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A lively group of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) supporters, local business people, donors, volunteers, and staff recently enjoyed a WEV Connects event at Downtown Sol in Oxnard. WEV client and owner of Downtown Sol, Marisa Lopez shared the beautiful works of local artisans featured at her handmade boutique and gallery.

Downtown Sol, located at 328 3rd Street in Oxnard, unites arts and crafts lovers with local artists through one-of-a-kind art, accessories and décor.

Attendees spent the evening networking to energize their enterprises and had the opportunity to learn about WEV’s continuum of programs for entrepreneurs at every stage, including WEV’s flagship Self-Employment Training (SET) course, which begins in early 2014.

Orientations are being offered for the upcoming SET course in VenturaCounty:

o Thursday, November 14th, 12-1pm, Oxnard

o Tuesday, November 19th, 6-7pm, Ventura

o Wednesday, December 4th, 6-7pm, Ventura

o Tuesday, December 10th, 6-7pm, Thousand Oaks
To learn more about WEV’s programs or to register for an upcoming orientation, visit or call (805) 667-8004.
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 VenturaCounties, 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

This story is contributed by a member of the Ventura community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Ventura County Star

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