Austin Young Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Center61

Grand Opening Celebration for Austin’s New Co-Working Community


AUSTIN, Texas—(Nov. 1, 2011)—The Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at Center61’s grand opening on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 pm at the People Fund Building, located at 2921 East 17th Street in Austin, Texas. Center61 is Austin’s co-working community for small-scale non-profits, socially minded entrepreneurs and business professionals. Simply put, Center61 is a physical space where social networking becomes social inter-ACTION for Austin’s nonprofits and social entrepreneurs committed to making an impact on the world. Individuals can RSVP for the grand opening at Tickets to the grand opening are free, and the event will include beverages and hors d’ouerves.


Given that Austin has over 6,000 nonprofits and is one of the leading hubs for entrepreneurship, Center61 is a perfect addition to the city. The first of its kind, Center61 will provide a community of like-minded people to create a synergistic environment that enables all participants to collectively accomplish more. 


“Center61 was created as a tangible way to serve the greater Austin community through a physical space with first-class amenities for small, up and coming organizations,” said Steve Wanta, CEO and Founder of Center61.


As a co-working community, members have access to essential business facilities to meet their organizations’ day-to-day demands alongside informal areas that redefine the traditional office environment.  The physical space includes a large collaborative work environment, printer, copier, scanner, and fully equipped conference and private meeting rooms. The target market for Center61 is a small, one- to three-person organization that has either outgrown their informal work environments and/or crave a space that offers a positive, collaborative atmosphere. 


“We are thrilled to partner with Center61 for their grand opening,” said Ed Kargbo, President of AYC. “Our membership is ripe with entrepreneurs, start ups and young professionals that could greatly benefit from the services provided by Center61.”


Steve Wanta founded Center61 in June 2011 after more than 2 years of conversations with close friends and colleagues who shared a passion for social entrepreneurship and a desire to create a physical space that could foster and give back to Austin’s community dedicated to creating a better world.

Often times people look to give back to their communities by volunteering or performing other charitable work.  Wanta has actually done the reverse.  As the Executive Program Director for Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Foods Market’s nonprofit, he oversees the foundation’s support of microfinance around the world.  Inspired by the poor living on a dollar a day and the organizations that serve them, he felt the best way to give back to the city Wanta loves was to establish Center61as a business to serve a community of scrappy nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. 


About the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce-

The purpose of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC) is to develop and connect young professionals in Austin to create business, community and individual success.

Work hard. Play hard. That’s our motto at the AYC. As young professionals in the Austin area we know that you work hard to develop yourself both personally and professionally. We also know that in a city like Austin there are countless ways to play hard. The AYC is where you can do both with other young professionals in the Austin community.

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About Center61

Center61 is a new co-working Community in Austin, conveniently located in the beautiful new PeopleFund building that is dedicated to small, 1- to 3-person nonprofits and social entrepreneurs.  The design, pricing, and services have been created by and for Austin’s nonprofit and social entrepreneur community.  Center61 offers opportunities to collaborate with your peers and gain exposure to other idea-shaping events.  Learn more at   



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