State Farm to Close Westlake Village Operations Center on November 30, 2018

State Farm issued a federal “WARN” (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) last week to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in anticipation of a planned permanent closure of its Westlake Village Operations Center on November 30th. The Center is located at 1 Baxter Way, Suite 100.

According to the notice, a total of 69 employees will be impacted by the closure, including 29 auto claim representatives, 15 claim processors, 10 claim service assistants and 15 other positions.

Local area employers in Ventura County and surrounding areas are compiled at THIS LINK.

Dave & Buster's is Hiring in Preparation for Opening of Thousand Oaks Location in 2018


As indicated last May, Dave & Buster's is looking to open its first location in Ventura County, right here in our very own city of Thousand Oaks. The new Dave & Buster's will be opening sometime this year in the former home of Sports Authority at 145 West Hillcrest Drive, #130.

Job opportunities at this new Thousand Oaks location posted on the D&B's website last week include Amusements Manager, Assistant General Manager, Kitchen Manager, Restaurant Manager, Senior Manager and Sr. Corporate Sales Manager. Find out more at It appears they are getting their senior management team in place in preparation for hiring staff.

The first Dave & Buster's opened in Dallas in 1982 by David Corriveau and James "Buster" Corley. This publicly-traded chain of eateries features lunch and dinner menus, both traditional Midway, arcade style and high-tech games for all ages 

Dave & Buster's is listed on NASDAQ under the memorable stock symbol PLAY. At its currently market price of $56/share, the company's valuation is $2.3 billion.  

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Opening of "Capability Center" in Tampa Will Lead to Loss of Up to 494 Amgen Jobs in Thousand Oaks

Last Month, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Develop Corporation announced that Amgen will be opening a "Capability Center" in Tampa in October 2017, employing 450 people by the end of 2018.  The 136,000 sq. ft. facility "will support a variety of functions with the delivery of business-enabling services including operational, analytical, staff support and business support activities."

What's good news for Tampa is bad news for Thousand Oaks. On Tuesday, April 11th, Amgen issued a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act notice stating that up to 494 Amgen Thousand Oaks employees will lose their jobs as a result.

Amgen will continue maintaining its corporate headquarters here in Thousand Oaks, with about 5,125 employees. This is down from 6,000 in July 2014 and 7,500 in 2006 (according to this Pacific Coast Business Times article).

In addition to 450 employees in Tampa, Amgen will be adding some jobs to existing sites in San Francisco and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Local employee terminations will begin on June 16, 2017.

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California Lutheran University to Launch Veterans Entrepreneurship Institute

CLU starts vets entrepreneurship program

University increases emphasis on job-creating skills

California Lutheran University is launching a Veterans Entrepreneurship Institute in January as part of an increased emphasis on preparing people to create their own business opportunities.

Nelson Pizarro, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship in CLU’s School of Management, will lead 10 three-hour Saturday workshops for military veterans. Each of the 20 participants in the pilot program will receive a full scholarship, with partial funding coming from a Ventura Country Community Foundation grant.

Pizarro, who founded six companies and has conducted business in 46 countries, will help veterans to build on the discipline, commitment and leadership they developed through military service. New skills such as entrepreneurial thinking will help participants to either start their own businesses or improve their prospects in the job market. Each participant will create a product or service during the course.

The program is part of a new emphasis on entrepreneurship at CLU driven by School of Management Dean Gerhard Apfelthaler. It has resulted in the addition of faculty, curricula and programs.

Under Pizarro’s guidance, a student entrepreneurship club has formed and started organizing events. The School of Management revived its free Entrepreneur Roundtable lecture series for the public this summer, and Pizarro has started a new professional mentor program. Apfelthaler is starting a seed fund for students and alumni to test their concepts and an accelerator fund to help launch tested ideas. The university plans to launch an incubation facility in Westlake Village in 2014.

Pizarro has developed three new courses for the entrepreneurship track in the MBA program. One of the classes, which covers entrepreneurial thinking, will also be offered for undergraduate students in all disciplines.

Bill Gartner, a new faculty member and one of the most-cited scholars on entrepreneurship, will begin teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in new-venture development in January. He also plans to teach an entrepreneurship course in summer that would be the university’s first massive open online course (MOOC). Gartner will work with faculty to integrate entrepreneurial thinking across all disciplines, particularly in the arts and humanities, and organize a summer speaker series. He was formerly the Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California and the director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Georgetown University.

The deadline to apply for the Veterans Entrepreneurship Institute is Jan. 6. To complete an application, visit For more information, contact Pizarro at 805-493-3371 or

DISH Restaurant Anticipated to Open in Thousand Oaks in Mid-September

Update Tuesday, 9/25/12: DISH confirms on its Facebook page and via phone that it will be opening in Thousand Oaks at 7am tomorrow, 9/26. Should be a "Yum" Kippur here in the Conejo Valley!

Update Monday, 9/24/12: DISH still not open as today but they say it will be "Soon!"

Back in April we noted that TGI Fridays at the Janss Marketplace was closing and that DISH Restaurant would be opening its second location in the vacated space later this year.

We are getting closer to that date!

DISH is looking for employees! In craigslist post today:

DISH is pleased to announce that will be opening our SECOND location in Thousand Oaks in the Janss Marketplace in Mid-September!

DISH is a Family-Style, American Restaurant open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We serve creative American cuisine and run different fresh Farmers' Market and seafood specials every day, have a full bar with several craft beers, and interesting wines by the glass.

Please email your resume so we can set up a time with you to meet. You can also stop by the restaurant (currently under construction) on Wednesdays from 10am - 3pm and ask for Kevin. The address is 165 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.

Smiles and good attitudes are a must; we'll train anyone in any position if we feel they have the potential to support the team in providing each and every guest with the best experience possible, every time. Weekends are an ABSOLUTE MUST! Please do not apply if you cannot work weekends.

Simi Valley Youth Employment Service Offers No-Cost Assistance to Local Businesses

Businesses interested in hiring youth and young adults, ages 16 to 22, are encouraged to utilize the Simi Valley Youth Employment Service (YES). YES is a non-fee service provided by the City of Simi Valley to assist youth in finding employment, as well as, providing basic employment services for employers to assist with their recruitment needs.

Employers are invited to post their job openings directly at, or to call (805) 522-HIRE (4473). YES Staff will refer youth based on the employers’ hiring requisites and preferences. Postings will remain active until the positions are filled. To assist local businesses, YES also hosts the annual Job and Career Expo, provides assistance with local labor market information, and refers to employment-related resources.

Additionally, youth, ages 16 to 22 seeking employment are encouraged to call (805) 522-4473 to schedule a one-on-one job coaching appointment. On average, appointments last 30 to 45 minutes and include interview skill assessments, job search techniques, appropriate interview etiquette, workplace professionalism to help retain employment, and referrals to employers currently hiring.

To register with the Youth Employment Service, businesses and youth should contact Kristin Tignac, Youth Employment Service Coordinator, at (805) 522-4473.

Hooters is Hiring in Thousand Oaks!

Update 4/17/12: In a new Craigslist post yesterday they indicated one last casting call this Thursday/Friday for high energy, friendly Hooters Girls...the final "guaranteed" in-person interview prior before the grand opening (Date still TBA).

"Wear Orange -- Make Green! Hooters is Hiring! (Thousand Oaks)

The all new Hooters of Thousand Oaks is having an open casting call for the perfect Hooters Girls! We are looking for fun loving, high energy, friendly girls who would love to join our team.

If you feel you have what it takes we will be conducting on-the spot interviews at our two day hiring event, so apply in person Thursday - Friday, April 19 & 20, from 1-6pm:

Hooters of Thousand Oaks (corner of Moorpark & Brazil St.)

401 N. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

This is your last chance for a guaranteed in-person interview before the grand opening!

Hooters Restaurant offers more than just a job, we provide a fun work environment, great income potential, meal discounts & flexible schedules! We also give back to our community and participate in a ton of great events!

No previous experience is necessary, because being a Hooters Girl is like nothing else!

Come find out why we say "Hooters makes you Happy!" It'll be the most fun you've ever had.

Original Post 3/15/12: Well it has been nearly a year now since the Ventura County Star broke the news that about a Hooters opening at t

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