We’re happy to share our August newsletter with you!
WEV Opens in Kern County
WEV will celebrate the Grand Opening of its Mountain Communities Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on August 19th in Frazier Park. Working through the UC Merced Lead Center, WEV will operate as an SBDC host institution, bringing services to business owners in the Mountain Communities of Kern County. Services will include consulting, workshops and, by next Spring, our Self-Employment Training course. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 We are excited about WEV’s expansion into a third county and inspired by the positive impact we hope to have in Kern.
Fall Programs Begin Next Month
Why is small business the economic engine of the economy? Over the past 20 years, 86% of new jobs have been created by businesses with less than 20 employees. In fact, a study by the Kauffman Foundation found that over half of the 2009 Fortune 500 companies began during a recession or bear market.
If you or someone you know is thinking of starting a business, now may be the perfect time. You may be able to take advantage of weakened competition or be able to choose from a larger pool of potential employees. If not now, when?
WEV’s 14-week Self-Employment Training (SET) course teaches the A-Z of running a small business. Graduates walk away with a complete business plan and a network of support as they start/grow their business. Attendance of a free, 1-hour orientation is required to enroll – Sign up today!
WEV’s 6-week Business Plan Intensive (BPI) is a rigorous course that quickly and efficiently helps you update or create a business plan. BPI was created specifically for the business professional who’s currently in business; has owned a business; or has work experience and/or an upper-level educational background. For more information, call instructor Tea Silvestre at (805) 667-8004.
WEV has also created Thrive in Five™ for clients ready to take their existing business to the next level. Clients join the program for a minimum of 1 year to reach business goals set with WEV staff. You can count on a combination of one-on-one assessments, consulting, webinars and coaching calls to help you and your business THRIVE. Contact Tea Silvestre at (805) 667-8004 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Devon Johnson at (805) 965-6073 or email@example.com.
Thank You to Our Funders
On behalf of our staff and clients, WEV would like to thank the following corporate funders for their ongoing support of our programs and services.
Union Bank Foundation, $5,000 Northern Trust, $3,000
Sell It Like a Woman!
Many of you have met the dynamic Alyse Hart, a frequent contributor to WEV’s programs. If you’re looking for a little more Alyse – and the intelligent and inspirational advice she can offer your business – you’re in luck!
Beginning August 16th at 6:30 PM – and continuing for 3 months – Alyse is hosting a coaching call. Each week she’ll answer your most pressing questions and twice monthly she’ll invite stellar sellers or experts to share their wisdom. By signing up for this service, you’ll also receive her tracker, handy tips and 30 minutes per week of personalized guidance on the phone with Alyse.
Monday night calls will start your week right! Each call will be recorded just in case you must miss it. This is a great opportunity if you work alone or feel like you do. Sign up now!
Free Federal Technology Center Workshops
WEV is happy to offer two free workshops in collaboration with the Federal Technology Center (FTC).
Learn more about these classes and reserve your spot today at: www.TheFTC.org or (916) 334-9388
Free Employment Development Department Workshop
Thinking of hiring a new employee? Want to do so in the next year? When it comes to paying taxes, it’s crucial to know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor. Check out the free seminar on this topic:
On July 24, WEV client Maria Wagner celebrated the grand opening of her new spa in downtown Solvang. With everything from skin care to yoga classes, we hope you’ll check it out at 1607 Mission Drive, across from Presidio Winery.
WEV Grad Making Strides as a Counselor for the Hudson Institute
Spring SET graduate Ingrid Sarrat is already achieving success. Check out the testimonial to her coaching abilities: “I have only been working with Ingrid for a couple of months now and already see a difference in my attitude towards my business and myself. Ingrid is great at keeping me on track.” -Stacy
Looking for a coach? Contact Ingrid at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have an achievement to share?
Let us know! At WEV, our goal is your success. Help us highlight your achievements by emailing email@example.com by the 28th of the month with any special client achievements or announcements!
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