South Coast Firm Marks 25th Year with Focus on Women Investors
Business observers around Santa Barbara have noticed that many of the enterprises that have started in the past few years have been geared up by women.
A national trend can be seen in the growing number of women – almost four times the number since the 1970s – are heads of households and control the purse strings of a growing number of families across the country. A well-established local firm seeks to fill the financial advice needs for women investors.
South Coast-based AmeriFlex Financial Services is marking its silver anniversary by addressing the need for financial advice for women.
AmeriFlex, 3700 State St., has been a provider of sound financial advice for its clients for the past 25 years. The new AmeriFlex Woman Investor program is for business owners, executives and busy families. (See www.AmeriFlex.com.)
The AmeriFlex Woman Investor program provides: financial empowerment; collaboration between spouses and trusted advisors; and establish goals to address family financial security. “We focus on responsiveness to our clients’ needs; we believe our clients are best served by the holistic approach to professional integration of various financial disciplines,” said Bibi Taylor, AmeriFlex financial advisor.
Women on average live between five and 10 years longer than men, according to a Boston University study. Half of those women will outlive their spouses. Women start 70 percent of all new businesses, according to Forbes Magazine, and by 2020 women are projected to control two-thirds of the wealth in the United States.
Host Families Sought for Language Students
The international language school Education First in Santa Barbara is seeking host families for the summer as well during it academic year, which starts in September.
EF’s yearly economic impact is more than $8 million to the local economy, school officials said. This comes from host family payouts, students’ spending money on food, clothes, activities and other items, and salaries of the school’s 25 teachers as well as 12 administrative staff.
“EF Santa Barbara embodies our mission to break down barriers of language, culture and geography not only for our students, but for the community as well,” said Fysal Safieh, school director. “We bring the world to Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara to the rest of the world.”
This summer, the EF school welcomes junior students as young as 12. Most of them travel with “school groups” who also have one or two adult leaders. Summer students usually stay between two and eight weeks because this usually fits in with their school breaks. In September, EF welcomes its academic year students who stay for three, six or nine months. Some students during that time that will stay for just two weeks or longer.
Safieh also said, “Every student brings a piece of their home to Santa Barbara and takes a piece of Santa Barbara back home with them. We make the world a smaller and more culturally enriched place.”
“We have hosted 20 international students during these past 20 years,” said Montecito resident and entrepreneur Patty DeDominic. “Our family has been enriched in many ways and now we have friends and adult ‘kids’ in every continent. Sharing our city and American culture with young people is an entertaining and educational odyssey we have lived and plan to continue.”
While the average age for EF students is 20, regular academic year students range in age from 16 to 72. Host families, who are paid a stipend, provide breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday and breakfast lunch and dinner on the weekends.
EF operates 42 schools and offices in 54 countries. Its global network includes 35,000 full-time faculty and 16,500 part-time teachers, leaders and tour directors. To date, EF has helped more than 15 million people to learn a new language, discover the world, or earn an academic degree.