In This Issue: Client of the Month: Zdena Jiroutova, You’re Invited: WEV Connects at SpiceTopia, Congratulations Summer BPI Graduates!, WEV Founder and CEO Appointed to the National Women’s Business Council, WEV in Washington D.C.
Dear Friend of WEV,
This month we have a lot to celebrate! Our summer BPI class all graduated with honors, our Founder and CEO was appointed to the National Women’s Business Council, and our new client of the month is opening a third location.
Enjoy this issue of WEV Got News and come celebrate with us this Thursday at the Grand Opening of ZFolio Santa Barbara!
-The WEV Staff
Client of the Month: Zdena Jiroutova
Zdena Jiroutova, WEV loan fund recipient, invites the community to celebrate the Grand Opening of their third gallery, ZFolio Santa Barbara, tomorrow. ZFolio was voted Best for Designer Jewelry in the U.S. 2013, 2014 & 2015! Read more here.
Grand Opening of ZFolio Santa Barbara
When: Thursday August 7th, 5-8 pm
Where: 1013 State Street
You’re Invited: WEV Connects at SpiceTopia
You’re invited to connect with the WEV small business community. Build your business network while exploring our host and WEV client business, SpiceTopia, a specialty spice and tea store.
Let’s all send a huge congratulations to our 2014 Summer Business Plan Intensive (BPI) graduates in Santa Barbara who celebrated their completion of the 6-week intensive course. All eight clients graduated with honors and a complete business plan. Congratulations!!
WEV Founder and CEO Appointed to the National Women’s Business Council
WEV Founder and CEO, Marsha Bailey, was just appointed to the National Women’s Business Council. The role of the Council is to serve as trusted advisers to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on issues that promote economic participation for women. Click here to read more.
Congratulations Marsha, and thank you for your commitment to WEV’s mission!
WEV in Washington D.C.
Last week, WEV Founder Marsha Bailey and Program Manager Leah Gonzales traveled to Washington D.C. for the annual Women’s Business Center conference, where they networked and shared best practices with other centers like WEV!
Pictured above, Marsha meets Maria Contreras-Sweet, newly-appointed Administrator for the Small Business Administration.
NAWBO Santa Barbara Summer Social
Cowboy up for NAWBO-SB’s Annual Summer Social in partnership with WEV! We’re proud to be a part of this fun annual networking event for local business owners and professionals. If you are a WEV alumni or client you can register for the event at the special WEV rate of $35.00!
When: August 27th 6-8 pm
Where: Carr Winery, Santa Barbara
Cost: $35 for NAWBO/WEV Clients or $45 for non-members
Join the Ventura County Professional Womens Network (VCPWN) as they host a dinner and networking meeting on August 14th. Speakers Linda and Brent Anderson will focus on the universal human bond of humor, and share their personal experiences of living with autism.
When: August 14, 5:45 pm, dinner at 6 pm
Where:Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura Cost: $38 Non-members and members at the door
Women’s Community Business Network will be hosting a networking event and presentation on Relationships and Team-Building. Bring your business cards, and come share how you develop healthy dynamics in your office.
When: August 12th, 12-1:30 pm
Where: Antioch University
602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara
Cost: $20/WCBN Gold member ($25 at door)
$35/visitor ($40 at door)
Lunch is included and will be served by Book Ends Cafe
Have you heard about the new legislation, S. 2693 The Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2014? The bill addresses three critical issues to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs: access to capital, access to counseling and training, and access to the federal market. Please learn about the bill (click here) and read the important report on women’s entrepreneurship here.
You’ll be hearing from us in the coming months about how you can use your voice to help pass this crucial legislation!
Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Launches Hispanic Business Council
Last month, the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce launched the Hispanic Business Council to help meet the needs of Camarillo’s Spanish speaking business owners. The goal of the council is to provide education, counseling, and networking to help build a bridge between the Chamber and the local Hispanic community. If you are interested in more information about participating in the council or becoming a guest speaker for Spanish workshops, please contact Esmeralda Carretero at (805) 484-4383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce is planning a conference for business owners in our Spanish speaking community! Information and workshops will be provided to those wishing to start or grow a business on November 14th. To participate as a sponsor, as a planning committee member, or as a speaker, please contact Samantha Flores at S.Flores@oxnardchamber.org or call 805-984-8738.
Did you know there is a WEV client business directory? Next time you’re looking for a flower shop, accountant or house cleaner think about a WEV business first! Businesses can be found by name or by category.
Even small shifts in your spending habits to locally owned businesses can make a tremendous impact on the local economy!