By Christine Carlson 06/02/2011
Welcome to Biz Buzz, a monthly dispatch of interesting business news in the VC.
Opening: Owner and local resident Michael Dawson has announced the official launch of Bite Bolt, a restaurant delivery service. It will be delivering food to Ventura County residents from various restaurants that do not currently have delivery service. The initial delivery zone reaches from the bottom of the Conejo Grade in Camarillo to the western part of Ventura, including both military bases. For more information on Bite Bolt, go to www.bitebolt.com
Bigger and better: KCLU Broadcast Center held a grand opening last month for the newly constructed $2.9 million center located on the California Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks. Known as the Paulucci Studios, it features four state-of-the-art production rooms and houses the National Public Radio station’s first dedicated newsroom. … Camarillo’s locally owned L.A. Workout will soon have a new home at 2440 Las Posas Road in a new facility located in the Adolfo/Flynn area of Camarillo; the move has been scheduled between June 5 and 18. For more information, call 482-2582 or visit www.laworkout.com.
For a good cause: For the 12th consecutive year, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation has awarded $50,000 in college scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the Ventura County school district. This scholarship program honors President Reagan’s lasting legacy of leadership. … Curves of Midtown Ventura raised more than $716 in April to benefit Ventura County Food Share. Curves members and friends donated more than 1,300 pounds of food to Food Share, twice the amount raised this time last year.
Getting started: Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) will offer a Business Ready workshop beginning June 11. This 10-hour workshop was created for the individual who needs to define and refine his or her business plan before charging ahead. For more information, visit www.wevonline.org or contact WEV at 667-8004.
Moving up: Rincon Consultants Inc., a Ventura-based environmental sciences and planning consulting firm, announced the promotion of John Dreher Jr. to principal. Dreher will continue to lead Rincon’s Biological Resources Group, implement strategic planning initiatives, and work within all four of the firm’s service lines. … Three California Lutheran University faculty members will receive tenure and advance to the rank of associate professor. The three faculty members are psychology professor Rainer Diriwächter, a native of Switzerland; criminal justice professor Helen Ahn Lim of Simi Valley; and art professor and art department chair Michael Pearceof Thousand Oaks.
And the award goes to … : Steven Hatten and Pam Rupp from Ventura were recognized for their work with Dairy Farmers of America Inc.’s Global Dairy Products Group (GDPG). Hatten and Rupp were among the five individuals to receive awards as part of GDPG’s Employee Recognition and Reward Program. Working with site operators, they developed a “train-the-trainer” program, which instructs and trains equipment operators to become certified master trainers. …
The United Water Conservation District recently honored attorney William “Bill” Hair with the 15th annual Richard V. Laubacher Water Conservation Award for demonstrated innovation and leadership in water conservation in the agricultural, business or educational fields in the county. …
The Ventura County Public Works Department has revived the award for Project of the Year for Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) Academic Family Care Residency and Specialty Care Center, constructed by Barnhart Balfour Beatty on the campus of the VCMC. Completed in October 2010 for $39.3 million, the 82,086-square-foot, five-story building features examination and procedure rooms, a women’s clinic, infusion center, residency library, teaching areas, reception area and auditorium. … The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce announced this year’s Community and Business Awards winners. The recipients include: Distinguished Citizen of the Year — Dean Maulhardt; Man of the Year — Otto Kanny; Woman of the Year — Judith Cofer; Large Business of the Year — Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton, LLC; Small Business of the Year-Sheeler Moving & Storage; and Service Organization of the Year — Community Action of Ventura County. The awards luncheon will be held Friday, June 17, at the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard, 600 E. Esplanade Drive. … Ventura County businesswoman Diane de Mailly is being honored by her peers as Businesswoman of the Year, and having received the award from the Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners at its 2011 Bravo Awards Gala. The award acknowledges women who have accomplished a great deal from modest beginnings and achieved growth success through tireless dedication and hard work. … Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies who received the Kiwanis Club’s Officer of the Year award for their exceptional performance and dedication to the communities they patrol include Sr. Deputy Jason Cantrell of Ventura, Deputy Jody Desjardins of Thousand Oaks, Deputy Joe Preciado of Camarillo, Deputy Traci Salmon of Ojai. … The Ventura County Community Foundation will honor the service of five individuals and a local foundation at the Community Leadership Awards luncheon at the Museum of Ventura County on June 14. The recipients include Mike and Loretta Merewether of Ventura, who will share the 2011 Philanthropists Award; the Smith-Hobson Foundation, which will receive the Outstanding Organization Award; and Dallas Woodburn of Ventura who will receive the Next Generation Leader Award.
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