Why support Forge Greensboro?
As we build our program capacity and facilities, we enable a new generation of entrepreneurs. Whether coming out of school or embarking on a 2nd or 3rd careers, they will gain the skills, network, and community to become active participants in the maker’s economy of Greensboro.
In three short years, the Forge has gone from a start up to the largest community makerspace in North Carolina while not expanding staff or programmatic capacity. By supporting the Forge’s long-term stability and continued growth, you are making an investment in the sustainable development of an innovative and creative economy and culture.
Why are small business entrepreneurs important?
Small businesses and entrepreneurs make up between 60% and 80% of all US jobs, and produce 13 times the number of patents as large businesses. Further, creative entrepreneurs are spurring small, privately owned creative business into one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy, growing 14% from 2011 – 2016. Forge Greensboro is a catalyst for startups and entrepreneurs because it substantially reduces the cost of startups, while connecting them to an audience of potential investors, customers, employees and collaborators. Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Harley Davidson, and Amazon all started out of garages; with more makers, creators, and entrepreneurs, the potential of ideas turning into success stories becomes much more likely!
How does Forge Greensboro help my community?
Creative communities attract creative individuals who want to live, work and play in their city of choice. Studies have shown millennials pick the city they want to live in and then find their job. Forge Greensboro is a cornerstone in the creative ecosystem of our city and with investment, it will attract and retain creative, entrepreneurial individuals and spur economic growth and contribute to the growing vibrancy of Greensboro.