Daily Sound: WEV to Start Fall Classes

August 23, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures, or WEV, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing training for small business owners, is starting its fall class sessions. The 14-week Self Employment Training has its first orientation tonight from 6-7p.m. Read more.

Santa Barbara News Press: Enterprising Women Get a Hand With Business

August 21, 2011  Women-owned enterprises on the South Coast have a number of resources they can turn to in order to get their businesses up, running, and successful… With national unemployment high, stock prices sinking and wages flat for the…

Ventura County Star: Expert Consultants Sought by WEV

August 14, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is looking for expert consultants to volunteer for Thrive In Five, a program that encourages existing small businesses to grow and thrive. Read more.

Pacific Coast Business Times: Brief

July 14, 2011  Three client businesses of Women’s Economic Ventures hosted a free “WEV Connects” networking event in Santa Barbara on July 7th. The owners of Cafe Shell, Hampstead Village, and Chocolats du CaliBressan have all turned to WEV for…

Carpinteria Coastal View: Busienss Briefs

June 2, 2011  The national economy has contracted over the past couple of years, but Chocolats du CaliBressan, a Carpinteria based confections company, managed to grow into a second retail location in Santa Barbara. Read more.

Pacific Coast Business Times: Briefcase

May 27, 2011  Women’s Economic Ventures, a Santa Barbara-based organization that provides training to entrepreneurs, hasreceived a $25,000 donation from the Citi Foundation and a $13,000 gift from Citi Community Development. Read more.

Santa Barbara News Press: Public Square

May 27, 2011  Nearly 90 women and men graduated from Women’s Economic Ventures’ 14-week Self-Employment Training and six-week Busienss Plan Intensive course during a ceremony May 17 at Montecito Country Club. Read more.

Ventura County Reporter: Biz Buzz

June 7, 2011  Getting Started: Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) will offer a Business Ready workshop beginning June 11. This 10-hour workshop was created for the individual who needs to define and refine his or her business plan before charging ahead….

Santa Barbara News Press: Events

May 25, 2011  Women’s Self Employment Training Orientation: Learn about WEV’s 14 week course on how to start or grow your own business. Read more.

Pacific Coast Business Times: Street Smarts

May 13, 2011 BIG BUCKS: Rabobank has donated $25,000 to Women’s Economic Ventures to continue its worthwhile programs. Read more.

Daily Sound: New Class of Entrepreneurs Graduate from WEV Training Program

May 14, 2011  On Tuesday, at the Montecito Country Club, 90 men and women, from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, will celebrate their successful completion of WEV’s Self-Employment Training and Business Plan Intensive programs. Graduates are a mix of current…

805 Living: Open For Business

May 1, 2011  …Marsha Bailey is also dedicated to helping entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams. In 1991, she began Women’s Economic Ventures, an organization that initially provided self-employment training, technical assistance, and micro-loans primarily to low-income women. Read more.

Pacific Coast Business Times: Top 50 Women in Business

March 25, 2011  Marsha Bailey is the founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures and the Small Business Loan Fund of Santa Barbara. WEV has provided entrepreneurial training to more than 4,000 women and more than $2.5 million in loans…

Daily Sound: Pasch Bodies Makes Fitness Fun with Alternative Workouts

February 19, 2011  A new exercise studio opened in Paseo Nuevo with a bang this past New Year’s Eve. Heidi Pasch, a long time top-flight gymnast and dancer, has been working as a personal trainer in the Santa Barbara area…

Santa Barbara News-Press: Sweetening Santa Barbara

February 28, 2011  After three years in Carpinteria, the owners of Chocolats du Calibressan will bring their candies north to Santa Barbara. [WEV Clients] Jean-Michel and Jill-Marie Carrè have leased an 830-square-foot storefront in the La Arcada Courtyard at 1114…

Pacific Coast Business Times: Budget Cuts Imperil Job Creation Efforts

March 11, 2011  With the economy mincing along in a delicate recovery, you’d think your representatives in Washington would be moving Heaven and Texas to encourage small-business growth. You would be wrong…”Overnight we went from where the No. 1 issue…

Pacific Coast Business Times: Deals of the Week

March 7, 2011  Chocolats du Calibressan in Carpinteria, a recent winner of a Family Business Award from the Business Times, is expanding to Santa Barbara with a second location. Husband-and-wife team [and WEV clients] Jean-Michel and Jill-Marie Carré recently signed…

Pacific Coast Business Times: Tiny Firm Creating Big Tastes

February 11, 2011  From time to time, customers walk into Chocolats du CaliBressan in Carpinteria and say they just want plain milk chocolate, like the kind made in that town in central Pennsylvania. Jill-Marie Carré loves those customers…The Carrés started…

Pacific Coast Business Times: The American Dream Built on Czech Glass

February 11, 2010  When Zdena Jiroutova and Michael Mendizza opened the second Z Folio Gallery a couple years ago in Monterey, the Great Recession was roaring to life. But through a combination of risk taking and careful management, they managed…

Ventura Breeze: Turning Passion Into Reality

February 9, 2011  It was the last day of class, and it was a bittersweet day. I think my favorite part was the exchange of encouraging words among our classmates…All the sweat and tears to put together the business plan…

Ventura Breeze: WEV Helps Entrepreneurs Reach Goals

January 26, 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…

Coastal View News: Spring WEV Course Set to Begin

February 10, 2011  Women’s Economic Venture’s next 14-week Self-Employment Training course starts in February in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and free orientations will be held during the month of January and early February. Read more (on page 2).

Pacific Coast Business Times: 114 Graduated from WEV

December 24, 2010 Women’s Economic Ventures graduated 114 men and women from its Self-Employment and Business Plan programs in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Read more.

Ventura Breeze: "A Business Plan"

December 29, 2010  “My boss just doesn’t have a clue. If I was running this place, we’d rock!” Oh really. Then why don’t you give it a go? What would it take for you or me to stick our neck,…

El Mexicano: WEV graduó a más de un centenar

December 22, 2010  Un total de 114 personas se graduaron de programa “Autosuficiencia Empresarial” (Self-Employment y Business Plan), en una ceremonia de graduación realizada en el Teatro Marjorie Luke el pasado miércoles 15 de diciembre…El proyecto…es organizado por la Women’s…

Daily Sound: Local Entrepreneurs Honored

December 16, 2010 Apparently, economic downturns are a great time to start a business. At least that what over 100 graduates of Women’s Economic Ventures hope is the case. Read more.

Pacific Coast Business Times: Tip of the Month

December 10, 2010 Women’s Economic Ventures offers advice for small-business owners in today’s economy: Giving is good for business. Read more.

Santa Barbara Independent: This Week at the Marjorie Luke Theater

December 9, 2010  Join us in honoring the graduates of Women’s Economic Ventures’ (WEV’s) Self-Employment Training (SET) and Business Plan Intensive (BPI) courses. The ceremony is FREE. Read more.

Daily Sound: Women Winemakers

December 7, 2010 A celebration of female winemakers is being held at Jade Restaurant to benefit Women’s Economic Ventures. Read more.

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…

Pacific Coast Business Times: Women Power Up Business in Santa Paula

November 26, 2010 Started in 2009 by designer and artist Talia Wunder, Devone Design’s purpose is to fill the gap between luxury fine jewelery and disposable costume jewelery…Women’s Economic Ventures is a local non-profit that helped move Devone Design from…

Santa Barbara News Press: Wining for Women

November 11, 2010  Dinner to raise glass to female winemakers: Leslie Thomas is a wine consumption specialist. …And to make these dinners extra noteworthy, Thomas has added an important charity spin. Proceeds are earmarked for Women’s Economic Ventures, which provides…

Santa Barbara News Press: Events

November 10, 2010 Women’s Economic Ventures: 7-9 p.m. Oreana Winery, 205 Anacapa St. …All proceeds go to support WEV’s programs. Read more.

Santa Barbara News Press: Our Time

November 7, 2010  WEV alums give back: Women’s Economic Ventures graduates and local business owners are holding a variety of events through December to benefit WEV. Read more.

Stateside Magazine: Oreana Winery WEV Fundraiser

November 1, 2010  Oreana Winery WEV Fundraiser benefitting WEV. Poets and musicians will perform and beverages and appetizers will be created by Local Chef Eric Stenberg. Read more.

Pacific Coast Business Times: WEV Raising Money

October 29, 2010  Women’s Economic Ventures has enlisted a group of its current clients and graduates to help raise money to close a $200,000 deficit, the nonprofit announced. Read more.

El Mexicano: Ex-graduados buscan ayudar a WEV

Ocotber 27, 2010  Luego de 19 años de estar sirviendo a la comunidad de los condados de Ventura y SB, el Women’s Economic Ventures enfrenta, como muchas otras organizaciones, los estragos de la crisis financiera; tiene un déficit de $200…

Santa Barbara County Arts Commision: WEV Alumni Give Back

October 18, 2010 Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) graduates and successful local business owners are holding a wide variety of events from October throughout December to benefit WEV, a local non-profit providing self-employment training, small business loans and technical assistance to…

October 8, 2010: Pacific Coast Business Times

Tip of the Month: Women’s Economic Ventures offers advice for small-business owners in today’s economy. Successful entrepreneurs don’t try to do everything themselves. They have a network of professionals, peers and others who support them. View article.

October 8, 2010: Pacific Coast Business Times

Myrna Alpern started by designing a pillow that held books so that her arthritic mother could read comfortably. Today she has a growing small business…Women’s Economic Ventures provided her with her initial $45,000. – which she paid back within two…

Accidental banker takes chamber chair

Pacific Coast Business Times 40 Under 40: Marni Brooks is an accidental banker who got hooked on the industry and hasn’t let go…Outside of the office, Brooks is involved in numerous community organizations. She is…vice chair of the board of…

Where good works is the business plan

The latest big idea in philanthropy isn’t strictly philanthropic at all. It’s that you can sometimes do more good by investing your money than by giving it away…And throughout the region, Women’s Economic Ventures has spent the past 19 years…

Orientations under way for Women’s Economic Ventures’ Self Employment Training

Buellton pastry chef got her incentive to start her own business by taking the Women’s Economic Ventures Self-Employment Training, or SET, course. Free orientations are occurring now throughout the county. View article.

Help for Haiti

Baker hopes kitchen skills will change girls’ lives around. It’s not that unusual to see bundt pans, mixing bowls, cookie sheets and measuring cups in Dawn Peters’ Buellton bakery…She previously worked at the San Ysidro Ranch and Alisal Guest Ranch…

Self-Employment Training to Start

Women’s Economic Ventures will host free, one-hour orientation sessions for its 14-week Self-Emplyment Training course that starts in September. Participants must attend an orientation session before they can register for the full course. Read more.

Pacific Coast Business Times: Tip of the Month

Women’s Economic Ventures offers advice for small-business owners in today’s economy. Marketing. 1. Your Product or Service: Describe features and benefits – from the customer perspective!  What is unique, why it is in demand, what are the emotional benefits? Read…

WEV Provides Entrepreneurial Opportunities During Economic Uncertainty

With state unemployment rates still hovering high, gaining new business skills can provide a competitive edge, and starting a business may actually be a survival strategy. From 2008 to 2009, women-owned businesses totaled 7.2 million firms, employing 7.3 million people…

Lompoc Record Community Calendar, July 18-25

Self-employment Training Orientations: Learn more about Women’s Economic Ventures’ 14 week comprehensive course on how to start or grow your own successful business. Find out about business training, small business loans, and other resources available. Orientation attendance is required to…

WEV in Chumash! Magazine

Women’s Economic Ventures provides self-employment training, technical assistance and microloans to primarily low-income women in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Funding comes from grants, contracts, fees, corporations and donors like the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation. Read more.

WEV Recognizes Program Graduates

Following 14 weeks of training, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) recognized 94 graduates of the group’s Self-Employment Training and Business Plan Intensive course during a ceremony at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. Read more.

Sex and the City 2 – A Night of Fun and Fundraising

Ventura was buzzing with excitement on Friday, May 28 as approximately 300 women and men, dressed in their finest, strolled the pink carpet to help raise money for Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). Read more.

Who’s Who in Civic Leadership: Marsha Bailey

Marsha Bailey is the founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures and the Small Business Loan Fund of Santa Barbara. WEV has provided entrepreneurial training to nearly 4,000 women and more than $2 million in loans to local small businesses….

‘Sex and the City’ with left coast touch

Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda wannabes to party at ‘Women and the City’ Read More

Unemployment to self-employment

After 14 weeks of training in finance, leadership, marketing and more, graduates of Women’s Economic Venture’s flagship Self-Employment Training course are ready to turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality. After 14 weeks of training in finance, leadership, marketing and more, graduates…

On the Move

Lois Capps visits “The Closet” to see how federal funding has helped small businesses thrive Read More

Equity on wages does not add up

Salaries for county’s women lag men’s despite laws Read more

Children’s art to raise money for beach charity

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….

Capps, Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce Use Virtual Tools to Confront Economic Reality

 The occasion had a virtual appeal but the topic was all too real for the participants in the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce’s first Webinar with Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, on Friday. With the help of host Citrix Online’s…

County to make decisions on CDBG funding in small cities

County to make decisions on CDBG funding in small cities By Anna Bakalis Thursday, January 21, 2010 The five smallest cities in the county no longer have the final say in the disbursement of community development block grants for projects…

Orientation sessions set for self-employment classes

Orientation sessions will start Jan. 12 and continue through Feb. 3 for the Women’s Economic Ventures intensive Self-Employment Training Program classes, which will start in February. The program and the orientation sessions are offered in both English and Spanish, and…

Entrepreneurs get creative

Recession has driven more creativity among sellers. Download Article

C’est Cheese showcased as success story

Fine wine and good cheese are a match made in heaven, but when Michael and Kathryn Graham moved to Santa Barbara in the early 2000’s, they were surprised to find the dairy side of the central coast wine palate sadly…

Small Business Owners Sound Off on President’s Address

It’s products may be tiny, but the opening of “Happy Little Hippo Children’s Resale Boutique” is a big deal for its co-owner Nicole Schultz.  To turn her vision into a reality, Schultz, along with a friend, began working with the…

Job creation and small business: WEV’s Marsha Bailey helps us sort through it all

SANTA BARBARA – Friday President Obama will release details on one of his new job creation programs.  SEE the release that follows. We asked Marsha Bailey, one of the most knowledgeable people we know, about the plan, how it will…

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

What does it take to be a “sustainable” business? Normally, we equate “sustainable” with “green” or “environmentally friendly.” To some extent, that is a valid association, especially where business is concerned. But working sustainably means more than simply making environmental…

Economy encourages women to look to entrepreneurship

Rosandra Heffelfinger was a successful project leader at a Ventura insurance brokerage firm – until her job fell out from beneath her. Download Article

Orientation set for self-employment classes

Orientation sessions will start Jan. 12 and continue through Feb. 3 for the Women’s Economic Ventures intensive Self-Employment Training Program classes, which will start in February. The program and the orientation sessions are offered in both English and Spanish, and…

Self-employment training

Women’s Economic Ventures will hold a free self-employment training orientation in Santa Maria 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Maria High School, 901 S. Broadway, Room 621 in Santa Maria. Learn more about WEV’s 14-week comprehensive course on how…

Women’s Economic Ventures Trolley Tour

Women’s Economic Ventures Trolley Tour  Download Article

Women’s Economic Ventures Awarded Gift by Comerica Bank

Women’s Economic Ventures Awarded Gift by Comerica Bank Download Article

October 28, 2009: Noozhawk

WEV Takes Trolley Tour of Local Businesses  By Candice Tang | Published on 10.28.2009Women’s Economic Ventures held a Trolley Tour fundraising event on Oct. 5 hosted by WEV board members Dianne Duva, Kathy Johnson and Tracy Winnitoy.The event began with…

19 de enero, 2008: Siglo 21

Empresaria local abre zapatería en OxnardEntrevista con Pilar Segura, graduada de Capacitación Empresarial y dueña de Shoe PalaceDownload Article

May 28, 2009: Santa Maria Sun

WEV celebrates 91 graduates WEV celebrates its graduatesBY JEREMY THOMASAfter 14 weeks of classes, Women’s Economic Ventures graduated 91 participants in its Self-Employment Training Course from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties on May 18. Of those graduates, 14 came from…

May 27, 2009: Noozhawk

Women’s Economic Ventures Graduates 91 New Entrepreneurs Women’s Economic Ventures Graduates 91 New EntrepreneursThe 14-week program offered by WEV helps individuals start or operate a business By Laurie Jervis, Noozhawk Staff Writer | Published on 05.27.2009Despite the current economic downturn,…

May 27, 2009: Lompoc Record

WEV”s Client Services Director participates on “Women,Work, and Wages” panel Women, work, and wagesBy Marell Brooks/The Forward ViewLast month, the Santa Barbara Commission for Women, in partnership with the Santa Maria and Lompoc Vandenberg branches of the American Association of…

May 21, 2009: Santa Ynez Valley Journal

91 graduate from Self-Employment Training course Entrepreneurs graduateMore than 90 people from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties graduated May 18 from Women’s Economic Ventures’ Self Employment Training Course. WEV’s latest SET graduate businesses include an environmentally responsible café serving all-natural…

May 19, 2009: Daily Sound

WEV graduates 91 women from course. Download Article 

25 de enero, 2009: El Tiempo

Empresaria cumple sus sueñosEntrevistas con Maria Paz, Graduada de Capacitación Empresarial y Dueña de Primavera Dreams Bridal Shop, y Marsha Bailey, presidente de WEV Empresaria cumple sus sueñosBy Steve Pent/ EditorMientras que muchos negocios han tenido que cerrar por causa…
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January 25, 2009: Santa Maria Times

Bridal shop thrives in Santa Maria Bridal shop thrives in Santa MariaBy Steve Pent/Associate EditorMaria Paz hangs up one of the many dress models at her store, Primavera Dreams Bridal Shop, in the Santa Maria Town Center mall. Paz opened…

July 22, 2008: Noozhawk

$25,000 Citi Foundation  grant a big boost to WEV’s Think BIG conference series $25,000 Grant a Big Boost to WEV’s Think BIG Business SeriesBy Marjorie WassWomen’s Economic Ventures representatives Judy Hawkins, left, Angel Cottrell and CEO and founder Marsha Bailey…

January 22, 2009: Ventura County Reporter

WEV business course, loan program opens doors for locals Interviews with Johanna Melamed, SET graduate & owner of The Closet, and Marsha Bailey, WEV CEO & Founder Economic development group offers hope for small businessesWEV business course, loan program opens…
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June 19, 2008: The Acorn

Local entrepreneurs complete business course Local entrepreneurs complete business courseIN BUSINESS- From left, AnnMarie Williams, Rachel Morrison and Caran Lee Ebert celebrate their graduation from a self-employment training program offered by Women’s Economic Ventures, a Ventura-based nonprofit organization. Williams started…

March 26, 2009: Ventura County Star

Survival workshop gives business owners guidance Survival workshop gives business owners guidanceBy Allison Bruce (Contact)Thursday, March 26, 2009 For small business owners and people looking to start a business, the poor economy presents challenges but it also can be a…

February 26, 2009: Daily Nexus

WEV will receive $190,000 from the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill to increase capacity for small business development programs U.S. Funds May Benefit SBBy Taylor Haggerty / Staff WriterPublished Thursday, February 26, 2009Issue 85 / Volume 89G. MATTHEW SAAD / DAILY…

April 8, 2009: Santa Maria Times

‘Women, Work, Wages’ panel discussion will include Angel Cottrell of Women’s Economic Ventures A panel discussion on “Women, Work and Wage$” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room,…

March 27, 2008: Ventura County Star

‘Think BIG’ conference planned in Santa Barbara ‘Think BIG’ conference planned Friday in Santa BarbaraFrom staff reportsThursday, March 27, 2008 Women’s Economic Ventures will present its “Think BIG” conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Fess Parker’s Doubletree…

September 5, 2008: Camarillo Acorn

WEV receives $170,000 grant from Weingart Foundation Business group receives grantWomen’s Economic Ventures was recently awarded a $170,000 grant from the Weingart Foundation. “We are grateful to the Weingart Foundation for understanding that, like any business, a nonprofit needs investment…

March 25, 2008: Lompoc Record

WEV conference focuses on sales BUSINESS NEWSBusiness Briefs for March 25, 2008Women’s conference to focus on salesWomen’s Economic Ventures will help women entrepreneurs tackle one of the most intimidating tasks crucial to small businesses – sales – at “Think BIG,”…

September 8, 2008: Santa Barbara News Press

WEV receives $170,000 grant from Weingart FoundationInterview with Marsha Bailey, WEV CEO & Founder Weingart grantWomen’s Economic Ventures has received an award totaling $170,000 from the Weingart Foundation, which provides funds to organizations in areas of health, human services and…

March 24, 2008: Noozhawk

WEV Urges Women to ‘Think Big’ WEV Urges Women to ‘Think Big’By Sonia Fernandez, Noozhawk Staff    Monday, 24 March 2008 Yes, ladies, size does matter, at least when it comes to your dreams of running a business of your own….

September 11, 2008: Ventura County Star

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November 11, 2008: Noozhawk

WEV selected as partner for Maria Shriver program Women’s Economic Ventures Selected as Partner for Maria Shriver ProgramBy Marjorie Wass  The California first lady’s WE Invest is a new statewide women’s economic empowerment initiative.As part of her endeavor to create…

August 22, 2008: Noozhawk

WEV Receives $170,000 Grant from Weingart Foundation WEV Receives $170,000 Grant from Weingart FoundationBy MARJORIE WASS Women’s Economic Ventures has received an award totaling $170,000 from the Weingart Foundation. The award is the largest gift WEV has received from the…

September 23, 2008: Noozhawk

WEV to help small businesses ‘Think BIG’ during economic downturn WEV to Help Small Businesses ‘Think Big’ During Economic DownturnBy Marjorie Wass  Women’s Economic Ventures will present “Mastering Operations,” a conference focusing on areas key to fostering growth.Facing today’s uncertain…

June 26, 2008: Santa Barbara News Press

WEV offers businesswomen’s seminar called ‘Marketing that Matters’ Businesswomen’s seminar slated June 26, 2008 8:21 AMSANTA BARBARA Women’s Business Ventures, as part of its Think Big Conference and Expo series, will present a seminar entitled “Marketing that Matters” on Friday…

December 5, 2008: Camarillo Acorn

WEV receives a $250,000 equity equivalent investment loan from Wells Fargo to fund its Small Business Loan Fund $250,000 investment could create jobs Women’s Economic Ventures of Santa Barbara recently received a $250,000 equity equivalent investment loan from Wells Fargo…

December 14, 2008: Santa Barbara News Press

South Coast organizations offer their expertiseInterview with Marsha Bailey, WEV CEO & Founder HELPING HANDS : As jobs become scarce, South Coast organizations offer their expertise STEVE SINOVIC, NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER December 14, 2008 8:03 AMLet’s say you just lost…

October 1, 2008: Noozhawk

Q&A with WEV’s Executive Director, including the role of small businesses and how they can weather the economic downturn  Q&A With Judy Hawkins of Women’s Economic VenturesBy Marjorie Wass | Posted on 10/01/2008The director discusses the role of small businesses…

November 11, 2008: Noozhawk

WEV selected as partner for Maria Shriver program WEV selected as partner for Maria Shriver program  By Marjorie Wass | Posted on 11/11/2008The California first lady’s WE Invest is a new statewide women’s economic empowerment initiative.As part of her endeavor…

December 15, 2008: Noozhawk

WEV’s newest graduates are ready to venture out Women’s Economic Ventures’ Newest Graduates are Ready to Venture OutBy Marjorie Wass | Posted on 12/15/2008More than 80 people develop their own businesses through Women’s Economic Ventures’ Self-Employment Training classes.Even in the…

November 12, 2008: Santa Maria Sun

Women’s Economic Ventures partners with Maria Shriver’s WE Invest program Sarah E. ThienMaria Shriver, in partnership with The Women’s Conference, has recently launched WE Invest, a statewide women’s economic empowerment initiative. The WE Invest program is partnering with Women’s Economic…

November 13, 2008: Noozhawk

WEV receives a $250,000 EQ2 loan from Wells Fargo to fund its Small Business Loan Fund   Bank Grants Women’s Economic Ventures $250,000 Investment LoanBy Marjorie Wass | Posted on 11/13/2008Women’s Economic Ventures of Santa Barbara has received a $250,000 EQ2…

November 26, 2008: Ventura County Star

WEV selected as partner for Maria Shriver program WEV selected as partner for programWednesday, November 26, 2008 California First Lady Maria Shriver, in partnership with The Women’s Conference, has recently launched WE Invest, a new statewide women’s economic empowerment initiative.Designed…

December 18, 2008: Santa Maria Sun

17 graduate from WEV’s Self-Employment Training course in Santa Maria Local economic ventures will launch soonWatch out for new businesses opening in the area.RYAN MILLEROn Dec. 16, Women’s Economic Ventures graduated a class of 82 Santa Barbara County residents, 17…

March 19, 2008: Noozhawk

Free Tax-Preparation Services Offered for Low-Income Household  Free Tax-Prep Services Offered for Low-Income Households By Noozhawk Staff    Wednesday, 19 March 2008 The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is reaching out to the low-income community with its free…

June 18, 2008: Ventura County Star

SET graduate Deborah Escobar, owner of PartiAnimalz, interviewed in “Who’s new in business” section. Download Article

June 13, 2008: Pacific Coast Business Times

“Women and the City” fundraiser gives WEV $25,000. Download Article

May 27, 2008: Ventura County Star

“Women and the City” fundraiser benefits WEV, including screening of “Sex and the City” and after-glow party. Download Article

April 12, 2008: Ventura County Star

Local businesses and organizations gain information and resources at Third Annual Business Resource ExpoInterview with Mary Anne Rooney, WEV Regional Leader. Download Article

April 1, 2008: Central Coast Magazine

WEV graduate Beverly Kirkhart shares how WEV helped her overcome struggles and become a nationally renowned author and speaker. Download Article

March 7, 2008: Santa Barbara News Press

Women’s Festival debuts with notable speakers, with proceeds to benefit WEV and other organizations. Download Article

September 1, 2008: Skirt Magazine

Interview with Cara O’Callaghan, SET graduate and owner of Preggers n’ Proud. Download Article

24 de enero, 2008: El Tiempo

“Haz algo grande por ti y tu negocio,” por instructor Sergio Zepeda. Download Article

September 1, 2008: Skirt Magazine

Interview with Moxie McMahon, SET graduate and owner of Blonde on the Roof Productions. Download Article

January 24, 2008: El Tiempo

“Do something great for yourself and your business,” article written by WEV instructor Sergio Zepeda. Download Article

September 1, 2008: Santa Maria Times

From farmworker to successful businesswoman, Santa Maria resident puts Art-Craft Paint, Inc. on the mapInterview with Teresa Arredondo, SET graduate and owner of Art-Craft Paint, Inc. Download Article

August 22, 2008: El Tiempo

Exitosa empresaria de Santa Maria se levantó de la nadaEntrevista con Teresa Arredondo, Graduada de Capacitación Empresarial y dueña de Art-Craft Paint, Inc. Download Article

September 28, 2008: Ventura County Star

Nation’s economic troubles present both challenges and opportunities for savvy entrepreneursInterviews with Judy Hawkins, WEV Executive Director; Johanna Melamed, SET graduate and owner of The Closet; Sherrie Hardy, SET graduate and owner of Hardy Learning Center and Academy. Download Article

January 10, 2008: Santa Barbara Independent

WEV featured as a microlender in Santa Barbara. Download Article

December 5, 2008: Casa Santa Barbara

Five SET graduates showcase their businesses to Maria Shriver and other leaders at 2008 Women’s Conference. Download Article

August 7, 2008: Santa Maria Sun

WEV isn’t just for businesswomen. Download Article

July 22, 2008: Daily Sound

Citi Foundation donates $25,000 to WEV. Download Article

January 1, 2008: Scene &amp; Heard

Bachelor Auction Raises $11,000 for Women’s Economic Ventures. Download Article

July 4, 2008: Fronteras

Programa da la oportunidad de llevar los negocios por buen camino; si te esfuerzas conseguirás gran éxitoEntrevistas con Isabel Hernández, Graduada del curso Capacitación Empresarial, y Angel Cottrell, directora de servicios al cliente de WEV. Download Article

January 23, 2009: Fronteras

Organización benéfica desafía y ayuda con capacitación, a las mujeres a ser su propio empleadorEntrevista con Angel Cottrell, directora de servicios al cliente de WEV. Download Article

July 1, 2008: Ventura Life Magazine

July 1, 2008: Ventura Life MagazineHundreds of Ventura County women gather to celebrate at “Women in the City” fundraiser. Download Article

January 9, 2009: Pacific Coast Business Times

State Street businesses at risk of closingInterview with Barbara Bartolomé, SET graduate & owner of Santa Barbara Scrapbooks. Download Article

September 1, 2008: Dining &amp; Destinations

Overview of WEV’s mission, Self-Employment Training course and the Small Business Loan FundInterview with Marsha Bailey, WEV CEO & Founder. Download Article
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