About Ventures

Ventures empowers individuals with limited resources and unlimited potential
to improve their lives through small business ownership.

Our Mission

Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential. We provide access to business training, capital, coaching, and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs. We serve those in our community for whom traditional business development services are out of reach, with a focus on women, people of color, immigrants, and individuals with low income. Our ultimate goal is to support individuals to increase their income potential, achieve long-term financial stability, provide for their families, and enrich their communities through small business ownership. 

0 Trainings Provided
$1,403,0 Dollars Loaned
2,0 Businesses Launched
7,60 Lives Changed

Ventures’ Services Include

Ventures provides courses in both English and Spanish on business basics, marketing, operations, sales, financial management, and packaged food. We also host a monthly legal clinic and a variety of workshops on topics such as digital marketing, wholesaling, and understanding credit.

Coaching helps our entrepreneurs identify and overcome barriers to business success. Our coaches are teachers, mentors, counselors, and business consultants. Coaches work side by side with business-owners as they create marketing, sales, and financial plans but they do more than help with business plans and goal setting – they are cheerleaders. Ventures’ Business Coaches are great listeners, ask open-ended questions, motivate, and meet our entrepreneurs where they’re at.

We strive to give our entrepreneurs increasing access to markets and incubation opportunities. Ventures currently has a retail store and incubator in Pike Place Market, the Ventures Marketplace, where our business owners can test and refine their products, an online Business Directory that allows entrepreneurs to increase their online presence, as well as booths at gift shows and pop-up markets. We also provide access to affordable commercial kitchen space for our food businesses.

Ventures provides access to capital through our loans and savings programs. Currently, we offer collateral-free peer loans, traditional business loans, and credit-building loans. We pair these loans with financial management and literacy courses and workshops.

Our Entrepreneurs

Ventures’ ultimate goal is to empower our entrepreneurs to increase their incomes and achieve long-term financial stability. Our typical client supports a family of two on approximately $24,000 per year when they enter our program. At Ventures, a single mom of two can become a CEO of her own microenterprise, a disabled veteran can launch his dream business, or an ambitious immigrant can achieve the American Dream.

Women 72%
People of color 66%
Immigrants 33%
Latino/a 30%

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