Mark Strait had been a roofer for 13 years when he hit upon the idea of manufacturing his own roof tiles made partially out of recycled material.
But the 33-year-old Simi Valley man said he was hesitant about pursuing his idea because of "all the government stuff you have to go through when you open a business."
A new state program that gets its official kickoff today at the Port of Hueneme, is aimed at helping entrepreneurs such as Strait. State and county officials will unveil the program, which offers incentives for businesses to manufacture goods out of recycled materials.
Ventura County businesses that locate within a designated "recycling market development zone" may qualify for low-interest loans, technical assistance and access to a network of possible investors to help get the company off the ground. Manufacturers who create products made from at least 50% recycled material may also qualify for state tax credits under the program.