Women’s Business Center (WBC)

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is a local Women’s Business Center (WBC) partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and supported by the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership.

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) offers the 14-week Smart Entrepreneurial Training (SET) course to guide women (also open to men) in starting or growing their own business. The SET course provides week-by-week training in the most important aspects of organizing, financing, marketing and managing a small business, and participants should graduate with a complete business plan. The curriculum also includes three hours of facilitated MasterMind consulting sessions. The course is offered on a sliding scale based on household income, with a minimum payment of $300 and a maximum payment of $2,600. For more information on the SET business plan course offered by the Women’s Business Center of Women’s Economic Ventures, please visit the Course Description page.

The WBC of WEV encourages women entrepreneurs to register on the official, free online registrant database for the U.S. Federal Government: System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/. The system was formerly called Contractor Registration (CCR).

Women’s Economic Ventures is one of over one hundred Women’s Business Centers in the United States. SBA partners with the WBC of WEV to provide in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services to women entrepreneurs, both nascent and established business owners, a representative number of whom are socially and economically disadvantaged. For more information about the SBA, please visit the website: www.sba.gov.

For more information, please contact WEV Program Manager/WBC Director Evelina Ochoa at eochoa@wevonline.org or (805) 456-2355.

We also encourage you to visit SBA Direct to find support from other SBA Resource Partners in your area, such as a Women’s Business Center (WBC)Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or SCORE chapter.


WEV is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a grant with the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

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