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Posted April 16, 2013 at 5:48 p.m., updated April 16, 2013 at 5:48 p.m.

(from left to right) Sharon Donohoe, Kimberly Phillips, Blossom Lumley, Jodi De Marcos, Heather Carey, Sarah Anthony, Anne-Marie Charest, and instructor Lori Anne David. Spring Business Plan Intensive graduates display their certificates during graduation

Upon completing Business Plan Intensive, an accelerated 6 week course in business plan writing, graduates emerge with the tools to guide them through their business including a marketing plan, cash flow projections, operations plan, and a core network to help sustain the business. Recent graduate businesses and business ideas include: Maison K, a lifestyle retail boutique in Montecito; De Marcos Fashion Academy, a fashion and design teaching center; a wind turbine engineering service; a non-profit arts education organization; and a DIY art kit delivery service among others.

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.

Self-Employment Training and Business Plan Intensive courses are part of the continuum of programs WEV offers to help women start-up, launch, grow, and sustain their own business, including: business consulting, advanced business training, and small business start-up and expansion loans. The next Self-Employment Training and Business Plan Intensive courses begin in the fall, with free orientations happening now. WEV is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women.

For more information please call 805-965-6073 or visit

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 has received funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration since 2003 as one of over 100 Women’s Business Centers throughout the nation. 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

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