Community Invited to Women’s Economic Ventures’ 25th Anniversary Client Business Expo on April 28th


In honor of Women’s Economic Ventures’ (WEV) 25th anniversary, the community is invited to attend a business expo showcasing local WEV client businesses that have been served over the course of WEV’s 25 years in the community. The event will be held on April 28th at the Cabrillo Pavillion Arts Center at 5 p.m. Guests will hear brief remarks from WEV CEO and Founder Marsha Bailey, and be able to patronize local businesses, network and make valuable connections with like-minded entrepreneurs and community members.

“Starting and operating a business requires hard work, courage, and a great support system,“ said Marsha Bailey, Founder and CEO, Women’s Economic Ventures. ”We’re proud to be able to provide comprehensive support to local entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their businesses. We hope the community will join us not only to celebrate WEV’s 25th anniversary, but to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions that small businesses make to our local culture and economy.”

All expo vendors are WEV clients and include products like specialty food, unique clothing and accessories, and services like personal styling and wellness, pet care and newborn photography. Food truck ‘Grandma’s Tamales’ will be parked nearby to serve dinner!

 What: Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) Business Expo featuring WEV client local businesses
Thursday, April 28th
Time: 5:00-7:30pm
Location: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
Cost: Free to attend
Event Information: To RSVP and for more information, please visit RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Media Contact: Amy Bernstein/Juliana Minsky (805) 687-3322

 About Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

Women’s Economic Ventures is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. WEV provides training, consulting and loans to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive in business. WEV serves all of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties from offices in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Santa Maria. While WEV targets its services toward women, it serves men as well, and provides many services in English and Spanish.

Since 1991, WEV has provided business training and consulting to over 14,000 women and men throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and made more than $4 million in loans, assisting over 4,000 local businesses. WEV is a U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center, and a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

A pioneer in the field, WEV was founded by Marsha Bailey, a nationally recognized advocate for women business owners. Marsha is the board president of the national Association of Women’s Business Centers, and sits on the National Women’s Business Council.


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