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For Immediate Release Media Contact: Candice Nyholt/Juliana Minsky, 805/687-3322

Congresswoman Lois Capps to Attend “WEV Connects” Networking Event at Goodland Kitchen & Market

Santa Barbara, CA, August 8, 2012 – To show support for small business, Congresswoman Lois Capps will be attending a Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) networking event held at WEV client business, Goodland Kitchen & Market on Thursday, August 9th.  The event takes place from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at 231 South Magnolia Street in Goleta.

WEV aims to boost economic recovery and support individual independence through the process of creating and supporting small businesses. The “WEV Connects” event at Goodland Kitchen will allow anyone thinking about owning their own business to speak with other small business owners and connect with the WEV community of business people, donors, volunteers, and staff. Attendees can also learn more about how WEV helps small businesses succeed and check out the popular Goodland Kitchen & Market in Old Town Goleta.

Goodland Kitchen & Market owners, siblings Julia and Michael Crookston, took WEV’s Business Plan Intensive (BPI) course in Fall 2011. Since opening their doors in 2011, they have created 7 new jobs and have provided space for several other local food businesses to produce their products. Goodland Kitchen and Market is a combination of a grab-and-go eatery specializing in delicious, locally-sourced, and affordable meals and a commercial kitchen space that can be rented by the hour to local food producers.

The event is FREE to attend. Light refreshments will be served and the first 10 people through the door will win a goodie bag filled with practical items for their business. Parking for the event is available on the street, as well as at Community West Bank, located at 5827 Hollister Avenue.

Since 1991, WEV has helped to create or expand over 2,000 businesses, creating or retaining over 3,000 local jobs through training, loans and other resources to help local women – and men – start or grow a business.  In fact so far in 2012 alone, WEV has provided nearly $90,000 in new loans to local entrepreneurs and has served 130 clients (those with 10 hours or more of service) in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties, providing them with tools to start or grow a business. WEV’s core small business training programs, 14-week Self-Employment Training and accelerated 6-week Business Plan Intensive, start in September in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

To learn more about the upcoming Self-Employment Training and Business Plan Intensive courses, attend a free orientation in August.  Orientation attendance is required for anyone considering course registration.  Visit www.wevonline.org/set-orientations for more information.

About Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

WEV is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. Since 1991, WEV has been providing self-employment training, technical assistance and microloans to primarily low-income women. WEV offers a continuum of programs to help both women and men start, stabilize and grow small businesses. WEV’s service area includes Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, with offices in Santa Barbara and Ventura. WEV’s Small Business Loan Fund provides start-up and expansion loans of up to $50,000 to pre-bankable microenterprises. For more information, visit WEV’s Web site at https://www.wevonline.org.

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