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 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.
It’s been very interesting to advise such different organizations. I’ve met with a candle maker, a founder of a magazine focused on cuisine, and a former engineer turned CEO of a manufacturing company. I’ve learned a great deal about these different industries. It’s been fun to brainstorm and be their sounding board and to teach them how to better run their businesses. I’m inspired by how the intrinsic motivation and fire in these entrepreneurs’ bellies drive their success.
I've had 2 successful matches with mentees through Pacific Community Ventures and continue with them currently. One mentee is in Minnesota and the other is in Chicago. We speak by phone and both business owners seem motivated and very appreciative of our conversations. It is rewarding to offer them assistance and the follow-up with Pacific Community Ventures has been excellent.
I would highly recommend this organization if you're seeking to volunteer your time.
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.