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 thr... Read more
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 combination of fair lending, free mentorship, skilled volunteerism, social impact measurement and management tools, 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.
The work that Pacific Community Ventures and BusinessAdvising.org are doing is really needed in communities. Small businesses have a hard time competing with big chains and corporations, and the fact that I can donate a few hours a month to help create good jobs with living wages is great. I get to help people in underserved areas create opportunities, and to empower the local businesses that are the real character of our communities.
Pacific Community Ventures and Businessadvising.org offer an unparalleled opportunity both for volunteers and for small business owner clients. Volunteering as an advisor is a unique opportunity that directly helps our communities by supporting small business and actually creating jobs. I've personally been involved in supporting an Oakland business that has doubled their revenue and has hired two people! I also enjoy getting to roll my sleeves up and learn about new businesses, I've worked with a jeweler, a coffee roaster, and a janitorial service. Each has had its own unique challenges that have helped me grow as a business owner and entrepreneur.
I was a small business owner and know the challenges of running all aspects of a small business. As a business owner, it's an impossible challenge to excel at what you do best while at the same time trying to be an "expert" in HR, finance, marketing, etc. As someone who has built a body of experience/knowledge, it's so rewarding to be able to give back to a small business owner. Helping a business owner overcome an issue or solve an issue has been so rewarding for me. My advice not only helps the business but I can see it helping the owner. They know they have a resource available and I can see them begin to lose a sense of isolation. Business Advising isn't a big commitment but I think it's a huge help for small businesses.
I have enjoyed volunteering with Pacific Community Ventures and really like the people whom I have consulted. As a small business owner who has grown a business over time, it is enjoyable for me to help people in a similar situation. Not only can I give them tips and another point of view on their challenges, but they keep me on my toes too. One of the main challenges of running a small business is not having others around to discuss goals, strategies and other events and I can relate to that situation. A great benefit is to see their business grow as we work together.