Explore & Enroll

Ventures nonprofit can help you start or expand your small business!

Explore our site and enroll today.  Ventures provides access to business training, capital, coaching and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential. Ventures is a nonprofit organization and our services are free or very low-cost.

Do you…

  • Have a focused business idea or want to grow an existing one?
  • Fit our income guidelines?
  • Want to move your business idea forward?



Get Ready for Business Workshop
  • 1 session
  • Intro to core concepts for small business owners
  • Orientation to Ventures programs and services
  • Free
  • Like what you hear?
Enroll Online

Learn & Plan

Business Development Training
  • 8 weeks
  • Basics of how to start and grow a small business
  • Sliding scale fee
  • Ready to make it on your own? Go for it!
  • Need more support?
Apply for BDT

Launch & Support

Advanced Services and Support
  • Advanced training
  • Financial services
  • Retail and food incubation
  • Ongoing support
About Advanced Services

Our program is divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1 Get Ready for Business workshop:

    This free four hour workshop provides an orientation to Ventures

    programs and introduction to the core concepts of small business

    ownership. At the end of the workshop, there will be the option to

    apply to our 8-week Business Development Training. The first step to

    get involved in the programs and services of Ventures is signing up for

    a Get Ready for Business workshop.

  • Phase 2 Business Development Training:

    In this eight week course, participants with work trainers, business advisers

    and peers to examine the feasibility of their business idea or existing

    business. Classes are offered each quarter and follow this structure:

    • Class 1 – Define Your Business
    • Class 2 – Marketing Plan
    • Class 3 – Creating a Sales Plan
    • Class 4 – Make Money From Your Business
    • Class 5 – Determining Your Break-Even Point
    • Class 6 – Cash Flow Projections
    • Class 7 – Legal, Taxes and Licensing
    • Class 8 – Organizing Your Business

    To apply for a space in the course you must have attended the Get

    Ready for Business workshop. If accepted, there is a sliding scale fee

    for the class.

  • Phase 3 Advanced Services:

    Upon graduation of the Business Development Training, you will have

    an opportunity to apply for Advanced Services including loans,

    technology workshops, financial management classes, 1-to-1 business

    coaching, and access to the Ventures legal clinic.

Our Stories