Juggling families and business is often a challenging proposition for mothers, mainly when they are entrepreneurs— or “mompreneurs.” With that in mind, Dr. Tammira Lucas and her sister, Tekesha Jamison, founded The Cube, the state’s first co-working space resource to help parents balance business and families.
Today, nearly six years later, Dr. Lucas and her sister have proudly announced they have expanded from a 1,200-square-foot space to more than 15,000-feet former home of Function Coworking Community.
“We saw that there was an increase in spaces but no solution for mom entrepreneurs,” Dr. Lucas said. “Moms often are crumped in the category of women entrepreneurs, but there is a huge difference, especially in our needs and the different services on how we balance careers and families.”
Dr. Lucas said she and Jamison desired to create a space that would allow mothers to grow and not be forced into choosing their careers over family.
“The Cube not only is a co-working space, but it provides onsite babysitting services for parents so they can get their work done without being interrupted every few minutes,” noted Dr. Lucas, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management science from Coppin State University. Dr. Lucas also earned a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University and a Doctor of Business Administration from Walden University.
The expansion allows 17 office spaces open to co-working activities, a gallery center to host events, and an expanded soft play environment for children six and younger.
“This is really setting the tone for Black women entrepreneurs and showing them that there is a possibility to do everything you want to do in business, but also providing a space for Black women to grow their own business and careers,” Dr. Lucas exclaimed. The growth of The Cube required a vision and lots of hard work, Dr. Lucas added. She said Black entrepreneurs—particularly Black women— face numerous challenges and disparities that often stand as obstacles to entrepreneurial success.
The expansion could represent a model for others, Dr. Lucas declared.
“For me, this is personal. The expansion is important because we are the largest Black women-owned co-workspace to provide usage and services in the United States,” Dr. Lucas said.
“When I started this business, I had a vision on where I wanted to go, and I never thought that I would be making history. We are Black women entrepreneurs, and we don’t get adequate financial resources and any support.
“But this is an example of what we can do and how we can do it. We bootstrapped this business and did not receive a penny of funding. If I can show people better than I can tell them, then that is what I will do. I was told it was not possible or that it was ‘cute.’
“But now we have been able to sustain this for over six years, and we have three employees and growing. I’m going to show people all of the possibilities.”