Small business ownership has been a pathway to the middle class for generations and continues to be a crucial tool for building wealth and community self-determination. Building a successful small business involves overcoming many challenges, and it’s even harder if you’re new to the country or don’t have money from your family to help you get started.
PCV Small Business Advising gives Main Street businesses the same tools and resources that drive tech companies to greater success: pairing an entrepreneur with an expert business advisor. If we help empower small business owners to increase their competitiveness while at the same time creating quality jobs with better wages, then every community and worker benefits.
It’s because of the small army of professionals, experts, and seasoned entrepreneurs who volunteer their time to mentor business owners through our platform, that any of this is possible. It’s also due to the commitment of companies across the country whose employees volunteer en-masse through our platform, like Google, Capital One, and Bank of the West. We — and the small business owners you’ve worked with — appreciate every phone call, email, and piece of advice.
Volunteering—so many people want to do it, but in our busy lives it’s safe to say that many of us don’t feel like we’re doing it enough. Whether you have a tight schedule or are finding it difficult to find your volunteer-niche, virtual volunteering can offer a solution. In recent weeks, we’ve been sharing the stories of some of our advisors like Sherri Beasley, Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Children’s Health in Tennessee. And Jenna Cafiero, a Program Manager at Google. You can see more of these great stories on the blog.
If you’re working with advisor in the program and you have a great story to tell us about your work together, please contact us and let us know!
If you’re reading this, and you’re thinking “who has time to volunteer?” But the truth is, it only takes less than 5 hours a month to make a big difference in someone else’s life. Don’t worry if you’ve never worked for or run your own small business. We’ll match you with the right small business based on what you can contribute.