How has our advocacy increased access and reduced barriers for Ventures entrepreneurs? Where have we fallen short? What are other ways that we can make a positive impact in our community?
Training, coaching, and policy advocacy for Ventures entrepreneurs
As a community-based organization, we believe it is our responsibility to help entrepreneurs develop the confidence and skills they need to succeed as leaders in their businesses and their communities. That is why we recently launched a leadership development workshop called Raise Your Voice.
This program, offered twice annually, equips business owners with the tools they need to become effective leaders and strong advocates for themselves and each other.
If you have completed our Business Basics Course, you can learn more about our Raise Your Voice workshop and other upcoming programs on our Special Topic Workshops.
Being a successful small business owner requires navigating a complex maze of permits, law and regulations. Ventures provides one-on-one coaching and advocacy support to help entrepreneurs navigate this maze. Our ongoing support helps entrepreneurs understand–and if possible, change–the systemic factors that affect their businesses in order to help them succeed.
If you have completed our Business Basics Course, you can request one-on-one coaching from our advocacy team by emailing Will at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that running a small business is more than a full-time commitment. Ventures meets business owners where they are and engages our community to advocate for systemic changes to increase access and reduce barriers to entrepreneurship.
Through grassroots civic engagement, Ventures empowers entrepreneurs to educate their representatives about the importance of small and micro-business in our community. In 2019, Ventures will also advocate for a policy agenda based on input and ideas from entrepreneurs–including our first-ever Advocacy Day at the state capitol in Olympia.
Learn How We’re Advocating for Microbusinesses
We have spent the last year listening to the needs of Ventures entrepreneurs. Based on your input, our team is laser-focused on four ways to help our business owners during the 2019 legislative session.
We are calling this our “food justice” campaign because we know that food entrepreneurs with limited resources face an uphill battle because of a lack of access to capital and other barriers.
"There are many reasons to intern at Ventures, but perhaps none is more worthwhile than being a part of something that remains firm to what it stands for."
Since last October, we’ve held community meetings, lobbied government officials, and worked with our entrepreneurs to advocate for a more equitable society.