In this issue: Client of the Month: Clare Briglio, WEV Gotta Blog! New Post, Simple Steps for Starting your Business (in Spanish)
Dear Friend of WEV,
This week, in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. we have been reflecting on our dreams. What are your dreams? How do you plan to achieve them? We hope you’ll find resources and events in this newsletter to help you achieve them and MORE!
-The WEV Staff
Kick Your Financial, Physical Fitness Into Shape with Tips from WEV clients!
Check out this recent Noozhawk article full of tips from Women’s Economic Ventures clients to help you keep to fitness resolutions this year (and beyond)!
Did you miss orientation or are you ready to submit your application for SET or BPI? We may add an orientation in Ventura, and there may be a few spots left in one of WEV’s courses!
For Ventura County classes, contact Program Coordinator Evelina Ochoa at (805) 456-2355; for Santa Barbara classes, contact Program Coordinator Claire Anderson at (805) 456-2340.
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business (in Spanish)
Our Spanish Program will soon be underway! WEV’s 6-week course in Spanish begins Wednesday, March 5th from 6-9pm in Oxnard. Along with expert guest speakers, WEV instructor Gonzalo Fernandez will teach the basics of starting a business utilizing SCORE’s ‘Simple Steps for Starting Your Business’ curriculum.
If you know someone who speaks Spanish that wants to explore a business idea or who is in business, but needs support with basics such as marketing and financing, please have them call our Spanish line at 805-456-2383. If you would like to receive flyers to share with your clients and colleagues, please contact Spanish Program Coordinator, Leticia Sandoval, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email or call Leticia for more information!
Think Big January session
WEV’s Thrive in Five program is designed for clients once their doors are open for business, and helps them grow and develop their companies in the ever-changing marketplace for the first five years. Our quarterly Think Big networking and mentoring sessions allow our clients, Business Development Specialists, and staff time to learn and grow as a business community. The January session of Think Big in Santa Barbara had record attendance and valuable opportunities to meet with a few of our Outside Consultants as well.
If you’re interesting in finding out more about WEV’s Thrive in Five program, please contact Lisa Minyard, Program Manager at email@example.com or (805) 256-2352.
WEV is Hiring!
Would you or someone you know be a good fit to work at WEV? Several positions are currently available — please visit our Jobs page to learn more!
This Women in Technology International (WITI) event will bring together a panel of experts to answer your questions about how to promote and sell yourself effectively. With combined decades of experience at getting products to market, these experts will leave you feeling confident about selling yourself and your business.
Date: Tuesday, January 28th, 2014, 6-9 pm Location: QAD, 100 Innovation Place, Santa Barbara Cost: $25.00 / $15.00 for WITI members More information and to register, click here.
Get Connected at Contact N Coffee!
Contacts N Coffee Meets EVERY WEEK from 8am-9:30am
Running a business on your own can be an overwhelming, and sometimes isolating experience. That’s why Contacts N Coffee is available, to help you connect over coffee and a breakfast treat, all while getting you back to work by 9:30 am! Weekly meetings help you promote your business and provide you with an opportunity to learn from other local business owners.
• Bring and win great door prizes • Only $5 – more bang for the buck than your local cafe! • Check each group out one time, at no charge!!!
The 1st Global Women’s Summit is going to be held in the Santa Ynez Valley on February 7th and 8th. The purpose of the summit is to educate and enlighten women worldwide, engage in discussion about women’s issues and needs, and to support women as they create positive change in their personal lives, families, businesses, communities and nation.
Date: February 7th and 8th, all day
Location: Veteran’s Memorial Hall, Solvang For more information and to register, click here.
Date: Thursday, January 23rd, 12:00pm – 1:30pm Location: California Lutheran University For more information and to register, click here.
Money Listens: Earn More, Stress Less
Join Nawbo Ventura County as they welcome Marilyn Miller, an author, Prosperity Teacher, and Career Strategist. Marilyn will speak about wealth management and how to release money worries, clear a path to wealth, develop a money mindset and attract more clients to and income.
Date: Thursday, January 23rd, 5:30-8:00 pm Location: Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel Cost: $45.00 More information and to register, click here.
2014 Women’s Festival Mark your calendars for the 2014 Women‘s Festival on Friday, March 7th! Limited time, free registration for friends of WEV! Until February 1st, friends of WEV have access to free registration to the Women’s Festival. Use this link to register for free under the WEV category.
Ladies Luncheon in Ventura
The purpose of Ladies Luncheon is dedicated to gathering women together for networking, business, social, fun, and moral support. This gives us a venue where we can take a break, have a good meal, be ourselves and continue to be inspired by each other in our daily lives and everything we do. Experience new products, business opportunities, grow your business and build powerful long lasting relationships.
Date: Thursday, February 6th, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm Location: The Pierpont Inn & Spa, Ventura Cost: $25.00 More information and to register, click here.
Make it YOUR Business Conference in Santa Maria
The Small Business Entrepreneurship Center (SBEC) at Allan Hancock College (AHC) and Bloggers for Health (BOH) are hosting the first “Make it YOUR Business Conference” on February 22nd. The conference is for women interested in business, and it will focus on the importance of personal health (financial and physical) as a precursor to business success. It will also focus on various aspects of business including the important steps for launching or expanding a business.
Sending a big thank you, high five and hug to Fresco Cafe in the Five Points Shopping Center for hosting a fundraiser where 10% of the proceeds were donated to WEV! We’re so grateful for their support and for everyone who came out to support us by having dinner at Fresco. This is a great example of a WEV client business giving back to WEV! If you’re interested in organizing a fundraiser to benefit WEV, please contact Danelle Mangone at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 456-2347.
Simple Steps for Staring your Business (in Spanish)
WEV is Hiring!
PCBT Top 50 Women in Business
How to Sell Yourself Effectively
Get Connected at Contacts N Coffee
Global Women’s Summit
Money Listens: Earn More, Stress Less
2014 Women’s Festival
Make it YOUR Business Conference
Thank you to Fresco!
Love Bites Raw Confections now featured at Agoura Hills Farmer’s Market!
Recently launched, Love Bites Raw Confections can now also be found at the Agoura Hills Farmer Market. Love Bites owner, Merrisa Marcuccella is a 2013 Fall SET Graduate and current Thrive in Five participant. If you haven’t tried her delicious morsels, you’re in for a real treat! See her featured in the VC Star here.
Who’s Who in Professional Services
Matthew Berger of Matthew I. Berger Law Group, WEV Board Member, frequent program guest speaker and consultant has been named Pacific Coast Business Times Who’s Who in Professional Services for the third consecutive year! Congratulations Matthew and thank you for supporting WEV entrepreneurs with your legal expertise.
Grand Opening Business Photos?
If you have graduated from a WEV course, received a loan or have/are participating in Thrive in Five then we would love for you to send us photos you have of you opening your business. Maybe you have a great “ribbon-cutting” shot? Send any photos with your business name into email@example.com. They could be used in WEV materials
Publicize Your Business Achievements
We’re always on the lookout for a new Client of the Month, Success Story or additions to the Client Achievements section of the newsletter. But don’t wait for us to find you… let us know how you’re doing now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in starting a mastermind group? Or have room for one more in your group? We know someone who is interested! Lisa Serby, a former SET graduate is looking to start a group or join an existing one, you can contact her directly at email@example.com to see if it might be a good fit!
Contribute To the Classifieds
If you’ve got something for sale or rent – or a special deal to share with the WEV community – email firstname.lastname@example.org