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
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
We want you to invest in quality jobs. Imagine what life is like when you don’t know where your next paycheck is coming from — or if your current paycheck doesn’t pay the bills. We have both a moral and an economic imperative to fuel economic equality and mobility in this country. Join us and make an impact in the lives of working Americans. Our parent nonprofit — Pacific Community Ventures — is hosting our 2016 annual event on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in downtown San Francisco. We’ll be asking the question: What are quality jobs and how do we create them? Plus, our new President and CEO — Mary Jo Cook — will lay out our vision for the future of Pacific Community Ventures. The event includes lunch, networking opportunities with economic development professionals, impact investors, and Bay Area small business owners, and a panel discussion on “How Do We … Read More
#GivingTuesday 2015 is happening on December 1st— and we want to get you involved! We have a day for giving thanks. We have Small Business Saturday for shopping local. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, individuals, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. The Great Recession destroyed almost 3 million jobs at small businesses, and devastated America’s working people and low-income communities. Our nonprofit parent organization — Pacific Community Ventures — has fueled the … Read More
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!
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
BusinessAdvising.org’s parent nonprofit — Pacific Community Ventures — has fueled the economic and small business recovery since the end of the Recession five years ago. Our programs have created 1,297 jobs for working people in underserved communities, and empowered 867 companies across 25 states (thanks to BusinessAdvising.org). The small business owners in our BusinessAdvising.org network saw a 29% job growth, and the ones in our broader PCV network saw 12% job growth — vs. the U.S. average of only 2%. Head here to download our impact report > Traditional small business lending from banks has slowed since the end of the recession, leading CDFIs like PCV to step up and fill that need. In 2014 our parent nonprofit doubled its small business lending from the year prior, providing $886,000 in working capital to help California small businesses create new quality jobs. But we also know that small businesses need more than just a paycheck. … Read More
The Sustainable Business Alliance, in partnership with the East Bay Express, has produced a new guide on “Good Local Money for Your Good Local Business”. This guide has all you need to find out what kind of money (loan? investment? crowdfunding?) you can get for your local business. It also includes lots of great information, including listings of local providers (like our parent nonprofit Pacific Community Ventures) and our partners, how much money you can get, and what the requirements are. It’s a great resource for Bay Area small businesses of every type, industry, and stage of development. Read on!
At the 2014 OFN conference, there was robust discussion about an ideological struggle: are CDFIs a movement or an industry? The CDFI business model as a whole is flawed, and there’s enormous work to do when it comes to inclusion, sustainability, and economic justice. And what does this mean for BusinessAdvising.org, and our parent nonprofit PCV? Read our Managing Director’s take.
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