Brown Girl Project

We are where culture, community & opportunity meet FIRST.
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Project Ends on October 31, 2019

Project Description

 

 

The Mission:

To be a space that curates for, and caters to, women of color.

  1. The Brown Girl Project is committed to building communities. Our belief is that being a part of a group of supportive women is vital to creating business success.

  2. We believe that creating a beautiful workspace increases focus and productivity. We also believe that women who have the option to either work from home or have access to a professional workspace on an as-needed basis within their own community.

  3. We are dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment where we curate introductions and offer events that connect like-minded members.

  4. We are obsessively dedicated to education, self-development, and lifelong learning. By offering service and amenities like the workshop like the Lab series and the Kitchen series.

The Opportunity:

 In cities like Chicago Black women-owned businesses have grown by 67.5%, and Hispanic women-owned operations have increased by a whopping 87.5%. Across all ethnicities, however, the number of women-owned firms is increasing at lightning speed, but the spaces need to support them just aren't there. 

The Data:

Currently, there are less than 60 black-owned co-working spaces in the United States. Less than 20 owned by minority women. That’s a small fraction of the over 6,000 co-working spaces that exist across the country, supporting a growing 500,000+ freelancers, startup companies, consultants, and emerging founders. Meaning that if you are a successful black or brown woman that has created her own lane, you most likely will have to leave your neighborhoods to do business or find work environments that are comfortable, desirable, or provides the service and amenities necessary.

 

Brown Girl Project is more than a social club, we are a social enterprise that offers communal and office space designed for women with media, fashion, beauty and technology in mind. 

(Inspiration Photo image of the space)

 

Beautiful workspace and intriguing amenities and services. 

Opening in the heart Bronzeville, space amenities include:

  • Office space- [8- 10] Available for reservation  

  • Gorgeous open workspace with access to complimentary high-speed internet, cozy meeting nooks, and access to conferences rooms and complimentary beverages  

  • Private Powder Room, a beauty space reimagined which includes a comfortable lounge for more intimate meeting spaces  with led podcast mirrors for Youtube and professional makeup application with couches and chairs

  • Digital Media Room

  • Children's lab

  • Shared Kitchen option for emerging chef's and culinary experiences 

 

The App

 

The app is a vital part of the business. Its equally as important is our vision is to create one on one engagement connecting online and forming a community digitally go hand and hand. Our app allows for "true virtual" memberships that support a global reach of connecting women for business as well as to experience content and creativity.

For onsite members, the app is their portal to everything space offers including opening doors, booking conference rooms, and community events and workshops.

Members profiles allow them to meet and connect with other members (globally), navigate opportunities for relationships and business connections. It also gives you virtual members access to content from events they couldn’t be onsite for.

 

 

Born out of the realization that women of color, especially now, with a new generation of entrepreneurs and freelancer in creative, social media, tech and beyond, they deserve a space that meets them where they are.

A space intelligently designed with amenities for business and beauty that rival the best spaces for networking, learning, creating, and connecting. As women of color who work remotely, it was a goal to create a space that was designed for us and by us.

Christine Griffith, Founder

The concept creator of the project, a transplant originally from Phoenix, who moved to Chicago 16 years ago with a background in luxury retail and media sales.

Ashley Shareef, Branding & Marketing Guru

Christina Tarrant-Dantzler, E-commerce Strategist

 

"We shouldn't be aiming to network up -- we should be networking across: "Who's next to you? Who's struggling? Who's in the trenches with you? Who's just as hungry as you are? And those are the people that you need to build with."              - Issa Rae

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

09/13/2019
Pre-MEMBERSHIP RESERVATION
$49
Ashley Shareef
06/09/2019
BGP Supporter
$25
Monetary Contribution
NO REWARD | JUST BEING AMAZING WORKS 

Only have $1? We'll take it AND appreciate it greatly 

Got $100,000? We will take that too and appreciate it also 

Give whatever is in your heart, because you believe in the mission of bringing accessibility, inclusivity, and representation coworking and creative spaces. Your contribution will help us build beautiful communities in and near the communities that often get left out.

PLUS at this level of giving, you get to enjoy the warm, fuzzy feelings that come along with knowing you've supported dynamic women and are changing the landscape around them.

No Limit

 

0 Supporters
Contribute
$49
Pre-MEMBERSHIP RESERVATION

READY TO COMMIT?

We are ready to have you! There are only 100 slots available to a part of the start of the revolution. What do you get? 

YOUR REWARD: 

  • Beta Profile for the BGP app and networking site. 
  • Invitation to "pop-up" and preview experience- Details COMING SOON!
  • Big high-five 🙌🏽 from me (if/when I see you next)
  • No Shipping Required.

     

    Estimated Delivery: Fall 2019

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$500
HBGIC- "Head Brown Girl in Charge"

An Office with a view!

Calling all CEO's, entrepreneurs, remote women. You can now lock it in! Secure your 2-4 person office amongst some of the most talented, creative and connected women in Chicago. Office comes with more amenities than we can list here, go to the website for details.

REWARD:
  • Office space comes with membership for 2-4 team members
  • Perks * Additionally, you receive a complimentary month Powder Room membership for the team  
  • Benefits include access to all BGP events with passes, labs + workshops, childcare options and more! 
  • Estimated Delivery: 2020
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$1,000
30 for 30

Named in your honor+ Eternal gratitude for your amazing generosity!

Additional Rewards includes:

  • Exclusive invitation to the Pre-Grand Opening and launch party 
  • One of 30 bricks dedicated to you, your organization, sorority/frat, or the person you'd wish to honor with a brick in our wall of fame.
  • Access to exclusive VIP events and programming for the 1st year
  • Exclusive tote bag or hat from the 2019 Fall product line. 
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution
NO REWARD | JUST BEING AMAZING WORKS 

Only have $1? We'll take it AND appreciate it greatly 

Got $100,000? We will take that too and appreciate it also 

Give whatever is in your heart, because you believe in the mission of bringing accessibility, inclusivity, and representation coworking and creative spaces. Your contribution will help us build beautiful communities in and near the communities that often get left out.

PLUS at this level of giving, you get to enjoy the warm, fuzzy feelings that come along with knowing you've supported dynamic women and are changing the landscape around them.

No Limit

 

0 Supporters
Contribute
$49
Pre-MEMBERSHIP RESERVATION

READY TO COMMIT?

We are ready to have you! There are only 100 slots available to a part of the start of the revolution. What do you get? 

YOUR REWARD: 

  • Beta Profile for the BGP app and networking site. 
  • Invitation to "pop-up" and preview experience- Details COMING SOON!
  • Big high-five 🙌🏽 from me (if/when I see you next)
  • No Shipping Required.

     

    Estimated Delivery: Fall 2019

249 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$500
HBGIC- "Head Brown Girl in Charge"

An Office with a view!

Calling all CEO's, entrepreneurs, remote women. You can now lock it in! Secure your 2-4 person office amongst some of the most talented, creative and connected women in Chicago. Office comes with more amenities than we can list here, go to the website for details.

REWARD:
  • Office space comes with membership for 2-4 team members
  • Perks * Additionally, you receive a complimentary month Powder Room membership for the team  
  • Benefits include access to all BGP events with passes, labs + workshops, childcare options and more! 
  • Estimated Delivery: 2020
10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
30 for 30

Named in your honor+ Eternal gratitude for your amazing generosity!

Additional Rewards includes:

  • Exclusive invitation to the Pre-Grand Opening and launch party 
  • One of 30 bricks dedicated to you, your organization, sorority/frat, or the person you'd wish to honor with a brick in our wall of fame.
  • Access to exclusive VIP events and programming for the 1st year
  • Exclusive tote bag or hat from the 2019 Fall product line. 
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0 Supporters
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