In this issue: See you TONIGHT at SET Graduation!, Help WEV Tell Our Story, WEV Gotta Blog!, 2014 SOE Award Goes To…, Summer BPI, LA Mayor’s Award Honors WEV Client, Hiring Program Coordinator, Client of the Month
What a month it’s been! This issue comes on the heels of National Small Business Week, May 12-16. Did you take a moment to recognize or patronize the many local small businesses that strengthen our economy and community daily? We encourage you to support small businesses year-round. Read on to find out about local resources and businesses in your backyard!
-The WEV Staff
See you TONIGHT at SET Graduation!
Please join WEV in celebrating the accomplishments of the women and men graduating from this Spring’s Self-Employment Training (SET) courses. You’ll be inspired by the dynamic class speakers and elevator speeches during the ceremony, followed by our client expo!
When: Wednesday, May 21st, 6-8pm Where: Montecito Country Club; 920 Summit Road, Santa Barbara, 93108. Click here for more details.
Cake and coffee will be served following the ceremony. This event is free and open to the public!
Help WEV Tell Our Story!
Every year, we interview a select group of past clients about their experiences since becoming involved with WEV. The feedback we get in these interviews helps us improve programs and tell the WEV story to the community!
Beginning next week, we’ll be calling and asking clients to participate. As a thank you for your time, we’ll send you an Amazon.com gift card. Please take our call and help WEV continue and improve its work!
WEV Gotta Blog!
Men are not more competent than women, but they are more confident. Confidence has a direct impact on risk-taking behavior. So how do we close women’s confidence gap?
SET graduate and Thrive in Five® client, Cory Pironti, found success and fulfillment in opening Dandyline Designs. She loves using her passion and creativity to help businesses develop their own unique brand. Read more here!
WITI Santa Barbara – Navigating the Small Business Maze
Come hear a panel of community leaders, including WEV’s Thrive in Five® Program Manager Lisa Champagne-Minyard, who will answer your questions surrounding starting, funding, and growing your small business. Santa Barbara has numerous resources for consulting, courses in entrepreneurship, funding, and other assistance, some of it free of charge. Here is your chance to kick start your entrepreneurial adventure!
When: Tuesday, May 27th; 6-9pm Where: SBDC, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara More info here
With today’s increased access to technology, exempt and hourly workers don’t have to be in the office 8-5 Monday through Friday to be productive. But this workplace flexibility can cost employers and the line between work and non-work-time can blur. So where are the boundaries for hourly workers? How do employers ensure employees are working (or not) when they say they are?
When: Wednesday, May 28th; 11:30am-1:30pm Where: Santa Barbara Club, Santa Barbara More info here
Micro Goes to Market, Specialty Food Conference
The California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) has teamed up with the Specialty Food Association and El Pajaro CDC to offer a full day of learning about the food industry: what are the business and marketing opportunities, how to stay viable and competitive and where to secure financing.
In this three-week workshop for business professionals and public speakers, you’ll learn three lessons to help define your message, find your source and project with impact.
When: June 14th, 21st and 28th, 10-11am Where: Guitar Bar in Santa Barbara Contact: WEV volunteer Sloane Reali at Sloane@VocalCoachingBySloane.com or (805) 563-0069. Limited to 8 participants.
ETSY Takes on a Wholesaler’s Role
Etsy is now giving small business owners the opportunity to sell to retailers through a wholesale website. Click here to read a full article in the New York Times.
ABC’s Shark Tank Seeks Military Veterans
Shark Tank, the critically acclaimed business-themed reality show, is taking applications from military vets with a product or business in need of investment for a possible special Veteran’s Day episode in November. Email SharkTankCasting@yahoo.com with “VETS CASTING” in the subject line to apply.
Connecting Women to Power – Business Conference
This free conference hosted by the Board of Equalization will provide information on how women business owners can better compete in today’s global and ever-changing business climate. In addition, women aspiring to own their own business will learn the steps necessary to launch a business and the resources available to help them grow.
When: Friday, June 20th, 8:30am-5:30pm Where: CSU Dominguez Hills Click here for more info.
Sponsor Think Big Event, Fuel Our Entrepreneurs!
We’re currently in search of individuals and organizations to sponsor Thrive in Five’s® July 2014 Think Big event. Think Big events bring clients together for an evening of educational presentations, collaborative activities and networking. As a sponsor you’ll receive top billing on the event agenda, recognition in WEV Got News, WEV’s Facebook page and the opportunity to briefly present to some of WEV’s most established and ambitious entrepreneurs.
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 email@example.com.
C’est Cheese Part Deux is now open for business! The new cafe with ample seating serves breakfast and lunch. Congratulations to owners and WEV clients Kathryn & Michael Graham on completing this expansion, which created jobs and more opportunities for the community to enjoy C’est Cheese!
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.
Contribute To the Classifieds
If you’ve got something for sale or rent – or a special deal to share with the WEV community – email email@example.com