Ventura County Star: WEV Presents Trailblazer Awards at Event

April 5, 2012 Women’s Economic Ventures held its annual Empowerment is Pricless event, honoring the 2012 Trailblazer Award recipient, 2012 WEV Volunteers of the Year, and WEV Business of the Year recipient.  Read more. 

Ventura County Star: WEV Welcomes New Board Members

April 7, 2012 Women’s Economic Ventures welcomes seven new board members!  Read more.

The Santa Barbara Independent: 14-Week Course Helps Entrepreneurs Reach Goals

January 21, 2012 WEV’s Spring business training programs start in February; attending a free one-hour orientations is your first step to explore the possibility of entrepreneurship. Read more.

Amigos805: Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) to Hold Orientation Classes Starting This Week

January 24, 2012 Women’s Economic Ventures is holding several orientations in upcoming weeks to prepare individuals to enroll in the Self Employment Training course, which beings in the second week in February. Read more.

Noozhawk: Women’s Economic Ventures Self-Employment Training Starts in February

January 19, 2012 The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on our aspirations and goals for the coming year. For those who have ever dreamed of owning or growing their own business or for those determined…

Santa Barbara Independent: International Women’s Festivals Executive Director Named

January 11, 2012 The Women’s Festivals 2012 is being held on March 8, to coincide with Women’s History Month, and is seeking to address key issues facing women today in an interactive, multi-cultural, and entertaining format, while providing ground for networking, referrals…

Ventura County Star: Women’s Economic Ventures Self-Employment Training Orientation

January 10, 2012 Women’s Economic Ventures is holding a free, hour-long orientation in the Thousand Oaks area. Read more.

Santa Barbara News-Press: Our Town: The Biz of Show Biz

January 9, 2012 Art and business can mix — and Marsha Bailey of Women’s Economic Ventures can show you how. On Feb. 13, she will discuss business plans, budgets and how to run an art endeavor like a business. $15….

Daily Sound: Government, Business Leaders Talk Strategies for Success in 2012

January 10, 2012 In an effort to promote greater communication between businesses and government offices, politicians from federal and local levels hosted a panel of officials on Monday at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Restort.The National Association of Women Business Owners sponsored the events,…

Noozhawk: SweetHearts Bakery Makes Life a Little Sweeter for Children in Rwanda

January 2, 2012 After a life-changing trip to Africa, Laura Waters (owner of SweetHearts Bakery) creatively blended her passions and talents. She uses her bakery’s profits to help fund schooling, meals, and shelters for Rwanda’s youth– many of whom she now calls family. Read…

Thousand Oaks Acorn: Businesswomen Hope to Take Off in New Year

December 29, 2011 WEV graduates from Thousand Oaks celebrated their successful completion of the SET course by attending  WEV’s graduation cermony and reception, which included a client business expo. Read more.  

Ventura County Star: Who’s New in Business: Rocksteady Fitness

December 31, 2011 This fall, WEV graduate Melissa Hernandez started Rocksteady Fitness with her husband, Arturo. After completing WEV’s SET course, the couple felt better equipped to pursue their vision of co-owning a personal-training, group exercise, and massage therapy business….

Santa Ynez Valley News: 8 Locals Graduate from WEV Program

 December 29, 2011 Eight Santa Ynez Valley residents have completed intensive courses in self-employment training and writing a business plan through the nonprofit Women’s Economic Ventures, based in Santa Barbara. Read more.

Ventura County Star: The “First Annual Dancing with our Local Schools” Showcase

December 22, 2011 Three hundred 3rd to 6th grade students performed an array of ballroom dances including Swing, Tango, Salsa, Waltz, and Cha-cha at the “First Annual Dancing with our Local Schools” event at Los Cerritos Middle School…Maria Durant, owner of…

Ventura County Star: New Ventura Entrepreneurs “Graduate” into Business World

December 22, 2011 On Thursday, December 15th, 14 women and men from Ventura County celebrated their successful completion of WEV’s Self-Employment Training program with families, friends and the community at the Montecito Country Club. The event concluded with a reception…

Noozhawk Talks: Thanks to Angela Torin and Her Store, There’ll Always Be England

December 5, 2011 Yearning to bring a bit of Britain back to Santa Barbara,  WEV graduate Angela Torin opened the charming Hampstead Village in La Arcada last year: “I graduated WEV in May 2010, and in June I was in Dublin, Edinburgh,…

NoozHawk:Women’s Economic Ventures Graduates Prepared to Venture Out on Their Own

December 15, 2011 Nearly 100 local men and women celebrate their completion of the 14-week Self-Employment Training Program in a ceremony held at the Montecito Country Club. Marsha Bailey, founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures says, “Our program graduates have worked hard…

The New York Times: 36 Hours in Santa Barbara, Calif.

November 17, 2011 If you have only 36 hours to spend in Santa Barbara, The New York Times recommends visiting C’est Cheese, a local cheese shop owned and operated by WEV clients Kathryn and Michael Graham. The newspaper suggests “pick[ing] up tins…

Ventura County Star: Considering Entrepreneurship? Attend the “Business Ready” Workshop

October 20, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is holding a 10-hour entrepreneurial workshop in Ventura County for those considering starting their own business. This workshop will help participants take inventory of their resources and determine their readiness for entrepreneurship. Read…

Noozhawk: Rotary Club of Carpinteria Gets Inside Look at Women’s Economic Ventures

September 11, 2011  Marsha Bailey, founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures, visited the Rotary Club of Carpinteria on Sept. 8. Bailey was invited to give a presentation regarding WEV’s remarkable past 20 years of helping thousands of men and…

Camarillo Acorn: Entrepreneur mom launches eco-friendly baby blanket business

September 9, 2011   Kathleen Raulin scoured the Internet in search of a soybean-fiber blanket for her baby boy. In 2004, the new mom had stumbled upon an article about the eco-friendly benefits of the textile… That’s when Raulin came up…

Ventura County Star: Who’s new in business – Raw Workouts

September 3, 2011  I have always believed that people have the potential to excel in anything they put their mind to… The idea of Raw Workouts came into fruition when I felt the same support I’d been providing for my…

Ventura County Star: Nonprofit WEV helps entrepreneurs carve their own niches

August 30, 2011  With the unemployment rate in Ventura County hovering around 10 percent, many who are unable to find a job are turning to self-employment. Whether their fields are computer repair or the Feldenkrais Method, 12 people who gathered…

Ventura County Reporter: WEVing a Successful Business

August 25, 2011  It’s a mantra the public has heard over and over for the last several years — we need to create more jobs… Marsha Bailey, founder and CEO of Santa Barbara-based Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) that serves Ventura,…

Daily Sound: Zizzo’s Sizzles as New Trend in Contemporary Coffee Shops

August 24, 2011  In the face of economic uncertainty, Sue and Michael McDonald have transformed South County’s only remaining drive-through coffee shop from a franchise branch into a mom-and-pop store…The McDonalds say the secret to their success is right in…

Santa Barbara Independent: Women’s Economic Ventures: Helps Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity for Self-Employment and Small Business

August 23, 2011  After losing his long-time job of selling windows, Damon Millar had two options—to work for the competition or to start his own company. Millar knew he did not want to work for the competition, so start his…

Ventura County Star: WEV Business Plan Intensive participants graduate; free orientations remaining in Ventura County

August 22, 2011  After 6 weeks of rigorous training in the most important aspects of organizing, financing, marketing and managing a small business, graduates celebrate the completion of Women’s Economic Ventures’ (WEV) Business Plan Intensive Course in Ventura County. Each…

Montecito Messenger: Blow Dry Bar ‘Shines’ on Coast Village Road

August 18, 2011  Every woman knows what it means to be having “a good or bad hair day.” It can make the difference in just about everything that you feel about your appearance…On July 9th, Shine Blow Dry Bar at…

Noozhawk: Karim Kaderali a Veteran in Giving Santa Barbara Consumers Axxess to Discounts

August 5, 2011  Almost everyone likes a deal… Karim Kaderali, the owner of Santa Barbara Axxess, has been offering such a program to locals for more than 12 years… They turned to Women’s Economic Ventures for a $20,000 loan through…

Santa Ynez Valley News: Business in Brief

August 2, 2011  Business training programs from Women’s Economic Ventures are scheduled to begin in September, and a free one-hour orientation is the required first step. Read more.

SB Parent Click: WEV Helps Turn Uncertainty into Opportunity for Self-Employment and Small Business

July 27, 2011  National unemployment is still rising, stock prices sinking, and the President has proclaimed in a recent report that “we still have a big hole to fill” to replace jobs lost during the recession. While slower-than-forecast job growth…

Noozhawk: WEV’s Marsha Bailey Puts Her Business Sense to Work for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

July 22, 2011  Starting a successful business requires a combination of skills, a network and funding. Marsha Bailey, founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures, has made that road a bit more accessible for thousands of local entrepreneurs. Read more.

Santa Barbara Independent: Women’s Economic Ventures Fall business Training Programs Start in September

July 24, 2011  National unemployment is still rising, stock prices sinking, and the President has proclaimed in a recent report that “we still have a big hole to fill” to replace jobs lost during the recession. While slower-than-forecast job growth…

Lompoc Record: Business in Brief

July 24, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures’ 14-week Self-Employment Training classes will start in September in Santa Maria and Buellton. Those planning to enroll must first attend a free one-hour orientation workshop. The 56-hour Self-Employment Training program aimed at women —…

Ventura County Star: Company Spotlight – Pure Light Photography

July 16, 2011  Photographer Vinit Satyavrata opened Pure Light Photography in February 2009 in Oxnard… A year after starting my business, I met a fellow Ventura County business owner during a photo shoot. Learning more about her business and how…

Ventura County Star: Best of VC Marketplace Showcases Bounty of County

July 16, 2011  The Tower Theatre on Santa Paula’s Main Street has been closed for nearly 30 years, but its old-fashioned marquee still is used to make community announcements in big plastic letters. The latest is “Shop Santa Paula.” At her…

Ventura County Star: Business Brief

July 9, 2011  The Oxnard Financial Plaza law firm of Arnold, Bleuel, LaRochelle, Matthews, & Zirbel LLP has welcomed Melissa H. Sayer as senior counsel to the firm… Within the community, Sayer serves on the board of directors of both…

Ventura County Star: Women’s Economic Ventures Will Hold an Orientation Next Week

July 10, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures will hold a free orientation Wednesday in Ventura County. The orientation will deal with the group’s 14-week comprehensive course on how to start or grow a successful business, called Self Employment Training, plus a six-week…

Santa Barbara Independent: Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) Client Businesses Add to Economic Vitality and Culture of Historic La Arcada

July 6, 2011  In an effort to build community and energize area businesses, WEV client businesses located in La Arcada will host a free “WEV Connects” networking event on Thursday, July 7th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm as part of First…

Noozhawk: ‘WEV Connects’ Brings Together La Arcada Businesses

July 7, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures held its “WEV Connects” networking event Thursday night to support businesses at La Arcada, 1114 State St., in downtown Santa Barbara. The owners of Café Shell, Hampstead Village and Chocolats du CaliBressan have each turned…

Daily Sound: WEV to host networking event at Santa Barbara’s La Arcada

July 6, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures is an organization dedicated to providing training and advice to women seeking to start their own business. On Thursday, people interested in networking or learning more about WEV are invited to come to the three…

The Santa Barbara Independent: Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) Client Businesses add to Economic Vitality and Culture of Historic La Arcada

July 6, 2011  In an effort to build community and energize area businesses, WEV client businesses located in La Arcada will host a free “WEV Connects” networking event on Thursday, July 7th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm as part of First…

The Santa Barbara News Network: Oprah’s Last Show

May 31, 2011  She’s a supporter of Girl’s Inc. Santa Barbara, has backed businesses and entrepreneurs on the Central Coast and is regularly seen shopping and dining in Montecito, where she lives in a palatial estate. Today, as she marked the…

Noozhawk: Owners of Chocolats du Calibressan Enjoying the Taste of Sweet Success

June 20, 2011  Jean-Michel Carré wanted to put the restaurant business behind him after 30 years of cooking. But just like trying a new tasty dessert for the first time, creating gourmet chocolate made him feel like a kid again. Read…

Daily Sound: South Coast Biz Blog

May 28, 2011  A free workshop on how women-owned small businesses can apply for federal contracts is planned for 9 a.m. to noon June 28 at Women’s Economic Ventures, 333 S. Salinas St., Santa Barbara. The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program allows…

Ventura County Star: Rabobank Presents WEV With $25,000

May 29, 2011  Rabobank Vice President and Branch Manager Ida Pointer-Gomez presented a $25,000 check to Marsha Bailey, CEO and founder of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). The gift will help support WEV’s programs throughout their service area of Santa Barbara,…

Ventura County Star: Women’s Economic Ventures’ ‘Empowerment is Priceless’ Breakfast

June 16, 2011  Approximately 270 people attended Women’s Economic Venture’s (WEV’s) Empowerment is Priceless breakfast in support of WEV programs. The event, which honored women entrepreneurs and celebrated WEV’s 20th anniversary, took place at the Montecito Country Club and featured a…

Noozhawk: Chocolats du Calibressan Honored as WEV Business of the Year

June 6, 2011  Jean-Michel and Jill-Marie Carré, co-owners of Chocolats du Calibressan and recipients of the Women’s Economic Ventures Small Business Loan Fund, were honored as the 2011 WEV Business of the Year honorees at WEV’s “Empowerment is Priceless” breakfast…

The Daily Sound: South Coast Biz Blog

May 25, 2011  Santa Barbara-based Women’s Economic Ventures, or WEV, will offer a free one-hour orientation tonight to discuss its 14-week self-employment training on how to start or grow a business, as well as its six-week accelerated business-plan writing course… Additional business…

Santa Maria Sun: Biz Brief

May 24, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures announced the graduation of 12 Santa Maria women from its Self Employment Training and Business Plan Intensive entrepreneurial courses. Graduates ranged from first-time business owners to those expanding their existing businesses. Read more.

Ventura County Star: WEV Helps Small Businesses Get Ready, Set, Go, and Thrive!

May 23, 2011  What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? Money? Luck? Hard work and long hours? The perfect idea? Hundreds of employees? You can find success stories, advice and tips, but how do you know if you…

Santa Ynez Valley News: Business in Brief

May 24, 2011  Seven Santa Ynez Valley residents have completed Women’s Economic Ventures’ Self-Employment Training and Business Plan Intensive programs. Graduates from the Buellton course are Tove Aase, Shannon Dzikas, Shirley Eyre, Richard Marquez, Maria Orton, Paula Renard and Alicia Tejas….

Noozhawk: Graduates of Women’s Economic Ventures Grateful for New Skills, New Friends

May 18, 2011  Eleven years ago, Molly Hahn lost the support of a family and her home, but on Tuesday night she had a chance to rewrite history. “I was a homeless teenager 11 years ago with mentally ill parents,” Hahn…

Kern Valley Sun: Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Grants from Women’s And Girls’ Fund

May 11, 2011  Three local nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $20,000 from the Women’s & Girls’ Fund during a luncheon Thursday at Seven Oaks Country Club. Women’s Economic Ventures (“WEV”), a Ventura-based nonprofit with a satellite location in Frazier Park,…

Ventura County Star: Women’s Economic Ventures receives $25,000 gift from Rabobank, N.A. for continuum of programs

April 28, 2011  Rabobank, N.A. Vice President and Branch Manager Ida Pointer-Gomez recently presented a $25,000 check to Marsha Bailey, CEO and Founder of Women’s Economic Ventures. The gift will help support WEV’s programs throughout its service area of Santa Barbara,…

The Mountain Enterprise: ‘Live Local’ Survey Winners Announced

March 18, 2011  Is your name among the 79 winners of the ‘Live Local’ raffle? A strong response greeted the survey about shopping habits of Mountain Community residents. The results were surprising, and we’ll be reporting them soon. The Mountain Communities…

Association for Enterprise Opportunity: The Success of Twyla Monti – A Client of AEO Member WEV

March 23, 2011  This week for Women’s Wednesday we are highlighting another successful female entrepreneur to emerge from an AEO member organization! With help from Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) in Santa Barbara, CA, Twyla Monti opened Twyla K, a very…

Daily Nexus: Festival To Honor History of Women

March 4, 2011  The fourth annual International Women’s Festival will take place at Santa Barbara’s Earl Warren Showgrounds today and Saturday. Festival founder and producer Patty DeDominic said the event will address critical aspects of women’s lives and offer a number of…

Noozhawk: Women’s Festival Puts Santa Barbara in Touch with its Feminine Side

March 5, 2011  On Saturday, it was all about the women at the fourth annual Women’s Festival, held at Earl Warren Showgrounds.The Santa Barbara chapter of the Association of Women in Communications, Women’s Economic Ventures, National Association of Women Business Owners…

Pacific Coast Business Times: A Short-Sighted Cut

February 28, 2011  One of the few bright spots on the small-business scene has been an increased role for women in entrepreneurship. Studies show that women are taking a bigger and bigger role in starting new ventures. On the Central…

Ventura County Star: Small Businesses Deliver Big Impact

February 24, 2011  At the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County, we know that small business plays a substantial and influential role in the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties’ economies…But, we can make it an even stronger, more productive engine by connecting small…

Noozhawk: The Working Life

February 4, 2011  Starting a business is no small feat. It can be even trickier with a spouse as a business partner, but Amber Wallace of Dowitcher Designs doesn’t flinch when she recounts the first four years of their journey…The…

KCOY 12: WEV Self-Employment Training Seminar

February 1, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures is hosting its last self-employment training orientation tomorrow in Santa Barbara. Several Central coast businesses have attended the course and found it a crucial part in making their business dreams becoming a reality. Read…

Santa Barbara Independent: Salume, Salami… Let’s Call the Whole Thing App

January 17, 2011  [WEV loan recipient] Michael Graham knows cheese, if you please, but it turns out he knows his salumi and Apples pretty well, too. That’s why, while most people in town are familiar with him as the co-owner…

Santa Maria Sun: Serious Business

January 26, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) will be holding free one-hour orientations in the coming weeks for its spring business training programs. WEV’s core 14-week Self-Employment Training courses will begin in February for those looking to start or improve…

Noozhawk: Hampstead Village Owner Brings Britain’s Goods to Santa Barbara

January 25, 2010  For Angela Torin, owner of Hampstead Village, Women’s Economic Ventures has empowered her with the confidence, courage and knowledge to start her own business — a shop filled with British fine goods at 1114 State St., No….

The Daily Sound: WEV Weaves Ambition, Opportunity for Local Entrepreneurs

January 25, 2011  Outside of Charlotte Gould’s house is a basket of oranges shielded from the sun by a stretched green fabric supported by four bamboo sticks…The design is one of the three basic outdoor shades offered by Gould’s Dancing…

SBParent.com: WEV’s Spring Business Training Programs Kick Off

January 18, 2011  With the start of this new year, optimism for an economic rebound is beginning to grow. Many are determined to take their economic futures into their own hands. For those who have ever dreamt of owning or…

Noozhawk: WEV Helping Entrepreneurs in New Year

January 17, 2011  With the start of this new year, optimism for an economic rebound is beginning to grow. Many are determined to take their economic futures into their own hands. For those who have ever dreamed of owning or…

Santa Barbara Independent: Charlotte Gould to Open Dancing Shadows

January 14, 2011  Dancing Shadows, a new Santa Barbara business dedicated to creating delight in the garden, designing artistry with shade fabrics, producing sustainable products and nurturing community share programs… is slated to open in Santa Barbara on February 1,…

Thousand Oaks Acorn: Training Program Helps Entrepreneurs

December 23, 2010 When high school counselors Kelly Springer and Laree Henning had their work hours greatly reduced due to budget cuts, they knew many collegebound students would be looking beyond the campus for advice and guidance…The partners have launched…

Santa Maria Sun: WEV Recognizes New Graduates

December 21, 2010  After 14 weeks of training, Women’s Economic Ventures graduated 20 Northern Santa Barbara County residents from its flagship Self-Employment Training Course (SET) at a December 15 ceremony in Santa Barbara. Read more.

Moorpark Acorn: Women’s Economic Ventures Helps Launch New Businesses

December 24, 2010 When high school counselors Kelly Springer and Laree Henning had their work hours greatly reduced due to budget cuts, they knew many collegebound students would be looking beyond the campus for advice and guidance…The partners have launched…

Camarillo Acorn: Counselors Use Know-How to Start Consulting Firm

December 24, 2010  When high school counselors Kelly Springer and Laree Henning had their work hours greatly reduced due to budget cuts, they knew many collegebound students would be looking beyond the campus for advice and guidance…The partners have launched…

Lompoc Record: Community Calendar

December 24, 2010  Learn more about WEV’s 14-week comprehensive course on how to start or grow your own successful business. Attendance at the one-hour orientation is required to enroll in the SET course, which begins in early February. Read more.

Ventura County Star: Community News

December 31, 2010  Women’s Economic Ventures is offering free self-employment training orientations in Ventura. Learn more about a 14-week comprehensive course on how to start or expand your own business. Find out about the various services available through WEV, a…

SBParent.com: 114 Local Entrepreneurs Proudly ‘Graduate’ WEV

December 14, 2010  Women’s Economic Ventures to celebrate Self-Employment Training and Business Plan Intensive program grads with December 15th ceremony and showcase. Read more.

Noozhawk: New Entrepreneurs ‘Graduate’ Into World of Business

December 14, 2010  114 local men and women will celebrate their completion of Women’s Economic Ventures’ programs. While holiday shopping may be a momentary bolster to the ailing economy, big business continues to cut thousands of jobs throughout the country….

Ventura County Star: WEV Alumni Display Wares at 2010 Women’s Conference

December 1, 2010  Last month, at The Women’s Conference in Long Beach, hosted by the First Lady of California, Maria Shriver and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) alumni Talia Wunder of Devone Design Perfect Fit Jewelry and Ana…

Lompoc Record: Untapped Talent

November 30, 2010  Brian Cole can walk out the front door of his music shop and see the vacant storefronts and dilapidated buildings of Lompoc’s withering Old Town…[he] is hopeful that the historic downtown can be revitalized, and that Howlin’…

Ventura County Star: WEV Alumni Host Unique Event Series

November 30, 2010  Due to an unexpected and significant decrease in funding from both Foundation grants and corporate gifts, non-profit Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is now facing a $200,000 budget gap for 2010. At a time when WEV’s self-employment and…

Edhat: Women in Wine Celebration

December 5, 2010  The first-ever celebration of local women in wine! Two charity dinners will be held at Jade Restaurant in December, each highlighting a group of accomplished female winemakers, many of whom are also the winery owner…Proceeds of both…

Santa Barbara Independent: Boogie On, Wine Women

November 29, 2010  SpiritLand’s Leslie Thomas and Jade Restaurant Team Up to Showcase Santa Barbara’s Top Female Vintners: After hosting 35 of the beloved SpiritLand Bistro “BYOB” wine dinners, Leslie Thomas wanted a new way to capture the attention of Santa…

Ventura County Star: Finding the Route Back

November 27, 2010  Loss of a job and mounting health problems drove Margaux Everett into poverty and homelessness several years ago. Now, the Oxnard woman is trying to build a business on more than 30 years of accounting and bookkeeping…

Release-News.com: Lime Green Monkey Brings the Handkerchief Revolution to the Women’s Conference

November 3, 2010  As thousands of women head to The Long Beach Convention Center for the Women’s Conference 2010, Lime Green Monkey, a small eco-business sponsored by WE Invest, will be there with a full regalia of USA made organic…

Ventura County Star: Entrepreneurship group losing funds

November 4, 2010  [WEV, a] nonprofit organization which primarily helps low-income women start up their own business is calling on alumni and donors to help bridge a $200,000 funding gap in its 2010 budget. Read more.

Hot Make: Lime Green Monkey Brings the Handkerchief Revolution to the Women’s Conference

October 29, 2010  As thousands of women head to The Long Beach Convention Center for the Women’s Conference 2010, Lime Green Monkey, a small eco-business sponsored by WE Invest, will be there with a full regalia of USA made organic…

Ventura County Star: Conference Call

October 24, 2010  Kate Dunbar, who started Petite Reve Chocolates & Dessert Co. in a commercial kitchen on Ventura Avenue this year, is one of four women whose success stories are being featured at the Women’s Conference going on through…

Ventura County Star: Company Spotlight, Ever After Designs

October 24, 2010  Penny Henschel of Fillmore, owner of Ever After Graphic Design and Marketing in Oxnard shows her recent work. Henschel has about 15 years of graphic design experience [and is a graduate of WEV’s Self-Employment Training course]. Read…

SBNN.com: WEV Alumni ‘Rally’ to Close $200K Shortfall

October 21, 2010  Clients and ‘graduates’ of WEV, Women’s Economic Ventures, are on a fundraising “mission,” to plug a $200,000 financial gap created by a significant drop in foundation grants and corporate gifts. WEV alumni are hosting a series of…

The Mountain Enterprise: Microloans To Be Offered At Workshop

October 15, 2010  Energy is crackling when Angel Cottrell begins to report the action-packed program underway to assist mountain business owners who are stepping up to turn economic challenges into opportunities this year…The SBDC is hosting a free workshop about…

The Mountain Enterprise: A Note from Angel Cottrell

October 15, 2010  Dear Mountain Communities Business Owners, The Mountain Communities SBDC of WEV has an exciting opportunity available to business owners who wish to participate in this year’s Holiday Faire on December 4 in Frazier Park…microloans! Read more.

SBParent.com: WEV Alumni Host Unique Event Series

October 14, 2010  Due to an unexpected and significant decrease in funding from both Foundation grants and corporate gifts, non-profit Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is now facing a $200,000 budget gap for 2010. At a time when WEV’s self-employment and…

Noozhawk: Alumni of WEV Stepping Up to Help Fill Funding Gap

October 14, 2010  Amid an unexpected and significant decrease in funding from both foundation grants and corporate gifts, the nonprofit Women’s Economic Ventures is facing a $200,000 budget gap for 2010. At a time when WEV’s self-employment and small-business training…

September 30, 2010: The Acorn

Westlake Village resident Maria Durant, a graduate of Women’s Economic Ventures’ Self-Employment Training course and now the owner of Dance 4 Wellness, originally gave dance lessons in her home studio to save on overhead. But now Durant is in the…

September 26, 2010: Noozhawk

As she enters her 20th year as head of Santa Barbara-based Women’s Economic Ventures, Marsha Bailey says she expects the nonprofit organization to be around for at least another two decades. View article.

September 23, 2010: Thousand Oaks Acorn

A public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Tues., Sept. 28 for the City Council to consider approving its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report. This report reviews the city’s spending of federal Community Development Block Grant funds…Women’s Economic Ventures…

September 8, 2010: Santa Barbara News-Press

During recessions…What often is not spoken about, is that these times usually spur new business ventures. Watu World Imports is an example of that, launched by Stacey Lydon who as a community organizer in Rwanda saw the opportunity to create…

September 3, 2010: examiner.com

An accelerated, six-week business plan writing course, designed for business professionals who need access to capital quickly will be offered by Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) in late September. The Business Plan Intensive (BPI) is designed for new entrepreneurs and current…

September 2, 2010: Noozhawk

Aya Iwasaki, a longtime server at Aldo’s Italian Restaurant [and graduate of WEV’s Self-Employment Training course], says her successful side business started from doing what she loves. View article.

September 2, 2010: Daily Sound

Maurice Moreno, 38, owns and runs MM Moreno & Son, Inc., a successful jewelry business headquartered in Santa Barbara. Besides using precious gems from Moreno’s native Brazil, this business is unique in that it grew from a Self-Employment Training program…

September 1, 2010: KEYT.com

Times may be tough, but it’s not stopping some people from starting their own business. On Wednesday afternoon, a new business orientation drew a full conference room of interested residents in Santa Barbara. The room had people with original business…

September 1, 2010: SBParent.com

WEV’s Free Orientations for the flag-ship Self-Employment Training (SET) program, will introduce people to the spectrum of topics that the 14 week course will cover. Orientation attendees will also have the opportunity to share their business ideas with fellow entrepreneurs….

September 2, 2010: Santa Ynez Valley Journal

Necessity has often been given credit for being the “mother of invention.” “In a down economy, that’s when people start businesses, many economists are saying that these people (middle-aged workers who have lost their jobs) will probably never find jobs,”…

August 31, 2010: KSBY.com

Thinking about starting a business in Santa Barbara County? A training program starts on Thursday that may help you decide if it’s right for you. Iltra Palomo is a legal document assistant. She started her business a year ago after…

August 28, 2010: Ventura County Star

Company Spotlight: Dance 4 Wellness What prompted you to start your own business? “I was burned out from working as a ballroom dance instructor for another company for five years and was actually debating going back to school. I decided…

August 27, 2010: Noozhawk

The Working Life: Dr. Crystal Galvan. After four years in group practice, chiropractor is opening her own office in Goleta. View article.

August 26, 2010: Ventura County Star

Christine Abtey of Abtey’s Limousine has been a long time Ventura County resident…In 2005, she decided to retire from the County and bought her first limo in October of that year. She soon found out that the limousine industry was…

August 25, 2010: SBParent.com

WEV’s Free Orientations for the flag-ship Self-Employment Training (SET) program, will introduce people to the spectrum of topics that the 14 week course will cover. Orientation attendees will also have the opportunity to share their business ideas with fellow entrepreneurs….

August 24, 2010: SBParent.com

WEV’s Fall business training programs start in September; One-hour orientations are the first step to decide if entrepreneurship is right for you. With State unemployment rates still hovering high, gaining new business skills can provide a competitive edge, and starting…

August 22, 2010: Edhat.com

Non-Profit of the Week: Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. Since 1991, WEV has been providing self-employment training, technical assistance and microloans to primarily low-income women. Today,…

August 20, 2010: KERO 23 Bakersfield

Dozens of residents commemorated the grand opening of a Small Business Development Center Thursday afternoon that will provide assistance to area businesses.The center, located at 3717 Mt. Pinos Way in Frazier Park, provides individual consultation to business owners with marketing,…

August 20, 2010: The Mountain Enterprise

Major opportunities come with every shift in the status quo. Thursday, August 19 is the date set for a gathering at Cuddy Hall in Lake of the Woods for the public to celebrate the arrival of a major ally for…

July 28, 2010: Santa Barbara Independent

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is conducting 14-week, 56-hour Self-Employment Training (SET) programs to teach how to start, operate, or expand a business. Although targeted at women, the classes are available to men. Participants leave the course with a complete business…

July 17, 2010: Ventura County Star

A scant 28 days after its June debut, the once-a-month event that is Blues, Bocce & BBQ at Limoneira in Santa Paula is growing….Dunbar launched Petite Rêve Chocolates & Desserts this summer with behind-the-scenes assists from Women’s Economic Ventures and…

June 16, 2010: Noozhawk

After 14 weeks of training in finance, leadership skills, marketing and more, 37 graduates from two Santa Barbara classes celebrated the completion of Women’s Economic Ventures’ Self-Employment Training Course. Graduates ranged from first-time business owners to those who turned to…

June 14, 2010: Ventura County Star

After 14 weeks of training in finance, leadership skills, marketing and more, graduates of Women’s Economic Ventures’ (WEV) flagship Self-Employment Training Course are ready to launch or grow their businesses and turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality…During the ceremony, Citi…

June 18, 2010: Santa Barbara News-Press

Sabra Weber has followed her passion for music and with the training received at Women’s Economic Ventures she has been working towards growing her organization called SONando Santa Barbara. View article and video.

July 15, 2010: VC Reporter

These aren’t your grandmother’s truffles, though she might have loved them. Such exotic flavors as honey chipotle lavender, Chinese five spice or wasabi ginger — like nothing you’ve tasted before — it’s all part of Kate Dunbar’s wildly imaginative plan…

July 9, 2010: Noozhawk

Women’s Economic Ventures is holding free Self-Employment Training orientation sessions in Santa Barbara. Learn more about WEV’s 14-week comprehensive course on how to start or grow your own business. View article.

May 21, 2010: The SBNN.com

94 women and men graduate from WEV View Video

April 5, 2010: The Mountain Enterprise

Small Business Entrepreneurs Turn Out to Synergy Lunch and Get Right to Work  View Article

March 9, 2010: VC Star

Women’s Economic Ventures Receives $10,000 Gift from Rabobank, N.A. for New Program Focused on Long-Term Entrepreneurial Success  View Article

March 2, 2010: VC Star

The Fins, Kids, Bags, and Bids auction is the culmination of months of work, bringing together kids, adults, art and environmental education. The idea for the event was born during a group brainstorming session at a WEV event last year….

January 29, 2010: KSBY News

With unemployment near record highs, a local non profit is helping women on the road to self- employment.View Article

February 2, 2010: Noozhawk

During these challenging financial times, amid so much news of big business struggles, Happy Little Hippo — a children’s resale and consignment boutique at 2919 De la Vina St. in Santa Barbara — is thriving. Co-owner Nicole Schultz says Women’s…

February 22, 2010: VC Star

Ventura County attorney Carol Mack has never taken anything sitting down. Whatever her passion, she focuses in on it and achieves the goal at hand. Mack has been a registered nurse for 30 years; she has worked for Amgen—first as…

February 19, 2010: The Mountain Enterprise

Free consulting, business coaching, management workshops and help in developing financing are on their way to this Mountain Community to give a lift to local business owners struggling to keep people employed, lights on and doors open.View Article

November 27, 2009: The Lompoc Record

In the dog-eat-dog retail world, many have found it difficult to craft a green business model when it comes down to the bottom line. Download Article

November 1, 2009: VC Star

Eye on the Environment: Local nonprofit organization’s mission is encouraging sustainable businesses View Article

October 2, 2009: VC Star

For entrepreneurs, one of the most difficult parts about making the decision to start or grow a business is determining what to do about health insurance.View Article

May 18, 2009: Santa Barbara News-Press TV

Graduates of WEV’s Self-Employment Training course give their thoughts on starting their business in these precarious economic times. View story

June 2, 2008: Noozhawk

New WEV entrepreneurs put their best ideas forwardInterviews with Kristina Bengston, SET graduate and Reiki healer; Jill Harper, SET graduate and owner of Running Tours of Santa Barbara; Ian Putnam, SET graduate and artistView Article

January 22, 2009: Noozhawk

Sometimes when the going gets tough, the tough start their own business. What are they thinking?Interviews with Randie Hilliard, SET graduate & owner of RandHill Naturals, and Victoria Murphy, SET graduate View Article
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