Business Coaches: Helping Entrepreneurs One Business at a Time
Christian Morales

March 20, 2019

We want to celebrate the 10 coaches that volunteered this quarter as business coaches in this year’s Business Basics Course. We accepted a total of 51 aspiring entrepreneurs into our introductory 8-week Business Basics Course, 29 for the English class and 22 in the Spanish class.

Business coaches play a crucial role in helping business owners navigate their workbooks and help students become more familiar with the business concepts they learn in class (sales, marketing, finance, operations, etc.). We are highlighting some of this quarter’s coaches, their dedication to attending class for eight weeks, and the guidance they provide.

We are still looking for volunteer business coaches for our courses in Kent and Shoreline starting in April! Please email Christian Morales for more information.

Katie Andrew

What is a highlight of your experience as a Business Coach this quarter?

My highlight as a Business Coach has been to watch everyone understand the unique value they bring to the community and customers. This unique value is what will make each business successful.

In your experience how does Ventures help entrepreneurs change their lives through small business education?

Ventures creates a safe space to ask questions and learn from other entrepreneurs. Ventures demystifies many aspects of running a business and provides a support network for business owners to share ideas.

Why would you recommend future volunteers to volunteer their time at Ventures?

Through Ventures, volunteers can help support the community by sharing previous business experiences. It feels great to use my experiences to help others succeed in running a small business.

 

Roslyn Johnson

What is a highlight of your experience as a Business Coach this quarter?

Assisting students during the one-on-one workbook activities was my biggest highlight of the program. It was so enjoyable to see them develop their ideas over the course of the program.

In your experience how does Ventures help entrepreneurs change their lives through small business education?

There are so many components to running a business and Ventures helps business owners crystallize a plan to address each of those hurdles.

Why would you recommend future volunteers to volunteer their time at Ventures?

Ventures provides an opportunity for volunteers to see the impact of their efforts week after week because you’re working with the same group of entrepreneurs during the 8-week program.

 

Jamie Mendez

What is a highlight of your experience as a Business Coach this quarter? 

My experience was to support new small business sharing business experiences to start with the right direction to be successful.

In your experience how does Ventures help entrepreneurs change their lives through small business education?

Education is the key to make a business run perfectly and, make their business dreams happen!

Why would you recommend future volunteers to volunteer their time at Ventures?

I do recommend to always make some time to recycle their business experiences with the new Ventures business owners!

 

VanRex Gallard

What is a highlight of your experience as a Business Coach this quarter?

To encounter an organization, Ventures, designed to foster the creation of small businesses.

In your experience how does Ventures help entrepreneurs change their lives through small business education?

The process makes it possible!  Ventures teaches you that all you need is a dream, a clear goal and a plan.  The Ventures program brings entrepreneurs together with other dreamers, volunteers and an organization (Ventures) with the resources and motivation to help; where your success is their success. The Ventures Program is aconfidence builder, where the participants conclude and prove to themselves that “Sí, es posible!”

Why would you recommend future volunteers to volunteer their time at Ventures?

It makes a difference, it is rewarding for the volunteers and of great value to the community.

 

Rocky White

What is a highlight of your experience as a Business Coach this quarter?

My highlight was hearing truly professional elevator pitches at the end of the quarter after the students had spent the last few months refining the speeches.

In your experience how does Ventures help entrepreneurs change their lives through small business education?

Ventures empowers people by giving them the tools to create their own business and open up new opportunities for themselves.

Why would you recommend future volunteers to volunteer their time at Ventures?

Volunteering at Ventures is a fantastic opportunity to help new entrepreneurs who are genuinely eager to learn. While you share your knowledge, you also forge bonds of friendship with remarkable people from industries that are completely different from your own.

 

Andre Dayani

What is a highlight of your experience as a Business Coach this quarter?

I have to say, that when I heard each person’s elevator pitch on the last class of the program, I was moved deeply. I love the fact that people can set upon a pipedream and somehow will it to reality. Imagine all the beautiful things that would arise that might have never been seen otherwise?

In your experience how does Ventures help entrepreneurs change their lives through small business education?

Ventures gives people tools to act on their PLAN A and the confidence to follow through! As a community, we are all like, “You got this!”

Why would you recommend future volunteers to volunteer their time at Ventures?

Volunteers will be inspired and moved by the energy in this group. You could tell when you come here: this group will move people to make the most of their gifts and talents!