Ryan Calkins joined Ventures in December 2016.

Ryan supports entrepreneurs in the service sector to launch and grow their businesses in his role as Service Business Specialist. He first learned about Ventures in 2008 when he was serving on the board of a local microlending organization. Initially, Ryan volunteered for the Business Development Training. As the organization expanded its services, Ryan jumped at the opportunity to join the team because of the great mission and culture of the organization. Prior to Ventures, Ryan owned and operated small businesses in distribution, manufacturing, and wellness.

Ryan co-owns the LAB, a strength and conditioning gym in Wallingford and Status Ceramics, an artisan tile studio in Georgetown. While not involved in the day-to-day operations, he loves to support his partners and managers of both businesses.