Super Bowl LI is more than the NFL’s marquee game of the year – it’s a chance for Greater Houston area’s diverse business community to tap into opportunities for new contracts, work and business growth. To drive that, the Super Bowl LI Host Committee has launched the Business Connect program to work with businesses located in the Houston metro area that are certified as minority-owned, women-owned, LGBTQ-owned, or disabled veteran-owned. Last year in San Francisco we saw how a local business focus for the Super Bowl can have an impact of $200+ million on the regional economies in which the game is played. But, keeping that money in the community has always been a challenge. Super Bowl LI has partnered with Pacific Community Ventures to bring our BusinessAdvising.org program for free to these 400 Business Connect companies. BusinessAdvising.org is providing them with intensive business mentoring to help them grow their business for the Super … Read More
Meet Deb Doyle, a marketing marvel making a massive impact in the small business world. Deb is one of our many talented business advisors here at Pacific Community Ventures. Not only does she mentor business owners and hold free webinars with our nonprofit, she’s on the board of directors with NAWBO (National Association for Women Business Owners). And, she runs her own marketing consulting business– Let’s just say she’s pretty awesome. Deb has been volunteering with us for four years now, and was recently matched up with Elsie of Monarch Fine Art, a small business owner working with our partner Accion’s small business accelerator program. Elsie had been working in healthcare management for over 15 years, but was also an avid art collector. In 2013, there was an art gallery that was being put up for sale and Elsie saw the opportunity to bring Monarch Fine Art Gallery to life. Monarch … Read More
This week was the grand opening of CORE Kitchen in Oakland, CA, a project of Corey Rennell and CORE Foods — one of our longest-tenured clients. We took the opportunity to chat with Corey about how things are going, and how his business is growing. CORE Foods originally came to BusinssAdvising.org needing help increasing sales and expanding the team. After working with our volunteer advisors, saw substantial growth and were able to add five new jobs. After a couple of years of sustainable growth, Corey began the next phase of the the CORE Foods enterprise — CORE Kitchen. It’s the world’s first produce-only restaurant, and it’s the definition of bootstrapped. Corey and his team even laid the tile themselves. With the launch of CORE Kitchen, Corey added another 7 new jobs, and prioritized hiring from workforce training programs. “They’re an amazing team of people!” Corey told us. “And they all … Read More
In 2014, we scaled our BusinessAdvising.org small business mentoring and advising platform nationally. Since then, we’ve advised hundreds of entrepreneurs, helping them to grow their revenues and add jobs at 167% of the national average. At the same time, expert business advisors have volunteered tens of thousands of hours to help local businesses create jobs for working people across the country. Want to find a mentor, or sign up to be a volunteer advisor? Get started here.
Bread SRSLY makes delicious (trust us, we’ve tried it!) gluten free sourdough bread in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Founded by Sadie Scheffer, the company began late in 2011 after a furious bout of gluten-free sourdough experiments in Sadie’s home kitchen. She started selling bread from her own home, and as orders grew, began to deliver loaves on her bicycle. A few months later she was biking late into the night delivering orders, and Bread SRSLY was catapulted into a full-time business. Sadie needed help with marketing, so she came to BusinessAdvising.org where we matched her with an advisor with experience in food, design, marketing, and business development. Let’s catch up with Sadie, and see how Bread SRSLY is doing! Before she started working with advisor — Rebecca Brian Pan (CEO and founder of Covo), Sadie told us, “I didn’t even know what marketing meant.” Since then, “Rebecca’s taught me about … Read More
Sourced Adventures was founded by Kyle Davidson and a group of fellow travel industry experts in New York City. Kyle had a background in packaged adventures from other industries, and wanted to make it easier for people in the city — who often don’t have access to cars or the gear they’d need — to get active and out of the city. The greater New York area has a lot to offer: from beaches, to skiing, to hikes and rafting. Kyle’s idea was simple: he’d package adventure day trips with other small businesses (like paintball courses, yoga retreats, or bicycle companies) and give people the easy means to get there: buses that leave right from Penn Station and return there at the end of the day. Their first season of tours was a hit, but Kyle soon realized that he needed help to grow his businesses. He was leading trips … Read More
Last year we introduced you to Petit Collage — a San Francisco-based designer and seller of modern toys, wall art, and other accessories for babies and young kids. Owner and artist Lorena Siminovich received $150,000 for Petit Collage through our parent organization’s loan program, plus free expert advice through our Business Advising program. Let’s check in and see how Lorena is doing!