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1 Million Cups moving weekly meetup to Richland Library

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1 Million Cups Columbia, a weekly meetup of Midlands entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges of starting a business, is relocating to the Richland Library at Assembly and Hampton streets.

The announcement also signals a new strategic partnership between 1 Million Cups and the Richland Library, according to a press release.

Joining the 1 Million Cups Co-organizing team will be Kelsey Truluck, a studio librarian for Richland Library. The first 1 Million Cups meeting at the library will be at 9 a.m. April 19th.

1 Million Cups has been meeting at Cromer P-Nuts, 1700 Huger St. The retailer expects to be in its new store location at 3036 N. Main St. later this year, said owner Carolette Turner.

“1MC exists to help support, connect and grow the entrepreneurial community,” John Wilkinson, co-owner of USA eShop and founding co-organizer of 1 Million Cups Columbia, said in a statement. “We couldn’t think of a better partner to work with as we expand the ecosystem of support than the Library, who has an absolutely amazing array of resources for aspiring entrepreneurs.”

On Sept. 12, Richland Library unveiled the newly redesigned Second Level, ​featuring its Studio Services Department. Some of the dedicated spaces include:

  • Studios: Draw, paint and sculpt in guided studio art instruction and open-lab sessions.
  • Meeting Spaces: Learn, create and share in these flexible spaces that support community collaboration, presentations, group discussion, workshop activities and making.
  • Maker Space: Tinker, experiment and create with tools in both guided and open-lab sessions.
  • Production Stage: Produce, record and film with the assistance of instructors or in unguided sessions.
  • Post-Production Lab: Create and edit media projects – including audio, photo, video, mobile applications and video games – using professional software.
  • Theater: Stage or screen performances from small impromptu gatherings to larger planned events.

      Writer's Rooms: Collaborate with book club or writing group, or hold a workshop.

“Richland Library looks forward to welcoming 1 Million Cups to our Main location each week and continuing to nurture a culture of learning, creating and sharing,” said Melanie Huggins, the library’s executive director. “The enhanced spaces inside our walls are taking on a life of their own to match the needs of our customers and quickly becoming a hub for community dialogue. I am excited to witness the evolution of this program and see what opportunities await local start-ups on the other side.”

1 Million Cups is a free, national program developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. It is led by more than 300 volunteers in three dozen states, one U.S. territory, and six time zones. It attracts an estimated national weekly attendance of more than 2,500 people.





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