What We Do

Women's Economic Ventures (WEV) helps Santa Barbara and Ventura County residents start and grow small businesses through training, loans and consulting. WEV's mission is to create an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women.

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Attend a free 1-hour orientation to learn about WEV's Self-Employment Training (SET) course and other programs to help you succeed in business!

Featured Client

Lisa Gaede

Lisa Gaede, founder of Carlyle Salon, has turned her dream of owning her own business into a thriving reality, utilizing the SET program, a WEV Loan, and now Thrive in Five®Click here to read more!

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What if?

By Marsha Bailey, WEV CEO and Founder

What if women believed they could do anything and be anything? At WEV’s "Empowerment is Priceless" event in May, Marsha Bailey shared her hope for women to have access to business education, capital, and support networks so they can create successful businesses and pursue their dreams.

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Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

Color Certified CDFI LogoWEV has been a certified CDFI since 1999. CDFIs are mission-driven financial institutions that are dedicated to providing financial services to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals within underserved communities.

Association of Women's Business Centers

 AWBC logoThe Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC) works to secure ECONOMIC JUSTICE and ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of more than 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC) such as WEV.

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