The Spirit of Entrepreneurship, or SOE, is now integrated into Women’s Economic Ventures, known as WEV.
That news comes on the heels of the retirement of SOE founder and Santa Barbara book publisher Cathy Feldman, who celebrated her 76th birthday earlier this year.
The nonprofit SOE Foundation annually honors women in business and provide scholarships for young entrepreneurs.
Donations are being sought for the Cathy Feldman Fund which is dedicated to supporting student entrepreneurship in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Donate here.
WEV provides training, consulting and loans to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive in business. It serves Santa Barbara and Ventura counties from offices in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Santa Maria. While WEV targets services toward women, it helps men as well, and provides many services in English and Spanish.
Since 1991, WEV has provided business training and consulting to more than 14,000 women and men and made more than $4 million in loans to over help 4,000 local businesses. WEV is a U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center, and a certified Community Development Financial Institution.
Marsha Bailey, a nationally recognized advocate for women business owners, founded WEV. She recently completed tenures on the National Women’s Business Council and as board president of the National Association of Women’s Business Centers. For more information on WEV, see.