Beth Sirull shows ways to increase capital 

The executive director of Pacific Community Ventures is launching a workshop series in The City today on gaining access to capital. For information, visit
What is Pacific Community Ventures all about? In a nutshell, it’s about creating jobs by creating responsible businesses. We support businesses that are in low-income communities and that hire people from those communities.

The financial meltdown made it very difficult for businesses to get loans from banks. How did it affect your nonprofit? Because of the meltdown, there are more small businesses struggling. That’s what the workshop is for.

Is it a good idea to start a business during a recession? I think it’s always a good idea to start a business if you’ve thought through your proposition. You don’t want to just plunge. The time to start a business is when you have a solid idea and the combination of guts and a good plan.

What’s the most important thing people will learn at your upcoming workshops? We cover debt, equity, government subsidies and one about valuation, basically how a company is valued and how to present your business. If you are looking for additional capital ... you need to know what your options are.

— Brent Begin

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