Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free outsourcing tools.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free outsourcing tools.

Sometimes you don’t want to or have the capital to hire another employee for a few simple tasks. This is where contractors come in. There is a growing trend among professionals to freelance their skills to numerous companies as side-gigs instead of working a normal full-time job. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you find the best fit freelancer for the tasks you need completed.

TaskRabbit

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: TaskRabbit is a service that connects you to certified taskers who can help you with one-time projects. Don’t want to hire a full-time gardener to clean and maintain your restaurant’s patio? Need extra hands moving to a new office space? Easily hire a contractor through TaskRabbit and avoid the hassle, extra fees, and time that comes with finding a regular contractor. It’s free to use – you only have to pay the taskers when they complete your tasks.

UpWork

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: UpWork is geared towards electronic tasks as opposed to more manual labor through TaskRabbit. This outsourcing tool is best used for hiring part-time contractors, but you can also post one-time tasks that need doing. If you need something done for IT, legal, graphic design, web development, writing, or anything else done on a computer, you can find a freelance contractor to help you. You can pay electronically, download or print an official invoice for your records, and not worry about tax forms for your contractors.

Fiverr

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: Fiverr is another online-oriented outsourcing tool. With their easy-to-use navigation and categories, you can narrow down results to find the best freelancer you think can do your task. Browse by your budget, the time you need it done by, and any other specifications you need. See examples of contractors’ work and their rates before you contact them with your task.

Guru

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: With Guru, you can either search through freelancers or post a job for them to bid on. This free outsourcing resource is targeted towards business tasks such as web development, finance management, marketing, legal, and admin support. What’s great about this tool is how detailed their support is and their ease of use.

Thumbtack

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: Thumbtack is a great, mobile-friendly outsourcing tool for special tasks that your small business might need help with. From photography and landscaping to accounting and tax preparation, there are a huge variety of different kinds of jobs you can hire a contractor to help you with. Answer a few questions, and Thumbtack will match your request with freelancers who can take it on.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool you’d like to share with fellow business owners, contact us at sblending@opportunityfund.org.

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16 year, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

Visit us online at opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook  and Twitter

Some business owners find it hard to ask for help because it may look as if they aren’t running their business as well as they could. However, considering a business mentor is worth asking for help. Business advising can really help you run your small business better in areas that might not be your strong suit.

Some business owners find it hard to ask for help because it may look as if they aren’t running their business as well as they could. However, considering a business mentor is worth asking for help. Business advising can really help you run your small business better in areas that might not be your strong suit.

 

Back in September 2017, Opportunity Fund partnered with Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) to provide you with free small business advising. With their Business Advising program, you can easily get a mentor to help you in your industry, on your schedule, and with your goals in mind. For free!

Now that we’ve gotten your interest, keep reading for reasons a small business mentor can really help.

Get Personalized Help For Your Specific Challenges

Nobody expects you to be an expert in all areas of running a business. You started your small business because of a passion you had, not because you knew everything about the business world. This is where having a business advisor can really help you work on your business, not in your business.

A mentor can offer advice for challenging areas you face as a small business owner. Online resources and group workshops can only help so much. Business advisers focus on your specific business challenges. Do you have a great product but not sure how to best market it? Have you hired new contractors but don’t know how you’re supposed to document and pay taxes for them? A business adviser can answer these questions for you.

Business Advising Can Actually Grow Your Business

Companies that go through PCV’s Business Advising program have shown a 20% revenue growth and job growth at eight times the national average. The reason why their program is successful is because they recruit hundreds of professional mentors that are industry experts to volunteer their time. These mentors aren’t doing it to get a paycheck, they genuinely want to help you grow your business. That is the recipe for real success.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, only 30% of businesses last 10 years. But for small business owners with a mentor, 70% survive ten years – double the rate of those without a mentor. If you’re invested in your small business for the long-haul, you’ll want to work with a mentor.

Think You Don’t Have Time? Think Again!

Small business owners are entrepreneurs and are naturally extremely busy. Business seminars, workshops, and community center programs often require a significant amount of your time and prior planning to attend. You might feel that you don’t have the time to meet with a business advisor in person.

However, online business advising with PCV is the perfect solution. With the option of meeting with an adviser online, you cut out the problem of geography and meet instantly wherever you are. Enrolling is easy and doesn’t take more than a few minutes out of your day. Meet with your personal adviser when you need the help.

Get started today!

Enrollment only takes a few minutes.  Visit now or call 415-442-4300 and reference this special offer from Opportunity Fund.

 

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

Visit us online at http://opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Disasters and emergency situations are not glamorous things to prepare for when running a business. You may feel the urge to put off planning for disasters because you don’t feel an immediate need and your work day is busy, but it is vital to spend the time to plan in order to protect your business in a disaster.

Disasters and emergency situations are not glamorous things to prepare for when running a business. You may feel the urge to put off planning for disasters because you don’t feel an immediate need and your work day is busy, but it is vital to spend the time to plan in order to protect your business in a disaster.

 

Real world disasters are often less dramatic and more emotionally devastating than Hollywood movies portray them. When a disaster hits your community, you might feel hopeless and overwhelmed. As a small business owner, you have to prepare for emergency scenarios with your business in addition to your personal life.

The way to prevent that black hole feeling when you see your store damaged or destroyed is by planning. Think about all the potential emergencies that your business type and your local environment could experience and create solid plans.

Before Disaster Strikes

Having a plan in place is key to being well prepared. Below is a short list of things you need to consider in your emergency plan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and SCORE have comprehensive lists of detailed checklists and resources for free. Rehearse and disseminate your plan with your employees and keep copies of all important documents and contact information in a secure, offsite location for quick retrieval.

  • Insurance. Make sure you have all the information and paperwork you need ahead of time for your insurance provider. If your business is located in a particularly vulnerable location, consider additional coverage for natural disasters. Not all standard insurance plans cover these emergencies, so be sure to comb through your terms to be familiar with what damage is covered and what isn’t in the case of a disaster.
  • Inventory. If you aren’t already conducting regular inventory checks for business growth, then you should start doing it for the sake of recovery. Try to keep inventory records in different ways such as digital, physical, and photographic if possible. Insurance companies will want to know exactly what was damaged or destroyed. Police will need to know what was stolen in cases of looting. Knowing what you have will also help you get back to business once the disaster is over.
  • Communication. Keep updated records of employees’ contact information. If you need to reach them during or after an emergency, make sure all parties are aware how this communication will happen.
  • Business Continuity Plan. Do you have backup payroll, supply chain, and standard procedure for disasters? Your employees need to know specifically what the procedure is for evacuations and returning to work once the emergency has ended. Be flexible but aware – people panic in emergencies and may just disappear if there is no clear plan.
  • Supplies. While keeping a fire extinguisher and first aid kit onsite is obvious, do you have an easy-to-access supply of water, flashlights, blankets, nonperishable food items, and protective gear if the workplace needs to become a temporary shelter?
  • Personnel Safety. Conduct regular drills for common emergencies with your employees. Encourage or provide CPR training and certification. Establish a safe meeting place outside the workplace for small emergencies such as a building fire and learn where local shelter and evacuation points are for larger disasters. Make sure exits are not blocked, windows can open, and tall furniture or machinery are properly secured to the walls.

The American Red Cross has a handy, easy-to-read PDF checklist that you can download for free:

Small Business Emergency Checklist

In the Eye of the Storm

Now that you’ve created plans, copied documents, and practiced for different scenarios, it is time for you to put it all to good use.

In an emergency, you will need to be a leader not a manager. As a small business owner, your employees will look to management for guidance and assurance. If you are not calm and decisive, then they will panic and people could get hurt.

Once the Dust Clears

Make safety your top priority! Listen to law enforcement and emergency responders to know when you can safely return to the workplace for cleanup and resuming business operations. Don’t rush in until you know you and your employees are safe. Depending on your industry and the kind of disaster, there may be chemical leaks, mold, smoke damage, and other health risks.

Once you get back, take pictures of everything. Take detailed photos of damage and inventory for insurance claims. Don’t start repairs or cleanup until you have taken care of insurance, or you may pay more out of pocket than you need. Keep track of any expenses related to recovery. If insurance isn’t enough to cover damages, seek outside help from reputable organizations and business recovery centers.

Contact your bank, lenders, suppliers, clients, and anyone else who needs to be kept up to date with missed payments or deadlines. Most people will be understandable if you respond promptly.

 

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

Visit us online at http://opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Loans are a common way for businesses to acquire capital, but some loans are more affordable than others. Whether your small business is doing well or in need of more capital, refinancing your loan is an option to consider. Keep reading for a few signs that you might want to refinance.

Loans are a common way for businesses to acquire capital, but some loans are more affordable than others. Whether your small business is doing well or in need of more capital, refinancing your loan is an option to consider. Keep reading for a few signs that you might want to refinance.

 

You’re Not Making Profit

Two of the most common reasons small business owners refinance their loans is because they need additional working capital or because they want to lower their interest rate. Both of these reasons boil down to the issue of not making enough profit. Whether you are paying too much for an unaffordable loan or working to pay it off and needing more money, refinancing is a good option.

Keep in mind that interest rates might be higher because of updated pricing. If you now have better credit and a longer on-time payment history than when you first took out your loan, you might have the opportunity to qualify for a lower rate. This is when you should take advantage of the opportunity to pay less in the long term by refinancing.

You’re Stuck in a Debt Cycle

Merchant Cash Advances (MCAs) are dangerous and expensive ways to get fast cash. You can get the capital you need quickly, even with bad credit. The hidden costs are hidden fees, high interest rates, early payment penalties, and tricky terms that hide important information you need to know as a small business owner.

We are seeing more of our borrowers come in needing help paying off their debt cycles caused by MCAs and other predatory loans. While we try to help where we can, it’s important for you to really explore your options and demand to read the fine print before jumping on a fast, expensive loan.

That being said, refinancing your loan is one way to get out of bad loan situations. Different lenders have different terms for refinancing and consolidating debt, but having one line of credit instead of many looks better on your credit report and is less expensive in the long run. Opportunity Fund only offers refinancing if you need additional funds on top of your existing loan, but we are here to help your small business succeed in any way we can.

Holidays are Approaching, And You Need More Working Capital

Your needs as a small business owner are always changing, and often you need more working capital as holidays approach. During the summer, some of our borrowers request additional funds because they had extensions on their tax returns and now face larger bills than they expected. During autumn, we see borrowers start planning for the holiday season and need to hire more people, increase stock, and ramp up marketing efforts. Whatever the reason or season, refinancing is often an inexpensive way to get additional funding.

You’ve Come to This Blog Post

If you’ve come to Opportunity Fund looking for information about refinancing your loan, then you’re already one step ahead. It means you are a proactive entrepreneur always looking for ways to increase profitability and decrease expenditures.

Opportunity Fund prefers borrowers who have paid off at least 70% of their existing loan – or in some cases at least 6-12 months of on-time payment. We can refinance your loan, increase the loan amount, update rates and loan terms, and only charge you a loan fee for the additional funds. You don’t need to pay a fee for the existing balance.

Think you’re ready to refinance your loan? Stop and take a moment to think if your business really needs additional financing. It’s important to only take out a loan if your business really needs it. Make sure you thoroughly understand your business’ finances and funding options before accumulating debt that could be unnecessary. If refinancing will increase your interest rate by 2% or more, we recommend keeping your existing loan and look for a second, inexpensive loan.

 

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

Visit us online at http://opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Negative reviews are a small business owner’s nightmare. Every business gets complaints, but that doesn’t mean yours has to suffer. Read on to learn the best practice for handling bad reviews and turning them into opportunities.

Negative reviews are a small business owner’s nightmare. Every business gets complaints, but that doesn’t mean yours has to suffer. Read on to learn the best practice for handling bad reviews and turning them into opportunities.

Respond Promptly

When you receive a bad review, it might be tempting to ignore it and hope potential customers don’t notice. This won’t work. Address the complaint as soon as you become aware of it, and others will see your business in a better light. Consumers understand that every business receives criticism, but when they look at reviews they are looking to see how severe the problem was and how the business responded. Ignoring complaints or waiting more than two weeks to respond looks bad.

Responding promptly also increases the chance you can remedy the situation for the disappointed customer – sometimes bad reviewers edit their reviews if they feel their complaint was sufficiently addressed and the problem corrected.

Take The Complaint Seriously

Employees can take experiences with whiny, angry customers and turn them into jokes amongst themselves. But bad reviews should not be taken lightly. As a small business owner, it is important to take complaints seriously because they can negatively impact your business.

Unsolved bad reviews are detrimental to the success of your business in the online world. It is no secret that more and more customers look at a business’ reviews before they consider making a purchase, so it is important to make sure they see good responses.

Sometimes, a complaint can be easily fixed by a sincere apology, but sometimes they are more complex and need more attention. Make sure to give each bad review the consideration and effort to remedy that’s due.

Address The Issue Privately But Post Publicly

Just as you would never argue about personal relationship problems in public, you should never carry out business relationship discussions online.

Acknowledge their bad review wherever it is located so potential customers can see you care, but prompt the reviewer to contact you directly so you can address the issue. Communicating through phone or email allows for more lengthy discussion.

Personalize Your Response

Understand as much as you can about the customer who complained. Use empathy and try to see the problem from their perspective. Look up their order information and talk to employees involved. Doing this will help you better determine what course of action will satisfy the reviewer’s issue.

If you can talk to them on the phone, they will feel better about the situation than if you just paste a generic, automated response. Use their name and talk to them as a person rather than a faceless buyer. This goes a long way for customers who feel slighted.

Create and Follow a Complaint Policy

No matter how small your business is, you should implement a complaint policy. If you haven’t experienced it yet, research best practices and templates. If you have, consolidate what worked and what didn’t work into a policy for future complaints and bad reviews. Create possible scenarios and good examples of initial responses that can be replicated. Train employees to use your policy and update it as new unique situations arise.

Learn From The Experience

Not only will you (and your staff) have gotten experience dealing with a frustrated and disappointed customer, but that complaint is an opportunity for your small business.

Take a look at what specifically caused the complaint and work hard to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Unfortunately customers rarely point out mistakes or flaws in your business operation unless they’ve had a negative experience themselves, but think of bad reviews as a spell check function. Those squiggly red lines tell you where you’ve made a mistake and show you how to write better. Bad reviews and complaints do the same for your business.

Every business receives bad reviews, but the real indicator of a good business is how it responds to problems.

 

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

Visit us online at http://opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

As a small business owner, you want to take advantage of any opportunity to level out the playing field of competition. Minority-owned small businesses programs designed to help get equal opportunities. Our content partner Nav explains this certificate, why you should certify, and how to do it.

As a small business owner, you want to take advantage of any opportunity to level out the playing field of competition. Minority-owned small businesses programs designed to help get equal opportunities. Our content partner Nav.com explains this certificate, why you should certify, and how to do it.

 

In 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that there were 8 million minority-owned businesses in the U.S. That’s a huge number of business owners looking for opportunities to achieve the American dream and make it as a successful entrepreneur.

If you own one of those businesses, becoming certified as a minority-owned business allows you to access certain government and private-sector programs that can help support your efforts. Here are three certifications/qualifications that can help minority business owners get support for their venture.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) DBE Certification

The DOT developed the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification to assist DBE companies that wish to compete for federally assisted highway, transit, airport and highway safety contracts. Any state or local government that receives DOT funding must maintain a DBE program that conforms to DOT standards.

Eligibility standards state that you must be in a socially and economically disadvantaged group and own 51% or more of a small business. The DOT uses the definition of “presumed groups” as defined in the next section. Other individuals may prove their disadvantaged status based on the DOT standards — these are handled on a case-by-case basis and is intended for groups that have disproportionately low incomes and high unemployment rates.

Contact your state Department of Transportation to learn how to apply for DBE Certification.

The 8(a) Business Development Program

The 8(a) Business Development Program was created by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. This nine-year program provides business assistance to help disadvantaged businesses succeed in government contracting and in competing for commercial business. The goal of the program is to “graduate” companies that will thrive in today’s competitive environment. Before you can apply for the program, however, you need to qualify as a socially disadvantaged individual.

Some minority groups automatically qualify as “presumed groups,” meaning they are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged and can apply to the program. These groups include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans. In addition, Alaska Native Corporations, Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian Organizations and Community Development Corporations can also apply to the program.

Besides being in a presumed group, there are other SBA requirements that must be met by the owners of the business and the business itself. You can review the steps in the application process on the SBA website. Qualifying as a socially disadvantaged individual isn’t technically a certification, but the program is large enough that we wanted to include these standards in the article.

There are a number of benefits offered by the program. For instance, participants can receive sole-source contracts and can form joint ventures and teams to strengthen their position when bidding on contracts. In addition, the Mentor-Protégé Program pairs successful firms with companies new to the program. The mentors provide a range of assistance, including technical expertise, contracting help and more.

The National Minority Supplier Development Council’s MBE Certification

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSC) is a trade group that supports certified minority business enterprises in obtaining new business opportunities and connects them to their network, which includes corporate members. Their goal is to help MBEs integrate into industry supply chains and to help corporate members meet the increasing call for supplier diversity. The council’s efforts match more than 12,000 MBEs to their impressive network of corporate members.

The council’s regional affiliates coordinate the MBE certification process, and you’ll want to start your application by contacting the affiliate closest to your company’s headquarters. You can visit NMSDC Central to learn more about applying for certification and completing the MBE Certification Application.

This is not a government-affiliated program like the 8(a) and DBE certification. There is an application fee for processing the application. The application process also includes a site visit and interview. The Council’s Certification Committee will review your application, and final approval is issued by the Council’s Board after a review of the committee’s recommendations.

In general, your business may apply for certification if the company is 51% owned and operated by minority individuals who are U.S. citizens. The minority ownership members must manage the company’s daily operations, and it must be a for-profit enterprise located in the U.S. or its trust territories.

 

This article originally appeared on Nav.com and was re-purposed with their permission.

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

Visit us online at http://opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free collaboration tools.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free collaboration tools.

It is hard to run a small business by yourself. That’s why you hire employees to delegate tasks to and work on bigger projects with – but this can get complicated. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you manage and track team projects and shared tasks.

Hipchat

How much it costs: Free with a $2.00 a month premium plan

What it does: Hipchat is more than just a chat room for your employees. With their free, easy-to-use interface, you can also share files securely and create group chats or talk with members one-on-one. Their premium paid plan gives you unlimited file sharing storage and includes video conferencing capabilities. An amazing feature is the ability to search through conversations to find that one message you need.

MeisterTask

How much it costs: Free with paid premium plans

What it does: MeisterTask is a project management application that centers around collaboration and team coordination. This app offers mobile integration, checklists, deadline notifications, file sharing, and instant communication between team members. Simply open your dashboard in the morning, see what progress has been made on projects, and focus on what is important to running your business.

Trello

How much it costs: Free with paid premium plans

What it does: Trello is a simple way to track projects among your staff. Easily create projects and subtasks, add as many people who are involved, attach photos and files to projects, set deadlines, and start conversations through project comments. The free plan also allows for one “Power-up” which can sync an outside application or add a special feature your Trello account.

Producteev

How much it costs: Free with paid premium plan

What it does: With unlimited users, tasks, and projects, Producteev is a great task management service for collaborating. You can connect employees to shared projects with to-do lists, deadlines, auditing, priorities, and notifications. Easily turn work emails into tasks by forwarding them to Producteev. The premium plan only offers two additional services: personalized support and customization of the interface with your small business’ colors and logo.

Dropbox

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Dropbox is a really popular file-sharing service. Store your files in the cloud and sync with the people you want to share with. You also have the ability to collaborate with others on slides already uploaded into Dropbox. No more hassle of downloading, editing, and re-uploading files hundreds of times!

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool you’d like to share with fellow business owners, contact us at sblending@opportunityfund.org.

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16 year, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

Visit us online at opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook  and Twitter

Small businesses that get ongoing business advice are more likely to sustainably manage or grow their business and achieve long-term success. That’s why Opportunity Fund has joined with Pacific Community Ventures to provide you with free business advising through Pacific Community Venture’s BusinessAdvising.org program.

Small businesses that get ongoing business advice are more likely to sustainably manage or grow their business and achieve long-term success. That’s why Opportunity Fund has joined with Pacific Community Ventures to provide you with free business advising through Pacific Community Venture’s BusinessAdvising.org program.

 

Opportunity Fund has partnered with PCV to offer you free business advising for your small business. You know how to run your business, but this business advising program can help you run it better. Learn how to scale up your business to take advantage of diversity supplier programs, expand your business’ products and services, generate profit beyond just breaking even, and more.

Business Advising That Fits Your Schedule and Needs

With our Business Advising program, you will be matched with a mentor who is an experienced, knowledgeable expert in your industry. These pro bono experts come from major banks, consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies – and they want to help you!

Meet with them in person, over the phone, or online whenever your schedule works. Set goals that meet your short-term and long-term business goals.

Your advisor can help you with:

  • Marketing
  • Finance and accounting
  • Executive coaching
  • Business planning
  • Scaling up for large contracts
  • Operations (supply chains, B2B, B2C)
  • And more!

Get started today. Visit BusinessAdvising.org/opportunity-fund or call 415-442-4300 and reference this special offer from Opportunity Fund to get matched up with your business mentor. You don’t have to go it alone — make Pacific Community Ventures Business Advising program a part of your long-term business success!

Who is Pacific Community Ventures?

Pacific Community Ventures is a nonprofit that works with small businesses, investors, and policymakers to build an economy that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Located in Northern California, they offer small business owners financial and business coaching, access to community networks, and a unified voice to policymakers on their behalf.

Get started today!

Enrollment only takes a few minutes.  Visit BusinessAdvising.org/opportunity-fund or call 415-442-4300 and reference this special offer from Opportunity Fund.

 

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

Visit us online at http://opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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