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Celebrating Limoneira's 125 Years as a Local Legend

Ventura Chamber Presents a TASTE-y Event

'Keep It Clean and Loose'

Pacific Coast Business Times Celebrates the Spirit of Small Business

Carpinteria Chamber Hosts Culinary Crawl

Partying for the Parks

Camarillo's State of the City is Rosy

Once Again, A Fair to Remember

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Celebrating Limoneira's 125 Years as a Local Legend

Top: (Middle) From left, Pacific Coast Business Times editor Henry Dubroff, Ventura City Councilman Jim Monahan and Harrison VP Jim Harrison enjoyed their time together at the bucolic Bocce Ball Courts. (Right) "We had a weeklong celebration when it was 100 years, we're having a dinner tonight, and we'll see you for the 150th!" Limoneira CEO Harold Edwards said. 

Bottom: Myron and Sharon Harrison were among the Harrison contingent at the celebration.

Our hats are off to Limoneira! Congratulations to this Ventura County agricultural institution on the occasion of its 125th anniversary - and on its fabulous quasquicentennial celebration, held Sept. 12 at the lush Limoneira Bocce Ball Courts in Santa Paula. Several of us in the Harrison Industries family were thrilled to attend this momentous event.

The program was riveting, featuring a series of guest speakers telling the remarkable Limoneira story, which began 125 years ago with Santa Paula founding father Nathan Blanchard and Union Oil founder Wallace Hardison. Both natives of New England who'd headed to California during the 19th-century "Go West, young man" movement, Blanchard and Hardison met in Ventura County. In 1893, they pooled their resources to buy 413 acres of local land and established the Limoneira Company, thereby helping to create the region's vast citrus and avocado industry that continues to thrive today.

Imagine these wonderful stories playing out on a perfect summer evening against a beautiful bucolic backdrop, in the company of local leaders from Santa Paula Mayor Ginger Gherardi to Limoneira President/CEO Harold Edwards, and served up with a fabulous dinner by Jason Collis' Plated Events team, and you've got a truly memorable experience.

The Harrisons send their most heartfelt thanks and most hearty wishes to this legendary and successful business with such deep roots in the community. Here's to Limoneira's next 125 years!

For more on the company, visit
Ventura Chamber Presents a TASTE-y Event
I got to share in this delicious evening with, at left, Stephanie Caldwell, President/CEO of the Ventura Chamber; and, at right, Elena Brokaw, Executive Director of the Ventura County Museum.
A hearty shout-out to the Ventura Chamber of Commerce for TASTE 2018, truly the most delicious event in the city!

Held the evening of Aug. 30 at the Museum of Ventura County, TASTE was presented in collaboration with the fabulous opening of a new museum gallery exhibit dedicated to Ventura County's local food traditions. "At Table: The Business of Food and Community" explores and celebrates the cultural impact of immigration through a shared love of food.

"At Table" will be on display at the museum through Nov. 25, with special events occurring over the months, including a panel discussion featuring notable food writers, a farm-to-table dinner event and a book talk by a noted local food author. Visit for more details.

Among the other civic leaders enjoying the event were, from left, Matt LaVere, Deputy Mayor of Ventura; former Ventura City Councilmember Carl Morehouse; and John Hecht, President of Sespe Consulting, Inc. 
The two-and-a-half-hour TASTE festival drew hundreds to the museum courtyard. Among the guests were many Ventura City Council members who stopped by after a long council meeting to cool off and relax. It was a spectacular event. There, under balmy 70-degree skies, all the guests happily mingled, enjoyed the wonderful live Beatles tribute music of Sgt. Pepper, and sampled menu items and drinks from more than 40 of Ventura's finest restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries, distilleries and more.

A most satisfying evening indeed. I'm proud of the Ventura Chamber staff and I am proud to be on the chamber board that put together such a happening event in downtown Ventura.

For more information on TASTE 2018, including a list of participating vendors, visit
'Keep It Clean and Loose'

We repeat this recycling message often, and it bears repeating: "KEEP IT CLEAN AND LOOSE."

It's our first request of you: to please keep food, soft plastic and other contaminants out of your blue recycle barrels and white recycle bins. And please: NO PLASTIC BAGS.
Keeping it clean: Empty your cans and bottles before recycling them; deep-washing is not necessary.

Keeping it loose: Deposit all recyclable material DIRECTLY into your bins and barrels. Recyclables in bags - especially plastic bags - greatly slow our recycling line, as our workers must stop to open and dispose of each bag. Sometimes a bag ends up in baled paper, which contaminates the entire bale and it gets rejected for sale.

For more information, visit us at  or call 805-647-1414.
Thank you for helping us be better stewards of the planet.
Pacific Coast Business Times Celebrates the Spirit of Small Business
From left, Ecugreen Jewelry & Textiles owner Martha Cantos shares the joy of her win with Ventura Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere and Ventura Chamber President/CEO Stephanie Caldwell.
What an honor to be in the audience for the Pacific Coast Business Times' 2018 Spirit of Small Business awards luncheon, held Aug. 23 in Santa Barbara. The day was perfect at the Coral Casino, with the dolphins putting on a playful show in the beautiful Pacific Ocean and so many fabulous small businesses honored.

An added plus was the use of videos so that the honorees could show us their businesses live, so to speak. This allowed us to travel the world as we visited Ecuador and Ethiopia, where two of the businesses had their beginnings.

Thank you, PCBT Editor Henry Dubroff, for such a fabulous day. I had the pleasure of attending with Stephanie Caldwell, CEO of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, and we were amazed at the depth and breadth of the honored businesses.

Island Packers treasurer and marketing director Cherryl Connally, center, joined Stephanie and me on the promenade after a great program and lunch. 
Eight businesses were honored - five from Ventura and one each from Camarillo, Oxnard and San Luis Obispo. Needless to say, Stephanie and I were thrilled with the number of Ventura businesses honored.

Here's a list of the winning businesses:

* ASR Construction, of Oxnard; property restoration company owned by Kirk Prouse;
* DFNDR Armor, of Camarillo; body armor development company owned by David Fernandez;
* Ecugreen Jewelry & Textiles, of Ventura; retailer owned by Martha Cantos;
* Island Packers Cruises, of Ventura; boat tour and transportation company owned by the Connally family;
* Lori's Original Lemonade, of Ventura; beverage retailer owned by Lori Volk;
* MadeWest Brewing Co., of Ventura; brewery owned by Seth Gibson and Mike Morrison;
* Omni Design Group, of San Luis Obispo; architecture and civil engineering firm owned by David Marchell;
* Parker Clay, of Ventura; leather goods retailer owned by Brittany and Ian Bentley;

The Spirit of Small Business awards honor companies in the Tri-Counties with fewer than 100 employees. Winners are named in specific categories, including family-owned, veteran-owned, minority-owned, women-owned and green businesses.

Judges selected winners based on the nominees' records of success and community commitment. Every one of these honored businesses truly deserved the recognition, and if you are interested in learning more about them, please go to their websites.
Carpinteria Chamber Hosts Culinary Crawl
What a wonderful Friday evening in Carpinteria! On Sept. 7, we were lucky to be among 300 local folks taking part in the Carpinteria Chamber's annual Culinary Crawl - A Taste of Carpinteria, along the city's downtown streets. The local business promotion event - which we helped sponsor - worked its way along Linden and Carpinteria avenues, with all us aproned patrons stopping to taste some of the area's finest cuisine, and then culminated in an artsy afterparty at the Carpinteria Arts Center. Representing Harrison, Jim Harrison and I celebrated the beautiful evening with, from left, Chamber President/CEO Joyce Donaldson and our friends Doug and Peggy Buehler. A truly satisfying event!
Partying for the Parks
There are worse ways to spend a balmy summer evening than sharing wonderful food, cocktails, conversation and music with friends, neighbors and local leaders at a lovely, rustic park in the foothills of Camarillo.

In fact, when you consider that this event was being held to benefit the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks Foundation and its educational programs, it's hard to come up with a more perfect evening.

Harrison Industries was proud to be a major sponsor of the Party for the Parks event, and Jim Harrison and I - pictured here with Camarillo City Councilman Tony Trembley - had a fantastic time, joined by local businessman Sam Hishmeh and his wife. (Missing - and missed - were Camarillo Mayor Charlotte Craven and her husband, Mike, who were attending another event and unfortunately couldn't join us.)

The food and drinks were exceptional, and a special shout-out to our musical entertainers for the evening: Caught Red Handed is a local legendary country band that's played all over Ventura County for 30 years, and they were fantastic!

The event took place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Camarillo Grove Park, a former stagecoach stop and home to the oldest tree in the area. Nestled against the local hillsides, it felt like a magical place, and we were proud to support it, through Harrison's VIP sponsorship and our table for eight.

For more information on the parks district, visit 
Camarillo's State of the City is Rosy

"If heaven had a ZIP code, it would be in Camarillo." That opening line pretty much summed up Mayor Charlotte Craven's very sunny State of the City address on Sept. 6 at Spanish Hills Country Club. Our Gold Coast Recycling general manager George Harrison (pictured with Craven in the photo at left) was among the 200 local business and civic leaders who attended the lovely Camarillo Chamber-hosted luncheon event. Also in attendance (with Craven in the photo at right) were, from left, Camarillo Chamber President and CEO Gary Cushing and Camarillo Councilman Kevin Kildee. In her speech, Craven covered Camarillo's budget, development and sustainability news, and long story short, it was all good. Congratulations to the wonderful, deserving city of Camarillo!
Once Again, A Fair to Remember

The 143rd Ventura County Fair is in the books, and we again owe great thanks and congratulations to the Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors for bringing another 12 days of magic to life at the seaside fairgrounds in Ventura.

With the theme "A Country Fair with Ocean Air," the fair drew nearly 300,000 visitors over the course of its Aug. 1-12, 2018, run, from across the county and far beyond.

We at Harrison Industries were happy to contribute to the 4H Auction and to sponsor the kids' rodeo. We absolutely love to take part in this grand community event, and we're impressed every year with the sheer choreography that goes into the Ventura County Fair.

Under the guidance of president Dan Long, the 2018 fair board once again pulled off a spectacular production, including an upgraded carnival midway, an ever-evolving food and drink menu, dozens of rides, exhibits and attractions, grandstand events from concerts to rodeos to demolition derbies, and fireworks displays.

A special shout-out to everyone on the nine-member board: Long, vice president Leslie Cornejo, and board members Bonnie Atmore, Michael Bradbury, M. Cecilia Cuevas, Leah Lacayo, Armando Lopez, Shanté Morgan-Durisseau and Jim Salzer.

See you all again next summer at the fair!
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