coolhausOne of the best things about working at Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. is getting to meet and connect with small business owners.  At places like our Access to Capital events, we get to network with some amazing, innovative, ambitious entrepreneurs and really get a feel for what the small business community needs.

What’s particularly fulfilling is watching how the businesses we connected with a year or two ago have changed, grown, and expanded.  The Los Angeles-based Coolhaus is one of my favorite examples of this.  Coolhaus makes delicious, gourmet ice cream that they then put between two delicious, homemade cookies that will make you forget you ever liked another dessert.

We first met up with them in 2012 to interview the founders about how they jump-started their business.  They talked to us about using a micro-lender– an alternative lender that can make business loans for anywhere between $200 and $80,000– to finance their company when their business was just two years old. Since then, we’ve used their interview as a tool to demonstrate to other business owners that seeking alternative funding is a real option for their businesses.

That’s why we were so excited for the owners of Coolhaus when we heard they were having a special event at Williams-Sonoma in Santa Monica teaching people how to make ice cream and holding a book signing for their new recipe book!  It shows how much they’ve grown in the past two years, and we think the event is an awesome and authentic way to engage new and old customers alike (plus, learning how to make ice cream?  That’s definitely an essential life skill, right up there with time management and household budgeting).

If you’re in the L.A. area, check out the event, which will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 3:00 PM.  Hope to see you all there!

Congratulations to you, ladies of Coolhaus!  You deserve all your success, and we can’t wait to see what happens with you next.

Photo credit: BrownGuacamole, Flickr