(READER SUBMITTED CONTENT) – Over 40 Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) clients, supporters and members of the community enjoyed an evening of inspiration and networking at WEV Connects at the Ventura City Hall Community Room. Attendees also heard from local business owners, Maria Durant, owner of Dance 4 Wellness; Cory Pironti, owner of Dandyline Designs; and Emily Barany, owner of Emily Barany Consulting in a panel discussion, Giving Back Without Breaking the Bank.
“Many of our WEV clients care deeply about the community and desire to give back, but new business owners are often overwhelmed by the number and size of requests they receive for donations,” said Marsha Bailey, Founder and CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures. “We put this panel together as a resource to help our clients be strategic in determining what they can afford to do.”
Panelists shared the benefits and challenges of giving back, as well as best practices they’ve learned to ensure philanthropic efforts do not hurt cash flow or prevent business growth. Panelist Maria Durant, owner of Dance 4 Wellness, teaches ballroom dance lessons to promote physical, mental and emotional wellness. She gives back to the community by offering free dance lessons to community members affected by cancer, as well as local students at school sites. Panelist Cory Pironti, owner of Dandyline Designs, pushes the boundaries of small design to help local client businesses create big impressions through web design. She strategically donates her time and work to local efforts, but has had to learn how to say no at times to maximize her business’ impact. Panelist Emily Barany, owner of Emily Barany Consulting, works with nonprofits and corporate businesses to help develop partnerships that are mutually beneficial, and works to help clients make the greatest difference with the resources available to them.
The WEV Women’s Business Center offers a comprehensive 14 week, 56-hour Self-Employment Training (SET) program, for women and men who want to start a business. SET is offered in both English and Spanish, and provides week-by-week training on topics including finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, and record keeping
WEV is now holding free 1-hour orientations to determine readiness for SET course beginning in September. Orientation is required to enroll.
Upcoming Ventura County Orientations include:
- Camarillo: Wednesday, July 29th from 6-7 p.m.
- Ventura: Thursday, July 30th from 6 – 7 p.m.
- Oxnard: Tuesday, August 11th from 6 -7 p.m.
- Ventura: Wednesday, August 12th from 12-1 p.m.
- Ventura: Tuesday, August 18th from 6 – 7 p.m.
To register or for more information, visithttp://wevonline.org/orientations.
Women’s Economic Ventures has provided entrepreneurial training, loans and consulting to over 4,500 women and men throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, helping more than 3,000 local businesses start or expand since 1991. As a non-profit community lender, WEV has made more than $3.7 million in loans to small businesses
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EmPower Central Coast will Host Free Workshop to Keep Homeowners Cool
By Angela Pacheco for emPower Central Coast | Published on 07.27.2015 9:49 a.m.
With temperatures rising, the county of Santa Barbara’s emPower program is inviting homeowners to a free workshop Aug. 4 from 5:30l to 7 p.m. at the Far Western Tavern in Orcutt to learn about how they can keep their home cooler and more comfortable without wasting energy or water.
The workshop is being held in this particular area because homes in Orcutt and Santa Maria have been identified as having the greatest opportunity for energy savings in the entire county.
“We are committed to helping our residents reduce water and energy use so they can save on utility bills and enjoy their homes” said emPower Program Services Supervisor Ashley Watkins.
Jason Scheurer, emPower Energy Coach, will present real examples of energy efficiency issues he has seen in homes throughout the Tri-County region, such as improperly operating furnaces, leaky ducts, drafty windows and poorly installed insulation. Scheurer will also offer recommendations on fixing common issues.
“We’re getting into the hottest part of the summer, and this workshop will be a great chance to take a look at your home and consider how you can keep your home cooler in the remaining warm months without wasting energy,” said Scheurer. “What you take away will also help your home stay warm as we move towards the winter months.”
Workshop attendees will be able to enjoy appetizers and learn about available utility incentives that can exceed $6,500, as well as low-interest, unsecured financing that starts at 3.9 percent. Visitors can also schedule a free home-energy site visit from an emPower Energy Coach for a comprehensive look at their home-energy performance.
EmPower can also connect homeowners with qualified local contractors for home energy audits and conduct upgrades identified by the Energy Coach.
The Far Western Tavern is located at 300 E Clark Ave., Orcutt, CA. The workshop is free.
For more information or to RSVP, contact emPower Central Coast at 805.568.3566 or [email protected], or visit http://www.empowersbc.org/events.
About emPower Central Coast
The emPower program was established by Santa Barbara County both to help the community preserve the environment by lowering energy consumption and to stimulate the economy by creating jobs through innovative, voluntary solutions to support a sustainable building performance market. The program recently expanded its services to Ventura County and San Luis Obispo residents as emPower Central Coast.
EmPower is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison Company and Pacific Gas and Electric Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission, the US Department of Energy Better Buildings program and the California Energy Commission with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars.
EmPower’s low cost financing is offered in partnership with Coast Hills Credit Union and Ventura County Credit Union. More information at www.empowersbc.org.
—Angel Pacheco represents emPower Central Coast.
source: PEOPLE’S SELF-HELP HOUSING
Carpinteria, July 22, 2015 – Seven palm trees that were temporarily relocated at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s Casas de las Flores affordable rental complex have been replanted at the site in preparation for the property’s opening in October.
Casas de las Flores, which will feature 43 town house-style apartments, is currently under construction at 4096 Via Real in Carpinteria, the former site of the Carpinteria Camper Park. As part of its construction and development at the site, PSHH temporarily relocated the palm trees on site and continued to care for them. Crews recently replanted the beautiful, drought tolerant trees, incorporating them into the Casas de las Flores project. The beloved palms were a popular landmark for travelers on the adjacent 101 Freeway, and there have been many inquiries about them from the public during the 18-month construction.
Project landscape Architect Rob Fowler said the trees could be 35-40 years old, and the drought hardiness of palms increases as they mature. The palms stand at 25-35 feet and include three Canary Island Date Palms and four Senegal Date Palms (also known as Phoenix reclinata).
Peoples’ purchased the extremely blighted camper park from an absentee landlord more than a decade ago and successfully located replacement housing for the 80 households who were living in very poor conditions on the property. After years of preparation, Peoples’ broke ground on the project in April 2014. The formal Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening event will be Oct. 15, 2015 at Casas de las Flores from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more, visit pshhc.org”.
Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled, and the formerly homeless. With nearly 1,200 self-help homes completed and over 1,500 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit www.pshhc.org, email[email protected] or phone (805) 781-3088.
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Groundbreaking on the Villa la Esperanza housing complex is scheduled fo Aug. 19. ((Peoples’ Self-Help Housing photo))
By Angel Pacheco for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing | Published on 07.26.2015 10:52 a.m.
Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) will break ground Aug. 19 on the $18 million renovation project at the Villa la Esperanza Apartments.
Upon completion, 83 units will have been beautifully restored and a new community room constructed in Old Town Goleta.
The project budget allocates $12 million for rehabilitation work and $6 million for new construction, design and engineering costs, along with other fees.
The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony and press conference announcing the major rehabilitation project at the Villa la Esperanza Apartments, 131 S. Kellogg Ave., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Villa la Esperanza was originally constructed in 1971 under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 236 Program and was owned and operated by the Goleta Valley Housing Committee (GVHC), a single-asset non-profit, prior to PSHH assuming management and ownership.
The Aug. 19 ceremony will recognize the original sponsors and members of the GVHC who were responsible for the construction of the complex in ’70s, as well as the final members of the committee at the time of the transfer in 2014.
The property currently consists of 75 units, including eight five-bedroom units that were underutilized and don’t meet current needs.
As part of the major rehabilitation project, PSHH will convert seven of the five-bedroom units to smaller apartments, increasing the total number of units to 83.
PSHH will also be constructing a new 5,000-square-foot, two-story community building that will include a Youth Learning Center, community room, community kitchen, laundry facilities, playground, barbecue area and two tot lots. It will additionally feature office space for a manager, assistant manager and resident services coordinator.
New energy and water saving features will also be installed, included synthetic turf, water conserving hardscape and landscaping, state-of-the-art “smart” water controls, new drip irrigation system, and replacement of external lighting with energy-saving LED fixtures.
Speakers at the groundbreaking will include Vito Gioiello, board member of Goleta Valley Housing Committee and Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, who will describe the 40-year history of the project and recognize the various churches and nonprofit organizations involved.
Original sponsors and members of Goleta Valley Housing Committee include: Christ Lutheran Church, Goleta Presbyterian Church, University United Methodist Church (previously Korea United Methodist Church), Cambridge Drive Community Church (previously First Baptist Church of Goleta), Catholic Charities (previously Catholic Welfare Bureau), Goleta Neighborhood Association and the final members of Goleta Valley Housing Committee at time of the transfer to PSHH.
PSHH President and CEO John Fowler will discuss the rehabilitation project and how the donation of the Villa la Esperanza property will be leveraged through creative financing and tax credits investments to generate funding opportunities for the development of more than 250 additional affordable housing units in the greater Santa Barbara area.
Other speakers will include a representative from the office of Santa Barbara County Supervisor Janet Wolf, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte.
Partners include RRM Design Group Architects, Robert Andrew Fowler Landscape Architect and Stantec Inc. Civil Engineers, as well as tax credit equity investor Merritt Community Capital Corporation and construction and permanent lender CITI Community Capital.
The event is free and open to the public. Tours of the property and a light lunch by The Fig Grill of Goleta will be provided after the program.
The Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce will assist with the official ribbon cutting.
RSVPs are appreciated by Aug. 14 by calling Monica Scholl at 805.699.7220 or emailing [email protected]
About Peoples’ Self-Help Housing
Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled and the formerly homeless. With nearly 1,200 self-help homes completed and over 1,500 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit www.pshhc.org, email [email protected] or phone 805.781.3088.
—Angel Pacheco for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing.