Time to Work for Yourself?

Time to Work for Yourself?

Time to Work for Yourself? Women’s Economic Ventures helps women (and men) reach their entrepreneurial goals. Read story. By Melissa Mininni Time to Work for Yourself? Women’s Economic Ventures Helps Women (and Men) Reach Their Entrepreneurial Goals Saturday, January 28, 2012 by MELISSA MININNI There’s an idea I’ve had for months now: wouldn’t it be great to run a combination pet store and singles bar? Customers could play with gerbils while sipping their favorite microbrew. But like many would-be entrepreneurs, I’m short on confidence, cash, and a clue about what to do next. Luckily, the knowledgeable staff at Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) can help with all three. WEV is a local nonprofit that provides tools for both women and men to realize their entrepreneurial goals, whether it be launching a venture or expanding an existing business. Consulting, coaching services, and even startup loans are available, but at the core of the organization are two courses that shepherd participants through the process of writing a business plan: the Self-Employment Training (SET) program, and the Business Plan Intensive (BPI) program. The two are essentially the same, although BPI is a serious undertaking, as it distills the 14-week SET curriculum into a vertigo-inducing six weeks. “We try and make it clear that it really will be a lot of work,” said Katie Walters, SET instructor and owner of Circa Vintage Modern, a mid-century furniture and accessories boutique in Arroyo Grande. She spoke at a recent orientation session, mandatory for anyone thinking about taking the SET or BPI programs. These sessions give potential entrepreneurs an overview of the program, as well as a sense of what they’re in for, both in the class and as business owners. Walter’s...
United Way of Santa Barbara County Forges Financial Empowerment Partnership

United Way of Santa Barbara County Forges Financial Empowerment Partnership

United Way of Santa Barbara County Forges Financial Empowerment Partnership Banks, nonprofits and schools will collaborate to provide free tax preparation for low-income families and financial literacy workshops United Way President/CEO Paul Didier says the collaborative Financial Empowerment Partnership served 2,161 families in Santa Barbara County last year. (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo) By Alex Kacik, Noozhawk Business Writer [email protected] | Published on 01.26.2012 Volunteer Bob Correa has been helping low-income families prepare their taxes for free for more than 30 years and helped launch the Volunteers Income Tax Assistance program in Santa Barbara County. As United Way of Santa Barbara County announced the new coordination of the VITA services and financial literacy workshops, Frank Quezeda of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara says it wouldn’t have been possible without volunteers like Correa. “The reasons why these programs are successful is not because the coordinators or the organizations but the volunteers,” Quezeda told local officials and community leaders at the United Way offices Wednesday. “I want to recognize our long-standing volunteer who has been doing this for over 30 years. Without Bob, the VITA program wouldn’t exist.” The Financial Empowerment Partnership is a collaboration of local high schools, nonprofits and banks that offers free tax preparation for low-income families and financial literacy workshops. Last year, the program served 2,161 families in Santa Barbara County, amounting to $4.14 million in tax refunds, United Way CEO and President Paul Didier said. “The numbers are astonishing. This is money on the table that rightfully belongs to residents of the community,” Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneidersaid. “It’s fair that they get the money that’s owed...
Margo Kline: Symphony in Fine Fettle with Guest Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

Margo Kline: Symphony in Fine Fettle with Guest Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/012312_margo_kline_symphony_with_anne_akiko_meyers Margo Kline: Symphony in Fine Fettle with Guest Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers Soloist adds star quality as the Santa Barbara ensemble lights up the Granada Theatre By Margo Kline, Noozhawk Contributor | Published on 01.23.2012 In a marvelously eclectic program Saturday and Sunday, the Santa Barbara Symphony gave its first performances of 2012, with violinist Anne Akiko Meyersadding extra star quality. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers shined in her weekend performances with the Santa Barbara Symphony. The orchestra was in fine fettle on Sunday at the Granada Theatre, and Meyers was right in tune, playing with obvious gusto. She brought to her performance an extra note of bravado — she is eight months pregnant, while touring with her customary brilliance and what looked like energy to spare. Maestro Nir Kabaretti led the orchestra through a vivid sampling of works, starting off with Johann Sebastian Bach’sBrandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major. All of the strings were commanding, especially the violas, and this effervescent work was a good opener. It was followed by Ernest Bloch’s 1925 Concerto Grosso No. 1 for String Orchestra and Piano Obligato, a resolutely tonal work that Bloch composed as he was leaving his post as director of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Bloch’s students were heady with ideas about atonality and “modern” forms, and this was the composer’s illustration of how a tonal work could still fit in those “modern” times. After intermission, the orchestra essayedJoseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 in G Minor, known as “The Hen.” This is one of Haydn’s “Paris Symphonies,” written in 1785 on the fly, as it were, while the composer was also serving as Prince Esterhazy’s opera producer...

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