Women's business, resource center opens in Baltimore

February 18, 1993|By Liz Bowie | Liz Bowie,Staff Writer

It was built in the 1880s as a dormitory for Goucher College women. Now, it has been reincarnated as another haven for women -- this time entrepreneurs.

The Women's Business and Resource Center, at 2300 N. Calvert St., formally opened yesterday housing 13 businesses owned or operated by women and minority entrepreneurs.

The city-owned building, with 20,000 square feet, was renovated with loans from the Baltimore Development Corp. and the state Department of Housing and Community Development and the city. The cost of the first phase of renovations was $1.1 million. A second phase, which includes renovations to the third and fourth floors, is expected to be completed later this year.

A wide variety of small businesses have been attracted to the center, including a social worker and therapist, developer, computer company, health care consultant and a law firm. And more businesses are waiting for space after renovations are complete.

Besides providing cheap, professional offices for women and minorities, the building's tenants offer each other support in building businesses.

"So we hope their chance of success is better," said Leslie Rock, one of the project's developers and a tenant. "This is the first center of this kind we know of in the nation."

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