RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Metropolitan Business Federation has officially moved its headquarters to the 1717 Innovation Center at Capital One.
The 1717 East Cary Street building is a collaborative workspace for community organizations and entrepreneurs. It is owned by Capital One and is home to the nonprofits Startup Virginia and Bridging Virginia.
“At the Capital One 1717 Innovation Center, we believe in the power of connection and have witnessed the innovations that are sparked when people come together. Having MBL join 1717 presents an exciting opportunity to make new connections and work together in the Richmond builds a more vibrant community,” said Capital One’s Toria Edmonds-Howell.
With a renewed focus on innovation and technology and a growing workforce, finding a place with sufficient capacity was critical.
“For the past 53 years, our membership-based nonprofit organization has provided a range of services and support to small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses throughout Central Virginia. This move allows us to partner with Startup VA, Lighthouse Partners such as Labs and other commercial institutions strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Floyd E. Miller, II, President and CEO of MBL.
MBL moved its headquarters in early November and will host an official open house next year. The nonprofit says they are currently the fastest growing membership organization in Virginia with nearly 950 members and are on track to reach 1,000 members by the end of 2022.
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