The 3rd and One By The Water Cafe Open Mon -Fri- 8 am - 4 pm, Sat & Sun 8 am - 2 pm
We support lifting up each member, celebrating success, and providing connection and community! Get involved, get engaged, and get "growing."
The 3rd University is the training arm of The 3rd. Each month we host webinars led by industry experts that cover various topics. We also host member-led webinars, which allow members to share their expertise (members and nonmembers may attend, but only members can deliver content). This platform is perfect for a seasoned trainer looking for more experience and exposure.
Members have access to professional consulting and mentoring - sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. Based on your needs, you will be partnered with a professional consultant to assist in various disciplines. The possibilities are endless!
Once you become a member, you are automatically granted access to the Networking Neighborhood. This is our member portal, where we post announcements and share resources and other relevant information from our community and business partners. Members can also post notifications, which are immediately shared networkwide.
Each month you'll get our newsletter which is chock full of resources, links, opportunities, and announcements.
Membership to The 3rd is for WOC businesses, but the space is open to all, so stop by if you need a place to work (free wi-fi), grab a bite (breakfast or lunch from the cafe), meet, or connect. The space is available for rental (members get discounted pricing) and includes two large conference rooms, the cafe, the main area, and a podcast studio. The commercial kitchen will also be available for rental in the coming months.
Members receive 20% off all food and beverages.
Coffee and Convo. This networking event (members only) lets you connect with others in the community and learn what's new. Guest speakers bring a wealth of information and resources to help your business grow.
Past events have included happy hour at BusBoys and Poets, a mini yoga and mindfulness session at Pearl spa, as well hosted events at member businesses.
The 3rd also hosts annual events, allowing additional networking and community engagement. These include Cocktails and Comedy, WOCAX (Women of Color Art Expo), and Juneteenth, and Brunch at The 3rd.
If you're a product-based business, you'll have multiple opportunities to showcase your wares: Busboys and Poets quarterly shelving, vending for WOCAX, Juneteenth, Cocktails and Comedy, the summer lakefront concert series, Small Business Saturday, Columbia Lakefest and our annual Holiday Bazaar! Community organizations regularly look to 3rd members for additional vending and product showcase opportunities. In December, 3rd member products were featured in 700 gift boxes given to Howard County Community Hospital staff. Members participated in the Holiday Marketplace in the Merriweather District and Lit at the Lights at Merriweather Post Pavilion. During Black History month, 3rd member products were featured in the Howard County Community Hospital gift shop.
Pay month-to-month for immediate access to all our products and services!
Attend our orientation to learn more and start your growth journey today. We look forward to having you in our community
Receive one month free when you purchase a yearly membership.
Take advantage of all The 3rd has to offer - from networking to training to member-led webinars and much more!
We accept all levels of business! Whether you are thinking about starting a business, running a start-up or trying to expand, we would love for you to join our community! We serve all WOC owned businesses
We support all types of businesses, non-profits, to service based, to product based.
You can support by Donating or attending one of our events. Your contribution goes toward providing “community funded memberships” to Women of Color Entrepreneurs, gets you insider access to events and activities and you can always use our community co-working space. To donate, click here