Westchester Magazine: ThePowerLab Energizes the Yonkers Community

We take an inside look at ThePowerLab, a Yonkers shared-workspace giving young and underprivileged entrepreneurs a leg up.

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Yonkers’ next generation of business owners have a new organization in their corner. ThePowerLab, founded by local nonprofit Community Governance and Development Council, is a 2,700 square-foot community business incubator and co-working space that opened its doors in Southwest Yonkers last month. Located at 45 Ludlow Street, ThePowerLab brings affordable meeting and work sites to freelancers, startups, or community programs, and has even begun offering skill-training classes and hosting community events.

According to Executive Director LaMont Badru, the effect of ThePowerLab extends far beyond its role as a flexible workspace. “I really believe that this project can have a transformative effect on our community because we finally have a space to incubate and grow ideas from local talent,” he says. “The common trend for many young people growing up here is that people see success as being able to leave Yonkers. We want to promote a culture and space that can cultivate what young people from Yonkers have to offer and put it to use right in our city.” 

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