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.

Courses Enrolling Now!

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 WEV's 14-week Self-Employment Training (SET) course begins the first week in September. Sign up for the 8/26 orientation in Ventura, as we only have a few spots left in the Ventura SET class!

Client of the Month

Front pageKatherine Wertheim, SET alumni and current Thrive in Five client, started Werth-It 25 years ago and is thriving as she provides training and fundraising for local nonprofits. Read more here!


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WEV Reads: Life by the Cup

Reviewed by Marsha Bailey, WEV Founder & CEO

Many aspiring female entrepreneurs will identify with Zhena Muzyka’s premise in her new book, Life by the Cup, that doing business your way can bring you both success and happiness.

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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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