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 and Ventura Counties, CA, May XX, 2009 – Despite the current economic downturn, people in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties continue to believe in the powerful dream of owning their own business. After 14 weeks of classes in finance, leadership skills, marketing and more, graduates of Women’s Economic Ventures’(WEV) flagship Self-Employment Training Course are ready to launch or to grow their businesses and turn their entrepreneurial dreams into exciting reality.
On Monday, May 18th, 91 individuals will graduate from the English and Spanish language SET programs in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Ventura County. 48 of the graduates are from Santa Barbara; 14 are from Santa Maria and 29 are from Ventura. The ceremony will take place at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard. 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. WEV’s latest SET graduate businesses include an environmentally responsible café serving all-natural food and pastries, a furniture designer who specializes in ‘art from scrap’ pieces, a ‘virtual’ office administration service, and a safety and environmental consulting firm that assists employers to be in compliance with local, state and federal safety regulations.
“Women’s Economic Ventures is committed to helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams whether the economy is in a state of downturn or on the upswing,” said Angel Cottrell, Client Services Director, Women’s Economic Ventures. “Our SET graduates have worked hard for this moment and we will continue to provide them with the tools and support they need to move their businesses forward.”
There are now more than 1,000 businesses throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties owned and operated by graduates of WEV’s Self-Employment Training program or recipients of small business loans through WEV.
WHAT: Graduation ceremony & reception honoring WEV’s Self-Employment Training (SET) program graduates
WHEN: Monday, May 18, 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara
WHO: WEV graduates, WEV staff and Board Members, community partners, friends, family and invited guests
MEDIA CONTACT: Marjorie M. Wass/Juliana Minsky, 805-687-3322
WEV’s comprehensive 14 week, 56-hour Self-Employment Training program is targeted at women, (and also serves men) to provide guidance on how to start, operate and expand a 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 personal leadership skills, personal finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, record keeping, cash flow projections, and writing a business plan.
The Self-Employment Training course is offered twice each year, with classes starting in September and February. The class runs for 14 consecutive weeks, one night a week for 3 hours, and includes two full Saturdays. Classes are taught in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura. Open enrollment for the course means that participants can sign up at any time throughout the year, after attending a free one-hour orientation workshop.
Self-Employment Training courses are part of WEV’s continuum of programs that help entrepreneurs start-up, launch, grow, and sustain a business, including business consulting, entrepreneurial coaching, advanced business training, and small business start-up and expansion loans.
About Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)
WEV is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women across the globe. Since 1991, WEV has been providing self-employment training, technical assistance and microloans to primarily low-income women. Today, WEV offers a continuum of programs to help women succeed at every stage of the business lifecycle. Services include comprehensive self-employment training program, advanced training, business counseling, coaching, and networking opportunities to help individuals to startup, launch, grow, and sustain a business. WEV’s service area has grown to include north and south Santa Barbara County and Ventura County with offices in Santa Barbara and Oxnard. WEV’s Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF) provides start-up and expansion loans to pre-bankable microenterprises. WEV was designated a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in 1999 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 2005, the Small Business Administration recognized WEV as the most productive Women’s Business Center in the nation. The WEV website is at www.wevonline.org.