Business Counseling-Personal,Professional,Confidential

A regional public/private economic development organization, EDC-VC works to maintain the region’s economic health and vitality, delivering services that promote jobs and economic growth and raise overall productivity and incomes. EDC-VC provides high-quality business assistance in the form of counseling, training and research for both existing and prospective small businesses in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties which result in job creation, retention and regional economic impact. EDC-VC is also a community-based lender, assisting businesses with access to capital, and delivers a comprehensive program on international trade, promoting business growth and competitiveness through improved access to global markets.

SBDC Services by Business Stage


Existing Business
(Growth Planning)

  • Rebranding and Market Identification
  • Advanced Web Development (Shopping Cart, SEO, Email Segmentation, etc.)
  • Tax and Accounting Preparation
  • Government Procurement and Certification
  • Financial Packaging Assistance
  • Hiring
  • New Employees (available subsidies)
  • Permitting, Product Pricing, Succession Planning
  • Franchise Development 
  • International Trade (Importing/Exporting) 
  • Specialized assistance by industry (e.g. lean manufacturing, emerging technology, retail, beauty, food and hospitality.)
New To Business
(Operations Management)

  • Financial Packaging
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Cash Flow Management and Financial Statement Preparation 
  • Brand Creation and Development 
  • Competitive Assessment
  • Target Market and Customer Identification
  • Marketing Channel Identification, Implementation, and Measurement
(Startup Preparation)

  • Business Planning
  • Financial Projection
  • Exploratory Funding
  • Lease Negotiation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Bookkeeping
  • State and Federal Tax Setup and Preparation
  • Web Development
  • Merchant Account Services (if applicable)
  • Franchise Purchase