EMPOWERMENT CENTRAL creates a safe space for us as a Black & BIPOC community to thrive.

Collaboration over Competition

OUR VALUES

Inclusion

We do not compete—we bring each other along in our success.

Opportunity

Mutuality

All who believe in and accept of people of diverse backgrounds are welcome.

We know that resources are infinite when we share them.

We create opportunities for one another at Empowerment Central before seeking resources elsewhere.

Do no harm

We take safety seriously and don't allow people to harass, threaten, or hurt anyone in our space. This includes your guests, so remember that guests are representative of yourself and that breaking this rule will have your space access terminated.

WE'RE HOUSING THE COMMUNITY OF ENTREPRENEURS & CREATORS

Here's what you'll have access to at Empowerment Central:

  • Workshop Space

  • Recording booth

  • Kitchen

  • 24/7 secure building access

  • Public transit just a block away

  • Wall-to-wall windows with city views

SPACE USAGE FEED OPTIONS:

Commercial Rate:
North Workshop Space, Vault, Cyc and Recording Room*: $50/hourly

South Workshop Space: $75/hourly

*Recording Room minimum rental of 2 hours. All other spaces are a minimum of 1 hour.

Max Rental Limit is 10 hours, with $50/hourly overtime. $100 Deposit for bookings over 8 hours.

MEMBERSHIP RATES:
Part-Time Member: $250/month with first month’s deposit
Full-Time Member: $500/month with first month’s deposit 

OVERTIME & CLEANING CHARGES:
Overtime is billed at $50/hour or $75/hour (for only South Workshop Space). Cleaning charges are $50/hr (if the space is not left clean). Painting charges are $35/gallon for paint and $50/hour for labor.

PAYMENTS:
Accepted forms of payment: Check, Venmo, Cashapp, or 

We do not want our entrance costs to be prohibitive. Please let us know if this is the case, and we'll do what we can to work with you.

BOOK A TOUR

You need a space to work that understands the importance of creating a safe place for brown faces. Come meet us at Empowerment Central, where Black & BIPOC creators are free to be ourselves, and to breathe.

Fill out the form to book your personal tour of Empowerment Central!

 

A VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY

Jacobsen Valentine

Founder of Empowerment Central

Founder & Executive Director, Feed the Mass.

Chef, Photographer, Advocate for Community.

Jacobsen grew up in Portland & Gresham, and has spent most of his life here. As an advocate for food justice, community education, and equity, he established Feed the Mass in 2016 as nonprofit cooking school for low-income families. Jacob is a mixed person of color himself who understands and has experienced the challenges of classism, colorism, and bigotry. Rising from adversity, his mission is to ensure that youth in the community have a road map for their futures, and a vision to reclaim a piece of this city for themselves. Outside of his chef's uniform, you can find Jacob here at Empowerment Central, or working on his photography project that focuses on sharing optimism in a climate of division.

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