Small Business Services
Small businesses make your neighborhood, town, or city unique, but too many of them fail because they can’t access the capital, advice, or resources they need to succeed.
Pacific Community Ventures helps small business owners grow and create good local jobs through a “Good Jobs, Good Business” model that combines fair and affordable loans with pro-bono advising, free tools, and incentives to profitably create good jobs with strong wages and benefits.
In the last 20 years, we’ve impacted the lives of thousands of small business owners who have created and grown tens of thousands of jobs. We invested more than $80 million in quality-job-creating companies and our volunteers have donated the equivalent of $2 million in pro bono advising.
Small Business Advising and Mentoring
Pacific Community Ventures invests in people. We leverage technology and volunteerism to provide small business owners with high-quality mentoring, at no cost. Our award-winning BusinessAdvising.org small business advising and mentoring platform matches business owners who are beyond the startup phase with pro bono business coaches and mentors who provide tailored, hands-on advising.
All advice is completely free and completely confidential. Companies working with our mentors increase their annual revenue by 20% on average. Our platform also removes location as a barrier, so wherever you are in America, we’ll find the best advisor to help your company grow. The entrepreneurs we work with typically own or operate brick-and-mortar businesses that have the potential to create new jobs for working people.
Small Business Loans
Does your small business need funds to increase inventory, expand or update your space, scale up for a new opportunity, purchase equipment, or add new jobs? Pacific Community Ventures can help. We’re a mission-driven lender that provides fair and affordable loans from $10,000 — $200,000 to California small businesses. Our loans help small business owners like you thrive and be successful.
We’re here to help small business owners build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the capital and advice needed to pivot or reopen safely and sustainably.
If you’re a California company that’s been in business for at least 12 months, and you’ve got at least 1 full- or part-time employee, then we’d love to work with you! We don’t require a minimum credit score, and specialize in working with small business owners who’ve had a hard time accessing capital, like female entrepreneurs, immigrant entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color, and borrowers that may have been turned down for SBA or traditional bank loans.
Good Jobs, Good Business
We know that small business owners like you want to provide really good jobs for your workers, but you’re not sure always how to raise wages, add benefits, set up paid leave, or engage employees in ways that make sense for your bottom line. The Good Jobs, Good Business Toolkit equips you with the practical tools and resources you need to offer good jobs in a way that balances the needs of the business with the needs of your employees.
We’re here for you and here for the community. Over the past 20 years, we’ve helped thousands of small businesses grow and create tens of thousands of jobs. Meet some of our clients:
From the beginning, Equator set itself apart by focusing on a triple bottom line that weaves social responsibility and sustainability into its metrics of success. Along the way, Helen and Brooke sought advice and mentoring. They have been working with Pacific Community Ventures for over a decade.