Category Archives: Business

Local businesses look to remain open with support from Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

Just as the Thomas Fire, Montecito Debris Flow and Hill/Woolsey Fires pushed Santa Barbara and Ventura county small businesses to the brink of collapse, the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly affecting the economic vitality these businesses bring to the community. Local non-profit Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV, primarily serves micro-businesses, defined as those with fewer than five employees and less than $1 million in annual revenues, by providing business training, coaching, and loans to more than 300 local business owners each year.

Most small businesses do not have the cash flow, reserves or insurance coverage to withstand a short-term interruption in sales, much less the indefinite impact of a national health crisis. As with the previous natural disasters, WEV’s business resources, guidance, financial training, support and Quick Response Loans are available to help local businesses adapt and survive during these challenging times. Since the virus first began to impact the region, WEV has experienced a significant influx of calls from business owners seeking both advice and emergency funding.

Many small businesses will need support now and in the coming months. WEV is assisting business owners through a Response Line (English 805-456-2342, Spanish 805.908.0096) and a Quick Response Loan program. Quick Response Loans offer financial support and assistance to businesses experiencing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. WEV loans up to $10,000 with no payments for the first three payment cycles will help business owners, like Moes, adapt in unpredictable times. For information on Quick Response Loans visit

WEV CEO Kathy Odell says, “Our local small business community will not survive this catastrophe without immediate, locally driven relief efforts. During the recent natural disasters, only a third of SBA Disaster Loan applications were successful, and even those who were approved had to wait weeks to receive their funds. We want small business owners to know they can reach out for help immediately and that WEV, as well as agencies like SCORE and EDC are available to help with the rigorous SBA loan application.”

Women’s Economic Ventures is a non-profit 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 Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. While WEV targets its services toward women, it helps men as well. Services are provided in both English and Spanish.

Lynn’s Consignments-Fun Home Furnishings celebrate two-year anniversary

Lynn’s Consignments- Fun Home Furnishings celebrated their two-year anniversary on March 1st. They served delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by Santa Cruz Market, wine, coffee and desserts.

March 1st is significant to Lynn and her family because it is her late father‘s birthday.

Helping Lynn celebrate were Sheldon and Breezy.

Photo by Jaclyn Szabo

For store information visit

1975 E Main St, Ventura (805) 628-3289

Aum Vibe has ribbon cutting

Aum Vibe is a place steeped full of culture in Ventura’s Historic Downtown District that has held their ribbon-cutting..

“We’ve been working hard to make Aum Vibe come alive and we’re so happy to be here. We hope you’ll join us as we move and grow and create and thrive. Join us for morning meditation and complimentary tea on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 – 9:15 am. “

Aum Vibe 369 E. Main St. Contact at

Photo by Michael Gordon

Project Bicycle Love

Started as a grassroots project two years ago the need was so large that Project Bicycle Love incorporated this year to serve more children and has opened a local store. In the past two years they have given away almost 200 brand new bikes and helmets to kids in the Ventura County foster care system.

Project Bicycle Love works with the County of Ventura as well as local group homes, foster agencies, and foster families to get the names of kids/teens who could benefit from a new bike.

More information about the project can be found at Pictured in front of the store are the owners, Eric and Janet Baucom.
Project Bicycle Love

4864 Market Street, Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 795-2001

Photos by Michael Gordon

CBD Store of Ventura ribbon cutting held

“Our mission is to raise awareness for all-natural healing remedies. Our promise is to only offer high quality ingredients and never compromise on anything but that. Our vision is to create a “safe place” where everyone is welcome. We care about your past, your presence and your future. Our goal is to help educate you and stand by you on your health journey.We have refined our methods of cultivating whole-plant extraction and formulation into a product you can trust to provide your body with amazing benefits.”

4255 E. Main St #15 805-765-6130

Photo by Michael Gordon