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Women’s Economic Ventures Women’s Business Center will hold free one-hour informational orientation sessions in Ventura County to help interested persons determine their readiness for one of WEV’s business courses.

Orientation is required to enroll in select courses such as the Self-Employment Training program.

WEV is a nationally recognized, local nonprofit that provides business training and small-business loans.

The orientation dates are: 6 to 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 8 in Ventura; noon to 1 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 9 in Oxnard; 6 to 7 p.m. Tues., Jan. 14 in Oxnard; 6 to 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 16 in Camarillo; and noon to 1 p.m. Tues., Jan. 21 in Ventura.

Exact locations will be given upon RSVP. All programs are free but reservations are required.

In addition, WEV’s Women’s Business Center offers a 14-week, 56-hour Self-Employment Training program that is targeted at women but also serves men.

SET provides guidance on how to start, operate or expand a business. Participants leave the course with a complete business plan, including a marketing plan, a cash-flow projection, an operations plan and a core network to help sustain the business.

The program is offered in both English and Spanish and provides training in finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, record keeping, and how to write a business plan.

For details or to register for the orientation, call (805) 456- 2341 or visit




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