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.
Hear from small business owners in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties how Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) has made a difference in their lives.
Assisted through WEV’s programs
Invested through WEV’s loan and grant programs.
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Generated by WEV client businesses
Since 1991, WEV has provided business classes, consulting, and funding to more than 20,000 people throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
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.
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.
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 is a recognized 501(c)3 per IRS regulations.
"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 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
"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
"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
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.
WEV is a business resource network for anyone looking to start a business, grow a business, or improve their business skills. WEV provides small business consulting, funding, and classes, as well financial empowerment and professional development programs and networking opportunities in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Yes, while WEV’s focus is on women, it welcomes people of all gender identities into the WEV community.
WEV offers classes, consulting, funding, networking opportunities, and other resources in both English and Spanish.
Visit Events to see a calendar with WEV’s upcoming classes, networking events, webinars and special events.
Visit WEV’s Business Directory to search local businesses whose owners are part of the WEV Community. Support your local economy and fellow WEV community members by searching the directory before making purchases of goods and services!
While we prioritize serving clients in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, many programs are available to those who live outside the area. See each program’s details page for more information and fill out an interest form to learn more from our staff.
Please click the link to search for an association in your state who can direct you to an organization in your area:
California’s Women’s Business Center Network
California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)
Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
SBA District Offices & Resource Partners
As a non-profit corporation, WEV is supported by a variety of funding sources including grants, donations, and program fees. WEV offers some free services and charges a nominal fee for two reasons: