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August 25, 2022 | Tom Ballard

The Wright Village in Raleigh focused on Black women, other marginalized founders

Two years ago as the COVID-19 pandemic was raging, Mel Wright made a bold decision to open The Wright Village, a space that targets Black women entrepreneurs and other marginalized founders.

It joined about 55 similarly-focused co-working sites around the country, according to a recent article in Forbes. By comparison, the total number of co-working sites across the U.S. is about 4,000.

In this article from WRAL TechWire, Wright says the 1,600 square foot space is “holding its own.” It’s gaining members and adding to its offerings regularly. The Wright Village offers a handful of private office suites, a podcast room and a kitchenette along with an open-floor workspace. Plans are also in the works for a small storefront out front for mobile vendors.

Beyond space, she also offers regular meet-ups, networking events, resources, and mentoring. Packages start at around $75 per month. Among its 18 members are a mobile pedicurist and a nurse running her own staffing agency.

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