In this issue: 2011 Women’s Festival, Tax Time, Featured Artist, Study Seeks Women Entrepreneurs, Opportunities for WOSBs, Government Contracting, More from Your Business, Lonely at the Top?, EDGE Seminar & Trade Show, Free Tax Prep, Smart Women Workshop, Learn Grant Writing

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February 2011

Dear Friend of WEV,
We hope you’ll enjoy this newest edition of our newsletter!
-The WEV Team

Join WEV at the 2011 Women’s Festival!
As a co-founding partner of the Women’s Festival in Santa Barbara, WEV is proud to announce the 2011 Women’s Festival to be held March 4-5th at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara! General admission is $25 to browse the expo and participate in break-out sessions, or you can join WEV as an exhibitor. If interested in discounted admission tickets, OR free or discounted exhibit space, contact Program Coordinator Finley Balma at

It’s Tax Time

 Take Advantage of 2010 Tax Breaks for Small Business Owners

2010 was a banner year for small business owners as it relates to tax law changes and tax law no-changes. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 provided a number of key tax changes designed to benefit small business while the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 kept a number of key tax items the same. At any rate, prior to preparing 2010 tax forms, the self-employed and micro-businesses (fewer than 10 employees) should be aware of tax law changes.

Click here to read a complete article written by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE).

And check out this helpful Fact Sheet created by the SBA to learn how you can take advantage.

New Artist in Ventura

 Susan Lorenzana, BPI Graduate

Susan LorenzanaWEV is honored to display the stained-glass mosaic art of Susan Lorenzana. Susan completed the Business Plan Intensive program in the Fall of 2010. Since then, she has dedicated herself to her art on a full-time basis with plans to start her own small business. Read more about Susan; stop by the office to see her breathtaking pieces; or visit her online gallery at

Study Seeks Women Entrepreneurs


Telephone interviews with graduates of WEV’s SET and BPI courses will be conducted as part of a doctoral study regarding experiences during entrepreneurial trainings in Southern California. The purpose of the study is to identify the perceptions of women entrepreneurs who have completed entrepreneurial training programs that assist women in developing various strategic business skills that include development, finance, marketing, operations and leadership to start or manage a business. For more information about participation, please contact Paula Whitehead, M.B.A at 213.200.2997 or


Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses


As of February 4, 2011, women-owned small businesses may begin taking steps to participate in the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program, which allows contracting officers to set aside specific federal contracts for certified women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). Click here for more information.

Also, check out the FTC workshops below to learn how you can get started with government contracting.

Get Started with Government Contracting

WEV is excited to host a workshop on Getting Started with Government Contracting. This beginning level class is hosted in collaboration with the Federal Technology Center (FTC). The class will cover how and why to apply for certification that can bring government contracting opportunities to your small business.

Learn more about these classes and reserve your spot today! 916.334.9388

Want More from Your Business?

Do You Want More Clients, More Sales and More Profits? Invest In Your Greatest Asset – Your Employees!

WEV graduate, Lisa Champagne-Minyard of Achievement Resources can help. Since 1997 she has shown business owners just like you how to vastly improve the performance of their teams and organizations.

Click here to learn more.

Ever Feel Like It’s Lonely at the Top?

Attention CEOs, Presidents and owners of businesses between 15 and 100 employees! The Triumvirate – comprised of WEV graduates Lisa Champagne-Minyard and Karen Bogner; as well as WEV contributor, Harriet Cohen – is currently accepting applications for their next CEO RoundTable group launching in February.

Click here to learn more.

EDGE Hosts Inaugural Seminar & Trade Show

April 9, 11am-8pm Poinsettia Pavilion, Ventura

Do you want to be on the cutting edge in your business? EDGE Seminars & Workshops presents a seminar focused on the latest trends and technologies for business development and marketing. Speakers from the worlds of branding, internet marketing and social media; local press; and nationally recognized experts will lead a day full of information that will keep you a cut above the competition. More information and tickets on sale now.

This event is being organized by frequent WEV contributor, Sam Benner, of WSI Global Solutions.

Free Tax Preparation Through VITA

If your family earned less than $49,000 in 2010, you are eligible for FREE tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County and the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara each administer the VITA program in their respective areas within Santa Barbara County.

  • Santa Maria/Lompoc: Call 805.922.0329 x103 for an appointment
  • Solvang: Call 805.686.0295 for an appointment
  • Santa Barbara: Two locations open with walk-ins welcome; 1st come, 1st served. View flyer for Santa Barbara in English or Spanish.

Smart Women, Smart Business Workshop

February 11, 8:30-11:30am

Join WEV graduate, Olivia Alvarez, to learn the top 10 critical mistakes business owners make and how smart business women avoid them. When you leave this workshop, you’ll know:

  • The current health of your business
  • Practical tools and resources to address your financial, marketing and sales issues
  • What action steps you’ll need to take to move your business forward

Prudential Realty Community Room, 204 E. Enos Street, Santa Maria

View the flyer and click here to register

Learn to Write Grants

Grants To You trains volunteers to research and assist grant writers to win the funds that Non-Profit Agencies desperately need. Spaces are available in their next two-day class:

Session 1: February 19, 9am-12pm, St Johns Cancer Center, 1600 N Rose Ave #145, Oxnard, CA
Session 2: February 26, 9am-12pm, St Johns Cancer Center, 1600 N Rose Ave #145, Oxnard, CA
Instructor: Elaine Aldrete, MBA

The cost is $25. All students must have an organization that they will be volunteering for and attend both days. Click here to sign up

In This Issue

  • 2011 Women’s Festival
  • Tax Time
  • Featured Artist
  • Study Seeks Women Entrepreneurs



  • Opportunities for WOSBs
  • Government Contracting
  • More from Your Business
  • Lonely at the Top?
  • EDGE Seminar & Trade Show
  • Free Tax Prep
  • Smart Women Workshop
  • Learn Grant Writing

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WEV Client Achievements

Blu Dress Boutique and Devone Design Hosting Santa Paula Chamber Mixer

Sunday, February 16 5:30-7pm

SET grads Talia Wunder (Devone Design) and Cheri Iadevaia (Blu Dress Boutique) will host the next Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Cheri’s trendy downtown location.
Admission is $5 and includes a free drink ticket!
More info. View flyer.
925 E. Main Street
Santa Paula

New Coffee Shop to Host No More Nylons Networking Event

February 23

SET grad, Kate Dunbar, owner of Petite Reve Chocolates, will host the next No More Nylons Women’s Business Social at her soon-to-be-opened cafe in Ventura.

Petite Rêve Cafe
1124 S. Seaward #A

Have an achievement to share?

Let us know! At WEV, our goal is your success. Help us highlight your achievements. Email by the 28th of the month with client achievements or announcements! 

WEV Got Business

Welcome to our newest members!

Victoria Bentley
    Empower Congo Women

Start or renew your WEV Got Business membership today!

WEV Classifieds

Seeking New Products

  Heart Celebrations Floral Design

 Heart Celebrations is inviting WEV graduates with rare containers, gifts or handcrafted products for sale to contact Millie with your product information and/or pictures. heartcelebrations@, 805.204.8843

Chiropractic Services


February 19
-Patient Appreciation, 9-11am
-Open House , 12-6pm

Visit WEV client, Crystal Galvan, at Crystal Chiropractic in Goleta for free exams for new patients; free treatments for existing patients; and 15 free counseling consultations. Enjoy live music, light refreshments and office tours. –> 805.687.8900

For Sale

Conference Table, $150

Solid, 8′ x 3.5′, minor cosmetic repairs. Contact Carol at

WEV Discount

Sama Ayurveda

Check out the new location at Touch 16 W. Mission, Suite M in Santa Barbara, neighboring the Buddhist Center.

Love is in the air…. Self LOVE that is! WEV grads, clients and members receive 10% off the most requested bliss spa treatment, Ayurvedic Healing Facial Rejuvenation and 10% off Introductory Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultation.
Maria Carbonell 805.570.2692

Contribute to the Classifieds

If you’ve got something for sale or rent – or a special deal to share with the WEV community – let us know at

Contact WEV

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333 S. Salinas St.
Santa Barbara, 93103

Ventura County
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Ventura, 93001

Kern County
P.O. Box 5477
3717 Mount Pinos Way,
Unit A
Frazier Park, 93225