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Business as a force for social change.
Business as a force for social change.

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Meet our latest #smallbusiness borrower! Paniagua Construction is a construction company located in San Francisco, CA. Established almost 25 years ago, Eduardo Paniagua and Elena Asturias started the business to offer design, building, and project management services all-in-one to clients in San Francisco. Pacific Community Ventures is excited to work with them and help them create quality jobs as they grow! https://www.pacificcommunityventures.org/2018/09/12/meet-our-latest-borrower-paniagua-construction/
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Fascinating article about jobs and poverty in the New York Times. PCV has been focused on creating jobs for years, but a full-time job isn't an answer to poverty in American anymore, which is why we need to focus on #QualityJobs. Nearly 40 percent of full-time hourly workers know their work schedules just a week or less in advance, and if the federal minimum wage tracked productivity, it would be more than $20 an hour, not today’s poverty wage of $7.25. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/magazine/americans-jobs-poverty-homeless.html
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This week’s Small Business Spotlight goes to DuWanda Beacham, the owner of Centermost Consulting in Vacaville, California. Centermost Consulting is a staffing, recruiting and professional development business, placing female top talent in life-sciences information technology fields. She started this company because she wanted to see more gender and ethnic diversity in larger organizations.

DuWanda came to Pacific Community Ventures with the goal of scaling her small business by establishing a long-term executive vision and a sound marketing strategy. We paired DuWanda with Ana Owczarzak, Regional Sales Manager, Midwest & Canada at Google.

Ana and DuWanda’s first success was determining what Centermost Consulting’s value proposition was and how her business differentiates from her competitors. Within the first couple of months of working together, DuWanda was able to utilize Ana’s expertise to refine her business model. Ana used her knowledge of Google tools to help DuWanda create a marketing strategy and explore different channels of monetization opportunities for her services. Ana also helped DuWanda realize what her main revenue streams were and where she can downsize to increase her profit margins.
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Pacific Community Ventures has been investing capital, resources, and advising in small businesses for 20 years. Meet some of the business owners we've been lucky enough to work with along the way, like Niman Ranch. https://www.pacificcommunityventures.org/cool_timeline/success-story-niman-ranch/
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From our friends at ImpactAlpha: Investors see real estate as the "easy" path in #OpportunityZones, but #smallbusiness is where the impact lies. Two out of three net new jobs are created by small businesses. Minority entrepreneurs are more likely to hire locally, and hire other minorities. Women-run companies, despite raising less funding, generate more revenues. https://impactalpha.com/seizing-the-opportunity-to-finance-small-businesses-in-new-opportunity-zones/ #impactinvesting
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San Francisco has one of the highest concentrations of small businesses owned by people of color in America -- but across our city these #smallbusiness struggle to access capital and support to grow. The Entrepreneurs of Color Fund aims to close that gap with a range of services designed to support the growth, profitability, and sustainability of companies owned by people of color in San Francisco. https://www.pacificcommunityventures.org/2018/02/14/san-francisco-entrepreneurs-of-color-fund/
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This week's featured volunteer advisor is Sherri Beasley, Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Children’s Health in Tennessee. She's been an allstar advisor with 3 partnerships since she joined the Pacific Community Ventures family back in July of 2015.

We recently matched Sherri with Israel Sokeye, the owner of a mental health clinic called Plymouth Psych Group. Israel requested mentorship on how to strategize for growth, and with Sherri’s expertise in strategic planning and extensive experience in the healthcare industry, it was a natural fit.

Within just three months in partnership, Sherri's helped Israel with organizational structure, HR issues, and long-term strategic planning! Sherri was able to apply her understanding of what drives finances to develop an in-depth financial, productivity, and wage analysis to determine who was bringing in the revenue. This analysis showed that there was an opportunity to change how Israel was utilizing his providers.

Sherri shared that their partnership together has been successful because, “Israel is a great communicator and is really open,” and they're able to “bounce things off of each other in a collaborative way.”

Your work has been invaluable and we truly appreciate the support that you provide, Sherri!
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Meet our latest #smallbusiness lending client! Taylor Jay Collection is a women’s apparel store in Oakland, CA that offers clothing with a focus on professional, curvy, and tall women. We're excited to help them grow and create good jobs. http://www.taylorjaycollection.com/
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People of color are more likely to start a #smallbusiness than anyone else, and yet they struggle to access the capital and support they need to grow. The Entrepreneurs of Color Fund aims to close that gap with a range of services designed to support the growth, profitability, and sustainability of companies owned by people of color in San Francisco. http://entrepreneursofcolorfundsf.org/
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Pacific Community Ventures has been investing capital, resources, and advising in small businesses for 20 years. Meet some of the business owners we've been lucky enough to work with along the way, like Timbuk2. https://www.pacificcommunityventures.org/cool_timeline/success-story-timbuk2/
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