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May 23, 2011

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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Members of the latest Business Plan Intensive Course pose proudly with Instructor, Lori Ann David, at recent Business Plan Intensive and Self-Employment Training graduation.

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? Money? Luck? Hard work and long hours? The perfect idea? Hundreds of employees? You can find success stories, advice and tips, but how do you know if you have ‘what it takes’ to start or grow your own business? Nonprofit Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) offers free one-hour orientations including an Entrepreneurial Self-Evaluation worksheet to help local women and men explore what it takes, and find out which WEV business training program might be a match. Since 1991, WEV has helped to create or expand over 2,000 local and national businesses based in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, creating or retaining over 3,000 local jobs.

WEV offers a continuum of programs for entrepreneurs at every stage, including the new 10-hour “Business Ready” workshop designed for the person who needs to define and refine their business concept before taking steps to open a business; the core 14-week Self-Employment Training (SET) course; and the accelerated six-week Business Plan Intensive (BPI) course, designed for business professionals who need quicker access to capital.

Last week, the latest crop of almost 90 BPI and SET participants emerged into the world of entrepreneurship after a graduation ceremony held at the Montecito Country Club in Santa Barbara.

WEV’s next Business Plan Intensive (BPI) course starts May 31st in Ventura and the last orientation takes place on Wednesday, May 25th in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Attendance of one free orientation is mandatory for those interested in signing up for BPI.

Upcoming free one-hour orientations:


Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 12-1 p.m.

Orientation Sign-up:

About Business Plan Intensive (BPI)

In February, May and September, WEV offers Business Plan Intensive, an accelerated, six-week business plan writing course, designed for business professionals who need access to capital quickly. Business Plan Intensive is perfect for new entrepreneurs and current business owners who need to implement a launch or a growth strategy and need an infusion of capital to succeed. The course includes emphasis on financial intelligence and integrated marketing techniques, and a viability study. Participants complete a business plan, necessary to apply for a small business loan, and have the opportunity to simultaneously enter WEV’s Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF) pipeline.

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 start, launch, grow and sustain a business. WEV’s service area includes Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties, with offices in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Frazier Park. WEV’s Small Business Loan Fund provides start-up and expansion loans to pre-bankable microenterprises. WEV was designated a Community Development Financial Institution 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 Web site is at

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