31:17 | Coworking for the Proverbs 31 Woman

With your help, 31:17 will be the first immersive space for women of faith to work their dreams, grow their tribe, and build their strength.

Markeyla
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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 the first coworking 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. While Industrious does a better job of representing diversity, it still lacks in providing resources that will solve the profitability gap amongst women of color. Wework is one of the largest brands in the market. It can't provide laser focused design for women of faith the way we can. The Wing is women-centric and therefore our largest national competitor. However, 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 in Hyde Park 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?

    • Hyde Park will be our home. Our location is determined by you! Our iFundwomen campaign gives us a chance to grow our membership in preparation for solidifying our location. This gives us a chance to curate our community instead of an empty office.
  3. When will 31:17 open?

    • 31:17 is projected to open mid October 2019. 
  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.
  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 open to event requests through March 2020. Please contact 3117Chicago@gmail.com with your event details for more information.  
  9. How do I invest in 31:17?

    • 31:17 is open to private investors. For a complete pitch deck package, please email 3117Chicago@gmail.com.
Naamonde Williams
07/29/2019
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$50
DeNeatria Robinson
07/29/2019
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$20
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Just Because I Care

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$1,200
Glow-Founding Membership

Founding memberships get access to 31:17 for a year. Members who make the Founding Member commitment receive additional benefits. 

Glow Founding Membership includes:

  • first access to event tickets and nap room scheduling,

  • name listed on Founder wall

  • quarterly founder meetups and events

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • full access to in house social events including wellness workshops such as The Confidence Quest and tea parties.

  • access to in house counselor

  • one free monthly beauty service

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$199
1 Month - Grow Membership

Grow girls need a place to work and grow their tribe. 31:17 has finally given them a place other than a coffee shop to build their empire.

Membership includes:

  • free reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • access to in house business events including bi-weekly mixers, mastermind days and the Girl Power Hour. 

  • discounted event rental

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$2,400
Grow-Founding Membership

Founding memberships get access to 31:17 for a year. Members who make the Founding Member commitment receive additional benefits. 

Grow Founding Membership includes:

  • first access to event tickets, office hours and board room scheduling.

  • name listed on Founder wall

  • quarterly founder meetups and events

  • free reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • access to in house business events including bi-weekly mixers, mastermind days and the Girl Power Hour. 

  • discounted event rental

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1 Month - Glow and Grow Membership

Glow and Grow girls are here to work and play. 31:17 gives them a place to be unapologetic.

Membership includes:

  • free mail and reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • access to in house social and business events

  • one free monthly beauty service 

  • access to in house counselor

  • discounted event rental

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$3,000
Glow and Grow -Founding Membership

Founding memberships get access to 31:17 for a year. Members who make the Founding Member commitment receive additional benefits. 

Glow and Grow Founding Membership includes:

  • first access to event tickets, office hours, nap and board room scheduling

  • name listed on Founder wall

  • quarterly founder meetups and events

  • free mail and reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • access to in house social and business events

  • one free monthly beauty service 

  • access to in house counselor

  • discounted private event tickets.

  • discounted event rental

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$4,800
Private Office Membership

Private Office memberships get their own office in 31:17 for a year. Members get a grow membership for two with their office.

Private Office Membership includes:

  • name listed on office door

  • free mail and reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • discounted event rental

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
Contribute
$1,200
Glow-Founding Membership

Founding memberships get access to 31:17 for a year. Members who make the Founding Member commitment receive additional benefits. 

Glow Founding Membership includes:

  • first access to event tickets and nap room scheduling,

  • name listed on Founder wall

  • quarterly founder meetups and events

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • full access to in house social events including wellness workshops such as The Confidence Quest and tea parties.

  • access to in house counselor

  • one free monthly beauty service

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$199
1 Month - Grow Membership

Grow girls need a place to work and grow their tribe. 31:17 has finally given them a place other than a coffee shop to build their empire.

Membership includes:

  • free reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • access to in house business events including bi-weekly mixers, mastermind days and the Girl Power Hour. 

  • discounted event rental

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$2,400
Grow-Founding Membership

Founding memberships get access to 31:17 for a year. Members who make the Founding Member commitment receive additional benefits. 

Grow Founding Membership includes:

  • first access to event tickets, office hours and board room scheduling.

  • name listed on Founder wall

  • quarterly founder meetups and events

  • free reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • access to in house business events including bi-weekly mixers, mastermind days and the Girl Power Hour. 

  • discounted event rental

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$250
1 Month - Glow and Grow Membership

Glow and Grow girls are here to work and play. 31:17 gives them a place to be unapologetic.

Membership includes:

  • free mail and reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • access to in house social and business events

  • one free monthly beauty service 

  • access to in house counselor

  • discounted event rental

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$3,000
Glow and Grow -Founding Membership

Founding memberships get access to 31:17 for a year. Members who make the Founding Member commitment receive additional benefits. 

Glow and Grow Founding Membership includes:

  • first access to event tickets, office hours, nap and board room scheduling

  • name listed on Founder wall

  • quarterly founder meetups and events

  • free mail and reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • access to in house social and business events

  • one free monthly beauty service 

  • access to in house counselor

  • discounted private event tickets.

  • discounted event rental

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$4,800
Private Office Membership

Private Office memberships get their own office in 31:17 for a year. Members get a grow membership for two with their office.

Private Office Membership includes:

  • name listed on office door

  • free mail and reception services, printing and snacks

  • access to nap and prayer room

  • discounted event rental

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