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31:17 | Coworking for the Proverbs 31 Woman

31:17 is the first collaborative space for women of faith!

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Project Ends on June 30, 2020

Project Description

 
31:17 is a private membership club that gives women of faith a place to accomplish their business dreams, grow their community and build their strength.

 

We are first collaborative space designed for and motivated by women of faith and color. 

 
In 2018, more than 2 million women were business owners. The numbers are explosive, but African American women lag in revenue. Making less than half of their counterparts in profit. When Forbes surveyed Black women in business they observed that the group lacks resources and community. "Frequently, black women don’t know who to go to, where to go and what organizations are out there that can support them." Co-working is a solution to the revenue gap in the business community. The businesses of women of faith and color matter. 31:17 intends to provide a place for women to get the resources they lack.

 

Women of faith exist in the market. It's time for their voices to be heard.
 
While coworking in general can solve the revenue lag, the women that 31:17 caters to have needs that no other coworking space answers. Our amenities list considers the business needs of the water walkers that will be in our space everyday; we also have benefits for women who need community more than an office. It's all about the benefits, baby!

 

 

Another coworking space?!

 
Yes. But, we are not just another space. Did you see those amenities? Still not convinced? Here's our advantage over big national competitors: Attention to detail.
Luxe furnishings and beautiful spaces are par for the course for coworking spaces. We aren't talking design, we mean attention to the needs of our niche. Women of Faith need spaces that will give them access to support for the things that matter most to them. Our space will focus on providing resources that will solve the profitability gap amongst women of color. Our competitors can't provide laser focused design for women of faith the way we can. We believe our prayer room will be just as important as the coffee and WiFi. Our attention to details, location and accessibility makes us the better choice for our target market.
Speaking of accessibility... Our membership prices take a good idea and make it a reality for our target market . Access to 31:17 starts at $100 a month. We will be situated on the historic campus of Monument of Faith Evangelistic Church, giving members a central place to work without the hassle of downtown traffic or commute. The Southside is home to so many entrepreneurs and small business. We see the lack of coworking spaces in our neck of the woods as an opportunity. 

 

 

Why are we crowdfunding?

 
We don't want to start without you! What is the point of starting a community if you can't depend on it? We are crowdfunding for two key reasons: Idea Validation and Community Galvanization (that's just a big word for empowerment). This round of funding proves our belief that women of faith and color need a space! While we are seeking the generosity of friends and family, we are really expecting future members to snag their spot. Which brings us to community galvanization.
Small groups can do powerful things. We want to empower our members by giving them the chance to build 31:17 from the ground up. Founding members will participate in surveys that will determine details both big and small. As movers and shakers, we know how to make something out of nothing. We want to show potential investors in 31:17 that we started this thing with the boss bunch that makes us tick everyday. 
Did you get sticker shock? Our ask sets our business up for success. According to a June 2019 article in Investopedia, "Of the vast number of small businesses that fail each year, nearly half of the entrepreneurs state a lack of funding or working capital is to blame." Working capital is the amount of money that we need outside of day to day operations to solidify that our business can meet the needs of growth.
We have more than 50% of our fund going to securing our lease and working capital. This will ensure that 31:17 can operate but it also signals to our members that we have crossed our t's and dotted our i's. Check out the pie chart to see how we will be using the money that we raise. 

 

Who are we?

 

31:17 is a community of women of faith started by a community of women and faith. Our board is a group of multi-hyphenated mavens who are making moves in their separate industries. Our ambassadors are a diverse group of women who believe in the 31:17 mission and our telling our stories to like-minded women. Our founder is Markeyla. 

 

 
We are you! Women who have been working on their dreams and visions. Women who are figuring it out as we go. Women getting better with time. 

 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 
We are absolutely floored at the opportunity to do what we are doing. Your generosity is going to start something so beautiful. Thank you for choosing to partner with us in creating a space that will truly champion women. 

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. What does 31:17 mean?

    • 31:17 gets is name from Proverbs 31:17 NLT which says, “She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.” Whether you are a Christian or not, the qualities described are ones all women can relate to.
  2. Where is 31:17 located?

    • Our first location is at the Historic Monument of Faith Evangelistic Church in Chicago! We are so grateful to be making history where history has already been made.
  3. When will 31:17 open?

    • 31:17 is set to open on June 22, 2020. Our launch events begin on June 19, 2020.
  4. Do I have to be Christian to join?

    • 31:17 is open to ALL women. We cater to women of faith through our amenities such as our prayer room and through events. We are ecstatic to create a space that is welcoming to ladies from all walks of life. 
  5. What beauty services will be offered?

    • 31:17 has solidified providers that will offer nails, hair and makeup services. Beauty services begin in August of 2020.
  6. What is a nap room?

    • Rest is an elusive necessity for most business owners. Entrepreneurs often stay up late and work long hours. We want to be a space that champions the wellness of our members. Our nap room will include a comfy place for members to lounge to catch some zzz's or just some quiet. 
  7. What is a prayer room?

    • We believe prayer changes things. Our prayer room will be a quiet haven that will allow women to take a break from work to pray. Equipped with a prayer request box, testimony booklet, and a prayer partner when needed, this is one of the markers that our space is for women of faith.  
  8. Can I put in an event request now?

    • 31:17 is not currently open to event requests. However, you may contact info@31-17.com to be put on our list of event invitation for Fall 2020.
  9. How do I invest in 31:17?

    • 31:17 is open to private investors. For a complete pitch deck package, please email info@31-17.com.
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Get access to our Summer Soul-stice kickoff service! 

We are launching with a three-part event called the Summer Soul-stice. Your contribution gets you access to the launch service on Friday, June 19 and gets your name listed on our Directory of Support-hers! 
 

Our directory will be printed in our launch weekend booklet and listed on our website. 

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Interested in joining the first collaborative space for women of faith for our coworking services?

This contribution waives your membership fee ($50) and gets you a Moniker Tee to sport our launch service on June 19, 2020.

Rock the logo so we know it's real! Our Moniker Tee feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for all sizes. 

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Side-seamed

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Don’t just show up to the function...be a part of her-story!

On top of getting our Moniker Tee, access to the launch weekend events entitled Summer Soul-stice and waiving your application fee ($50), your purchase also gets your business featured in our launch weekend program. A quarter page ad will solidify your spot in history as the first collaborative space for women of faith launches!

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
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50.00 USD or more
Glow Girl! Make Her-story
Get access to our Summer Soul-stice kickoff service! 

We are launching with a three-part event called the Summer Soul-stice. Your contribution gets you access to the launch service on Friday, June 19 and gets your name listed on our Directory of Support-hers! 
 

Our directory will be printed in our launch weekend booklet and listed on our website. 

49 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
100.00 USD or more
Grow Girl! Sign Me Up

Interested in joining the first collaborative space for women of faith for our coworking services?

This contribution waives your membership fee ($50) and gets you a Moniker Tee to sport our launch service on June 19, 2020.

Rock the logo so we know it's real! Our Moniker Tee feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for all sizes. 

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Side-seamed

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150.00 USD or more
Glow and Grow Girl! Get Involved

Don’t just show up to the function...be a part of her-story!

On top of getting our Moniker Tee, access to the launch weekend events entitled Summer Soul-stice and waiving your application fee ($50), your purchase also gets your business featured in our launch weekend program. A quarter page ad will solidify your spot in history as the first collaborative space for women of faith launches!

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