WEV welcomes Devon Johnson as our new Small Business Loan Fund Business Development Specialist. Her expertise in small business lending and operations management is a valuable resource to clients applying to our loan fund. She will work closely with you through the application process and help assess your future needs to ensure your success.
Tea Silvestre joins WEV as our new Business Development Specialist in charge of Education & Training. Tea is a SET graduate (class of Spring ’07) and respected business consultant who teaches both SET and BPI courses for WEV. In her new role, she will help develop additional quality programs and training to ensure that our clients get the best support for reaching sustainable growth and financial success in their own businesses.
Rounding out the team, Pamela Nagy joins WEV as part-time bookkeeper. She brings over 20 years of experience in the Santa Barbara area to her accounting responsibilities with WEV.
WEV Receives $1,000 Grant from United Way
WEV is pleased to announce that we have received a $1,000 Social Entrepreneurship Grant from the United Way of Santa Barbara to be used toward the Self Employment Training Program. This is the 5th year in a row that WEV has received funding from the United Way, and we are very grateful for their continued support!
WEV Artist: Jerry Ferguson October-November
Jerry Ferguson Wall Art firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Statement: My name is Jerry Ferguson and I do Art Quilting. Art Quilts grew out of the tradition of using scraps of fabric, traditional cloth or traditional designs to make quilts for use or for decoration. The Art Quilt builds on this tradition and uses commercial and hand dyed fabric, paint, beads, thread painting and other kinds of materials and techniques in order to embellish the fabric. Art Quilts tend to be used as wall hangings rather than as bed covers and usually do not involve traditional designs but rather strive to develop a story, a picture or just explore materials and design elements.
I am not a ‘young artist’ but rather spent most of my life as a mother and teacher. In my mid teaching career, I went back to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture which helped meet my need for artistic expression. Now as a retired person with grown children, I am able to pursue my passion in art. I was a recipitnt of SET financial aid and am still involved with my Master Minds group. Art Quilting has given me the opportunity to share, through my quilt guild, in philanthropy with the community, to have a business that I love and to keep moving forward in my knowledge and ability. Most of all, it is really fun!
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WEV Alumni – Giving Back Spotlight
WEV graduate June Snow has put her business plan into action and launched the Santa Barbara International Marathon. She has also seen the importance of giving back to charities that align with her business; one of them is Women’s Economic Ventures. Click on the image above to read more about June’s story and to donate back to WEV.
June says: “Run the Santa Barbara International Marathon for Women and Women’s Economic Ventures. Empower the women of our world.”
FREE Web Marketing Workshops SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center presents Lorrie Thomas, M.A. on “Healthy Web Marketing for Students, Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses” Friday, October 9th, 4-6pm
“Sustainable Web Strategies” & “How to Tweet, Blog and Facebook” Friday, October 30th, 4-6pm
“What is SEO and where can I get some?” & “Make Web Stats Work for You” Friday, November 6th, 4-6pm
Fall 2009 SET Graduation Ceremony Wednesday, December 16, 6pm Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara
-FREE Electronic Cash Register: 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 email@example.com or (805) 965-6073 x106
-Photographer Needed: The Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center will host its 3rd Annual Chocolate De Vine fundraising event and they are looking for a photographer to volunteer his/her time & expertise to capture the evening.
The event will be held at Island View Nursery (next to the polo fields) on Saturday November 7th from 5:30-10:30 pm. Experience with large events preferred. Please contact Devon Johnson at WEV, 965-6073 x108, if you would like to volunteer.
–Thank you, Madeleine: The headshots of WEV staff were generously provided by Madeleine of www.madphoto.com, which provides fantastic commercial photography with economical pricing to fit anyone’s budget!
–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 click here
-If you have an announcement for inclusion in the next WEV newsletter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 965-6073 x106 by the 28th of the month.
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