When Ventures was founded more than twenty years ago, our goal was to take an innovative anti-poverty program from halfway around the world and use it to help underserved communities in the Puget Sound region. Since then, innovation has been an integral part of our identity – in fact, it is one of the six core values that drive our work every day.
That’s why we are so excited to share that Ventures has been selected as a recipient of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2018 Innovation Awards in the “Professional Services” category. The award celebrates the success of the Ventures Network, a set of training and consulting services offered by Ventures that enable organizations and government agencies to learn and implement best practices in microenterprise development.
In more than twenty years of service to microbusiness owners in the Puget Sound region, we have established unique educational programs, incubation opportunities, and outreach strategies. We have developed these best practices through constant iteration, experimentation, and innovation – with the ultimate goal of maximizing positive outcomes for low-income entrepreneurs and their businesses.
Because Ventures entrepreneurs face unique challenges, our programs are focused on empowering clients to succeed on their own terms. This is part of our special recipe for success, and it is a big part of why we have been able to achieve the outcomes that we have.
Our approach has evolved over time, through listening, experimenting, and constantly evaluating our impact against our clients’ goals. Once we have proven what works, we are able to share that knowledge through the Ventures Network.
As we continue to expand our business development services throughout the region, we also help other nonprofits and government agencies do the same through the Ventures Network. We are doubling down on our commitment to innovation by launching several other new projects in 2018. You can check out Ventures’ Business Directory and our new policy and advocacy program via our website. We are hoping to have more exciting news about an e-commerce site for clients later this year.
Many thanks to our friends at the Puget Sound Business Journal, and to all of our partners and supporters that allow us to expand and innovate every day. Stay tuned for more innovation from Ventures in 2018!