I proudly serve on the board for Ventures, a life-changing non-profit providing a comprehensive toolbox of resources to equip low-income entrepreneurs to build bridges out of poverty by launching their own small businesses. Support from you today will help us reach a $25,000 goal in the month of April. You are essential to the mission, and your support provides the hope, guidance, coaching, and foundation for a thriving future.
There are so many people deserving of the chance to pursue their passions, fulfill their dreams, and launch their own business. Because of generous donors like you, Ventures can provide access to business training, capital, coaching, and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs. Most of our clients are women, people of color, immigrants, and individuals with low income. You are essential to our mission to support individuals to increase their income potential, achieve long-term financial stability, provide for their families, and enrich their communities through small business ownership, now and for generations to come.
Your donation will support the people who have the innovative minds, willingness to work hard, and determined spirits to launch creative businesses, all because of you and the business development resources Ventures provides. I ask you to consider making a significant donation today that will make a significant difference for someone tomorrow. Just click on the donate button.
Your support matters, and I appreciate it.
Still not convinced? Here are some key statistics from 2017:
Ventures worked with 609 people
99% are considered low income according to local HUD guidelines
35% live at or below the federal poverty line
67% people of color
30% are immigrants
30% Hispanic or Latino/a
36% speak English as a second language
The average Ventures client supports a family of 2 on $24,168 per year
Client Success: 2017
66% of clients were operating a business 18-months after graduating from Ventures’ Business Basics Course
On average, business revenue nearly doubled (96%) increase after 18 months of receiving services from Ventures
22% of business owners had paid employees after 18 months.
Within 18 months of receiving Ventures services, household incomes increased by 19%
Two thirds of clients living below the poverty line moved out of poverty within 18 months
Unemployment fell by 50% after 18 months. Clients either launched their business or found a living wage job
For graduates who chose a wage job instead of self-employment, 90% said the skills and confidence they gained in Ventures’ programs helped them succeed in their current job
Now you're convinced, right?! Thank you. Please click on the "Donate" button. Your support matters, and I appreciate it.