ACCESS Center for Equity + Success is a joint partnership of Venture Café Winston-Salem and Piedmont Business Capital

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Venture Café Winston-Salem is part of a global nonprofit network of organizations hosting weekly Thursday Gatherings that serves as a physical nexus for helping innovators and entrepreneurs find one another and collaborate to bring their dreams to reality. These Thursday Gatherings provide a space for conversations and scheduled programs to inspire a wide range of attendees from around the world to connect. Think of it as a community living room. And everyone is invited.

Venture Café Winston-Salem is a hub in the Triad entrepreneurial ecosystem, where partner organizations gather and mingle among current and aspiring entrepreneurs, new and established innovators, industry and community influencers ... conversing, connecting, and ideating. You never know who you might meet or what you might learn at Venture Café, but we guarantee it will be worth the price of admission (which is totally free and includes refreshments on us). 

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Piedmont Business Capital creates shared economic prosperity through equitable lending and investment. The organization's vision is a financially strong, culturally vibrant community where each person has access to decent jobs, homes, health care, education, healthy food, and economic opportunities.  Through flexible, financial products and sound advice, PBC creates opportunities to make socially responsible investments that revitalize communities in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.


The work of PBC is a story of defying the odds through the grit and tenacity of people choosing to step out of poverty through entrepreneurship. PBC offers relationships, knowledge, and resources to aid willing and striving business owners in the process of achieving their goals.


How PBC achieves these outcomes:

  • Micro-Lending

  • Contract/Service Agreement Loans

  • Relevant and impactful development programming

  • Technical Assistance and Certification Workshops (MWBE, HUB, and DBE)

  • One-On-One Business Coaching

  • Community Advocacy

ACCESS has been made possible by Wexford Science + Technology, the developer of Bailey Power Plant, and the Innovation Quarter.  Together these organizations provided catalytic funding, space, and support.

ACCESS is located in the Bailey Power Plant

486 Patterson Ave, Suite  241

Winston-Salem, NC  27101