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Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) Women’s BusinessCenter will hold free, one-hour informational orientation sessions from noon to 1 p.m. today in Buellton to help attendees determine their readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. Orientation is required to enroll in select courses such as the Self-Employment Training (SET) program. WEV is a nationally recognized, local nonprofit that provides business training, small business loans and many other resources.

This meeting is free, but reservations are required. Exact location of the meeting will be given when reservations are made. Another orientation meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Buellton.

WEV’s Women’s Business Center offers a comprehensive 14 week, 56-hour Self-Employment Training (SET) program that is targeted to women (it also serves men), and 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 week-by-week training on topics including finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, record keeping, and how to write a business plan. After the 14-week course, WEV SET graduates emerge with the most important tools and resources they need to start a new business or grow their current business.

Since 1991, WEV has helped to create or expand over 2,000 businesses, creating or retaining over 3,000 local jobs.

For more information or to register for the orientation, call 965-6073 or visit

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