EVENT DATE: Aug 13, 2016
Ventures helps Seattle entrepreneurs from underprivileged backgrounds learn the skills they need to grow their small businesses by offering training and mentorship programs. We've both met many entrepreneurs in the program, been inspired by their stories, and been impressed by their self-reliance and dedication to building a better life for their families through hard honest work. Rippy volunteered with Ventures as a marketing advisor last year and currently sits on the board of directors.
What We Do
Ventures provides a comprehensive toolbox of resources to equip low-income entrepreneurs to build bridges out of poverty by launching their own small businesses.
Hands-on training in marketing, sales, operations, and finances
One-to-one business coaching
Skill-building business workshops
Microloans and matched savings accounts
Financial literacy training and credit counseling
Free small business legal services
Computer lab and business resource library
Access to retail space at our store in Pike Place Market
Access to our Word of Mouth food truck and commercial kitchen at rates below market price.
Who We Serve
We serve over 800 entrepreneurs each year in the Seattle Metropolitan Area through programs in English and Spanish. Our clients are unable to access traditional business education and financing due to barriers such as low literacy or language proficiency, lack of collateral, or poor to nonexistent credit. Ventures helps clients overcome these barriers.
The average Ventures client supports a family of three on $22,267/year.
66% of current clients are women.
71% of current clients are people of color.
Ventures empowers our clients to build their businesses and change their lives. Due to the success of our program model, our programs are in high demand. Your investment in Ventures will connect the dots between aspiring entrepreneurs and our network of support by bringing valuable resources to our programs.
Thank you for joining us in building businesses and changing lives.