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Our Mission

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:

Our InSight team investigates best practices and provides policymakers with tools for understanding the critical steps in scaling social impact investing, and 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.

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 — BusinessAdvising.org — utilizes a sophisticated matching algorithm that identifies and suggests the ideal advisor for each small business client. Our companies have shown job growth at eleven times the national average.

PCV’s small business lending fund provides affordable small business loans from $50,000 to $200,000 to high-growth California businesses creating quality jobs in underserved communities. Our fund is more flexible than bank or SBA loans, and puts 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.

Our InSight impact evaluation practice has become one of the most experienced, specialized providers of impact investing evaluation services to some of the most prominent institutional investors and philanthropies in the world, including CalPERs for California, Citi Group, and Neighborhood National Bank. PCV’s rigorous, client-driven solutions supported the evaluation of over $40 billion of impact and targeted capital to date.

Our History

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.

Our Partners And Funders

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