Opportunity Fund for Women Supports Business Latina-Owned Businesses in California

Copy of [Copy] WordPress Image Size (13)The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation and Opportunity Fund are partnering on Opportunity Fund Empowering Women, a campaign to support women-owned businesses.

The goal of the campaign is to increase lending to small businesses owned by minority women and to connect those women entrepreneurs with the foundation’s business advisers and mentors so that they can many improve chances of long-term success.

FAHF currently hosts a small business mentoring program called Mujeres Hablando de Business (Women Talking about Business) in collaboration with the Fresno Mexican Consulate. The group of 35 to 40 latina business owners meets biweekly.

“We have worked with thousands of women business owners and seen firsthand their vision, determination and commitment and how, when supported in their success, they can achieve their dreams, provide for their families and contribute to the economic well-being of their communities,” said Dora Westerlund, executive director of the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation, and Luz Urrutia, CEO of the Opportunity Fund, in a statement. “From our experience lending to thousands of women-owned businesses, we know that women’s personal experience, character and drive are often more accurate predictors of future success beyond focusing only on loan applications and credit scores – which are often the only two criteria used to evaluate their creditworthiness.

You can learn more about Opportunity Fund Empowering Women at ofew.org

Chantè Russell

Chanté Russell is a Howard University print journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her entire life has been shaped by her passion for writing, fashion and activism. Those passions have led her to create a blog entitled Be The Zeitgeist and serve as a staff writer for Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She has also written for Lady With Attitude and worked as a freelance journalist. Some of her biggest role models include Anna Wintour, Maya Angelou and her cousin, Dr. Jennifer Edwards, who inspired Chanté to attend Howard. After completing college, Chanté hopes to work as a fashion journalist and use her platform to combat cultural insensitivity within the fashion industry and improve the public perception of the industry.

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