Press Release: The MBF Provides Loan to Moonlighter: A Cutting-Edge Makerspace in Wynwood. 

Date: August 12, 2015

Media Contact:

Linda Theander-Adam

MBF

(305) 379-7070 Ext. 201

MIAMI, Fla. – With support from the MBF,Moonlighter, a cutting-edge makerspace in Wynwood (2041 NW 1st Place Miami, Fl. 33127), is opening its doors on Friday August 14th., 2015. Moonlighter will provide individuals of all ages, professions, and level of technical experience a space to design, prototype, and create innovations using 3D modeling and 3D printing technologies. They will also host workshops and events on topics including design software and fabrication techniques.

The founders, Daisy Nodal and Tom Pupo, both Master of Architecture currently teaching at FIU, are excited about finally opening the doors to their very own makerspace after hosting 3D printing workshops around the city for almost two years. “This is really the first space of its kind in South Florida.” says Co-Founder Daisy Nodal. Moonlighter’s makerspace allows people to create anything from a custom sticker on the vinyl cutter to a custom flat-pack wood furniture with the CNC mill. “The opportunities are nearly endless!” Co-Founder Tom Pupo explains.

Daisy Nodal and Tom Pupo, are the founders of Moonlighter, a community space for designers, makers, artists and entrepreneurs, with a focus on design and personal manufacturing technologies. Photography by Peter Andrew Bosch.

At Moonlighter’s grand opening on August 14th, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., attendees will be able to partake in maker activates as well as enjoy complimentary beer from Wynwood Brewing, snacks, music, and exhibitions by local designers, including Laz Ojalde, Natalie Zlamalova, AMLGMATD, Bell Design Factory, Home Eleven, Anna Drescher Designs, Brandon Paul Martinez, The Design Collectiv, and more. To learn more about the event visit facebook.com/moonlightermiami.

Moonlighter is one of the 35+ minority-owned companies that the MBF has provided a loan to in the past four years in an effort to advance economic development in the City of Miami. Other companies that have received loans from the Foundation include Panther Coffee, Sugar Yummy Mama, FAMA Publishing, Two Coats Painting, Miami Smokers, and Bunnie Cakes.

Minority entrepreneurs have limited access to funding and the MBF aims to fill this the gap through the creation and administration of loan programs for minority businesses, through the creation of programs and educational scholarships for minorities, and by providing technical assistance to local organizations engaged in economic development.

The MBF, a City of Miami-based nonprofit established in 1986, has awarded 504 scholarships to City of Miami minority students attending Miami Dade College, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University and Miami Dade Public High Schools. In the last four years it has also awarded forty-one loans to minority-owned businesses that have helped create more than 200 jobs in the City of Miami, and created partnerships that have helped train more than 100 City of Miami minority business owners.

For more information on the MBF, please call (305) 379-7070, email info@192.186.227.164, visit www.miamibaysidefoundation.org or follow us on Twitter @MiamiBaysideFo and Facebook