Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential. We provide access to business training, capital, coaching, and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs.


Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping people with the tools they need to launch microbusinesses, increase their incomes, and move out of poverty.  We seek to break down systemic obstacles that women, immigrants, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ individuals face to small business ownership. 

Ventures serves individuals with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income; our average client supports a family on $28,000 per year at entry. Since 1995, we have served nearly 9,000 low-income entrepreneurs in the Puget Sound region with small business training, lending, technical assistance, and incubation. All entrepreneurs begin at Ventures by completing an eight-week Business Basics Course that covers the fundamentals of business sales, marketing, finance, and operations. Upon graduation, they gain access to a comprehensive toolkit of small business development services that includes advanced training, relationship-based technical assistance, low-interest microlending, incubation opportunities, and financial literacy trainings. Our highly customized technical assistance underpins our services and ensures small business owners receive needed support to launch and sustain microbusinesses. 

Ventures is a certified Community Development Financial Institution and Small Business Administration intermediary lender. These certifications enable us to promote lasting financial self-sufficiency for low-income individuals throughout the Puget Sound region.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Lease Review
  • Market Research

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Cash Flow/Financial Planning
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Grow Your Number of Customers
  • Hire Employees
  • Information Technology/Infrastructure
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Operations

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Debt Financing Preparation (Specialty)
  • Debt Funding (Specialty)
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow (Specialty)
  • Grant Funding Providers (Specialty)
  • Microloans (Specialty)
  • Non-Traditional Financing (Specialty)
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Accounting Services
  • Bookkeeping /Tracking Expenses and Income
  • Financial Modeling

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations
  • Eviction Support
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Human Resources

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Small Scale Manufacturing (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Award Recognition
  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Social Media Consulting
  • Website Development
  • Advertising
  • Branding
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
  • Peer Mentoring (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Small and Microbusiness/General
  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based

Nonprofit Development

  • Advocacy Tools & Training (Specialty)


  • Retail Space (Specialty)
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities (Specialty)

Operations and Logistics

  • Health and Safety Training

Product Development

  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development (Specialty)

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Microbusiness Advocacy (Specialty)
  • Small Business Policy (Specialty)
  • State Business Issues (Specialty)

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification
  • Codes
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Business Technical Assistance (Specialty)
  • Business Training (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Tax Services

  • Tax Credits
  • State and Federal Tax Training
  • State Tax Credit Information
  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • Tax Registration

Technical Assistance

  • Business Bootcamps, Business Classes (Specialty)
  • Commercial Leasing (Specialty)
  • Design Services
  • E-Commerce
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services
  • Website Development
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Commercialization


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training (Specialty)
  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Operations Planning/Systems

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Business Competitions/Pitch Events/Hackathon/Startup Week or Weekends (Specialty)
Contact Information
Chelsea Rodino