Our Project Mission
Yaminah’s Place is a co-working space designed for women and their unique needs. Our mission is to provide a safe, sanitary, and synergistic space for female entrepreneurs, small business owners, and hobbyists to work, learn, and thrive. We strive to create a space that breeds diversity, especially welcoming women of color who are normally not included.
In 2018, Georgia ranked number 2 for the most women-owned businesses in the country. In the Atlanta metro area, women-owned small businesses are being started every day; however, many have not reached their full potential. They are home-based, providing they have nowhere to go to work because they can’t afford a brick and mortar location. This is especially true for women of color, who’s businesses are being started at rapid rates but growing more slowly than their counterparts. When they do find a shared workspace, they find they are not satisfied because of their unique needs. Most co-working spaces in the area lack a safe place for their children or personal products that can sustain them through a workday resulting in decreased production.
Opportunity to Grow
In 2018, Georgia was home to 522,200, and the numbers are growing every day. Women of color made up 62% of the women-owned business population. Because of recent developments from the COVID-19 pandemic, laid-off employees are also joining the entrepreneurial train.
Our main goal is to create a space outside of the hustle and bustle of the state’s capital city, where all women feel welcome and will thrive.
This co-working space will serve as a one-stop venue for entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers, hobbyists, instructors, and women who are crushing goals! During the day, the co-working space will serve as a modern workspace for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners to work in a quiet and tranquil setting. In the evening, the space will be made available for instructors to host classes and training programs from yoga to leadership, further enhancing the mind, body, and spirit of our members.
Here’s what members will get:
- A safe, sanitary, and tranquil work setting
- Use of a tech advanced conference room outfitted with a projector, printer, copier, laptop, smart pen, and everyday office essentials
- A powder room stocked with natural sanitary products, lotion, a changing table, a nursing booth, and aromatherapy among other restroom basics
- A soundproof room for their children with a trained child care provider
- Work stations equipped with antibacterial wipes and sanitizer
- Modern décor
- Access to our mentoring and professional training classes
- Discounted rates to host their training classes during the evening
How You Will Help
We are seeking funding because, without it, we can’t make this dream a reality. Even though women are starting businesses in GA far surpassing their male counterparts, they are still disadvantaged due to a lack of opportunity. We want to be a part of their success. By providing the space and training opportunities, along with a support system, we will see women-owned businesses flourish.
We will spend the funding in the following ways:
- $29,475 annual lease and utility payments
- $3,975 occupation tax and insurance
- $10,000 workspace furnishings
- $2,500 child care furnishings
- $5,000 office electronics and supplies
- $1,500 sanitation products
- $500 Chamber of Commerce dues
- $2,500 marketing and promotions
- $1,000 open house fees
- $550 licensing
Meet the Founder
Our founder, Yaminah Childress, is a social entrepreneur with 18-years’ experience. She holds an Associate’s degree in Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Business administration, and a Juris Doctorate in law.
Yaminah is the owner of Childress Group LLC, a conflict resolution firm, and the founder of the nonprofit, the Dream It Forward Foundation. She also consults and coaches women entrepreneurs and hosts the annual Break Down & Boss Up Conference for women under her brand IAmYaminah Inc.
Yaminah has women several awards and acknowledgments for her work, including GeorgiaTrend’s 40 Under 40, Atlanta Business Chronicles Women on the movie, and CafeMocha Radio SaluteHer Award, to name a few. She has also won two grants from The Pollination Project for her work as a social changer.
As a mom, a woman of color, mentor to young women across the globe, and leader in her community, Yaminah strives to inspire and connect women through this co-working space and to grow with them as a collective in business.
Thank you, you are much appreciated!
We thank you for supporting us as we build a space where women from all backgrounds can thrive. When you support a woman, you not only support her but her family and community.