Who We Are

We recruit the nation's brightest business minds to volunteer their expertise to help promising small businesses grow and create jobs in lower-income communities. PCV’s community of advisers, entrepreneurs, and partner organizations provide small business owners with knowledge and resources to help them, and their employees,  excel. Our focus is on brick-and-mortar small businesses that have the potential to create quality jobs in vulnerable communities.

Our advising programs began in the San Francisco Bay area, but today PCV’s services are available to businesses across the country via our online BusinessAdvising.org platform. BusinessAdvising.org matches small business owners like you with volunteer business advisors who provide tailored, hands-on assistance to help your small businesses grow.

Background and History

PCV was founded in 1998 to connect entrepreneurs located in or hiring from lower income communities with a network of business advisors that could help provide the resources they need to grow and sustain their business. We believe that by bringing the intellectual and financial capital available to VC-backed technology start-ups in Silicon Valley to brick-and-mortar small businesses, we can have a real and positive impact on the economic development of these communities. In every year since its inception, PCV has proven that this approach works. Our program has consistently outpaced the state and nation in job growth.

Our Team

  • Kendra Ott | Associate Director, Business Advising
  • Allison Kelly | Corporate Officer; Managing Director, Small Business Advising and Lending
  • Andrea Bañas | Program Coordinator, Business Advising
  • Eli Raber | Program Manager, Business Advising

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