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Local Resources

Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship
The Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship houses a full-service co-work space where startups can operate, collaborate and seek expert help.

Los Angeles Venture Association Workshops
Founded in 1984 the Los Angeles Venture Association is Southern California’s premiere forum for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and professional advisors.

Inventors Workshop International - Ventura County Creative Individuals Workshops
Third Wednesday of Each Month
Hours: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Open to the Public:
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by United Way of Ventura County
1317 Del Norte Road, Suite 100, Camarillo
101 Freeway, Exit Del Norte



Legal Assistance Programs for Independent Inventors


Databases (Library card is required to access the databases outside the library.)

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Profiles important Americans from colonial times to the present. Provides in-depth information on robber barons and their counterparts as well as current visionaries such as Bill Gates, and biographies from financier Warren Buffet to music mogul Jay-Z.
  • General OneFile (Gale)
    Full-text articles from magazines, journal and scholarly publications about all aspects of intellectual property.
  • Legal Information Reference Center
    Consumer legal reference books from NOLO Press on all aspects of starting and running a business including printable legal forms by state.
  • ReferenceUSA
    Information on over 10 million US businesses. A good resource for compiling and downloading lists of businesses based on a variety of criteria. 
  • Small Business Reference Center
    Provides up-to-date information on starting, operating and managing a business including an informative Small Business Start-Up Kit.

Patent and Trademark Searching

Loans, Grants & Funding

  • SBA.gov: U. S. Small Business Administration provides information on various loans and grants including a loans/grants search feature.

Web Resources

  • Edward Lowe Foundation offers forward-thinking ideas and solutions for every aspect of running a business. Their mission is to lead entrepreneurs through the trial and error process that today's hottest entrepreneurs have already overcome.
  • Entrepreneur.org: An information resource for entrepreneurs and supporters of entrepreneurship.
  • NASE (National Association for the Self Employed): The Nation’s Leading Resource for Entrepreneurs.
  • Startup Digest: The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup around the world.
  • Up Global: A non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities.


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