Course focuses on creating a marketing plan, cash flow projection and how 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 a business.
Participants leave the course with a business plan, including a marketing plan, a cash flow projection, an operations plan and a core network to help sustain the business.
The program is offered in both English and Spanish, and provides week-by-week training in the most important aspects of organizing, financing, marketing and managing a small business.
Topics include finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, record keeping and how to write a business plan.
The class runs for 14 consecutive weeks, one night a week for three hours, and includes two full Saturdays.
Participants considering the course are required to attend a free onehour orientation workshop.
The orientations, available in both English and Spanish, offer a complete overview of all WEV programs and services, and what will be accomplished through the course.
In October, WEV will launch Business Plan Intensive, an accelerated pace, sixweek business plan writing course, designed for business professionals who need access to capital quickly.
The course includes emphasis on financial intelligence and integrated marketing techniques and a viability study.
There are more than 1,000 businesses throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties owned and operated by graduates of the training program or recipients of small business loans through WEV.