Meet Michelle Benham

“When we share our stories, and learn from each others’ lived experiences, we are creating more connected and cohesive communities.” – Michelle Benham, Senior Director of Development & Communications

Congrats to our January E3 Durham Entrepreneur of the Month! Born out of a dream of a place that combined her love for community, craft brews, and creating handmade items, Virginia George opened Durham’s only DIY bar, Crafts & Drafts NC.

Read more about Crafts & Drafts NC below!


The Black Wall Street Forward initiative is modeled on the pillars that made Durham’s original Black Wall Street successful, and aims to continue the legacy of this vibrant work by supporting and catalyzing local leaders, Black business owners, and champions.

The E3 Durham Community Navigator Project is designed to assist you on your entrepreneurial journey. Whether you have an idea for a new business, are an existing business seeking to grow, or a business that looks to recover during these uncertain times, the E3 Durham program is here to help.

Enroll to be connected to a network of support organizations that have comprehensive support services to meet the needs of current and future business owners.