The owner of World Empanadas, who started the Burbank, Calif.-based business in her mid-50s after being laid off from the financial-services industry. The Black entrepreneur who started Mosaic Global Transportation, a shuttle business in Silicon Valley. A Mexican immigrant who went from selling tamales door-to-door to selling them at the Golden State Warriors’ new high-tech arena.
Those are some of the people whose stories stick with Luz Urrutia, the CEO of Opportunity Fund, which helped those businesses grow. Opportunity Fund, a San Jose, Calif.-based community development financial institution (CDFI) whose mission is to lend to small businesses in 44 states across the country, claims to be the nation’s largest microfinance organization.