In this Issue: WEV Expands Orientation Locations, WEV Connects Presents: Giving Back Without Breaking the Bank, Empowerment is Priceless, WEV Needs Your Feedback, WEV Seeking New Instructor
Dear Women’s Economic,
It’s been a tremendous month for the WEV Community! Eighty-four women and men graduated from WEV’s 14-week Self-Employment Training course. Bravo! And WEV’s annual fundraiser, Empowerment is Priceless, raised $270,000 – an all-time record. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store next.
Enjoy this issue of WEV Got News and be sure to utilize the resources below!
-The WEV Staff
Congratulations SET Graduates With 250 in attendance, the WEV community celebrated 84 women and men graduating from this Spring’s Self-Employment Training (SET) courses. The ceremony honored graduates from Oxnard, Santa Barbara and Ventura (pictured above). The ceremony was followed by a client expo where graduates displayed their newly polished businesses for the first time. Congratulations, Spring SET 2015 graduates; we can’t wait to see your progress in the coming months!
Empowerment is Priceless Raises $270,000 This year’s Empowerment is Priceless fundraiser was the most successful yet! The event outcome was made possible by our generous sponsors, table captains, WEV client volunteers, the support of the WEV board and staff and the wonderful matching gift of $125,000 from Lynda Weinman, co-founder of Lynda.com. You can read more about the event, including the award winner, here.
WEV Needs Your Feedback
Beginning the first week in June, a group of dedicated WEV interns will begin making phone calls to our past clients. These friendly, cheerful, hard-working interns want to hear it all – the good, the bad and the ugly! Your feedback helps us quantify the impact we’re making in the community and learn how we can make our programs more effective. You don’t have to be in business to participate, and we’ll even give you a $5 gift card for your time!
Click here to see the results of our last round of client interviews.
WEV Seeking New Instructor WEV seeks to hire a new instructor to teach its 14-week Self-Employment Training (SET) course beginning August 31st in Santa Barbara or Goleta.
If you have small business and business plan experience and excel at teaching, review the full position description on WEV’s website!
WEV Connects Presents: Giving Back Without Breaking the Bank Small business owners are known to make a strong impact on their local community, offering discounts and volunteering time as well as services. With so many great causes, it’s important to be strategic in partnering with the right organizations and avoid being spread too thin.
Join WEV Connects for a business owner panel on Giving Back Without Breaking the Bank! Three local business owners will share the successes and struggles they’ve experienced as they’ve learned to give back strategically.
When: Wednesday, June 24th from 6-7:30 PM Where: C’est Cheese in Santa Barbara. Cost: Free
WEV Founder and CEO, Marsha Bailey, received a standing ovation for her speech on the unique challenges women face in their careers at the Empowerment is Priceless breakfast. Click here to read the speech if you missed the event (or to be inspired all over again)!
Chances are good that you already know WEV client Nikki Dailey! This Loan Program client has taken Santa Barbara by storm with her HEAT Culinary food truck, event catering business and fun cooking classes. Check out her client profile here to learn a little more about Nikki and to read her advice for fellow entrepreneurs!
June Ladies Luncheon is Celebrating 6 Years Ladies Luncheon gathers women together for networking, socializing and to support one another. You won’t want to miss June’s event, as the group is celebrating six years! Join them as they meet, greet, eat, and shop!
When: Thursday, June 4th 11:15 AM-1PM Where: Pierpont Inn & Spa, Ventura Cost: $27 (includes a lunch buffet)
Art and Leadership Workshop Join former WEV instructor Gloria Miele, Ph.D. for a unique workshop that combines professional development and painting! The Art of Stronger Leadership: Paint Your Vision takes place at the Blank Canvas Studio in Thousand Oaks.
Collaborating with professional artists, Gloria provides best practices leadership training in a fun, creative environment: a painting studio! Explore your strengths and how you use them as a leader. Then use the blank canvas to create a painting that represents your leadership vision. Leave with a development plan and an inspiring work of art. Additional workshops being scheduled. Get updates at StrongerLeader.com.
When: Thursday, June 4th 5:30-8:30 PM Where: Blank Canvas Studio, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, #113, Thousand Oaks Cost: $100 (WEV clients receive a $20 discount with code WEV)
Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar Do you know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor? Don’t miss out on this free seminar covering the basics of filing payroll taxes and common independent contractor misconceptions.
Two Opportunities to Attend
When: Thursday, June 9th, 9 AM-12 PM Where: Ventura EDD Tax Office, 4820 McGrath Street #200 Cost: Free
When: Friday, June 19th, 9 AM-12 PM Where: Santa Barbara EDD Tax Office, 130 E. Ortega Street Cost: Free
NAWBO-VC Offers Discount On Social Media Presentation Want to learn how to coin new phrases in your marketing, including silly hashtag branding, so your brand can lead on the social front? Are you aware of how a collective site could help your business? Starr Hall will teach this and more in her presentation: The Third Wave of Online & Media Marketing – What It Is & How To Use It.
WEV program graduates can attend one NAWBO-VC (National Assotiation of Women Business Owners) meeting at member price with discount code WEV2015.
When: Tuesday, June 16th 5:30-8:30 PM Where: Sterling Hills Golf Club, 901 Sterling Hills Dr., Camarillo Cost: $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers, and $50 for all after May 15th
Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Become a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firm and bid on contracting opportunities with the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD), including graphic design services, advertising, landscaping, computer training, etc. DBE firms are small businesses with primary minority or woman ownership (50%+). Contact MTD if you believe your firm may qualify for certified DBE status. MTD will assist you in applying for DBE certification.
If you are interested, or if you have further questions, please contact Steve Maas at (805) 963-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership Discount for WEV Graduates VCPWN (Ventura County Professional Women’s Network) is offering all WEV graduates and participants 50% off their first year of membership.
Guests are invited to attend twice before deciding if the VCPWN is a good fit. Dinner meetings take place on the second Thursday every month (except December) from 5:30 to 8:15 pm at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Ventura. Cost of dinner for guests is $38
Special Thanks to our EIP Sponsors! Thank you to the generous sponsors that donated to our upcoming annual fundraiser, Empowerment Is Priceless. Their generous donations were crucial for the success of the event. Click here for a full list of sponsors on our website.
Thank you Morgan Stanley and President of the WEV Board, Emma Bridges! WEV was awarded $1,500 by Morgan Stanley in May to honor the volunteer efforts of the WEV Board President, Emma Bridges. Both Morgan Stanley and Emma’s generosity has made a great impact on the local community. Thank you Morgan Stanley and Emma Bridges! For information on matching opportunities, please contact WEV’s development coordinator Hannah Tenpas at 805-456-2332 or email@example.com.
Support WEV Clients
Don’t Miss an Incredible Journey to Copper Canyon, Home of the Tarahumara Indians Take an incredible journey into the magical world of the Tarahumara Indian (raramuri) people with WEV client business, Eco Alternative Tours. Come and learn the history, origins, present day culture and the future of this fascinating people group in Mexico.
When: Saturday, June 27th-Saturday, July 4th Where: Copper Canyon, Mexico Cost: $1,100 (40% deposit to confirm booking)
WEV Connects Presents: Giving Back Without Breaking the Bank
WEV Gotta Blog: What if?
WEV Client Profile: Nikki Dailey
June Ladies Luncheon is Celebrating 6 Years
Art and Leadership Workshop
Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar
NAWBO-VC Offers Discount on Social Media Presentation
Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
Membership Discount for WEV Graduates
Happy 20th Anniversary!
WEV client business Fresco Cafe celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Santa Barbara location in May! Congratulations to co-owner and SET graduate Jill Petrarca.
Congratulations on the New Location!
Viva Oliva has moved to a beautiful new location! Visit owner and WEV client Andi Newville at the new store located at 1275 Coast Village Road in Montecito.
Publicize Your Business Achievements
We’re always on the lookout for new client achievements for the newsletter. But don’t wait for us to find you… let us know how you’re doing now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Madison Method is Hiring!
WEV client and Psychology of the Solopreneur panelist, Laura Dunbar of The Madison Method is seeking a highly motivated individual with experience in construction management to work in both the front and back end of small custom residential design/build projects. This position is career based with the potential of growth within the company. Email Laura@ themadisonmethod.com or more information.
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
WEV Client Business Directory
Did you know WEV has a client business directory on our website? Did you know that if eligible, we’ll list your business for FREE? Click here to check out the directory and complete a simple form to request a listing for your business.