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

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

Free Small Business Webinar: Retail Is Alive And Well

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In this free small business webinar on strategies and best practices to stay competitive and thrive in retail, BusinessAdvising.org hosted Joe Alexander, founder of Nest Bedding, one of the leading online mattress and bedding brands. In this free webinar you’ll learn about: How a customer-centric approach pays off Tools and strategies for small businesses operating retail brick-and-mortar and online storefronts How to stay competitive in today’s dynamic retail environment   Joe Alexander is a pro bono advisor with BusinessAdvising.org, and the founder of Nest Bedding, one of the leading online mattress and bedding brands. His beds can be found in the homes of some top athletes and celebrities (and Pacific Community Ventures’ staff!) and he’s been lauded in publications such as the Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness and Refinery 29. In 2012, he bootstrapped Nest Bedding and grew it into a $20 million dollar a year force in the mattress and … Read More

Free Webinar On January 27 — Retail Is Alive and Well

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Join us on Friday, January 27 for a free small business webinar on strategies and best practices to stay competitive and thrive in retail. BusinessAdvising.org will host Joe Alexander, founder of Nest Bedding, one of the leading online mattress and bedding brands. In this free webinar you’ll learn about: How a customer-centric approach pays off Tools and strategies for small businesses operating retail brick-and-mortar and online storefronts How to stay competitive in today’s dynamic retail environment   Friday, January 27, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT) The presentation will be followed by a Q&A, where you can ask your questions and get advice. Joe Alexander is a pro bono advisor with BusinessAdvising.org, and the founder of Nest Bedding, one of the leading online mattress and bedding brands. His beds can be found in the homes of some top athletes and celebrities (and Pacific Community Ventures’ staff!) and he’s been … 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

Your Lease Is Your Asset! Tips To Secure A Retail Space

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BusinessAdvising.org hosted Lisa Zahner, Executive Director of Urban Solutions — for a free webinar on better understanding how your commercial lease is a vital part of your small business. In this free webinar, Lisa covered topics related to: The optimal lease length for your small business How to avoid hidden costs How to negotiate for favorable terms Lisa Zahner is Executive Director of Urban Solutions, a community-based nonprofit organization that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to thrive in competitive markets. She has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Urban Solutions’ staff, programs ,and execution of its mission: to strengthen underserved neighborhoods by supporting small businesses, job creation, diversity and sustainability. Lisa’s professional experience spans from her own startup businesses to management consulting, real estate investment, and community economic development. She looks for exciting and interesting ways to activate vacant retail storefronts, to bring life-giving businesses to … Read More

The Secrets to Getting The Right Small Business Loan

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BusinessAdvising.org hosted Marshall Lebovits, experienced advisor with 30 years in the banking and finance industry, for a free webinar on on the tips and tricks to finding and securing the right loan for your small business. In this free webinar, Marshall covered topics related to: The pros and cons of using debt capital to grow your small business How to best tell your small business’ story to a lender 12 ways you can close the deal With almost 30 years of experience in the secured financing industry, Marshall’s passion is helping growing companies with non-dilutive, asset-backed financing solutions. These companies typically lack access to capital for reasons including a short time in business, hyper-growth sales, customer concentrations, weak cash flow, or highly-leveraged balance sheets. Companies who benefit from Marshall’s advice usually have around $500,000 in revenues and may have B2B accounts receivable, inventory, purchase orders, or equipment that can be offered to a lender … Read More

Free Webinar On November 18 — Your Lease Is Your Asset! Tips To Secure A Retail Space

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Join us on Friday, November 18 for a free small business webinar to better understand how your commercial lease is a vital part of your small business. BusinessAdvising.org will host Lisa Zahner, Executive Director of Urban Solutions — one of our great local partners in San Francisco and an organization that’s been connecting small businesses to real estate and leasing services for almost 25 years. Negotiating a favorable lease puts you and your small business in a position to succeed. In this free webinar you’ll learn about: The optimal lease length for your small business How to avoid hidden costs How to negotiate for favorable terms   Friday, November 18, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT) The presentation will be followed by a Q&A, where you can ask your questions and get advice. Lisa Zahner is Executive Director of Urban Solutions, a community-based nonprofit organization that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with … Read More

“People Strategies” to Grow Your Small Business

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This free small business webinar focuses on people and hiring strategies, as well as retention ideas, to grow your small business sustainably. BusinessAdvising.org hosted Cindy Kaczmarek, experienced advisor on people issues to small business owners and corporate executives. In this free webinar, Cindy covered: Determining the talent necessary to reach and exceed your business goals Building rewards that enable you to attract and retain great people Why focusing on performance matters   Cindy Kaczmarek is a Certified Professional Coach specializing in helping companies tackle their biggest people issues. She is sought out by business owners and corporate executives to assist them in leveraging their people to build their businesses. Employing five pillars of structure, process, talent development planning, employee relations, and leadership coaching, she is able to rapidly engage with you to create lasting results. Cindy brings “billion dollar thinking” to private companies. Having worked with multi-billion dollar public companies, global … Read More