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ED_City_logoThe City's Economic Development team in the City Manager’s Office is here to assist our business community.  Whether you are interested in starting a new business in Thousand Oaks or looking to expand your existing business, let us serve as your point of contact. We can guide developers through the permitting process and answer your questions. Email Economic Development Manager Haider Alawami, or call (805) 449-2135.

edcvcEconomic Development Collaborative (EDC) 
Offering a full slate of resources for businesses of all sizes, including: consulting and workshops, loans and funding assistance, manufacturing assistance, international trade, and more. 

EDC has added the Small Business Development Center to its menu of comprehensive services, providing free advising and workshops to small business owners.

scoreSCORE Ventura County

SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

WIB2Workforce Development Board (WIB) of Ventura County

The Workforce Development Board helps employers develop a high-quality, skilled workforce. They use training and collaboration to align education with industry needs.

WEVLogo2Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

WEV provides training, consulting, and loans to help residents of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties start and grow small businesses.

VC growsVentura County Grows Business

A collaborative effort with county and city economic development managers and the Workforce Development Board working together to provide services and support that businesses need to thrive.  Need help finding financing, qualified employees, increasing your operational efficiency, or assistance with a film location?  Ventura County Grows Business offers a number of free and low-cost resources.


Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created to serve as California's single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts.  GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit assistance, regulatory guidance, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. 

sbaThe United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
Through a network of field offices and partnerships, the SBA provides resources to help Americans start, build, and grow businesses.  SBA's core operations are focused around  the "Three C's:"  Capital, Contracting, and Counseling.



805 Startups

805 Startups helps our members to grow as individuals and to grow their companies.  Every strategy and every action taken is objective oriented to foster growth. Doing so helps an entire startup ecosystem to grow.                               

805 Startups achieves this by organizing startup related events, raising awareness for startups, building relationships between local businesses, corporations, universities, government, and startups, connecting people through our vast network, lobbying local politicians to get involved in the growth of their local startups, and identifying key weaknesses and implementing strategies to overcome them.

Hub 101

Operated by Cal Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community, and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow, and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers.