In this issue: Save the Date: WEV Connects at SpiceTopia, Client of the Month: Cassie Woods, Fall SET Training Courses Enrolling Now!
Dear Friend of WEV,
Stay up-to-date with our summer news, upcoming events, and client highlights! Enjoy this issue of WEV Got News!
-The WEV Staff
Client of the Month: Cassie Woods
Cassie Woods, Thrive in Five® client and WEV loan fund recipient, opened Children’s Therapy Network in 2008 after taking SET. She now offers holistic and comprehensive therapy to over 300 clients! Read more here.
Plan for Success in SET Workshops
Last week, WEV held the second of three ‘Plan for Success in SET’ pilot workshops, designed to better prepare clients for their journey in the Self-Employment Training (SET) course! Taught by instructor Julie Samson, participants learned basic financial lingo and a six-step assessment to see if their business concept might be financially feasible and in alignment with their lifestyle goals.
Enroll in SET by July 18th in order to attend the final workshop facilitated by your SET instructor! If you haven’t yet attended the mandatory orientation, sign up today!
New WEV Loan Approved!
Congratulations to recent loan recipient, Ashley Pope, owner of Spice-topia. She was approved for a WEV Loan to furnish her commercial kitchen. Spice-topia is a specialty spice and tea store that sources its products primarily from organic and fair trade certified suppliers. As you browse the shelves, you’ll see local vendors including Ventura Coffee Company, Blue Ridge Honey, Earl’s Gone Wild (jams and BBQ sauce), and many more. Located in the heart of downtown Ventura, this is one shop you won’t want to miss. For more information, check out her website at www.spice-topia.com.
Zhena Muzyka Book Release!
Popular WEV guest speaker, and founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, Zhena Muzyka has just released her first book, Life by the Cup!
Life by the Cup is the inspiring story of Zhena’s journey as founder of a company that benefits health, protects the environment, and supports humanitarian efforts. Each chapter shares a life lesson that will inspire you wherever you are in life. Her message: Be audacious in your dreams, commit to your values, and see your passion transformed into possibility.
Click here, to purchase Zhena’s book on Amazon. If you use this link, a portion of the book sales will be donated back to support WEV’s programs!
During this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn how niche entrepreneurs use Etsy to gain exposure in a marketplace designed to attract their type of customers. You’ll get an overview of the platform and learn how entrepreneurs, from home crafters to brick-and-mortar shops and boutique websites, use Etsy to enhance their business plans.
When: Tuesday, July 15th, 2:00-3:00 pm Where: Online webinar Cost: Free Registration is required. For more information and to register, click here.
JOB$ Subsidized Employment Program
The JOB$ subsidized employment program offers job-ready staff for your business, generous cash incentives for you, and employee bonding and support services for your peace of mind. JOB$ makes it more affordable to grow your business…and help our community’s economic recovery at the same time. Please contact Sofia Hadjeri at (805) 737-7033 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about the program and how to hire a subsidized employee for your business. This program is operated by the County of Santa Barbara.
Wake Up Hueneme! Annual State of the City Address
You don’t want to miss this important annual update by Mayor Jon Sharkey. Find out what your local government is doing in the community and how it impacts local businesses. Hosted by Hueneme Chamber of Commerce.
When: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014, 7:00-9:00 am Where: Port Hueneme Cost: Non-Members $20/Members $17 by July 10th, At the door – Non-Members $22/Members $20 For more details and to register, click here.
Ladies Luncheon in Ventura
Calling all Ventura County ladies! The next Ladies Luncheon event is this Thursday in Ventura. The purpose of Ladies Luncheon is to gather women together for networking, business, social, fun, and moral support. Experience new products, business opportunities, grow your business and build powerful long-lasting relationships.
When: Thursday, July 3rd, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm Where: Ventura Click here for more info & register.
2nd Annual Faith-Based Summit
Join the Small Business Administration’s Los Angeles District Office for the 2nd Annual Faith-Based Summit. Learn how to accelerate business growth from business and faith based leaders by maximizing technology, leveraging free SBA resources, and accessing capital.
When: Thursday, July 24th, 8:00am-3:00 pm Where: California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles Cost: Free For more information and to register, click here.
Free Tax Seminar
The Employment Development Department (EDD) invites you to join them for a free Employee or Independent Contractor Tax Seminar. Learn how to distinguish between an employee or independent contractor and ways to combat payroll tax fraud. Date: July 22nd, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Location: Ventura EDD Tax Office Cost: Free For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Market Research Ventura County
Are you looking for relaxed, diverse, talkative respondents? Market Research Ventura County welcomes the opportunity to introduce you to their respondents. Book a minimum of two focus groups this summer and receive a 25% discount off the facility fee. This summer offer expires August 31, 2014. Use discount code SUM14.
Click here for more information about Market Research Ventura County.
Unemployment Insurance Costs Tax Seminar
At this free seminar you will learn how the unemployment insurance rate is established and how to minimize unemployment insurance costs.
When, August 5th, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Where: Ventura EDD Tax Office Cost: Free For more information and to register, click here
Sponsorship Opportunity: Trolley Tour
Do you know a business or organization that would be interested in sponsoring an upcoming WEV fundraiser? In October, we’ll be hosting a Santa Barbara Trolley Tour fundraiser and we’re looking for sponsors! If you want more information about sponsorship or know someone who we should reach out to, please email Danelle Mangone at email@example.com.
Do You Shop At Lazy Acres?
What if you didn’t have to change your habits or do anything extra for WEV to receive donations? Well, with the Escrip program at Lazy Acres Market in Santa Barbara that’s exactly what happens! Sign up for a Lazy Acres Market Community Card by filling out this form and bringing it in the next time you shop. For the form, the Group ID number is 500044536. Then a percentage of your purchase totals will be donated back to WEV. Questions? Call Danelle Mangone, WEV Development Coordinator at (805) 456-2347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.