Economic Development

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Welcome to the Business Assistance Office!

The City of Ventura Business Assistance Office serves the needs of businesses and nonprofits in Ventura.  Whether you need assistance navigating the building permit process, promoting a special event, or seeking a loan or a grant, we offer confidential, personalized services and resources to help your business thrive.

View the 2013-2018 Economic Development Strategy

The Business Advantage

  • Why Ventura?

  • Demographics and Economic Profile

Business Assistance Office Services and Programs

  • Business Ombudsmen- Assistance with doing Business with the City of Ventura and other agencies

  • Sites for lease/sale- A user-populated database of commercial and industrial properties for lease and for sale

  • Business Enhancement Program- free, confidential business development assistance and consultation

  • Business Assistance Program- Low interest loans for businesses relocating to or expanding in Ventura

  • Business to Business Connections

  • Educational Forums and Networking Events

  • Promotions and Marketing - for local businesses and events

  • Ventura Ventures Technology Center- Ventura's high tech business incubator

  • Poverty Reduction and Homeless Services

  • Nonprofit Sustainability Center - affordable office space for nonprofit organizations

Partners and Business Resources

  • Economic development organizations
  • Educational institutions

Forms, Documents, and Economic Information

  • Economic development information
  • City of Ventura forms and documents

Contact us

501 Poli Street, Room 218, Ventura, CA 93001

Business hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (excluding holidays and every other Friday)

Economic Development Hotline: (805) 677-3935

Fax Number: (805) 677-3949


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Peter Brown 

Community Services Manager


Annett Ewing



Brian Pendleton

Project Manager