Upcoming Small Business Services

September 7, 2019

Networking Events

Latinx Business Founders Panel + Happy Hour

Join Ventures and The Riveter for a happy hour and panel discussion with Latinx founders on how they built their businesses. Ask questions and discover how these entrepreneurs are making a positive impact in the community. Save your seat.

Thursday, September 19
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Advocacy Night

Enjoy delicious food, learn about Ventures’ advocacy program, and network with other entrepreneurs at our 2nd annual Advocacy Night on October 9th! RSVP!

Wednesday, October 9
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn, Network, and Access Resources for Your Business: 2019 Microbusiness Saturday!

Join your Ventures peers and bring friends from the larger business community to Microbusiness Saturday, Ventures’ annual event open to the public. Microbusiness Saturday is a full day, public event to celebrate and elevate local micro-business owners by providing one-one business coaching, workshops, resources, and panels.

Saturday, October 26
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
$30 full day or $15 half day*

*Half day: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm or 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Financial Management Course

Make confident financial decisions for your business and your personal life! One of Ventures’ most powerful courses, this comprehensive 8-week course will equip you with key financial tools to take—and keep—control of your finances to make better informed financial decisions. Topics include personal finances and credit, bookkeeping systems, and business financials. Learn more about managing finances ►

Note: If you’ve taken the personal finance or business finance course earlier this year, you can attend the section you haven’t taken. Please email Amy Hollander directly to learn more.

Mondays, September 9 – November 4*
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$40, $60, $100 sliding based on income**

*No class on October 14
**If you are unable to pay, please email Amy Hollander.

Get Your Product into Buyer’s Hands: Scaling for Success Course

Interested in selling your products to gift or grocery stores? Learn the basics in this 5-session course! Buyers from PCC will be at the training to answer your questions, review, your product, and provide feedback! Open to retail products and food products. Get your product in front of real buyers! ►

Tuesdays, September 17 – October 15
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$20, $40, $60 sliding based on income

Monthly Small Business Legal Clinic

Request an appointment with a lawyer, at no cost, for 45-minutes to ask them legal questions about your business.

New registration process: Complete this form (see completed example) and send it to Amy Hollander by Monday, September 16 at 5:00 pm to request an appointment. If you need help completing the form contact Amy.

Thursday, September 26
4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, or 7:15 pm


6 Steps to Increased Sales for Your Business: Marketing Campaign Course

Build a marketing campaign that works for your business to engage customers and grow your sales. Learn how to create effective marketing materials and how to follow through on your campaign.

Time will be built into the course to work on and implement your campaign, as well as to get individual support from the instructor. Learn how to develop a successful marketing campaign ►

Thursdays, October 3 – 24
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
$20, $40, $60 sliding based on income*

*If you are unable to pay, please email Amy Hollander.

Food Workshop: How do you create a profitable catering business?

Catering has a high potential for expansion and profitability. Plus, it’s fun. With just a small amount of start-up capital, you can create a unique experience for your clients. Learn how to market your service and turn it into a source of income in this workshop. This is open to clients at all levels of business. Learn how to start catering ►
Tuesday, October 15
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Advocacy Corner

Help us advocate for a Home Cooking Permit! Sign up to learn about the “Tamale Bill” or share your story with us

Ventures is advocating to allow entrepreneurs to sell culturally diverse foods like tamales, pot pies, and hot sauce from your home kitchens with a permit. If you have started a food business in your home kitchen or are interested in doing so, please fill out this confidential 2-minute survey so we can keep you updated. Please note, all responses are confidential and are reviewed only for the purpose of receiving updates from Ventures about this campaign and to help us understand diverse experiences with home cooking. Thank you!

Questions on this? Email Will von Geldern, Director of Advocacy, at wvgeldern@venturesnonprofit.org

Have you ever faced challenges getting paid in full, on time, or at all?

The Ventures advocacy team is looking into potential solutions, and you can raise your voice by sharing your experience in a 2-minute survey. If you have any other challenges or barriers you’d like to tell us about, you can always fill out our general advocacy survey.

Community Resources

Ventures’ Monthly Networking Series

Save the 2019 dates for NEW, FREE monthly networking events for Ventures clients taking place in the 2100 Building every 1st Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm!

  • September 5
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5