Ventures empowers individuals with limited resources and unlimited potential to improve their lives through small business ownership.
Founded in 1995, Ventures (formally Washington CASH) is a microenterprise development organization that provides people with low incomes access to capital and business development training. Ventures helps client entrepreneurs to build sustainable business ventures, essentially serving as a springboard for people impeded by poverty, disability or discrimination to transform their lives. The goals of the Ventures program are to generate business ownership, financial literacy, savings opportunities and confidence that will lead to the economic self-sufficiency. Our program is based on the same entrepreneurial, poverty alleviation strategy pioneered by the Grameen Bank, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Ventures unique niche is to provide the first step on the ladder to small business ownership to underserved individuals.We believe that self-employment offers a viable alternative to welfare dependency and poverty. Since 1996, Ventures has served over 6,000 entrepreneurs, provided over $1,000,000 in loans and helped start over 2,000 new businesses.