Ventura County's Support-Local Program

Community Supporting All That Is Ventura

A new live local program to promote supporting small business, agriculture and the arts in our Ventura County community.

Totally Local VC is a new live local program that will help promote the benefits of supporting small business, agriculture and the arts in our Ventura County community. Our web site features articles on why shopping locally is key to helping build a long-term sustainable economy. A local business directory with information on each business. Also featured will be easy tips on shopping local, what’s going on in our community and weekly features on our local business, musicians, artists and artisans and those folks that help make Ventura a better place.

You can look forward to local in season recipes, and tips on preparing as well as a little history of our amazing county and it’s founders. Watch for our Totally Local saving bands with discounts and special offers from your local business as well as many other wonderful ways to shop local and save.

So join the Totally Local VC community and tell a friend. We look forward to building a healthy vibrant community together.

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Learn more about author Kat Merrick

Kat Merrick

About the author

Kat Merrick made her mark in the apparel world as an innovative leader and founder of Surf Chick Inc. With over 25 years of extensive experience managing worldwide capacity apparel facilities, companies and product, her superior leadership skills, practiced in directing cross-functional global teams to design, brand, source develop and marketing, won her world-wide recognition and awards. She is considered an expert in the areas of trend studies, brand building and marketing. At 23 years old she opened her first successful retail business in Ventura County, Since then, Kat has owned and operated several very successful retail and wholesale operations and assisted numerous multi-category small businesses to achieve success. Highly respected by many local small business owners, growers, artists and locals, she has been tagged as "the Shop Local girl". Kat's extensive travels, strong business knowledge and desire to make a positive impact locally helped inspire her to create Totally Local VC. A Ventura County resident since 1978, single mother of two and long-standing advocate for support of local small business and all that is Ventura, founder and developer of Totally Local VC, Kat brings her passion for our community to all she does. Her writings, posts and blog reflect her love of family, friends and community and desire to help.


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  1. I love being a part of Ventura, never thought my work would have such strong local support but since relocating to Ventura from San Francisco almost 3 years ago, I have already completed several commissioned projects locally including Toppers Pizza in Oxnard Harbor and Van Gundy’s Jewlery on our own Main Street Ventura.

    Thank you Ventura!

    Totally happy to be a *local*

  2. As a grass-roots, home-based travel business, I can appreciate the effort of all who support Totally Local businesses!

  3. Love watching the pelicans drive to the water. They and the local herons an hawks could keep me entertained all day.

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