3 Reasons To Start A Skills-Based Employee Volunteer Program

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring

skills based employee volunteering

If your company hasn’t explored skills-based volunteering, you could be missing a major employee-engagement and CSR opportunity.  When you think about an employee volunteer program, what comes to mind immediately? A bunch of your staff wearing matching t-shirts and cleaning up a beach or local park? A few team members here or there volunteering once a year at a food bank or animal shelter? While all of those cause are noble – and the need for volunteer help is real – there is another major opportunity that can help your business while you’re doing good. What is skills-based volunteering? While nonprofits and charities in your community have a need for bodies to stuff boxes and envelopes or hand out supplies, they also have the same needs that your business does. Every day nonprofits struggle with marketing themselves to reach more people with their services. They have issues with their websites … Read More

Small Business Resources Roundup

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

small business ecommerce

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.

Fundamental HR Management for Smaller Businesses

Robert PorterSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

small business hr management

You went into business because of a passion for a product or a service and built a business around that. At some point, you hired your first employee and soon discovered HR management is a necessary part of a successful business. Your success is now partially dependent upon your employees, their performance, and how they interact with your customers.  Hire the Right People for the Job Hiring the right person takes time, and the right person on a small team is critical. You’ve invested in your business and it’s equally important you invest the time to do the following: Reevaluate your business – What does your business need to be truly successful? Resist the temptation to react to an immediate issue. Instead, think about the skills your business will need not only today but next quarter, and perhaps even next year. How will that affect your staffing needs, the skillsets, … Read More

Small Business Resources Roundup

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

small business cashflow

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.

Advisor Appreciation and Networking Event

Patrick DugganPCV News, Small Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

advisor mixer

Pacific Community Ventures is excited to invite you to our first Advisor Appreciation & Networking Event! Our advisors are the heart of our small business mentoring program, and all of our program’s success is due to your commitment to see small businesses across America succeed. This night is all about you! We want to show our appreciation for the time and talent you continue to donate, and to provide a long-requested opportunity for our advisors to network with each other. Please join us: Thursday, May 25 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm 25 Lusk 25 Lusk Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 Light fare and drink tickets will be provided We’ll host a brief program sharing the impact your advice made on our small business community in 2016, a raffle featuring products from advised small businesses — and most of the evening is reserved for you to network with each other.   Thank … Read More

Small Business Resources Roundup

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

small business credit

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.

Thriving Small Businesses Means A Thriving Bay Area

Patrick DugganPCV News, Small Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Loans, Small Business Resources

bay area small business cdfi

Picture a few of your favorite small and independent businesses. Maybe you love stopping by Equator Coffee or Boba Guys on the way into work, shopping at Benny Gold or Heath Ceramics, working out at The Dailey Method, or sitting down at Brown Sugar Kitchen and hoping a few Warriors grab the table next to you. Now what if I told you that without a small handful of government programs, many of your favorite places might not exist? The so-called “Skinny Budget” cuts funding for several successful bi-partisan small business programs that helped launch and grow tens of thousands of small businesses across the Bay Area – and hundreds of thousands across America. It cuts $42 million from Small Business Administration programs aimed at new job creation; $32 million from programs that help people of color start companies and hire more employees; and completely eliminates the Community Development Financial Institution … Read More

Our Business Advising Program Is Now In All 50 States!

Patrick DugganPCV News, Small Business Advising And Mentoring

small business advice mentoring coaching

We’re thrilled to announce that our BusinessAdvising.org small business mentoring program is now serving small businesses in all 50 states. It’s been an amazing three years, bring small business mentoring from a regional program in San Francisco to every corner of America empowering small business owners to increase their competitiveness while at the same time creating quality jobs and stronger communities. A major thank you to all the advisors who give their time and expertise in our program. With your support, we’ve grown the BusinessAdvising.org program to greater heights that have enabled us to empower small businesses in a plethora of industries and sizes across the country. None of this would be possible without you! We also want to thank our many partners and supporters, like Capital One, The Super Bowl, and Accion.  In 2016, the small businesses who worked with a pro bono advisor from BusinessAdvising.org saw their revenues … Read More

Small Business Resources Roundup

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

small business customer service

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.

Small Business Resources Roundup

Patrick DugganSmall Business Advising And Mentoring, Small Business Resources

small business scheduling

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.