The Metropolitan Business League moves its new headquarters to Richmond’s business district


RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Metropolitan Business League has officially moved its headquarters to the Capital One 1717 Innovation Center.

The 1717 building on East Cary Street is a community workspace for community organizations and entrepreneurs. Owned by Capital One, it is also home to the nonprofit organizations Startup Virginia and Bridging Virginia.

“At Capital One 1717 Innovation Center, we believe in the power of connections and have witnessed the innovations that happen when people come together. MBL’s joining 1717 provides an exciting opportunity for new connections and the opportunity to work together to build a more vibrant community in Richmond,” said Toria Edmonds-Howell of Capital One.

With a renewed focus on innovation and technology and an increase in staff, finding a place with adequate capacity was crucial.

“Our membership-based nonprofit organization has provided a range of services and support to small, women- and minority-owned businesses throughout central Virginia for the past 53 years. This move allows us to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem with partners like Startup VA, Lighthouse Labs and other business agencies,” said Floyd E. Miller, II, President and CEO of MBL.

MBL relocated its headquarters in early November and will host an official open house next year. The nonprofit says it’s currently the fastest growing membership-based organization in Virginia with nearly 950 members and is on track to reach the top 1000 members by the end of 2022.

More information about the Metropolitan Business League can be found here.


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