Women’s Economic Ventures is launching a four-session “Exploring Entrepreneurship” course in October after a successful pilot over the summer.
With 26 years of experience in entrepreneurial and economic development for women, WEV adds this shorter course to its cadre of services in order to meet the needs of those considering starting a small business.
“We found that women were looking for an intensive but accessible way to test their business idea(s) and preparedness for entrepreneurship before making the leap,” said Program Manager Leah Gonzales. “The ‘Exploring Entrepreneurship’ course provides the right environment and mix of skill-building and activities to empower participants to make a solid decision about pursuing their idea.”
Course topics will include myth busting about entrepreneurship, defining target market and conducting market research, personal and business finances, and conducting a strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats analysis of the business idea and owner.
After completing the course, participants may decide to enroll in WEV’s 14-week business planning course, create a two-year plan for launch or recognize that entrepreneurship may not be a fit.
The course will meet in Ventura from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16. Cost is $125, and attendance at a WEV orientation is required. For more information about registering, visit http://www.wevonline.org/business-training/explore-course-description.
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