Santa Barbara County
As owners of our own business, we have a greater sense of freedom.
You will hit road blocks, but don’t give up. Use the road blocks for opportunities to refine your business plan.
The challenge and thrill of doing this on my own has been the best experience in my professional life!
I have wanted to have my own business since I was a kid. Now I have the satisfaction of being my own boss.
Always have a plan B, C, D… and remember why you are doing it and let that be your motivation!
Be prepared to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. There will be hurdles and hula-hoops every step of the way, so love what you do, and remember why you started.
Accept your limitations and reach out for help – you cannot possibly do it all yourself!
Be tenacious, be determined and don’t give up or get discouraged. Most importantly, find an outlet for your stress!
WEV gave me the confidence to value my knowledge and services.
The people I’ve met and the support I received through WEV gave me confidence and helped me to realize that our potential in life really has no limit.
Stop wondering ‘what if?’ Believe in yourself and go for your dreams.
Writing a business plan is a great way to test the financial viability of your idea. It also provides a logical structure for thinking about your business.
Even though I had to knock on a lot of doors, WEV helped me to see that anything is possible.
I think there’s nothing more gratifying than when you have a customer in the store and their whole face lights up.
Be honest. About your desires, expectations, and timeline, and be thoughtful about setting realistic goals for your business. As for how to stay in business: a fresh perspective and fluidity is key.
Who would’ve thought a $15,000 loan from WEV would result in a company with 8 employees that’s helped raise over $750,000 for local schools and non-profits?
Today my business only exists because of WEV. I am able to do what I love and support my family.
WEV brought the much-needed business sense to my creative background.
Be as educated and informed as you can to make the best decisions…and still be prepared for anything.
The biggest reward from my business is having the freedom and responsibility to call the shots.
Seek the company of entrepreneurs and soak up their can-do attitude.
Success means my business is now supporting me and the community.
As a couple in business together, it’s important to create a strong business plan that you both agree upon.
I came to WEV’s SET class as an amateur, and finished as an entrepreneur!
As a service-based business, WEV taught us the importance of valuing our time. We have doubled our sales during one of the worst economic downturns!
The greatest reward from my business has been turning my idea of providing important healthcare services to the public, into a reality.
Success means overcoming all obstacles, and getting back on your feet if you fall.
Working with WEV has helped me to see how much I have grown and envision our potential for growth.
Make sure you are willing to put in the sweat equity for however long it takes. Having a great idea is not enough. You need the substantive business guidance that WEV provides to make your enterprise viable.