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The 3rd

In the 1980, sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term “third space” as a relaxed place outside of home or work where individuals gather to connect, commune, and interact.  Third spaces are welcoming, comfortable and accessible.

For women of color-owned businesses, The 3rd is that space.  It’s a place for them to commune, grow and thrive.  The organization was founded by Laura Bacon, a long-time Columbia, Maryland resident who envisioned a community where entrepreneurs could connect, receive support, and watch their businesses grow.  Laura also envisioned a physical space where 3rd and community members can gather, interact and relax.  It’s all about connection…and community.