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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, impact investing consulting services, 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.
I have been a volunteer business advisor for a Pacific Community Ventures since January 2018. It has been very rewarding sharing successes and challenges in our weekly calls. My client just shared with me that he has surpassed his 2017 sales in the first 6 months of 2018. I am very happy to be a small part of his success !
As a business advisor and mentor, helping small business owners successfully achieve their goals and dreams is extremely rewarding. Being able to share my years of experience while also learning from those I’m mentoring is a win-win for everyone.
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 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.