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 through WEV’s Self-Employment Training program, 82 individuals are set to graduate in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Ventura and launch their unique business ideas and services.
On Wednesday, December 17th, 30 individuals will graduate from the program in Santa Barbara. The ceremony will take place at the Goleta Valley Community Center in Goleta. During the ceremony, each graduate will be recognized for their achievements, and will announce their new business venture. The event will conclude with a reception and “business expo” where graduates will showcase their new or pre-launch businesses. Santa Barbara’s latest WEV graduate businesses include fitness training, a “do-it-yourself” supplies manufacturing company, a window washing business and a Dog Training School.
“Economic transformation in the United States economy has historically been driven by the development of small business. They provide economic stability to their local communities by generating locally based taxes and they help keep money in the local community,” said Marsha Bailey, Founder and CEO, Women’s Economic Ventures. “At WEV, we will continue to help our clients achieve their dreams and support the Central Coast economy, through the Self-Employment Training program and other WEV services.”