There are many nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government programs and international agencies that recruit volunteers with business management expertise, to help people starting or running small businesses / micro enterprises, to help people building businesses in high-poverty areas, and to help people entering or re-entering the work force. The goal of these activities is to help build sustainable businesses that create jobs and increase productivity, market opportunities and incomes for people who are economically disadvantaged because of their lack of education, their environment, or the instability of their region. Volunteers with business management expertise help these businesses to be successful.
Initiatives that welcome the help of volunteers with business management expertise to help in USA communities include:
SCORE, where you can volunteer to help an entrepreneur succeed as a small business owner.
MicroMentor, which connects entrepreneurs with business volunteers who offer mentoring, answers and more.
Financial Literacy Coalitions, which have branches all over the USA. Use Google to search the phrase Financial Literacy Coalition and the name of your state. Many, though not all, of these coalitions involve volunteers to teach financial literacy skills to young people, families and small businesses.
Local business coalitions, neighborhood business coalitions, neighborhood chambers of commerce, and local business incubators. Use Google, or call your local United Way, to find out if your area has any of these organizations, then contact them and ask if you could help as a volunteer to help small and new businesses serving disadvantaged areas.
Bpeace.org. This is a USA-based nonprofit that recruits business professionals to help entrepreneurs in countries emerging from war, like Rwanda and Afghanistan, to create and expand businesses and employment (particularly for women). BPEACE believes more jobs mean less violence. Entrepreneurs are engaged in a huge number of business start ups: tailoring, office cleaning, funeral home services, ice cream production, yogurt production, manufacturing of soccer balls, creating and selling building materials, and on and on. Volunteers can mentor entrepreneurs online and even meet with entrepreneurs who come to the USA through Bpeace for short visits.
EnterpriseWorks/VITA."For more than 40 years in 100 countries, EnterpriseWorks/VITA (EWV) has worked to combat poverty by helping small producers and other entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses that create jobs and increase productivity, market opportunities and incomes."
There are also lots of "without borders" organizations, like Engineers Without Borders, Télécoms Sans Frontiére and Architects Without Borders. Use Google to find out if there is a "without borders" organization for your area of business expertise.
There are sometimes business or manufacturing-related professionals needed as online volunteers to mentor people and organizations via the United Nations Online Volunteering Service. There are also very occasionaly such assignments posted to Nabuur, which recruits online volunteers to support organizations working in or for the developing world.
Also see this very detailed list of organizations that are focused on Online Volunteering / Virtual Volunteering exclusively.
Other volunteering resources
How to Make a Difference Internationally/Globally/in Another Country Without Going Abroad
Donating Things Instead of Cash or Time (In-Kind Contributions)
Ideas for Leadership Volunteering Activities
Details on how to quickly fill a community service obligation from a court or school.
Ideas for Funding Your Volunteering Abroad Trip.
Careers Working With Animals (for the benefit of animals)
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