American Independent Business Alliance

AMIBA Partner: BusinessAdvising.org

No-cost Business Mentoring and Advising for Businesses Serving Low-income Communities

BusinessAdvising.org is a nonprofit program that accelerates small and independent businesses who hire from or are located in lower-income communities. The program matches small business owners with expert advisors who provide tailored, hands-on assistance to help their small business grow by connecting them with mentors and consultants from an extensive pro bono business advisor network. Advisors are active professionals whose backgrounds include banks, consulting firms, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

The program is a project of Pacific Community Ventures, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1998 by former Silicon Valley executives who believed that small businesses in underserved communities should have easier access to high-caliber advice and capital that revolutionized the high-tech industry.

BusinessAdvising.org has a pool of hundreds of business advisors with expertise in:

  • Marketing
  • Finance and accounting
  • Executive coaching
  • Business planning
  • Operations (supply chain, B2B, B2C)

The typical advisee owns or operates a brick-and-mortar business with potential to create new jobs in low-income area(s). Half of all businesses served are owned by women and 56% are owned by people of color.

Over the past decade, BusinessAdvising.org has helped thousands of clients, including restaurants and caterers, retail stores, landscaping companies, food producers, manufacturers, and others to create tens of thousands of jobs. Advised businesses have experienced average revenue growth of 25% and job growth at ten times the national average.

Doing Business Better, Creating Quality Jobs

BusinessAdvising.org helps small and independent business owners create more quality jobs and build the local economy of low-income communities. One success story is Lupe Garcia, who was unemployed for two years with a family of five when he was hired by BA-advised business Discount Glass & Mirror in San Diego as an installer. He now is Project Manager at DGM, after receiving on-the-job training and provided opportunities for career advancement. BusinessAdvising.org works directly with small businesses to create this kind of opportunity that strengthens communities one business, one worker, one job at a time.

Getting Started With BusinessAdvising.org

  • Visit BusinessAdvising.org
  • Fill out a profile: Tell a little about yourself, your business, and your challenges
  • Schedule a phone call so the staff can get to know you and your company
  • They’ll pair you with an appropriate advisor for your needs
  • You’ll schedule time to connect with your advisor (phone, email or Skype — whatever’s best for you)
  • BusinessAdvising.org will check in monthly for an update to make sure you’re getting the advice you need

The normal one-time application fee for new clients is being waived entirely for the first 1000 businesses this year. BusinessAdvising.org’s Program Manager, Eli Raber, is available to answer questions at [email protected]

BusinessAdvising.org is a sponsor of AMIBA. Learn more about current sponsorship opportunities with AMIBA or see some of the other fine companies championing independent businesses through their support of AMIBA.

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