Biz Buzz

Biz Buzz

By Daphne Khalida Kilea 09/06/2012

Welcome to Biz Buzz, a monthly dispatch of interesting business news in the VC.



Imagine on Main, a new toy store with toys and gifts for all ages, has opened in downtown Ventura at 540 E. Main St. The store offers toys designed to help children develop their basic skills and has a selection of handmade gifts, both fine and functional art, created by local Southern California award-winning artists. … Sticky Fingers Baking Company recently opened at 2016 E. Main St. across the street from Pete’s Breakfast House and the Golden Egg Cafe in Midtown Ventura. The bakery offers conventional, gluten-free andvegan muffins, scones, cupcakes, as well as espresso drinks. … The comic book shop Hypno Comics has relocated to 1803 E. Main St. in Midtown Ventura. The shop, which is also an indy publisher, deals in new and back-issue comics, trading-card games, T-shirts, graphic novels, action figures and much more. … The former location of Local Cafe, 1751 E. Main St. in Ventura, is now occupied by Palermo Pizza. The restaurant is known for its fresh homemade East-Coast style pizza, made from a Sicilian family recipe. It offers a variety of pizzas, classic Italian dinners, seafood, pasta and much more. … The Village Trader Market and Deli, the first grocery store in the Dos Vientos Ranch retail and office complex in Thousand Oaks, opened recently. The market offers gourmet, organic and local produce and a full-service deli, as well as a variety of domestic and international beers and wines.

The Village Trader Market and Deli


And the award goes to …

This year’s recipient of the Michael W. Harahan Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award for Special Olympics Ventura County is Jon Gomez. He was honored by Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) for his hard work and dedication to helping Special Olympic athletes succeed and reach their goals. … For the third consecutive year, the Pacific Coast Business Times recognized Joseph Briglio, senior planner at the city of Ventura and executive director of the Ventura Ventures Technology Center, in Who’s Who in Clean Tech and Sustainability.  … The Grange won the Ventura County Fair’s Best Agricultural and Natural Resources Exhibit. The first-place exhibit showed the international trends to ban planting and prohibit imports of genetically engineered products in 14 countries and mandatory labeling laws on the books or being enacted in more than 50 countries. … The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recognized the Port of Hueneme for the second consecutive year with a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The Port of Hueneme also received a Sustainability Award for the month of August, in recognition of its environmental and economic initiatives. State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, gives the award each month to an individual or organization in the 23rd Senate district.

Joseph Briglio



The Lu Ross Academy, known for its affordable haircuts, is expanding to accommodate a barber school in a second building at 93 S. Chestnut St., nearly doubling the size of the Academy, which will also occupy a downtown office space. The school will continue to offer courses in cosmetology, aesthetics and makeup art. … For a third consecutive year, CSU Channel Islands (CI) has been named a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education. CI is one of only 42 institutions on the 2012 Honor Roll; and nationwide, it is ranked in the top 103 for its work in the environment.


In memory of …

Ventura’s County’s well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist John “Jack” Gilbert died at age 91 from complications of pneumonia. He was recognized for his multitude of charitable donations, such as the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center on the Cal Lutheran campus. Gilbert contributed to the economic development of the county through his business ventures, and was inducted into the Tri-County Business Hall of Fame in 2010.


ZaK Kukoff

In the name of charity …

Thousand Oaks resident, Zak Kukoff, 17, was one of the recipients of the 2012 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards presented by the Bay Area Helen Diller Family Foundation. The award is $36,000 for each California teen whose idea aims to “repair the world.” Kukoff’s concept is Autism Ambassadors, which encourages a better understanding of special-needs students, tolerance and friendship among students. … The Smith Foundation sponsored by the Ventura County Community Foundation, recently awarded $574,100 in grants to 13 local organizations. The recipients are nonprofit organizations whose actions contribute to the betterment of the community. Since its establishment in 1996, the Smith Foundation has awarded  more than $10 million to nonprofits throughout the county. … The Boys & Girls Club of Ventura recently held its 29th annual Golf Classic at the Saticoy Country Club and raised more than $70,000. The event was sponsored by several businesses throughout the county, and Carolyn Hoffman was the winner of the Lexus Champions for Charity Tournament.  … The American Cancer Society’s recent Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Thousand Oaks was a success, with more than 300 participants and a total of $28,000 collected.  … The Darden Foundation awarded the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County a $30,000 grant to support its community-based mentoring programs and services. The grant is part of the Restaurants Community Grant Program, which aims to support nonprofit organizations in communities that Darden and its restaurant brands, such as Olive Garden, serve. … A local homeless shelter, Lighthouse for Women and Children, recently received a $16,200 grant from the Monsanto Fund. Lighthouse, the only 24/7 women and children’s shelter in Ventura County, will utilize the money to purchase a new van for its transportation needs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County


Moving up

Jim Mangis has been named the new executive director of the nonprofit organization The Ojai Foundation (TOF). Mangis has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, having served as an interim executive director and consultant in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and now comes in to support and boost TOF’s three main programs in Ojai and around the world. … Ojai Community Bank reported a record-breaking profit in net income for the first six months of 2012. The $532,000 represents a 220 percent increase over the first six months of 2011. With growing profit, the bank applied and received approval to open a branch office in October near Five Points in Ventura under the name Ventura Community Bank.
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