Economic Development Collaborative — Ventura County Adds Staff Dedicated to Fire Relief

January 11, 2018
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Clare Briglio. Courtesy photo.

VENTURA COUNTY — The Economic Development Collaborative –Ventura County (EDC-VC) has announced the addition of Clare Briglio as a full-time staff member dedicated to outreach and coordination of the fire relief efforts being delivered by EDC-VC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Briglio and a team of about 30 other consultants provide a variety of services to local businesses including no-cost business advising, access to capital for short- and long-term loans for disaster relief and assistance regarding insurance, unemployment, loans and tax relief.

“The Thomas Fire created a severe crisis for businesses in Ventura, Santa Paula, Ojai, Fillmore, Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and much of Santa Barbara. The EDC-VC and its SBDC are responding with technical assistance, access to capital and resources at the ready,” said Bruce Stenslie, EDC-VC CEO. “We are excited to have Clare join our team as a dedicated point person to help these businesses get immediate support and assistance.”

For businesses in need of EDC-VC support services for disaster recovery, details of business disaster services can be found online at http://edc-vc.com/disaster-recoveryservices/ or on the “Business Recovery” link on the home page of http://venturacountyrecovers.org/.

Briglio has served as an SBDC consultant for EDC-VC since 2016, advising clients in the areas of startup strategies, new product development and sourcing, organizational development, process improvement and strategic planning. As the owner and founder of KINGS & PRIESTS, a wholesale jewelry design and consulting company in Ventura, Briglio is experienced in understanding corporate structure and developing key strategies that enable small businesses to reach their full potential. Her skill set includes creating branding strategies that increase exposure and product strength. She has over 10 years’ experience working in art and design, as well as human resources, corporate branding and fund development. Briglio has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sonoma State University.

The SBDC is funded by the SBA and provides professional business assistance at no cost to businesses. Participating businesses are required to follow a well-defined scope of work and report their economic successes. These SBA milestones are defined as job creation, increase in sales, capital investment, jobs retained and business started.

EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the Small Business Development Center, loan programs, manufacturing outreach and international trade program, or other services available to small businesses through EDC-VC, contact Bruce Stenslie at 805-384-1800 ext. 24 or bruce.stenslie@edc-vc.com. Or visit www.edc-vc.com.

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