Businesses gear up for Red Cross Month
Several businesses across Ventura County have scheduled a series of special events to raise money for the local chapter of the American Red Cross in celebration of National Red Cross Month.
On Wednesday, March 18, Topper’s Pizza in Oxnard will forward 20 percent of its profits from 5 to 9 p.m. to the Red Cross, as will Angelo’s Chicken Shack in Camarillo on March 24 for the hours of 5 to 8 p.m.
On March 27, the Camarillo Young Professionals Group will host a casino night from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, and a percentage of proceeds from the event will be donated directly to the chapter, according to an announcement.
Camarillo’s Element Coffee has already participated in the awareness effort, having donated 20 percent of its proceeds from March 7.
Donations for Red Cross Month can be made on the Web through arcventura.org or by calling 339-2234, ext. 212.
Peace gathering response to surge in local violence
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme will hold a youth peace rally this weekend.
On Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Second Annual Kids First Peace Rally takes place at the club’s branch at 126 E. Seventh St., Oxnard.
According to an announcement from the club, the recent surge in violence in the area serves as inspiration for the rally, a grassroots effort to bring concerned citizens together in support of positive choices and programs for kids.
A number of guest speakers, from the club’s president to representatives for Congresswoman Lois Capps and County Supervisor John Zaragoza, are scheduled, as well as a panel discussion that will feature former gang members who work with troubled youth.
Free membership to the club will also be offered throughout the day. For information on the event, contact Tiffany Lopez at 815-4959, ext. 207, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDC program saved 140 jobs in ‘08
A business enhancement program headed by the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County (EDC) salvaged 140 local jobs totaling $140 million last year, reports show.
The EDC’s Business Enhancement Program, also known as Business 911, targeted the county’s 23,000 small businesses with 200 or fewer employees, where it offered financial assistance to those that were struggling due to the recession. The program is a partnership with the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County.
Bruce Stenslie, the EDC’s director, said in a press release that in 2008 the group also partnered with the City of Ventura on its Business Assistance Program, executing five small business loans totaling $225,000. The EDC, he said, now has 42 open loans in the city, totaling $1.1 million.
The group’s Web site is edc-vc.com.