August 7, 2018
Santa Barbara, CA—A unique work of art is underway in Santa Barbara: a 50-foot long mosaic on the city’s history. Once complete, the community will be able to view 150 million years of major local events on one mosaic. The location hasn’t been chosen yet. The project is called the Santa Barbara Timeline Mosaic and two clients from Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) are creating it together.
Robin Elander graduated from WEV’s Smart Entrepreneurial Training (SET) course. Mosaic artist, Betsy Gallery, took a similar WEV course decades ago prior to the creation of the SET class. Elander is the project manager and Gallery is the lead mosaic artist. They both credit WEV for inspiring them to pursue their dreams and leave traditional jobs.
“I actually quit my day job with the county early to become a mosaic artist and I therefore needed to actually make a living at it,” says Gallery. “I couldn’t dabble as an amateur. It had to be a business. So WEV gave me a lot of encouragement,” she added.
WEV’s fall SET course will begin on August 27th and enrollment is in full swing. SET teaches entrepreneurs sound business practices, and helps them create a business plan.
“It [SET Course] allowed me to really just think my business through and have the confidence to be able to talk about it,” says Elander. “I ultimately did quit my full time job as well and dive right into my consulting business. It [my business] allows me to really live the life of my dreams,” she explained.
SET is for both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. There is a course for current business owners to “ReSET” their business direction and financial acumen. WEV also offers Spanish SET classes in Santa Maria and Ventura. The SET course begins the last week of August and takes place one evening a week for 14 weeks.
WEV offers a free orientation that gives potential clients additional information and an opportunity to enroll in the upcoming classes. Anyone interested can sign up online for an orientation at wevonline.org or for a Spanish orientation call 805-456-2383.
For more information on the Santa Barbara Timeline Mosaic: http://elizabethgallery.com
About Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)
Women’s Economic Ventures is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. WEV provides training, consulting and loans to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive in business. WEV serves all of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties from offices in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Santa Maria. While WEV targets its services toward women, it helps men as well, and provides many services in English and Spanish.
Since 1991, WEV has provided business training and consulting to over 14,000 women and men throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and made more than $5 million in loans, assisting over 4,000 local businesses. WEV is a U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center, and a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
A pioneer in the field, WEV was founded by Marsha Bailey, a nationally recognized advocate for women business owners. Marsha recently completed her tenures on the National Women’s Business Council and as board president of the national Association of Women’s Business Centers. For additional information, visit WEV’s website at www.wevonline.org.
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