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BENEFITING: Ventures

EVENT: Pitch In

THE STORY:

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.

Want to know more?

  • Ventures serves about 800 low income individuals each year. About 3/4 are from underserved communities such as women, people of color, or immigrants and refugees.
  • The typical Ventures business is a microenterprise (fewer than five employees), young (less than three years of activity), and has low start-up capital needs (under $35,000)
  • The average Ventures client supports a family on $23,000 a year when they first enter our program
  • Within two years of arriving at our door, 63% of clients move out of poverty
  • The two-year survival rate for businesses served by Ventures is 83%, compared to the national average of 80% for businesses of all income levels
  • After two years, 22% of businesses have paid employees
  • 90% of Ventures clients say the skills and confidence they gained from Ventures’ training helped them succeed in their current job.
  • The repayment rate on our collateral-free microloans is 98%

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$1,240

MONEY RAISED
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  • Susana Valencia

    $100

  • Gabriela Covarrubias

     

  • Michelle Connor

    $25

  • Lilian Cordoba Vazquez

    $50

  • James and Pearl Dunn

    $100

  • Jenn Tam

     

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Jeff Kinney

    $200

  • David Sauvion

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Robert Furlong

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Karen Cartagena

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $25

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Karen Cartagena

Karen Cartagena

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Robert Furlong

Robert Furlong

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

David Sauvion

David Sauvion

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Jenn Tam

Jenn Tam

Thank you Ventures for the work you do to support our small businesses and thank you to all the small businesses for all of your dedication, passion, and grit to realize your dreams! 3 years ago