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Celebrating Pride All Year Long: Supporting LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses

June is Pride Month, and the Pace University Small Business Development Center is proud to support LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs all year long. Happy Pride Month to all our LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and small businesses!

In the stories below, we're highlighting a few of our center's recent success stories featuring LGBTQ+ owned businesses. To learn how to become a success story and get personalized advice and guidance to help grow your business, contact our center and meet with a business advisor at no cost.

Our advisors work with business owners to write business plans, prepare to apply for business loans and other financing programs, create websites, write marketing strategies, develop financial projections, apply for government programs, certifications, and procurement opportunities, and more. Contact us to meet with a NYSBDC NY-Certified Business Advisor at absolutely no cost.


Next Big Thing

Next Big Thing is a consulting firm helping organizations create real impact in their local communities through innovative corporate social responsibility initiatives and employee engagement opportunities. They are LGBTQ+ owned and even a Certified LGBTQ-owned business by the National LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce. The company's founders have been working with the Pace SBDC since the business was only an idea, and continue to meet regularly with their business advisors as the company grows and new challenges arise.


Nose Best Candles

Nose Best Candles is a proudly POC, Queer, and Woman-led candle company with a retail shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn and an e-commerce store shipping nationwide. Their candles are truly unique and feature Spotify playlists, exciting names, and innovative themes that expand the burning experience to all five senses.

Working with their Pace SBDC Business Advisors, the company recently secured financing from the NYS Seed Grant and NYC Opportunity Loan Fund. This new funding will allow them to expand the business, and the Pace SBDC is excited to continue supporting them as they take on new challenges and opportunities.


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