Please support the Ventures Pitch-In campaign to empower low-income entrepreneurs to move out of poverty through small business ownership. I joined the Ventures board five years ago because I was struck by how this organization provides tremendous support and hope for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Since I joined the Ventures board, we have seen thousands of Ventures graduates start or grow their small business and with amazing results. Nearly two-thirds of Ventures clients emerge from poverty within two years of starting the Ventures program. Help us further the cause. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to further expand the customized coaching for each of our clients. I greatly appreciate your support of this amazing organization.
Stable, long-term employment with competitive pay and benefits is becoming less and less common in today's labor market, while low-wage service work and temporary employment are on the rise. Many marginalized communities are being forgotten in this new reality. Individuals are trapped in low-wage jobs, generational poverty, and financial instability. This severely limits households' earning potential and a path to achieving the American Dream. Microbusiness is a viable pathway out of persistent, generational poverty, and provides opportunities for workers with little chance of securing high-quality jobs to increase their income.
Ventures makes small business ownership a solution to inadequate or unstable employment opportunities for low-income individuals. Each year we empower over 600 entrepreneurs by giving them the tools and resources they need to grow their businesses, increase their financial stability, and improve their lives! Ventures provides a comprehensive toolkit of services for low-income entrepreneurs, which includes microloans, free legal assistance, financial literacy education, matched savings accounts, access to new markets through our retail store and business incubator in Pike Place Market-- and we supplement all of these services with our specialized training and coaching. Through our customized coaching we help 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. With your support, a single mom of two can become a CEO of her own small business; a disabled veteran can launch his dream business; or a young, ambitious immigrant can achieve the American Dream. Thank you for pitching in and supporting a mission that is making a difference in our community.