Invest Northwest Ten Year Performance Review

Tom WoelfelImpact Investing, InSight, Publications

Invest Northwest Ten Year Performance Review

We are pleased to share our latest report: Invest Northwest: Ten-Year Final Performance Review. For ten years Pacific Community Ventures has worked with the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) to annually evaluate the social performance of Invest Northwest, a place-based mission-related private equity fund. Invest Northwest was created in 2004 with the twin objectives of generating market-rate financial returns and social returns aligned with NWAF’s mission — to support efforts by people, organizations and communities to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity in the northwestern states of the U.S. As a place-based investment, Invest Northwest was established to support business growth and retention as well as the creation of good jobs for residents within NWAF’s eight-state service region that encompasses Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington.  Invest Northwest was developed at a time when mission investing was still an emerging … Read More

An Economy For Everyone: Winter Good Jobs Recap

Patrick DugganQuality Jobs

good quality jobs living wage

In order to build wealth and create opportunities in and across America’s underserved communities, and reverse the troubling trends we’re seeing in our economy, we no longer find it defensible to focus on job creation alone. It’s clear that job creation does not itself equate to lasting economic change. And so, we must shift our focus to the creation of higher quality jobs — jobs that are good for workers and their families, good for businesses, and good for communities — enabling us to build an economy that works for everyone. Each month, we bring you the latest roundup of news from the fight for quality jobs for working people.   At the start of the new year, 19 states increased their minimum wages, lifting the pay of over 4.3 million workers. This is the largest number of states ever in a given year to increase their minimum wages absent … Read More

Small Business Resources Roundup

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

small business social media

Each month, we bring you the latest roundup of resources for small business owners bootstrapping their businesses and creating quality jobs in their communities. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @PCVtweets. Every Monday we post a new collection of new must-read small business resources, articles, and news. Are there any specific areas your business needs advice in? Let us know, and we’ll search for what you need to add to our monthly roundup.  

What’s New In Impact Investing? January Roundup

Patrick DugganImpact Investing, InSight

impact investing jobs

  Impact investing is about using markets and money for social good. Impact investing is built on the belief that private capital can play a powerful role in solving the massive global challenges of our day, and that capital markets should work for good as well as profit. This vision is realized through investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Every month, PCV will give you a roundup of what’s new in the field, what conversations are taking place, and how you can get involved. Here are some highlights from January: Foundations of all sizes have been true leaders in the impact investing field, aligning their capital with their missions, ensuring a laser focus on impact and providing catalytic capital to attract other types of investors. Seeing the potential of impact investing for achieving transformative change, … Read More

Free Small Business Webinar: Retail Is Alive And Well

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business ResourcesLeave a Comment

small business webinar retail

In this free small business webinar on strategies and best practices to stay competitive and thrive in retail, BusinessAdvising.org hosted Joe Alexander, founder of Nest Bedding, one of the leading online mattress and bedding brands. In this free webinar you’ll learn about: How a customer-centric approach pays off Tools and strategies for small businesses operating retail brick-and-mortar and online storefronts How to stay competitive in today’s dynamic retail environment   Joe Alexander is a pro bono advisor with BusinessAdvising.org, and the founder of Nest Bedding, one of the leading online mattress and bedding brands. His beds can be found in the homes of some top athletes and celebrities (and Pacific Community Ventures’ staff!) and he’s been lauded in publications such as the Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness and Refinery 29. In 2012, he bootstrapped Nest Bedding and grew it into a $20 million dollar a year force in the mattress and … Read More

Small Business Resources Monthly Roundup

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

good jobs buy local

Each month, we bring you the latest roundup of resources for small business owners bootstrapping their businesses and creating quality jobs in their communities. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @PCVtweets. Every Monday we post a new collection of new must-read small business resources, articles, and news. Are there any specific areas your business needs advice in? Let us know, and we’ll search for what you need to add to our monthly roundup.  

What’s New In Impact Investing? December Roundup

Patrick DugganImpact Investing, InSight

social impact investing

Impact investing is about using markets and money for social good. Impact investing is built on the belief that private capital can play a powerful role in solving the massive global challenges of our day, and that capital markets should work for good as well as profit. This vision is realized through investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Every month, PCV will give you a roundup of what’s new in the field, what conversations are taking place, and how you can get involved. Here are some highlights from December: Growing number of investors are attempting to create social value with their investments, but it’s often more difficult to achieve than one might think. Impact-fund managers, who invest mainly in privately held businesses, are having trouble finding companies that are ready to put large amounts of … Read More

Introducing Our New Advisory Council

Patrick DugganPCV News

pacific community ventures advisory council

Pacific Community Ventures is honored and excited to announce our new advisory council. This diverse group of small business owners, impact investors, community leaders, and professional mentors brings a wealth of skills and experience that will help us innovate our programs, engage our communities, and develop new partnerships.     We couldn’t be happier to have each and every one of these extraordinary people on board. By supporting PCV, each Advisory Council member is doing their part to strengthen small businesses, create jobs, and build stronger and healthier communities.

An Economy For Everyone: Monthly Good Jobs Recap

Patrick DugganQuality Jobs

good quality jobs

In order to build wealth and create opportunities in and across America’s underserved communities, and reverse the troubling trends we’re seeing in our economy, we no longer find it defensible to focus on job creation alone. It’s clear that job creation does not itself equate to lasting economic change. And so, we must shift our focus to the creation of higher quality jobs — jobs that are good for workers and their families, good for businesses, and good for communities — enabling us to build an economy that works for everyone. Each month, we bring you the latest roundup of news from the fight for quality jobs for working people.   Right now there’s a mismatch between capital and the people with entrepreneurial drive and innovative ideas. When venture firms, banks, and the rest of the folks holding the money dole it out, they’re usually not spreading it around to … Read More

Small Business Resources Monthly Roundup

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

Each month, we bring you the latest roundup of resources for small business owners bootstrapping their businesses and creating quality jobs in their communities. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @PCVtweets. Every Monday we post a new collection of new must-read small business resources, articles, and news. Are there any specific areas your business needs advice in? Let us know, and we’ll search for what you need to add to our monthly roundup.