About Pacific Community Ventures

Testimonial

"The day I learned about PCV was the luckiest day of my life. We've had roundtables, one-on-one advising, attended workshops and learned from other entrepreneurs. PCV's help has been the most valuable consulting we've ever had. Our sales are up and we're feeling ready!"

Bibby Gignilliat, Founder & CEO, Parties That Cook

Pacific Community Ventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 1998 by former Silicon Valley executives who believed that small businesses in underserved communities should have easier access to the high-caliber advice and capital that revolutionized the high-tech industry.

PCV’s services include advice and capital to help small businesses succeed, plus impact evaluation, research, and policy services to propel the impact economy forward. Our unique ecosystem of programs work together to catalyze the creation of community wealth and to drive lasting, positive economic change. We fulfill our mission through four core programs:

Business Advising

Our Business Advising program matches small business owners with volunteer business advisors who provide tailored, hands-on assistance to help small businesses thrive. Our online Business Advising portal utilizes a sophisticated matching algorithm that identifies and suggests the ideal advisor for each small business client. Since its start in 1998, the Business Advising program has helped over 3,300 small businesses create jobs and opportunities in neighborhoods that need them most.  

Loans

PCV’s Small Business Advising Integrated Lending Fund (SAIL Fund) provides affordable small business loans from $50,000 to $200,000 to high-growth California businesses creating quality jobs in underserved communities. SAIL Funds put businesses on a path to grow and scale so they can attract additional capital. PCV integrates capital with hands-on, pre-loan technical assistance and post-loan business advice throughout the full term of the loan to ensure the long-term success of our borrowers.

Policy & Best Practices

Our InSight team investigates best practices and provides tools for understanding the critical steps in scaling social impact investing. We provide policymakers with access to information they can leverage to drive capital and resources to build the economies of underserved communities. Our work advances the global practice of investing for intentional social and environmental benefit by investigating and disseminating best industry practices, building networks and supporting the development of enabling policy and market infrastructure.

Impact Evaluation

Out of the desire to assess our own social impact, PCV created InSight's impact evaluation practice in 2005, and has become one of the most experienced, specialized providers of impact evaluation services to some of the most prominent institutional investors and philanthropies in the world, including CalPERs for California and Neighborhood National Bank. PCV’s rigorous, client-driven solutions supported the evaluation of over $25 billion of impact and targeted capital in 2012.

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Meet the PCV Team

Pacific Community Ventures creates jobs and economic opportunity in lower-income communities through the direct support of small businesses as well as by advocating for systemic change to increase investment in these vulnerable communities.

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View jobs currently available at PCV and PCV advised/portfolio companies.

Corporate Partners

The following companies have generously contributed products and services to support PCV's efforts.

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Community Partners

PCV's community partnerships create strong ties in target areas and facilitate the sharing of learning and knowledge across communities.

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