On October 21, the Port Covington Development Team officially launched Impact Village, the newly renovated office space being offered free of charge to nonprofit organizations and small businesses that are making an impact in Baltimore. The mission of Impact Village is to empower local organizations and small businesses that are working toward positive changes in Baltimore City by providing complimentary office space for the duration of their term, thereby allowing for increased operational capacity by reducing overhead costs.
“Port Covington’s Impact Village embodies the type of flourishing community that South Baltimore residents deserve,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “The Port Covington Team was intentional in their approach to uplift local businesses and entrepreneurs, and I am excited to see the positive impact this effort will have on our community.”
Port Covington’s Impact Village is a vibrant space, constantly buzzing with activity, full of thinkers and doers who aim to improve the city of Baltimore and the lives of its citizens.
Accommodations for Impact Village tenants includes free wi-fi, security, mail services, shared conference rooms, and meeting spaces. This innovative hub builds upon the ecosystem that exists at City Garage, located directly across the street, which is creating a place where companies can learn from one another, collaborate, and grow together under one roof.
“When we began planning Port Covington, we knew we wanted it to be a neighborhood unlike anything else, both in the city of Baltimore and the country,” said Marc Weller, founding partner of Weller Development Company. “Now, as the cranes over Port Covington indicate, this neighborhood is coming to life and Impact Village is a shining example of what we envisioned. The cost-free offices in Impact Village allow tenants to maximize efficiency and further their businesses. We help them and in turn, they help the city – which is what Port Covington is all about.”
“Impact Village is something we can all be really proud of because it co-locates like-minded entrepreneurs and leaders and sets their organizations up for even greater success,” said Marc Broady, Vice President of Community Affairs at Weller Development. “We are creating an ecosystem of creativity where people and their organizations can continue to do great work in Baltimore without having to have that overhead cost.”
Current tenants include:
The Choice Program believes in the power and potential of all young people. The Choice Program at UMBC provides engaging programming, connection to resources and holistic support to youth in central Maryland’s communities.
Conscious Venture Lab is an early-stage business accelerator with the goal of developing companies and leaders who embrace capitalism as a force for good in society. They work to help extraordinary entrepreneurs in their goal to build companies with societal purpose at their core.
MOM Cares serves under-supported mothers with a NICU experience in Baltimore City by providing postpartum doula care including transportation, childcare, advocacy, self-care opportunities, and nutritious meals to mothers and their families.
Murphy Enterprises, LLC is a firm invested in community impact, workforce development, vendor/supplier inclusion and sustainability. The companies within their portfolio are anchored by a commitment to community and developing a stronger Baltimore.
Reveille Grounds is a mission- driven coffee shop and community gathering space that will build stronger communities for veterans and military- affiliated individuals in Baltimore by providing support, resources, and personalized care.
Sandtown Millworks creates functional and lasting furniture from reclaimed wood and materials salvaged locally in Baltimore. Their core belief is that something beautiful can be manufactured locally from materials otherwise destined for a landfill.
A nonprofit that supplies healthy snacks to public schools in the Baltimore Metro area for kids who suffer from food insecurity and hunger. All snacks are from manufacturers/grocery, wrapped, and sealed.
The Arts Project Inc is a nonprofit dedicated to exposing youth to creative avenues of artistic expression. They host various sessions, events, and trips encouraging youth to tap into their creative selves.
Wolf Professional Security Inc. is a private security and investigations firm, providing security needs for businesses in Port Covington including Impact Village, City Garage, Weller Development Company, and Baltimore Sun.
Sharp Dressed Man bridges a critical gap between programs providing men workforce training and ‘looking the part’ to get in the door for an interview. Sharp Dressed Man’s one-on-one styling experience equips men with a hand- selected suit and accessories for their interview.
The mission of Suited to Succeed-Dress for Success Greater Baltimore is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
The Port Covington Workforce Opportunity Center (PCWOC) focuses on job placement relating to employment opportunities within the development of Port Covington, primarily serving Baltimore City residents.