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321 Coffee

Featuring Michael Evans and Lindsay Wrege | Raleigh, NC

 

A coffee shop and roastery built on neurodiversity inclusion, 321 aims to reduce its carbon footprint while creating a blueprint of an inclusive workplace and community that others can follow.

“By combining environmental sustainability with our commitment to neurodiversity inclusion, we will champion social business and make our impact mobile.”

Could you describe your project?

321 Coffee is building a fully-electric coffee truck. The company focuses on employing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and we see an opportunity to scale this. We want to bring 321 Coffee directly to businesses, events, and neighborhoods via an electric coffee truck to bridge the gap between individuals with IDD and employers. Our goal is to create a pipeline for our baristas to be hired into other companies, promoting systemic inclusion. In combining environmental sustainability with our commitment to neurodiversity inclusion, we will champion social business and scale our impact.

In one sentence, what is your ultimate goal with this initiative?

To build a workforce development pipeline that enables individuals with disabilities to use 321 Coffee as a stepping-stone into new careers. 

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If you had to guess, what will be the biggest challenge with reaching that goal?

We are working to highlight environmental sustainability with an inclusive business model, doing business the right way wherever we can! But connecting with companies who are truly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) to scale these partnerships may be our biggest challenge. 

What inspired you to get involved in this issue?

We strongly believe in the power of social business and using business to make an impact. We put this into action internally through our supply chain, staffing model, and partners. We are now excited to engage with other companies to begin scaling this impact and leveraging the power of community. We are proud to be a part of the solution! 

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