Women's History Month
This Women’s History Month, Optimum is proud to provide grants to Black-owned small businesses, support our communities through funding classroom projects for women teachers, and keep women-owned businesses connected.
Helping Black women-owned businesses thrive:
Optimum's partnership with the Coalition to Back Black Businesses has provided $450,000 in support to Black-owned small businesses to further growth opportunities and economic resilience.
Arlene Donovan, Turning Point Coaching LLC, Connecticut
Turning Point Coaching, LLC is a nationally recognized workforce development practice working with individuals, small business owners, and others to serve the unemployed and underemployed, marginalized, and underrepresented populations across all industries. They provide career transitions, career coaching services, and more.Learn more
Valour Cobbins, The Bread and Butter Shoppe, Mississippi
The Bread and Butter Shoppe is located in the Mississippi Delta serving gourmet sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies, fresh juices, wellness shots, milk teas, and much more. It serves food made fresh daily using whole ingredients that are locally sourced.Learn more
Paulana Lamonier, Black People Will Swim, New York
B.P.W.S. advocates for Black people who do not have access to learn how to swim and for the unlearning of the racist stereotype that has held Black people back: that Black people cannot swim because their bones are too dense. B.P.W.S. provides low-cost and free swim classes through partnerships with local pools and creates job opportunities in local communities.Learn more
Supporting classrooms and women teachers:We donated $1 million to support public school classrooms in our communities, and we’re proud to share the impact it made
Thank you so much for funding our project. This project is the start of a huge independent reading push at our school and your generosity will help to back it.
Mrs. Young, Arkansas
Thank you for your generous donations! The whiteboards your donation will provide for my school's math department will change how we teach math to all our students.
Ms. Johnson, Connecticut
Thank you for donating a printer and ink for my classroom! Printing in color will greatly impact my student's learning and success within our classroom.
Ms. Hembree, Mississippi
Building connections for women-owned businesses:
Optimum keeps businesses connected so they can continue meeting their goals and going farther in all they
do. We’re proud to provide fast and reliable service to support women-owned businesses in a lasting way.
Christine Lyasko, Steener's Attic, New Jersey
Steener’s Attic is an antique and vintage furniture store that gives new life and design to pieces through repurposing and refinishing. With a focus on the importance of family heirlooms, Steener’s Attic preserves history by keeping hidden treasures from going to the nearest landfill.Learn more
Brenda Vega, Cocomar MultiService, Texas
Cocomar MultiService is a "one-stop shop" for insurance, income tax, social services, and more, with the mission of empowering minority groups to achieve their goals.Learn more
Sofia Funes, Miamor Florist, New York
Miamor Florist is a flower shop located in Inwood, New York. Their goal is to spread love and creativity through the gift of floral arrangements using fresh or artificial flowers. They can create the perfect unique bouquet for any occasion and they also carry teddy bears, balloons, chocolates, and plants!Learn more