Countywide : Conference to Focus on Small Businesses

Small-business leaders will get an opportunity to draft recommendations for legislative action and then hand their proposals directly to Ventura County lawmakers at a daylong workshop Friday at the North Ranch Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

Participants will break into small groups to hammer out suggestions on issues such as workers’ compensation and regulatory reform.

State Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) and Assemblyman Nao Takasugi (R-Oxnard) are sponsoring the event, scheduled to run from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The conference is being offered free to Ventura County business leaders.

Along with jotting down their ideas for legislative reform efforts, participants will hear from local officials and business leaders, and attend a panel discussion on cities’ attempts to streamline their permit process.


Speakers scheduled to address the conference include Woody Godbold, chairman of the California Chamber of Commerce; Julie Wright, state secretary for trade and commerce; Kathleen Shannahan, deputy state secretary for economic development, and William McAleer, chairman of the board of Ventura County National Bank.

More than 100 entrepreneurs have registered for the conference, but some spaces remain. For reservations, call 526-2956.