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Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) to hold orientation classes starting this week

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) will hold a series of orientations starting this week in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, the organization reported recently in a media release.

The orientation classes will be held:

  • 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 in south Santa Barbara County (English). Call 805.965.6073 or visit www.wevonline.org for more information.
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 in Thousand Oaks (English). Call 805.667.8004 or visit www.wevonline.org for more information.
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Buellton, north Santa Barbara County (English). Call 805.965.6073 or visit www.wevonline.org for more information. Also call WEV for information on Spanish-language sessions by appointment.
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Ventura (English). Call 805.667.8004 or visit www.wevonline.org for more information.
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Buellton, north Santa Barbara County (English). Call 805.965.6073 or visit www.wevonline.org for more information. Also call WEV for information on Spanish-language sessions by appointment.
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Thousand Oaks (English). Call 805.667.8004 or visit www.wevonline.org for more information.
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 in Ventura (English). Call 805.667.8004 or visit www.wevonline.org for more information.

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 their own business or for those determined to pave their own economic futures, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) offers the tools and guidance to succeed. WEV’s core 14-week Self-Employment Training courses start in February in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, the organization reported.

The Self-Employment Training course is offered twice each year, with classes starting in February and in September.  The class runs for 14 consecutive weeks, one night a week for three hours, and includes two full Saturdays. Classes are taught in Santa Maria (in Spanish), Buellton, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Kern County.  Participants considering the course are required to attend a free one-hour orientation workshop. These orientations offer a complete overview of the SET course and help clients assess whether self-employment is right for them. Orientations are held in Buellton, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Kern County.

In late February, WEV will offer Business Plan Intensive, an accelerated, six-week business plan writing course, designed for business professionals who need access to capital quickly. Business Plan Intensive is perfect for new entrepreneurs and current business owners who need to implement a launch or a growth strategy and need an infusion of capital to succeed.  The course includes emphasis on financial intelligence and integrated marketing techniques, and a viability study.

The Self-Employment Training course is part of the continuum of programs WEV offers to help women and men start-up, launch, grow, and sustain their own business, including: business consulting, advanced business training, and small business start-up and expansion loans. WEV is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women.

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