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.
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!
Nikki Dailey, founder of HEAT Culinary, received initial funding through a WEV loan and is continually growing her business to now include catering, classes, a food truck, and meals to the community. Click here to read more!
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
WEV 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
The 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.