Located in the heart of the Historic Auburn Avenue District is Open for Business, a co-working space dedicated to empowering female entrepreneurs. The historic district, once a bustling business area decades ago, is now experiencing a renaissance thanks to incoming entrepreneurs.
“Old Fourth Ward and the Sweet Auburn district are so rich with history and prosperity from our former years,” says founder and CEO Nicole Garner-Scott. “So many businesses were fostered on this one street that drove the conversation across the nation. So, when this space became available, I knew I had to contribute towards the restoration of the Auburn Avenue community.”
Scott provides more than a desk to O4B members. All members are connected with the parent organization 100 Female Entrepreneurs, which gives them access to a powerful network of mentors and resources to help grow their businesses. They aim to nurture young talent and encourage women to push past their comfort zone and embrace entrepreneurship.“I’m very involved in seeing women shine, thrive, and take their business to the next level,” Scott says. Thanks to their weekly workshops, women can do just that — sharpen their business acumen and brainstorm among peers.
Aside from business-focused workshops and all of the usual perks of a co-working space (this one includes a juice bar!), Open for Business advocates the importance of self-care that tends to be forgotten by most entrepreneurs. After a long day of hustling, ladies can wind down with yoga or attend events catered to personal development. “Members utilize opportunities to push themselves out of their comfort zone and I have seen a lot of growth and collaborations stem from it,” says Scott.
Hypepotamus had the opportunity to tour Open for Business. Take a peek at the collaborative workspace below.