Dear Friend of WEV,
The WEV community is celebrating several milestones this month. Congratulations to our SET Spring 2013 Graduates, to our Client of the Month--Ninette Paloma, to our Business of the Year--Julia Crookston, and to the "Women of Achievement" recipient, WEV's very own Marsha Bailey.
You can read about their journeys and awards in this issue of WEV Got News. Enjoy!
Congratulations to SET Spring 2013 Graduates!
On May 21st, WEV celebrated the women and men who graduated from this Self-Employment Training (SET) course. Eighty-one graduates inspired friends and family as they delivered their elevator speeches to an audience of over 200. The ceremony was followed by a client expo, where graduates displayed their newly polished businesses for the first time. Congratulations, SET Spring 2013 Graduates!
Client of the Month: Ninette Paloma
Ninette Paloma started aerial dancing for sheer pleasure, but she soon wanted nothing more than to make it a full-time endeavor. Now, she invites others to "honor the past and explore the uncharted" with her at her thriving studio, Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance.
To read more about her story, and to glean more from her advice, click here!
Get $5 at Starbucks or Amazon.com!
If you received services or had a loan from WEV in 2011, you may get a call from us in June to participate in our annual client outcomes research study.
We'll ask you to complete a 15-20 minute telephone interview about your experiences since participating in our programs. The information we collect in these interviews is critical to helping us improve our programs and understanding our impact in the community. And to thank you for time, we'll send you a $5 Starbucks or Amazon.com gift card!
2013 WEV Client Business of The Year
Since opening their doors in 2011, they have created 7 new jobs and have provided space for many other local food businesses to produce their products. Click here to visit the Goodland Kitchen and Market website.
Orientations for Fall 2013: Registration Now Open!
Take the time to tell a friend about WEV today. Self-employment may be something they have dreamed about, and we're here to help make it happen!
SET To Launch: Now Enrolling!
Would you like to launch your business in the next 6 months? Consider joining SET to Launch! SET to Launch provides short-term, individualized coaching and peer support for SET and BPI graduates who are planning to launch within a 6 month time frame. The SET to Launch application will be open to all past graduates. The program includes:
• A one-on-one business plan review and goal setting strategy session with your assigned Business Development Specialist (BDS) to set SMART strategic goals for your six months in the program.
• Five monthly check-ins with your BDS as you prepare to launch your business.
• MasterMind group participation – and partial facilitation – to help provide accountability.
Applications are due June 1st! For more information, and to apply, visit our SET To Launch page!
Got Opinions? WEV Got a Blog!
Have we reached that equitable and just society we’re striving for? Tell us what you think!
Read Marsha Bailey's latest blog post, "Are We There Yet?" and join the conversation-- just throw in your two cents within the comments section of the blog here.
Money Matters: Association of Women in Communications Awards Marsha Bailey
Date: Wednesday, June 5th, 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Santa Barbara
Admission to the luncheon is $45 for AWC-SB members and $60 for non-members. For more information, click here
How the New Healthcare Law Affects Your Business
Learn first-hand how the Affordable Care Act will affect business owners. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) is presenting a working lunch for small businesses on the new federal health care law.
Date: Friday, June 7th; 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Santa Barbara
for registration and more information!
What Triggers Clients to Buy From You?
Sustainable Economic Development and Green Job Training Summit
The University of California, Santa Barbara invites you to participate in their Sustainable Economic Development and Green Job Training Summit
, where experts in green job training programs share their best practices. Participants will explore how sustainability and business leaders can support each other’s work.To register, click here.
Date: Wednesday, May 29th; 12:00-4:45pm
Santa Barbara Latina Leaders Network Panel
The Santa Barbara Latina Leaders Network would like to invite you to a unique women’s panel event: Making it to the Top: The Journey of 4 Women Leaders Four women who are impacting and empowering communities will share their story and lessons learned though their leadership journey, particularly as women of color.
Date: Friday, May 31st; 3pm
Location: Santa Barbara
Space is limited. Reserve your seat by emailing
by May 24.
Free Tax Seminar
Ventura's Employment Development Department invites you to attend this month's free seminar, Employment or Independent Contractor Tax Seminar. Learn how to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor and independent contractor reporting requirements.
Date: Thursday, May 23rd
May 22nd, 2013
In This Issue
- Congratulations to SET Spring 2013 Graduates!
- Client of the Month: Ninette Paloma
- Get $5 at Starbucks or Amazon.com!
- SET To Launch
- Got Opinions? WEV Got a Blog!
- Orientations for Fall 2013: Registration Now Open!
- Money Matters: Association of Women in Communications Award Marsha Bailey
- How the New Healthcare Law Affects Your Business
- What Triggers Clients to Buy From You?
- Sustainable Economic Development and Green Job Training Summit
- Santa Barbara Latina Leaders Network Panel
- Free Tax Seminar
Publicize Your Business Achievements
We're always on the lookout for a new Client of the Month
, Success Story
, Featured Artist
or additions to the Client Achievements section of the newsletter. But don't wait for us to find you... let us know how you're doing now! Email
Meet Your Makers: Accepting Applications for Vendors!
Meet Your Makers is the market-place for handcrafted, recycled/up cycled, designer, locally produced, artisanal businesses that are also environmentally and socially conscious.
Applications to reserve a booth and participate in the first summer market are due June 14th! For more information and to apply click here
Receive $5 off the application and 5% booth fees when you enter "WEV" as the promo code!
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