June is LGBTQ Pride month (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer), and we want to spotlight one of our borrowers who supports the LGBTQ and women-owned small businesses in their local community.

June is LGBTQ Pride month (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer), and we want to spotlight one of our borrowers who supports the LGBTQ and women-owned small businesses in their local community.

 

Celebrating people’s differences and their contributions  make our national and local economies and communities stronger.

Supporting LGBTQ-owned businesses benefits your small business. Customers who feel that your company is inclusive and tolerant of diversity are more likely to support your business and employees will be more productive in a workplace that encourages openness.

According to the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), officially registered LGBTQ-owned businesses contributed over $1.15 billion to the economy in 2016. This figure is likely much higher if you consider that the NGLCC’s low registration counts are limited because fear of ostracization by local communities. These small businesses deserve positive recognition and celebration during this Pride month for their bravery and community contributions.

California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Georgia are the top states for LGBTQ inclusion and representation for small business.  Opportunity Fund supports all small business owners, and we help small business owners in all five of these states. We would like to spotlight one of our LGBTQ borrowers from California.

 

Coolhaus – Natasha Case and Freya Estreller

Coolhaus ice cream has really taken off since Natasha and her now-wife Freya started their company in 2009. Now, their gourmet ice cream is featured in major retailers such as Whole Foods, Kroger, and Safeway. Natasha is part of our Southern California Regional Board, and both she and Freya work to support other LGBTQ and women entreprenuers.

Next time you have a craving for ice cream, try one of Coolhaus’ unique and tasty flavors – love the blackberry ginger sorbet !

Read more about their inspiring story here.

 

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.

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