For Small Business Owners
Our free small business advising program offers strategic support to help you tackle your current challenges and position your company for growth. We invest resources in our entrepreneurs and the businesses they lead through our community of volunteer business executives, industry experts, and professional service providers.
Our Program Offers:
- One-on-one mentoring
- Strategy roundtable sessions tailored to your business’ curent challenges and needs
- Networking events
- Educational events
- Promotional opportunities for your business within our network and to the general public
Are You Eligible? Criteria Include:
- Successful small businesses located in, or hiring from, lower-income communities
- An Operating history of at least a year (i.e. beyond start-up phase)
- Annual revenues of at least $150,000
- 2+ full-time employees
Our volunteer advisors are active professionals from major banks, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies. Through PCV, companies like yours are accessing our invaluable BusinessAdvising.org network of expert-level advisors to grow their businesses.Sign up today by filling out a profile to tell us more about yourself and your business and we will get the matching started!Sign Up For BusinessAdvising.org
The Cheese School
The Cheese School
Cheese Education and Tasting Events
The Cheese School of San Francisco is the only independent institution of its kind in the nation dedicated entirely to helping people maximize their enjoyment and appreciation of cheese through education and tasting events, both structured and informal.
The Cheese School needed support to further develop their marketing and public relations efforts in order to increase their customer base and brand visibility. PCV Advisors performed a market analysis for The Cheese School, identifying a new customer segment and suggesting various public relations opportunities.
The Cheese School recently started their Cheesemonger education program to reach the new customer base, and has increased their presence in the media, which resulted in a 28% growth in revenue in 2012.
Nourishing Food and Honest Resources
CORE Foods is an Oakland-based nonprofit company on a mission to cultivate a healthier planet by empowering people with nourishing food and honest resources. CORE Foods provides meal bars, services and resources that give their customers the power to live fulfilling and healthy lives.
CORE Foods came to PCV because they needed help increasing sales and expanding their team. The CORE Foods management team met one-on-one with four different PCV Advisors and also had a Business Strategy Roundtable to discuss sustainable growth.
The CORE Foods team has grown from two to nine employees and has seen a 140% revenue growth over the last year, with January 2013 being their most profitable month in company history.
Quirky Gifts, Clothing and Accessories
Clever, practical, and original is the motto at this fast-paced San Francisco design company. Over a decade of designing, GAMA-GO has produced thousands of tee designs and such gift hits as The Flipper Guitar Spatula, the Buddha Butter Dish, the SwitchPop, Fingerstache Tattoos, the Karate Chopper, and the HipHopsicles.
Before meeting with their PCV Advisor, GAMA-GO struggled with cash flow and sought help with financial planning and systems design. GAMA-GO owners met with a PCV Advisor to better understand their financial statements & cash flow needs and in 2012, saw their sales grow by 65%, a profit of over $420K; and added two new jobs for a growth rate of 15%, while also increasing employee salaries.
Lila B. Designs
Lila B. Designs
Making Beautiful Statements With Living Things
Lila B. Designs uses sustainable, often locally grown plants and flowers to create stylish custom container gardens from their studio space and retail showroom in San Francisco’s Mission District. Whether transforming a deck or bedecking a wedding venue, Lila B. designs living arrangements that bring beauty, serenity, and artistry to any space, indoors or out.
Lila B. Designs needed support in honing their business strategy and revenue model to ensure profitability, while also maintaining their commitment to being a Green Certified Business. PCV matched Lila B. Designs with an advisor who is helping them develop financial and growth plans that fit well with their sustainability goals.
Lila B. Designs is focused on setting up a new financial infrastructure to solidify their processes in preparation for growth in 2013, and has been able to add six new members to their team.
Modern Wall Decor and Accessories for Children
Petit Collage’s eco-friendly, vintage-inspired room décor and accessories have captured the hearts of parents everywhere, as well as the attention of tastemakers such as Martha Stewart and The New York Times.
After more than five years in business, Petit Collage was ready to expand and needed help to achieve a sustainable growth and operations strategy. Several PCV Advisors met one-on -one with Petit Collage and helped to develop more strategic budgeting, hiring and operations processes.
With active guidance and input from PCV Advisors, the company recently hired a Chief Financial Officer, as well as four additional employees and is achieving its goal of sustainable growth.