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WEV Spanish Self-Employment Training graduates set for business success

Business ideas include day care, landscaping, transportation, housecleaning, manicurist, and more.

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) recently celebrated the accomplishments of 17 women and men who successfully completed WEV’s Ventura County-based Advanced Spanish Self-Employment Training (SSET) course with a graduation ceremony held at Ventura Adult & Continuing Education (VACE) in Ventura.

After 14 weeks of 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, these graduates completed the course with the necessary tools and support needed to start or expand their businesses.

“We are so proud of the dedication and passion these graduates showed in class” said Leticia Sandoval, WEV Spanish Program Coordinator. “Even though some had to travel or come straight after a long day of work, they committed to doing the work and now have graduated with more confidence and the resources necessary to achieve their dreams. We can’t wait to see how far they can go!”

The graduates range from first-time business owners to those who have turned to WEV to help expand their existing businesses. Graduate businesses and business ideas include day care, landscaping, transportation, healthy meals for delivery, restaurants, housecleaning, manicurist, and more.

WEV offers an Advanced 14 week Self Employment Training course for Spanish-speakers who wish to learn step by step how to start, improve, or grow a small business. The course is held once a week for 14 consecutive weeks. The next Advanced Spanish Self-Employment Training (SSET) course in Ventura County begins August 23rd. To qualify for the course, interested participants must set an appointment to interview with Spanish Program Coordinator Leticia Sandoval. For more information please call 456-2383 or visit www.wevonline.org/wev-en-espanol-2/capacitacion.

WEV is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. Since 1991, WEV has been providing a continuum of comprehensive services – training, consulting and loans – to help entrepreneurs start grow and thrive in business. WEV’s service area includes Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, with offices in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Santa Maria. WEV provides start-up and expansion loans of up to $50,000 to pre-bankable microenterprises. For more information, visit WEV’s Web site at http://www.wevonline.org.

Attorney John Andersen appointed to executive committee

Attorney John Andersen, a partner with the law firm Ferguson Case Orr Paterson, has been appointed to the executive committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California, commonly referred to as TEXCOM. Anderson is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. His appointment to the committee will take effect in September 2017 and will run through 2020.

Andersen holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Women’s Economic Ventures free self-employment training orientation

Are you ready to become an entrepreneur, or expand your existing small business? Afraid to “go it alone,” or unsure how to proceed? WEV’s training programs guide you in taking the next step. Attend a free 1-hour orientation, where you’ll meet a WEV representative that will help you determine if SET, EXPLORE, or another WEV program is right for you!

WEV’s business training classes are offered in English and Spanish throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Free orientations are held throughout the year and are required for enrollment in a training program.

Orientation locations are subject to change. For more information, and to register for an upcoming orientation, visit WEV’s Web site at http://www.wevonline.org/orientations.

Women’s Economic Ventures is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women.

Veteran traffic professional joins Hasan Consultants

Richard L. Herrera, a well-known traffic expert in the greater Los Angeles and tri-counties area, has joined Hasan Consultants. He will be in charge of the Traffic and Transportation group at Hasan. Herrera just left the County of Ventura Transportation Department, where he served as the Traffic Engineering Manager for a number of years. Previously, he worked for the City of Oxnard Public Works Department, and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Herrera received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at California State University, Long Beach. He is a licensed professional civil engineer (PE) in the state of California. He has the rare licenses and certifications of both Traffic Engineer (TE) in California and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE). His broad experience includes all aspects of signal and roadway design, traffic impact studies, construction traffic control plans, litigation support, and supervision of technical personnel at office and in the field. His PTOE license is a powerful demonstration of requisite knowledge, skill and ability in the specialized application of traffic operations engineering.

Herrera is member of various professional organizations including the American Public Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Institute of Traffic Engineering. “Richard brings tremendous talent and experience to our Traffic and Transportation group, making our team unparalleled anywhere”, says Mohammed A. Hasan, principal of Hasan Consultants. “This means he’ll be an invaluable asset to the cities, counties, state agencies, transportation commissions and transit districts we serve.”

Hasan Consultants provides services in civil and environmental engineering, traffic and transportation, and surveying. More information about the firm is available at hasanconsultants.com. Their office is located at 2436 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura.

Ventura native Jessica Purdy is right at home

After a career in marketing and advertising, Jessica Purdy has followed her heart back to her hometown, where she is the newest member of the Ventura office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

“I was born in Ventura and grew up in Camarillo, so I have a great deal of history and love for the Ventura County area,” said Jessica, whose passion for real estate was inspired by the real estate professionals in her family.

She has a communications degree from UCLA . Jessica loves walking and hiking around her hometown, exploring local restaurants, and enjoying the amazing climate and scenery that Ventura living has to offer.

Ventura Chamber of Commerce Spring Carnival Business Expo

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held its Spring Carnival Business Expo on May 25 at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort. The Expo presented over 75 exhibitors, including restaurants, businesses,  services and the Ventura Breeze. The “crowd favorite” Breeze booth featured balloons with toys inside and homemade treats by Ana. Jaime and Ana Baker designed the booth and were there to greet the huge crowd who attended.

SET course graduates recognized during graduation ceremony

Budding entrepreneurs at the WEV SET graduation ceremony.

On Thursday, May 25, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)  celebrated the accomplishments of 71 budding entrepreneurs at the WEV SET graduation ceremony held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.  The graduates from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties all successfully completed WEV’s intense 14-week program designed for small business owners or those considering starting a new business.

A highlight of the ceremony featured the graduates each taking a turn in front of their classmates, family, and friends to present their 20-second business pitch created to succinctly communicate the essence of their business to potential customers and investors.

The SET program teaches entrepreneurs business fundamentals covering a variety of topics such as finances, marketing, sales, public relations, advertising, recording keeping, legal and insurance issues and goal setting. In addition to gaining the confidence necessary to overcome the inevitable challenges business owners face, the majority of graduates finished the course with a complete business plan designed to help them successfully launch or expand their business.

“Taking a SET class is similar to attending a mini-MBA program,” said Marsha Bailey, CEO and Founder of WEV.

The next SET course begins the week of August 28th.  Participants are required to attend a free orientation to apply to the program.

For more information, dates or to register for the free orientation, call  965-6073 or visit http://wevonline.org/orientations.

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.

 

Women’s Economic Ventures free self-employment training orientation

Are you ready to become an entrepreneur, or expand your existing small business? Afraid to “go it alone,” or unsure how to proceed? WEV’s training programs guide you in taking the next step. Attend a free 1-hour orientation, where you’ll meet a WEV representative that will help you determine if SET, EXPLORE, or another WEV program is right for you!

WEV’s business training classes are offered in English and Spanish throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Free orientations are held throughout the year and are required for enrollment in a training program.

Cost is free but registration is required. Orientation locations are subject to change. For more information and dates and locations, and to register for an upcoming orientation, visit http://www.wevonline.org/orientations.

Diner Serves 1950s Fun

Ray Sanchez has been running the diner since 1998.

by Sheli Ellsworth

Did you spend Tuesday nights watching Happy Days? Ever wish that Richie Cunningham would invite you to prom? Are you still waiting for white t-shirts to be cool again? If you have a longing for red vinyl and chrome, consider visiting the Busy Bee Cafe in Ventura. The 50s-style diner not only has two-for-a-quarter Seeburg Wall-O-Matic juke box songs, but a wide variety of menu items to satisfy that historic hunger.

The location at 478 E. Main has a long history. “In the 1950s it was the Madison Café. Then in 1963, the Warren’s bought it and renamed it Warrens Coffee Shop(the family still owns the building). In 1989 they remodeled the café to the 1950s décor and it became the Busy Bee,” says owner-manager Ray Sanchez who has been running the diner since 1998.

The Busy Bee is Sanchez’s first experience in restaurant management(and now owner) after immigrating from Mexico in 1988. “I came here to follow the American dream. My brothers lived in Ventura. I got a job as a dishwasher, took English classes and started to cook at Smokey’s, a tavern just around the corner.” Now, it takes several Sanchezes to keep the restaurant running. Ray’s sons, Gastavo and Christian; his daughter, Nancy; and wife, Nora all pitch in when The Bee is busy.

Everything served at the diner is prepared in-house by chef Juan Juarez who has cooked at the Busy Bee since 1983. Even the pies are baked fresh every morning. The restaurant opens at 7:00 AM and breakfast is served anytime. The diner also has a full bar and beer on tap. Cocktails are served from 9:00 PM until closing at midnight—seven days a week. “We have 20 flavors of milkshakes. The Brown Monkey shake is popular and Mudslides made with Kalua are a favorite.”

What gets the joint jumpin’? “Summers are busy. Our business increases by 40% in the summer.” And what meals are most popular? Friday’s Fish and Chips for 8.95 and the pastrami sandwiches are favorites. “We have eighteen blue plate specials. The daily special for a chicken basket is $8.95 and the 1-lb. steak and potatoes for 13.95 are a great value.” The diner has a varied menu. “We have something for everyone,” Sanchez points out. Ten different salads as well as salmon, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, soups and chili are available.

And of course, if you can’t make up your mind . . . there is always pie.

BierBrats German Bier Hall now open in Midtown Ventura!

They offer a selection of German, local and domestic draft beers. They of course have bratwurst and you can customize your brat-dog with over 30 different topping choices. In addition to that they offer a selection of appetizers. They are closed Monday but open 4 – 9 Tuesday – Thursday, 4 – 10 Friday and open at 11 AM on Saturday and Sunday. BierBrats is located at 325 S. Borchard Dr.