Please join us in welcoming three new staff members to the Santa Barbara office:
2006 Westmont graduate Garrett Fujiwara will be working part-time as an intern for the Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF). Garrett seeks experience in the microfinance field and will perform an array of tasks, including case management and administrative support for the Loan Fund.
Emily Malin, a graduate student from UC Berkeley has joined WEV this summer as a Microenterprise Research Intern, funded by a grant from the Citigroup Foundation. Emily will assist WEV in its annual Microtest data collection project by conducting client surveys and analyzing critical data which will help WEV modify and improve services and measure program impact.
2009 Westmont graduate Finley Balma joins WEV as Program Assistant. Finley’s double major in Sociology and Spanish and interest in microenterprise are a nice fit for the position. We wish departing Program Assistant Eva Wong luck as she and her husband move to Virginia!
Finally, WEV itself will have a new look on the web! WEV’s updated website will be coming to a monitor near you…by the end of June!
WEV Celebrates 88 Graduates
Congratulations to 88 graduates from the Spring 2009 Self-Employment Training course! The ceremony was held on May 18th at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, and brought together all graduates from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. After inspiring speeches from the six class representatives and instructors, each graduate delivered their elevator speech and received their certificate of graduation. These 88 clients join the ranks of over 1,500 SET graduates!
Contract Opportunities with SB’s Metropolitan Transit District
Become a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) and bid on contracting opportunities with the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD). For FY 2010 (from July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010), MTD anticipates that approximately 24% of the agency’s operating expenses will be available for contracting opportunities.
Typically, DBE firms are small businesses with primary minority or woman ownership. If you believe your firm may qualify for certified DBE status, visit the CUCP at the Caltrans website at www.dot.ca.gov/hq/bep/ucp.htm. MTD is not a certifying agency, but at your request will assist you in applying for certification.
If you have further questions, please contact MTD’s DBE Officer at (805) 963-3364, or visit MTD’s website at www.sbmtd.gov.
WEV Teams Up With SB International Marathon
Do you love running? Do you love WEV? Run with WEV in the first ever Santa Barbara International Marathon!
People who raise funds running for WEV receive $10 off registration. Please contact Shana at (805) 965-6073 x105 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WEV Artist: Beth Goldberg June – July
Beth Goldberg (Beth M Photography) 805-798-5401 email@example.com
My interest in photography started almost 30 years ago when I won a 110 film camera from a contest I entered in the local newspaper. My first “exposure” to a dark room was in high school where I was fortunate enough to attend a school that had a photography program.
I attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and later transferred to Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree as a professional photographer.
All of my photographs are taken with a film camera. Film captures light and color like no other digital camera can. Using film provides me with wide textures and colors which brings out the beauty in each landscape photograph.
Check out WEV:
FREE Parenting Workshop
Thursday, June 4th
Ventura Vineyard, 1956 Palma Drive, Ventura
Deborah Fox of Positive Parenting invites you to attend her workshop titled “No I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me!” – Effectively Dealing with Power Struggles. In this workshop parents will learn to understand their children’s behavior in an entirely new way, understand how and when a child learns that fighting with us is fun (and how to correct that!), and corrective measure that work immediately! For more information and to reserve a spot in the workshop, visit www.positiveparenting.com or call Deborah Fox at (805) 648-6846.
Ojai Women’s Business Social Thursday, June 11th
Knead (the new bakery at 469 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, next to Azu)
Share what’s big for you this year, and what you’re looking for to succeed. It’s an open forum that could be JUST what you need. You’re invited to meet up with the Women of Ojai* who run companies and have a creative entrepreneurial spirit. Bring your business cards, brochures, or just bring yourself, and relax… You’re in good company. *Ojai residence not required. Women from as far as LA, Pasadena & Santa Barbara have joined us. Questions? Contact Jodi at (805) 798-1295 or Jodi@JodiWomack.com
Disaster Preparedness Workshop Thursday, June 25th
Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91602
WORKSHOP OVERVIEW Whether we are talking about the current economic disaster, pandemics, or recovery after an earthquake, small businesses need to stay open with limited resources and increased demands.
Attend a FREE interactive workshop that will provide – · Experts who will help you complete your own business disaster recovery plan · One-on-one Q&A session with seasoned emergency managers · Recovery plan templates and tools tailored for small businesses · Information on the role of government in disaster – what they are responsible for, what you can expect from them and what is expected of you · Opportunities to network with other local small businesses
This event is brought to you by the County of Los Angeles.
-$5 Coupon for WEV Grads: Yelena Lipovetskaya, 2009 WEV Graduate, recently launched an on-line store offering colorful, high-quality, made in USA and Canada products for children. All of the products are designed by parents for safety and durability and include original wall paintings, hand-crafted clocks, soft dolls, educational games, adorable tutus and ballet slippers, kids aprons, placemats, lunchbags and more. Visit the store at www.ColorfulChildhoodStore.com and enter coupon code WEV2009 to get $5 off your purchase. The quality of the products will exceed your expectations!
–Office Space for Sale in Santa Maria:
1,500+ square feet, $240,000 – Perfect for 3 or 4 business in the same building. Location is 312 E. Mill Street, Suite 201, Santa Maria, CA. It has a reception area, two different entrances, two bathrooms, storage, and a small kitchenette. For more information, contact Evvy Boggess Realty at 805-938-1340 or 922-0501
–Space for Lease in Oxnard: 600 sq ft space available for lease in Oxnard. For further details please contact Millie Mendez at 805-204-8843
–Electronic Cash Register Up for Grabs: Mark and Jill Brouillard of Fresco’s have donated a Toshiba FS-1650-4 SERIES register with a printer and 2 screens. If this is on your business wish list, contact Leah Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 965-6073 x106
–The EDD’s Employment Tax Offices offer free state payroll tax seminars, either classroom-style or Web-based (Webinars). Both the classroom seminars and Webinars are designed to help employers comply with the State of California payroll tax laws. For a complete list of upcoming seminars, please visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/ Payroll_Tax_Seminars/
-If you have an announcement for inclusion in the next WEV newsletter, contact email@example.com or 965-6073 x106 by the 28th of the month.
Women’s Economic Ventures
Santa Barbara County: 333 S. Salinas Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93103; 805-965-6073
Ventura County: 400 E. Esplanade Drive, Suite 300, Ventura, CA, 93036; 805-604-9000