What We Do

Women's Economic Ventures (WEV) helps Santa Barbara and Ventura County residents start and grow small businesses through training, loans and consulting. WEV's mission is to create an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women.

Free Orientation!

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 Attend a free 1-hour orientation to learn about WEV's Self-Employment Training (SET) course! Those that enroll in the course by January 16th may attend an exclusive workshop, 'Plan for Success: SET Preview,' with their instructor!

Client of the Month

Reyna front page editedReyna Chavez started Scrubs on the Run in 2012 and has been growing her business since, taking advantage of a WEV loan and Thrive in Five®.  She was also recently featured in the VC Star. Read more of her story here!

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WEV Gotta Blog!

6 Simple Steps for Successful Networking

By Leticia Sandoval, WEV Spanish Program Coordinator

Do you find networking to be an intimidating aspect of your job? Keep reading for some helpful tips on how to be confident and successful at your networking events!

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Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

Color Certified CDFI LogoWEV has been a certified CDFI since 1999. CDFIs are mission-driven financial institutions that are dedicated to providing financial services to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals within underserved communities.

U.S. Microenterprise Census

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