COVID and the resulting economic fallout have hit small businesses and communities of color harder than anyone, and at the same time more new businesses are launching in communities of color than anywhere else. We're searching for people with business experience to work with small business owners and entrepreneurs who are creating good jobs in economically underserved communities.
As a volunteer advisor, you’ll have the opportunity to:
Use your unique skills and business knowledge to help small business owners create new jobs in economically distressed communities.
Serve as a mentor by working with a small business owner to discuss their challenges and give specialized advice and guidance to grow their business
Open your network to small business owners and empower them to strengthen communities and local economies across America
Small businesses with a mentor succeed at twice the national average. Help a small business create new jobs for working people in their local communities. When small businesses thrive, our entire economy thrives.
Don’t worry if you’ve never worked for or run your own small business. We'll match you with the right small business based on what you can contribute. In the last five years, our nonprofit program has helped create or maintain almost 14,000 jobs
Sign up at www.pacificcommunityventures.org/volunteer
With our national network of small business owners you'll be able to meet in person or virtually (over the phone, on Zoom, Facetime, etc). Whatever works for you! Advisors are asked to spend, on average, 3-5 hours per month volunteering.
Pacific Community Ventures envisions a world of thriving communities where everyone has a fair shake. Our mission is to invest in small businesses, create good jobs for working people, and make markets work for social good. We achieve our mission through a through a "Good Jobs, Good Business" model that combines affordable loans with pro-bono advising, tools and incentives to create quality jobs, our national BusinessAdvising.org mentoring platform, and social impact evaluation and field building research.
Building a successful small business involves overcoming many challenges, and it’s even harder if you’re new to the country or don’t have money from your family to help you get started. We give entrepreneurs hope by helping them knock down structural barriers and arming them with resources, advising, and investment. Pacific Community Ventures has two primary programs that strengthen small businesses located in and/or hiring from underinvested areas.
Our Business Advising program connects small business owners with expert advisors who help them meet their challenge and seize new opportunities. We put volunteerism to work for local communities by managing a national network of seasoned entrepreneurs, skilled professionals, and senior leaders from major banks, consulting firms, and bigger companies who want to use their hard-earned business knowhow to create more opportunity in our communities. Pacific Community Ventures leverages technology to provide small business owners with high-quality mentoring, at no cost. All advice is completely free and completely confidential. Companies working with our mentors increase their annual revenue by 20% on average. Our platform also removes location as a barrier, so wherever you are in America, we’ll find the best advisor to help your company grow.