I am a microbusiness owner. I work with microbusiness owners. I hire microbusiness owners. And, through Ventures, I support microbusiness owners.
Business is tough, and I want to know that there is a resource for people who are getting started and don't have the means or the knowledge they need.
I can tell you that I started my business by accident. I had no idea what to do with the client I had just secured. My work with Ventures gave me a huge boost and some key advice at the right time. I am a Board member, but I could just as easily have been a client.
My business changed my life. It was the best mistake I ever made to start it. Six years later, I have hired people, and I have educated thousands of business owners on how to market their businesses. When you give entrepreneurs a helping hand, you not only change their lives, but you give them a chance to pay it forward. To contribute.
Through Ventures, I have met entreprenurs who have incredible ideas for products and services that add real, tangible value to the world. Their business is the road to self-sufficiency and contributing back to the economy in bigger and better ways. And, to get there, they just need a little support.
Please join me in giving them that support they need to make the world and their world a better place.
Pitch-in to empower low-income entrepreneurs to move out of poverty through small business ownership. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to triple the amount of customized coaching per client.
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.