About WEV

MISSION

Women’s Economic Ventures is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women — cultivating the power within each woman to realize her dreams, achieve financial independence and succeed on her own terms.

This is WEV

Hear from small business owners in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties how Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) has made a difference in their lives.

5,500
Local businesses

Assisted through WEV’s programs

$8m
In small business funding

Invested through WEV’s loan and grant programs.

12k
Local jobs

Created or sustained by WEV-assisted business

$770m
In annual sales

Generated by WEV client businesses

Impact

Since 1991, WEV has provided business classes, consulting, and funding to more than 20,000 people throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

WEV believes that we must work together to uplift and support historically marginalized communities to identify and address barriers to achieving economic success. We are on a journey to embed DEI into everything we do at WEV.

Leadership

WEV’s Board of Directors and CEO share a deep commitment to entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. This passionate, driven group of community leaders generously share time and expertise in support of WEV’s mission.

More About WEV

WEV is a 501(c)3 based on California’s Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and Ventura. A Women’s Business Center (WBC) and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), WEV supports over 1,000 clients annually.

WEV Stories

"WEV is such an incredible organization with endless resources. They helped me create a business plan, and to be clear about the direction and steps I needed to take to successfully launch my business."

Nancy Ulloa, Ulloa Cellars

WEV Stories

"WEV has taught me that I matter as a woman with a small business. I learned that there are resources available to me in many forms, even if it’s just being listened to in a time of doubt."

Stacey Moss, Moss Botanicals

WEV Stories

"I would not be where I am without the help and guidance of WEV. Thank you so much to the advisors that listened to me when I was scared of taking the next big step and gave me the best advice ever."

Bridgette Koenig, Awaken Cardio Kickboxing

WEV Stories

"Teaching the classes and consulting for our WEV community has been one of the most personal and professional fulfilling things in my life. When an entrepreneur can take an “idea” to “reality” is the most wonderful thing to watch…and to be a part of the journey is even better! I LOVE MY JOB!"

Jeff Alkazian, Business Consultant and Instructor

FAQs

What is WEV’s mission? And what services do you offer?
Does WEV help men and others too?
In which languages does WEV provide support?
How can I see WEV’s upcoming events?
How can I find and support businesses that have worked with WEV?
Is WEV endorsed by any national organizations?
I don’t live in Santa Barbara or Ventura County; can I still access WEV’s services?
WEV is a non-profit. Why do you charge for services?