Imagine what life is like when you don’t know where your next paycheck is coming from — or if your current paycheck doesn’t pay the bills. With the widest income gap since the ’20s, and increasingly limited economic mobility, the U.S. urgently needs new businesses that offer quality jobs and investments that support underserved communities.
Pacific Community Ventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and community development financial institution (CDFI) that believes small businesses in local communities should have easier access to the high-caliber advice and capital that revolutionized the high-tech industry. “Mom and pop” businesses and entrepreneurial ventures bring stability and renewed energy to deteriorating neighborhoods, and help revitalize poor inner city, suburban and rural areas.
Our 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:
PCV was launched in 1999 by two former Silicon Valley executives who saw the resources being made available to venture-backed tech startups (access to working capital, expert business advice, and extensive networks) and knew that independent businesses on Main Street would benefit from the same resources. Since our start, Pacific Community Ventures has helped over 3,500 small businesses grow and create tens of thousands of jobs in neighborhoods that need them most.
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