Representation matters. That is a statement that Chevon lives by when showcasing her work through the Refuge Outdoor Festival.
Our mission is to increase access and reduce barriers to small business ownership, and we know that racism and systemic bias presents a significant barrier for Black business owners and other people of color.
Ventures is working to address emerging needs through our relationships with clients, and adapting our programmatic offerings to meet the need.
Not only are they facing the same health and safety concerns that we all do, but they also fear for their economic security.
Why our Microenterprise Home Kitchens proposal "died" in the state legislature this year.
Curious about Ventures first-ever policy proposal? Our "tamale bill" would legalize home cooking and create a place in the formal economy for our early-stage food entrepreneurs.
Ventures and The Riveter are hosting a happy hour and panel discussion with LGBTQ+ founders on how they built their businesses on June 25th.
"I worked in the industry for several years as a mechanic and hated what I saw. People were taken advantage of and lied to...I loved fixing cars but couldn’t stay in an industry with this landscape so I quit…and started daydreaming about how I could do it better."
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?
We know our services make an impact, so we decided to create and pilot a program for the formerly incarcerated: Ready for Release.