Empowerment is Priceless


Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort | Photo by Willa Kveta

On Thursday, Oct. 21, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) hosted its 16th Annual Empowerment is Priceless fundraiser and awards ceremony at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The event honors small business owners and other members of the WEV community.

“Empowerment is Priceless is a great way to celebrate and support female entrepreneurship during Women’s Small Business Month,” said WEV CEO Kathy Odell. “Women-owned small businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy and giving them the support they need to be successful benefits everyone.”

Award recipients included Elsa Cisneros of Daily Greenz, Etc., a Santa Barbara-based purveyor of healthy meals; former California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson; and the Santa Barbara Public Library. Several WEV clients were also in attendance.

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