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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 good jobs and investments that support underserved communities.

Pacific Community Ventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that engages small businesses, impact investors, and policymakers to build an economy that works for everyone.

We do this by empowering small business owners with working capital, free advice and mentorship, and access to the networks they need to grow their companies. We also provide customized research and advisory services to impact investors and policymakers to measure and communicate the social outcomes of investments and increase their impact. Our programs strengthen local economies, create new quality jobs, and stimulate private and public investment in underserved communities.

We fulfill our mission through four core programs:

PCV InSight investigates best practices and provides policymakers and business owners with practical tools for understanding and scaling their social impact investments. This is customized information they can leverage to drive capital and resources to create quality jobs and build the economies of underserved communities. Our work advances the 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 Small Business Lending provides affordable small business loans and microloans from $10,000 to $200,000 to high-growth California businesses creating quality jobs in underserved communities. Our fund is more flexible than a bank or the SBA, 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.

PCV’s Impact Evaluation Practice is 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, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Neighborhood National Bank. Our rigorous, client-driven solutions supported the evaluation of over $40 billion of social-impact and economically-targeted capital each year.

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 4,000 small businesses grow and create tens of thousands of jobs in neighborhoods that need them most.

Our Partners And Funders

  • 3CORE
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