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Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) Helps Entrepreneurs Reach Goals in the New Year

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, January 23, 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 dreamt of owning or growing…

WEV Client Businesses add to Economic Vitality and Culture of Historic La Arcada

Santa Barbara, June 30, 2011 – While empty storefronts are still commonplace on our downtown streets, three businesses bolstered by the help of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) are contributing to the local economic recovery.  In an effort to build community…

What Does It Take To Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, May, 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…

Women’s Economic Ventures: Entrepreneurship and Opportunities During Economic Uncertainty

August 3, 2010  VENTURA & SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES – With State unemployment rates still in the double digits (12.4%), gaining new business skills can provide a competitive edge, and starting a business may actually be a survival strategy.  From 2008…

Citi Foundation Provides $35,000 to Women’s Economic Ventures

June 14, 2010  VENTURA & SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES – 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…

Grand Opening August 19, 2010: Mountain Communities SBDC of WEV

Organization Offers Free Consultations and Workshops; Provides Support for Small Businesses Kern County, CA, August 12, 2010 – Since opening this Spring, the Mountain Communities Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) in Frazier Park has already…

Entrepreneurship and Opportunities During Economic Uncertainty

WEV’s Fall business training programs start in September; One-hour Orientations are first step to decide if entrepreneurship is right for you. Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, August 3, 2010 – With State unemployment rates still in the double digits (12.4%),…

Businesswomen organize WEV fundraising sequel

Businesswomen organize WEV fundraising sequel for ‘Sex and the City 2’. Parties Friday in Ventura are prelude to screening. If you know who Carrie Bradshaw is, you also know that the “city” in “Sex and the City” is undoubtedly, irretrievably…

WEV Graduates 94 from Classes

Twenty people from Santa Maria and the North County area were among 94 men and women who celebrated their completion of the Women’s Economic Ventures’ English and Spanish language Self-Employment Training programs at ceremonies May 19. Graduates of the courses…

94 New Local Entrepeneurs "Graduate" to the Real World of Business

Women’s Economic Ventures celebrates Self-Employment Training Program and Business Plan Intensive program grads with May 19th graduation ceremony and showcase. Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, CA, May 14, 2010 – Perhaps now more than ever, amidst an uncertain economic climate,…

Fashionistas With a Cause

Ventura based undergarment retailer Fashion Forms is presenting “Women in the City” a “Sex in the City 2” movie premier to benefit non-profit organization Women’s Economic Ventures. The fundraiser will be held May 28 in Ventura, starting with 5:30pm pre-parties…

WEV Offers Spanish Language Business Training

Women’s Economic Ventures is offering a new Spanish language business training series in Santa Barbara during March and April. Sign up for a single event, a combination of your choice or the complete series of three-hour workshops.These are practical opportunities…

WEV’s Spanish Business Training Seminars

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is offering a new Spanish language business training series in Santa Barbara during March and April. Sign up for a single event, a combination of your choice, or the complete series of 3-hour workshops. These are…

WEV receives $10,000 gift

Women’s Economic Ventures announced Rabobank North America has awarded the group a $10,000 gift to support its new Thrive-in-Five program. Rabobank North America Executive Vice President Donald Toussaint, Senior Vice President Fred Mendez, and Vice President Ida Pointer-Gomez presented the…

Self employment training offered

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

WEV’s Spring 2010 Self Employment Training

WEV’s Self-Employment Training course is 14-week course providing week-by-week training in the most important aspects of organizing, financing, marketing and managing a small business. Participants leave the course with a complete business plan including a marketing plan, a cash flow…

WEV Orientation Dates

Women’s Economic Ventures, a tri-county non-profit, is hosting free self-employment training orientations throughout the Tri-Counties during January and February. The orientations are in both Spanish and English and will familiarize women with WEV’s 14-week comprehensive entrepreneurship courses. Orientations will be…

The First Step

Speaking of calling your own shots.  Women’s Economic Ventures is holding free self-employment training orientations this week in both Santa Barbara and Santa Maria in Spanish and English.  WEV, a nationally recognized, local non-profit dedicated to helping women become economically…

State of the Union encouraging for small businesses, SB expert says

SANTA BARBARA – “It is encouraging that President Obama, in his State of the Union address, acknowledged the important role that small businesses play in our economy, says Marsha Bailey President & C.E.O. of Santa Barbara based Women’s Economic Ventures….

Local organization helps women start their own business

With unemployment near record highs, a local non profit is helping women on the road to self- employment. Women’s Economic Ventures, or WEV classes are taught in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara.It’s business as usual for Olivia Alvarez of Guadalupe….

Women’s Economic Ventures Graduates 72 Entrepreneurs, Startup or Expanding Businesses

 Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, CA, December 15, 2009 – Despite this year’s challenging economy, people in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties continue to follow the powerful dream of owning their own business.  After 14 weeks of classes in finance,…

Women’s Economic Ventures Receives $7,500 Grant

Women’s Economic Ventures has received a $7,500 operating grant to support WEV’s Self-Employment Training in Ventura County.  “WEV’s Self-Employment Training program empowers both women and men by giving them the skills they need to start their own business and support…

Women’s Economic Venture offers self-employment training classes

Course focuses on creating a marketing plan, cash flow projection and how to start a businessWomen’s Economic Ventures will offer its core, 14week selfemployment training classes in September in Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura. The training program is targeted to…

WEV introduces business writing course

A nonprofit aimed at helping women succeed in the worlds of business and finance is launching a 6-week intensive business plan writing course. The “Business Plan Intensive” is being offered by WEV, Women’s Economic Ventures, for six consecutive Saturdays beginning…

Business Plan Intensive

Women’s Economic Ventures will launch a brand new program, the six-week accelerated business plan writing course “Business Plan Intensive.” The program is designed for business professionals who need access to capital quickly. It’s for new entrepreneurs and current business owners…

WEV receives grant from Comerica Bank

Women’s Economic Ventures recently received a $7,500 operating grant from Comerica Bank to support the nonprofit organization’s Self Employment Training program in Ventura County. The program gives both women and men skills to start their own businesses and support themselves,…

Small Business a major part of the economy, still growing and thriving in Ventura County – with the help of WEV

In California, businesses with five or fewer employees account for 88% of all businesses. Local nonprofit Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) provides the training and support local women and men need to start or grow their business right here in Ventura…

New WEV course focuses on financing

Women’s Economic Ventures this October will launch Business Plan Intensive, a new course to help entrepreneurs prepare for financing, start a new business or expand an existing one while creating jobs for themselves and others. The class is an accelerated-pace,…

Learn to Start a Business

Women’s Economic Ventures will offer its core, 14week selfemployment training classes in September in Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura. The training program is targeted to women and also serves men, and provides guidance on how to start, operate or expand…

Fall into WEV’s business courses

Women interested in launching, growing, and sustaining a successful business can learn valuable tools and resources at the Women’s Economic Ventures’ fall continuum of programs.The group is currently registering participants for its intensive Self-Employment Training course, which will be held…

WEV offers two programs

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) has announced the start of its “Business Plan Intensive,” a new course to help entrepreneurs prepare for financing, start up a new business or expand an existing one. In October, WEV will launch the new course,…

Women’s Economic Ventures and Citi Continue to Invest in Growth of Entrepreneurial Community in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

Citi Foundation presents WEV with $25,000 checkSanta Barbara, CA. June 19, 2009 – On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, representatives of the Citi Foundation presented Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) Founder, Marsha Bailey and team with a check for $25,000 at the…

Women’s Economic Ventures Graduates 91 Entrepreneurs

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 14-week Self-Employment Training program helps individuals start, operate or expand a business; enrollment is now open for September classesSanta Barbara and Ventura Counties, CA, May XX, 2009 – Despite the current economic downturn, people in Santa Barbara…

Women’s Economic Ventures Offers Tips to Small Businesses in a Down Economy

Santa Barbara, CA April 28, 2009 – With large corporations in dire economic straits and more than half a million U.S. private sector jobs lost so far in 2009, small business owners are wondering how they can survive, while businesses…

Women’s Economic Ventures Chosen to Join Citi Foundation-funded Project

Funds Will Support Summer Internship Santa Barbara, CA April 16, 2009 –Women’s Economic Ventures will get some valuable help collecting information about clients’ needs, experiences and accomplishments thanks to a grant from the Citi Foundation to hire a summer intern. …

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 35 Ventura County Graduating Entrepreneurs Create Their Own Opportunities

Ventura County, CA, December XX, 2008 – Even in the midst of a national economic downturn, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) continues to energize the Central Coast business community.  After 14 weeks of classes in finance, leadership skills, marketing and more…

Women’s Economic Ventures Receives $250,000 Investment Loan from Wells Fargo

Funding to Support Small Businesses in Ventura and Santa Barbara CountiesSanta Barbara, CA, November XX, 2008 –Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) of Santa Barbara has recently received a $250,000 EQ2 loan from Wells Fargo to fund its Small Business Loan Fund…

New Year, New Business!

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 2009 Spring Self-Employment Training classes start early February; orientations offered throughout January Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, January 1, 2009 – With the current economic downturn, Women’s Economic Ventures remains a more vital force than ever in…

Women’s Economic Ventures Graduates 17 Santa Maria Entrepreneurs

Santa Maria, CA, December XX, 2008 – Even in the midst of a national economic downturn, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) continues to energize the Central Coast business community.  After 14 weeks of classes in finance, leadership skills, marketing and more…

Women’s Economic Ventures Selected as Partner for Launch of Maria Shriver’s WE Invest Program

WEV Self-Employment Training Graduates participate in the 2008 Women’s Conference Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, CA, November XX, 2008 –As part of her endeavor to create a powerful, unified community of women helping women, California First Lady Maria Shriver, in…

Women’s Economic Ventures Helps Small Business Owners Prepare for Growth and for Down Economy with October “Think BIG” Conference and Business Expo

Keynote speaker Eric Greenspan of Make It Work, Inc.; conference focuses on key areas of operations for growing businesses Santa Barbara, CA, September 22, 2008 – Facing today’s uncertain economy, small business owners must understand how to strengthen their company’s…

Women’s Economic Ventures’ “Think BIG” Introduces Local Women Entrepreneurs to the New Rules of Marketing

  Santa Barbara, CA, June XX, 2008 – Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) Think BIG Conference & Business Expo series presents the most in-demand topics for women entrepreneurs, and this quarter’s Think BIG is no exception!  On Friday, June 27th, from…

Local Entrepreneurs Go “Back to School” to Turn Their Business Dreams into Reality

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 2008 Fall Self-Employment Training classes begin in September; FREE orientations offered throughout July and August Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, August 14, 2008 – For Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, Fall means getting back to ‘regular’ life:…

Women’s Economic Ventures Receives $170,000 Grant from Weingart Foundation

Santa Barbara, CA. July XX, 2008 – Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is pleased to announce an award totaling $170,000 from the Weingart Foundation.  The award is the largest gift WEV has ever received from the Weingart Foundation.  “We are grateful…

Entrepreneurs Start the New Year Turning Their Business Dreams into Reality with WEV

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 2008 Spring Self-Employment Training classes begin in February; FREE orientations offered throughout January Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, January 10, 2008 – This month, hundreds of entrepreneurs will embark on 14 weeks of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)…

Women’s Economic Ventures Helps Launch 26 New Entrepreneurs into the Santa Maria Business Community

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 14-week Self-Employment Training program helps individuals start, operate or expand a business; enrollment is now open for September classes Santa Barbara, CA, May X, 2008 – Thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication, close to…

Women’s Economic Ventures Helps Launch 44 New Entrepreneurs into the Santa Barbara Business Community

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 14-week Self-Employment Training program helps individuals start, operate or expand a business; enrollment is now open for September classes Santa Barbara, CA, May 7, 2008 – Thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication, close to…

Women’s Economic Ventures Helps Launch 65 New Entrepreneurs into the Ventura Business Community

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 14-week Self-Employment Training program helps individuals start, operate or expand a business; enrollment is now open for September classes Santa Barbara, CA, May X, 2008 – Thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication, close to…

Women’s Economic Ventures Presents: Fearless Selling

Think BIG 2008 Conference Series March 28 Event to focus on sales strategies and tactics for growing businesses Santa Barbara, CA, March 14, 2008 – It is 2008, well into the first decade of the millennium and a challenging economic…

Maria Shriver Launches WE Invest, a Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative

Shriver kicks off statewide program at Oakland event with low-income women business owners and would-be entrepreneurs OAKLAND (March 11, 2008) — As part of her endeavor to create a powerful, unified  community of women helping women, California First Lady Maria…

New Resource for Entrepreneurs to Launch, Grow and Sustain their Ventures with WEV

Women’s Economic Ventures’ offers new membership program to benefit business owners as they start and grow their businesses. Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, March XX, 2008 – This month Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is launching a new membership program, WEV…

Entrepreneurs Start the New Year Turning Their Business Dreams into Reality with WEV

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 2008 Spring Self-Employment Training classes begin in February; FREE orientations offered throughout January Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, January XX, 2008 – This month, hundreds of entrepreneurs will embark on 14 weeks of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)…

Women’s Economic Ventures’ 82 Newest Graduating Entrepreneurs Create Their Own Opportunities

Santa Barbara, CA, December XX, 2008 – Even in the midst of a national economic downturn, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) continues to energize the Central Coast business community.  After 14 weeks of classes in finance, leadership skills, marketing and more…

Women’s Economic Ventures and Citi Invest in Growth of Entrepreneurial Community

Santa Barbara, CA. July XX, 2008 – An audience of expert speakers, Santa Barbara and Ventura County entrepreneurs and Women’s Economic Ventures staff and leadership recognized the Citi Foundation for its support during WEV’s Think BIG Conference and Business Expo…
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