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    Graduation Ceremonies For First Group Of Emprendedores In Ventura County

    News Release

    Ventura County, CA
    – WEV, in partnership with MICOP, developed Emprendedores – a program that supports individuals who face significant barriers to employment such as low English proficiency by providing them with entrepreneurial training, technical assistance, and micro-grants to launch or grow their own businesses in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Participants who complete the free, 7-week Spanish business course are eligible to apply for grant funds of up to $5,000 for their small business needs.

    Information about Emprendedores,

    WHAT: Graduation ceremonies for participants of first-ever entrepreneurial training program specifically for Indigenous and Hispanic community members who are English-language learners in Ventura County.

    WHO:  Graduating participants from the Ventura County Emprendedores program, as well as bilingual WEV staff and WEV Instructors.
    WHEN:  Three graduation ceremonies, one for each cohort:
    Tuesday, March 29 from 6pm – 8pm, Cohort 1 (18 graduates)

    Wednesday, March 30 from 6pm – 8pm, Cohort 2 (19 graduates)
    Thursday, March 31 from 6pm – 8pm, Cohort 3 (17 graduates)

    WHERE: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard


    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 is a business resource network for anyone looking to start a business, grow a local business, or improve their business skills. WEV provides small business training, advisory services, financial literacy programs and small business loans in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. While WEV’s focus is on women, it welcomes people of all gender identities into the WEV community. Business courses, programs and loans are provided in both English and Spanish.

    Since 1991, WEV has provided business training and small business advisory services to more than 20,000 people throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. WEV has made more than $6.4 million in small business loans and helped more than 5,500 local businesses start or expand, generating an estimated $770 million in annual sales and creating nearly 12,000 local jobs. WEV is a U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center and Microlender, as well as a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

    About MICOP

    The Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) is a non-profit community-based organization that supports, organizes, and empowers the indigenous immigrant community in the Central Coast of California. The indigenous migrant community that MICOP works with comes primarily from southern Mexico, including the states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán, and Puebla. Learn more about MICOP at



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