Ventura County's Support-Local Program

Totally Local VC´s New Website Is Here!

As Totally Local VC has continued to expand its reach, we felt it was time to improve and expand our website to keep pace with our growth. We know you´re going to love it.

As Totally Local VC heads into its third year and we reflect on the progress we have made in educating, advocating and celebrating our local community, we are excited about our impact and growth. Through the efforts of our team and those of our partners, we have not only helped to increase public awareness of the importance of spending locally, we have also had a large influence on the food, music and support-local movement.  Each and every event that Totally Local VC has hosted has sold out, drawing even more attention to our message and helping to spread the word. We know we can do even better as we continue to expand our reach. So we felt it was time to improve and expand our website as well to keep pace with our growth and to provide you, our readers, with even more fun and information. We know you’re going to love it.

Introducing the new Totally Local VC website

The Totally Local VC team is very proud to announce the launching of our completely redesigned web site. The site  was created to provide you with easier access to even more information with many new enhanced features. Here are just a few of the many improvements:

  • A new Enhanced Directory. This is not your everyday pile of directory listings. Now you can not only read about our local business partners but also see photos and a location map, connect to them on social networks and even leave comments.
  • A new Events Calendar. This very cool calendar will not only show you what´s happening, but will also let you easily post your upcoming events, helping to build a community calendar. As it grows, you´ll be able to filter the calendar so you´re only looking at the categories of events that you´re interested in. This has been a much-needed tool for our county and we are very proud to bring this to you. Help us fill it up!
  • Featured Partners. There is now space on each page for our partners to get across their messages. With over 15,000 hits daily, our advertising spots provide a great opportunity for wide exposure for your business.
  • Even more new articles and videos. Our articles and videos are a popular part of the Totally Local VC connection and we will be featuring lots of great new articles & videos featuring several new writers and a wide range of topics.
  • And a lot more…

All of these improvements will help in our effort to continue to spread the word on living, eating, shopping and supporting our local community.  Watch for the expansion of programs and events from us as we work to create educational yet fun ways to learn to live local. We want to thank all of our supporters, for without you we could not do what we do best.  

Totally Local VC would like to give a very special thank you toLance Korthals. He not only designed our new website but also our new logo. If your business is in need of advice and support, we highly recommend you give Lance a call. His consulting firm, Audera, has helped many companies county-wide by applying his extensive experience in business management, marketing & sales, and product development. His work with local manufacturers, Mom and Pops, restaurants, high-tech, etc has made him a real asset and we know you will agree. You can contact him at or (805) 613-7010.
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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. Site looks awesome!!!

  2. Really well done! Finally a place for all your avenues and meet!

  3. I think this is GREAT! Corporate has is place, but it is such a refreshing idea for us all to support our local community! Cheers to Kat for running with this!!

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