Frequently Asked Questions

Ventures offers a robust set of programs, services, and support to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business. The first step is registering for our free Orientation in which you will learn about Ventures programs, connect with other entrepreneurs, and have the opportunity to interview for our 8-week Business Basics Course. To interview for our Business Basics Course, you must have a clear and focused business idea and meet our income guidelines.

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People in Household  Income Less Than   Income Between:  Income Between:  

Cost

$50

$100

$200

$12,140$12,141 - $24,280$24,281 - $56,200
$16,460$16,461 - $32,920$32,921 - $64,200
$20,780$20,781 - $41,560$41,561 - $72,250
$25,100$25,101 - $50,200$50,201 - $80,250
$29,420$29,421 - $58,840$58,841 - $86,700
$33,740$33,741 -$67,480$67,481 - $93,100
$38,060$38,061 - $76,120$76,121 - $99,550
$42,380$42,381 - $84,760$84,761 - $105,950

Upon acceptance into the Business Basics Course, entrepreneurs pay $50, $100, or $200 depending on total household size and income. Fees for courses after the course vary and are also sliding scale based on household size and income. If entrepreneurs are unable to pay the full sliding scale fee, we encourage they pay what is appropriate for them. View fees on mobile.

People in Household  Income Less Than   Income Between:  Income Between:  

Cost

$50

$100

$200

$12,140$12,141 - $24,280$24,281 - $56,200
$16,460$16,461 - $32,920$32,921 - $64,200
$20,780$20,781 - $41,560$41,561 - $72,250
$25,100$25,101 - $50,200$50,201 - $80,250
$29,420$29,421 - $58,840$58,841 - $86,700
$33,740$33,741 -$67,480$67,481 - $93,100
$38,060$38,061 - $76,120$76,121 - $99,550
$42,380$42,381 - $84,760$84,761 - $105,950

Ventures verifies income to ensure that we serve our mission to assist people with low incomes to start small businesses. If you are accepted into the Business Basics Course, you will need to bring the following items to the first day of class. Please provide proof of income for each member of your household earning income. You may provide any of the following as proof:

  • Three months of pay stubs from employment
  • IRS tax form 1040
  • Letters of Entitlement from any form of public assistance (Food Stamps, SSI, TANF, Refugee Assistance Grants, Unemployment Receipts, etc.)

Yes, the Business Basics Course benefits a business at any stage. This course also helps entrepreneurs think differently about their business and helps existing business owners be more effective and efficient in their business. Sign up for the next Ventures Orientation. 

We’re so happy you are interested in reconnecting with us. Due to the demand we have for our programs, instead of retaking the course, we can match you with a business coach based on the type of business you have. Contact programs(at)venturesnonprofit.org to reconnect.

Yes, we do work with small businesses and offer courses, workshops, access to capital, business incubation programs, and business coaching. The first step in learning more about our programs is to register for our free Orientation

We do work with entrepreneurs, to help them in filing business taxes. Business coaching is one of the small business services that we provide. We offer tax workshops during tax season, as well as helping them with individual filings. If you are an entrepreneur who has already worked with Ventures, please connect with us by emailing programs(at)venturesnonprofit.org. If you haven’t taken our Business Basics course, you can sign up for the next Ventures Orientation.

Great! We would love to support you and your business with our coaching services. If you are an entrepreneur who has already worked with Ventures, please connect with us by emailing programs(at)venturesnonprofit.org. If you haven’t taken our Business Basics course, you can sign up for the next Ventures Orientation.

The Ventures Marketplace is an opportunity for product businesses to get their products into customers’ hands. We have our Pike Place Market retail store as well as our online store in which a product business can sell while at the same time receiving valuable business coaching and other small business services.

If you have completed the Ventures Business Basics Course, email programs(at)venturesnonprofit.org. If you are new to Ventures, sign up for the next Ventures Orientation.

Access to capital is one of the Specialized Services we offer to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Learn more about the requirements for our small business loans. (We do not offer IDAs). If you have completed Ventures’ Business Basics Course, email programs(at)venturesnonprofit.org. If you are new to Ventures, sign up for the next Ventures Orientation.