Why I support Ventures, from Melissa:
I am a small business owner. I am friends with small business owners. I work with small business owners. I know how difficult it is to start a business when you do have the resources you need, let alone when you don't.
Small business owners have brilliant ideas and the capacity to make the world a better place with their offerings. Unfortunately, most business owners have to learn business skills on the fly, hoping that their business will survive the first couple of years while they learn what they need to know.
This is where Ventures comes in. Ventures provides education, training, industry experts who can answer questions, loans, incubation opportunities, networking, and community. Ventures helps people learn how to be in business without having to learn the hard way. Ventures empowers business owners, giving them the confidence and know-how they need to develop economically viable businesses that will allow them to improve their lifestyles and - one day - give back.
I am thankful to Ventures for helping people like me, my friends, and my clients to build their businesses and change their lives. That is why I pitch in all year round and why I invite you to join me to Pitch In for Ventures.
Ventures wrote -
Pitch in to empower local entrepreneurs to move out of poverty through small business ownership. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to triple the amount of customized business coaching we provide this year for individuals with limited resources and unlimited potential.
Ventures provides robust business training, coaching, microlending, and more to equip low-income individuals in our community to launch and grow micro-businesses. Our most impactful service is the customized one-on-one coaching we provide to help clients identify and overcome barriers to business success. Our staff are more than just coaches: they are teachers, mentors, counselors, and business consultants. They help clients implement lessons learned in Ventures training courses to create successful marketing, sales, and financial plans so they can grow their businesses. Coaches also teach soft skills like confidence and goal-setting, and provide invaluable moral support to help clients achieve their dreams.
Our ultimate goal: empower clients to increase their incomes and achieve long-term financial stability. You can help us achieve this in 2017. Pitch in to promote a just, inclusive, and empowering society where everyone has access to the American dream of small business ownership. Pitch in to equip local entrepreneurs with the tools they need to move out of poverty. Donate today.