San Jose, CA (September 27, 2017)—Pacific Community Ventures and Opportunity Fund today announced a new collaboration funded by Google.org. The $600,000 grant will help 150 small business owners in Santa Clara County access the funding and business advice they need to grow their businesses, create jobs, and support the local economy. Through the partnership, Opportunity Fund – the nation’s leading non-profit small business lender and a Google Impact Challenge finalist in 2014 – will connect the businesses it has funded in Silicon Valley to the award-winning network of advisors run by Pacific Community Ventures. The majority of businesses supported through the partnership will be minority-owned, women-owned, and immigrant-owned enterprises, reflecting the rich diversity of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial community that includes underserved small business owners who are often overlooked in as they work to create wealth in the region.

“I’d like to thank Google.org, Pacific Community Ventures’ and the Opportunity Fund for their commitment to serving, supporting and investing in San Jose’s small businesses,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo.  “Our small businesses play a key role in creating jobs for our residents and fostering our diverse, innovative workforce. When small businesses flourish, so does San Jose,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

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