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FOR MEDIA COVERAGE CONTACT:  Candice Tang/Juliana Minsky, 805/687-3322

Grand Opening: Mountain Communities SBDC of WEV August 19th

Organization Offers Free Consultations and Workshops; Provides Support for Small Businesses

Kern County, CA, August 18, 2010 – Since opening this Spring, the Mountain Communities Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) in Frazier Park has already provided more than 50 hours of individual business consulting to local business owners.  In collaboration with the University of California Merced Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Regional Network, the Mountain Communities SBDC of WEV strives to promote the development and growth of small business in Kern County through quality advice and support. The Center provides consultations and training to help local women and men start and/or grow a small business, and provides resources to support long-term success. The Mountain Communities SBDC of WEV will celebrate its grand opening with the community, distinguished speakers and invited guests at Cuddy Hall on Thursday, August 19th from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

WHAT: Grand Opening of the Mountain Communities Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of WEV; cake and refreshments; event open to the public, please RSVP to attend.

WHEN: Thursday, August 19th from 12 noon-1 p.m.

WHERE: Cuddy Hall – 335 Lakewood Drive, Lake of the Woods, CA 93225

WHO: Carlos G. Mendoza, District Director, Small Business Administration (SBA); Diane Howerton, Regional Director, UC Merced SBDC Regional Network; Angel Cottrell, Director, Mountain Communities SBDC of WEV Center; Patric Hedlund, Editor, The Mountain Enterprise; elected officials; local business owners; and community members (the event is open to the public).

EVENT CONTACT: Please RSVP by phone or e-mail to: (805) 667-8004, [email protected]

MEDIA CONTACT: Candice Tang/Juliana Minsky, 805-687-3322

During a Mountain Communities SBDC of WEV consultation, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and seasoned existing business owners can confidentially discuss and review business strategies with a consultant.  Consultation topics in demand have so far ranged from new product launch and local customer loyalty challenges, how to stand out from competitors, how to incorporate technology as a business tool, financial software training such as Quickbooks — and all topics are welcome. Locally owned businesses in the Mountain Communities serve a combination of permanent, year-round residents, summer and winter vacationers, and weekend residents and visitors.

In addition to providing individual business consulting, the Mountain Communities SBDC of WEV will offer a growing number of resources, including a first series of workshops this Fall, and in Spring 2011, WEV’s acclaimed 14-week Self-Employment Training program.

Women’s Economic Ventures is designated as the host organization for this region as an established organization aligned with SBDC’s mission to serve the Mountain Communities of Kern County. WEV has received national recognition for its successful programs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, with a focus on the economic equality and empowerment of women.

The grand opening is open to the public and attendees will learn more about these opportunities offered locally.

About UC Merced Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Regional Network

The UC Merced Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Regional Network has the primary mission of promoting the development and growth of small businesses by providing high quality business assistance throughout Central California, thereby enhancing regional prosperity. The organization assists Central California’s entrepreneurs and small business owners through providing one-on-one consulting, small business training and research.  For more information visit https://sbdc.ucmerced.edu/.

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. Today, WEV offers a continuum of programs to help women succeed at every stage of the business lifecycle. Services include comprehensive self-employment training program, advanced training, business consulting, coaching, and networking opportunities to help individuals to startup, launch, grow, and sustain a business. WEV’s service area includes Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. WEV’s Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF) provides start-up and expansion loans to pre-bankable microenterprises.  WEV was designated a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in 1999 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  In 2005, the Small Business Administration recognized WEV as the most productive Women’s Business Center in the nation. The WEV website is at www.wevonline.org.

The Mountain Communities SBDC of WEV partnership with UC Merced SBDC Regional Network is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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