FORGE GREENSBORO EXCEEDS GOALS OF “FORGE AHEAD” CAMPAIGN
GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 25, 2018) – Forge Greensboro will celebrate closing a successful “Forge Ahead” fundraising campaign on October 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm with a panel discussion on starting and growing a business as a maker. Panelists will include entrepreneur makers Ann Tilley, fabric artist and a founder of Ann and Anne, Sam Rouse, artisan and owner of Sam Rouse Furniture, and Mike Czeiszperger of 3D Upfitters.
“Support from the community has been inspiring and ensured we exceeded our $200,000 fundraising goal” said Forge Executive Director Joe Rotondi. “We will use these additional resources raised by the campaign to collaborate with the community in innovative ways, support membership growth, offer new educational classes and workshops, expand existing programs, and add staff and equipment.”
Celebration includes a panel discussion on Maker Entrepreneurship
Specific resources and programs added to the Forge as a result of the fundraising campaign include:
- CNC (Computer Numerical Control) laser cutter, router, and machining mill, as well as funding for introductory skills training and staff capacity.
- Skills Bootcamps in Machining and Welding. Through collaborations with the United Way and the Interactive Resource Center (IRC), the Bootcamps have already introduced more than 40 individuals, teenagers and adults to skills that have led to jobs and inspired continued education at Guilford Technical Community College.
Numerous organizations and not-for-profits contributed to the Forge Ahead campaign, including lead gifts from AZ Development, City of Greensboro, Weaver Foundation, Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation, Cemala Foundation, TCDI and the Lincoln Financial Foundation. In addition, individual donors contributed more than $50,000 to the campaign, including an anonymous gift of $25,000 through the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.
“One of the big hurdles for regular people trying out new business ideas is finding a low-cost way to have products manufactured on a small scale without raising large amounts of capital,” said Mike Czeiszperger, who launched his company 3D Upfitters at the Forge. “The equipment, training, and member support from the Forge enabled me to bootstrap a small business and start bringing in revenue in just a few months without having to risk my entire life savings. The support from individual members has been tremendous, helping with everything from operating equipment to beta testing.”
Additional contributions to Forge Greensboro can be made directly on the organization’s website, or mailed to the Forge Greensboro office located at 219 W. Lewis St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27406.
About Forge Greensboro
Forge Greensboro, a 501c3 nonprofit, is a leading community makerspace in the Southeast. The Forge provides members with equipment for woodworking, welding, sewing, 3D printing, laser engraving, 3D design, sheet metal, electronics and ceramics. The core program provides affordable access to tools, technology and a community of entrepreneurs, artists, artisans, inventors, students, skilled trades folk, engineers, hobbyists and tinkerers. Forge Greensboro is an open and accepting environment where people can come and share their skills, experience, ideas, networks and curiosity. For more information visit, www.forgegreensboro.org.