500 Jobs Challenge - Kate Dunbar

500 Jobs Challenge - Kate Dunbar story

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In the months following the birth of my twins I knew that I needed to create a sort of “escape” for myself. When I enrolled in WEV’s Self-Employment Training course it was meant to be just that. I’d been making chocolates for my husband as Valentine’s Day gifts for years and realized during the course that this passion was the business idea that I wanted to pursue.

I didn’t know what a business plan was when I entered the Self-Employment Training (SET) course – let alone all the components that make a plan. Luckily WEV was there for me every step of the way. By the third week of class I had found a mentor: Zhena Muzyka, creator and owner of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. Four weeks into the class, I had a business idea and name. Six weeks in I had menus, taste testers and vendors, and eight weeks in, I was renting space in a commercial kitchen. At week ten of the course I joined a women-only social networking group, No More Nylons, after the founder Jodi Womack was a guest speaker in our class. I made other great connections through WEV, like my graphic and web designer, Cory Yniguez of Dandyline Designs, who is a fellow WEV graduate.

Without the structure, framework and connections that I acquired during my WEV course I wouldn’t have had the strong groundwork and skills to successfully open and grow a business. Not only was I able to create my “little dream” café but I also proudly employ 4 part time employees from the local community. Please give to WEV today to help locals create a more prosperous local economy.

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Kate

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