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp that challenges entrepreneurs to create a start-up in a week. She was one of 47 participants selected from more than 5,000 applicants based on entrepreneurial potential, long-term vision, analytical capacity, community contributions and a focus on excellence; her team pitched a startup targeting the fashion industry through new technology.
Moving up
Michael Eaton, Terri Parks and Heidi Whitcomb joined the Casa Pacifica board of directors. Eaton is the founder of two IT service firms, a technology company and a real estate development practice; Parks is an expert in software and information systems management who retired in 2013 from Amgen where she served as the company’s information systems director; Whitcomb is co-owner of Ventura Rental Inc. and Ventura Rental Party Center. … Veteran banker Eloy Ortega has joined Ojai Community Bank and will serve as the president of the bank’s new division, Santa Barbara Community Bank. Ortega is familiar with his market; he brings more than two decades of banking experience and community involvement in Santa Barbara to his new position. … Patrick Davidson will be the next executive director of Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura, the local community access television station in Ventura. Davidson is currently the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club and was previously a senior vice president of original programming for the Disney Channel. … Anne Paul King joined the Ventura College Foundation as the director of major and planned gifts. Among her responsibilities are managing the foundation’s fundraising program and building a solid donor base to support scholarships and others needs that foster student success. King has helped raise over $20 million for nonprofit organizations. … Eric Watson, a physiatrist, was appointed as the therapy program director of the Post-Acute Rehab Center (PARC) at the Victoria Care Center (VCC) in Ventura. VCC is a 24-hour skilled nursing facility and the PARC is the most sophisticated facility of its kind in Ventura County. Watson specializes in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain medicine.
In the name of charity
The Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) is accepting proposals from local nonprofits for upcoming behavioral health grants. The VCCF Health Fund will award a minimum of $80,000 to support local programs that focus on all or one of the following: enhancing places where people live, work, etc., connecting people to strengthen positive social-emotional development and fostering prosperity to enhance opportunities for self-sufficiency.  The application deadline is Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. For more information, www.vccf.org or 330-6678
Education
The $15 million Ullman Commons at CLU is now fully operational at 101 Memorial Parkway in Thousand Oaks. The 20,000-square-foot building includes an all-you-can-eat dining hall with an international station offering a variety of food and a deli station offering made-to-order sandwiches and wraps; a quick-service counter that sells freshly baked pastries, hot entrees, pizza, soups and salads; a Starbucks that is open until midnight; and a conference center that has two rooms for banquets or lectures. … Ventura’s Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) received a $1.1 million Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health to launch its NeuroLab project. The five-year pre-college research education project engages high school students in groundbreaking neuroscience research and science education.  
Broadcast
Cumulus Media announced that KRRF will become the all-new 106.3 NASH ICON, delivering the best of al- time country favorites to Ventura County’s country music fans. NASH ICON is a new distribution platform for country music’s most iconic artists and will feature music of the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s.
Government
The Ventura City Council is accepting applications for a voluntary position on the newly formed Charter Review Committee, which will address a number of areas within the City Charter that may require amending, clarification or modification. Applicants must be city of Ventura residents and have expertise or experience working in a group, receiving information and arriving at consensus decision. Application deadline is Sept.15. For more information, 658-4787.
Opportunity
In early September and in February, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) will offer business training programs such as Self-Employment Training and Business Plan Intensive that help entrepreneurs start or grow businesses. Classes are taught in Camarillo, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. For more information, call 965-6073 or go to www.wevonline.org/set-orientations.

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