3 ways business advising can help you nurture your customers

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Satisfied small business customers are loyal small business customers. Whether your company is providing financial services, benefits packages, or office supplies to small businesses, you have a vested interest in the long-term health and growth of those clients. You’re probably also well aware that small businesses don’t survive as long as big businesses – but you might not know there’s something you can do about it while also bolstering your bottom line. Think of the employees in your company, and all the collective business skill and knowhow they possess. You could bring that collective skill to bear to help your customers by creating a formal program where staff can provide your customers with pro bono advice. Having a formal pro bono program at your company can bring your people together around a purpose in their work, instill pride in your company, and increase their conviction that your company is doing something … Read More

We Need Your Small Business’ Voice

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Here at Pacific Community Ventures, we’ve seen firsthand though our work with small businesses that job creation alone is insufficient to create lasting economic change in underserved communities and for working people. We view the advancement of quality jobs as an important avenue to better support underserved communities and address rising income and wealth inequality across the U.S. As part of our vision to make quality job creation the norm, we must equip small businesses with the practical tools and resources they need to offer higher quality jobs in a way that balances their business’ financial and operational needs with their employees’ interests. We’re committed to empowering small business owners to succeed – and believe a simple, practical quality jobs toolkit will help them to improve job quality for their workers, thereby reducing turnover, improving productivity and revenue, and boosting brand reputation. In order to create a resource that meets … Read More

Notice Anything Different?

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If you’ve logged in to your profile recently you probably noticed some new changes afoot. Some things have been moved around or renamed, like the new “Browse” tab. Formerly known as the “library,” it still contains an extensive library of resources.  A few notable additions to the platform are: My Spaces: focused hubs you can use to connect with resources and people like your mentoring partner My Saved Resources: quickly revisit your saved resources and collections Featured Resources: suggested and recommended resources Things to Read, Watch and Do: top resources tailored to you New in the Community: the most recent posts in the Community tab If you have any questions or encounter any issues, please let us know.   

Advisor Appreciation and Networking Event

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PCV’s BusinessAdvising.org is excited to invite you to an Advisor Appreciation & Networking Event! Our advisors are the heart of our program, and all of our program’s success is due to your commitment to see small businesses across America succeed. This night is all about you! We want to show our appreciation for the time and talent you continue to donate, and to provide a long-requested opportunity for our advisors to network with each other. Please join us: Thursday, May 25 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm 25 Lusk 25 Lusk Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 Light fare and drink tickets will be provided We’ll host a brief program sharing the impact your advice made on our small business community in 2016, a raffle featuring products from advised small businesses — and most of the evening is reserved for you to network with each other.   Thank you for all you … Read More

Pacific Community Ventures Working To Make Super Bowl LI A Texas-Sized Local Business Success

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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

New Features On BusinessAdvising.org

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We’d like to walk you through a couple of new features you may have noticed in your BusinessAdvising.org profile. You can now posit questions to the entire BusinessAdvising.org network with this handy feature. It’s really simple to use – just select the ‘Community’ tab in your profile, type your question in the ‘Ask the PCV Community’ box, and the network of advisors and entrepreneurs will answer your query. This is where you can read and view curated small business resources like articles, books, and videos, and work on missions to increase your acumen as a business owner. You can save them for later, assign them to your partners, and track your progress as you work through them. You can also add your own resources or create your own missions to work on with your active partners. Don’t hesitate to let us know if there are specific topics you want us to start adding!

Thank You For Making Our Annual Luncheon A Great One

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Congratulations to Dave Talach — our 2016 PCV Champion. We also want to extend a special thank you to our panelists, sponsors, and all of the small business owners who showcased and donated their time, goods, and services. You can visit them all online at La Plazita Prechool, FAZE Apparel, Kainbigan, Bread SRSLY, J. Miller Flowers and Gifts, Nona Lim, Proyecto Diaz Coffee, and Light FX Photography. You can read more about our vision for an economy that works for everyone over on Huffington Post. And visit our website to read and share our first-of-its-kind report on what — exactly — defines a quality job.   If you weren’t able to make a donation at the lunch, but would still like to support our work, you can donate on our website. Use your professional skills to give back by signing up as a volunteer business advisor. Spread the word to your fellow entrepreneurs about … Read More

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide Is Here

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Every holiday season, many of our advised companies offer holiday promotions and exclusive discounts as part of our Holiday Gift Guide. Head over to our parent nonprofit, Pacific Community Ventures, to check out these deals and support small businesses this holiday season.   Shopping at small businesses in your community can have a big impact. Small businesses are the building blocks that make up the identity of your neighborhood, and strong small businesses mean a strong local economy. By spending your holiday dollars at these businesses instead of at larger corporate retailers, you put money back into your own community and empower your your neighborhood entrepreneurs to grow and expand, which leads to increased job creation right in your own community!  

Small Business Saturday Is Coming

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Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. Each year, shoppers spend tens of billions at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington D.C., including President Obama who took his daughters shopping at local stores last year. Focusing on small businesses and local jobs directly combats income inequality. Small businesses create jobs — 70% of the jobs created since the end of the recession came from small business. But simply creating jobs won’t stem the tide of income inequality. The kinds of jobs being created, and where those jobs drive their wealth, matters just as much. “Mom and pop” businesses and entrepreneurial ventures bring stability and renewed energy to deteriorating neighborhoods, and help revitalize poor inner city, suburban and rural areas. And, studies … Read More

Today in Small Business: U.S. Treasury Announces $160M in CDFI Fund Awards

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BusinessAdvising.org would like to congratulate all of the CDFIs that have been selected as awardees for the U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund. As community partners, funding such as this is essential to increase your investments and impact across our nation’s low-income and economically distressed communities. Congratulations! In celebration of today’s award announcements we’d like to extend our free technical assistance (TA) platform, BusinessAdvising.org, as a compliment to your organization’s current TA. While every CDFI provides some level of technical assistance, we’re offering our comprehensive platform to your small business clients free-of-charge as a way to expand your overall support. An online program, BusinessAdvising.org will expand your clients’ reach to a national network of expert business advisors. Regardless of industry or geographic location, the BusinessAdvising.org platform can provide your clients with individual advising in lending, finance, marketing, operations, sales, IT, HR, leadership, and much more. All of the advice is customized to the … Read More