COMPANY: O HUB
Earl Coleman is only twenty-six years old but he is already an experienced serial entrepreneur. In his four years since graduating with a BA in International Studies from Maryville College in Tennessee, he has already founded two businesses, Pearlio and the Opportunity Hub. Coleman also sits on the board of Amplify 4 Good, a social organization that aims to improve the economies of underserved communities around the world. The organization does this by connecting nonprofits and entrepreneurs to capital and mentorship.
In 2011, Coleman founded Pearlio, a company that specializes in digital and social branding solutions. Pearlio’s offerings extend from brand development to brand loyalty. “We combine high-value research and branding savvy to help our partners produce brands that buzz with energy, deliver relevant value and inspire action.” Coleman prides himself on Pearlio’s ability to cut through the clutter on the Internet in order to position clients above their competitors.
In 2013, Coleman co-founded the Opportunity Hub (O Hub), a co-working space in Atlanta. O Hub provides space for entrepreneurs to work and network with other startups. O Hub also acts as a funding accelerator for entrepreneurs with companies in need of capital. Coleman currently acts as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.
O Hub is now in the middle of rebranding and expanding. The original O Hub co-working space is being relocated to a 4300 square foot space in Castleberry Hills, a block away from the new Falcons stadium. The endeavor is in strategic partnership with Atlanta real estate icon, Herman J. Russell. Coleman says there will be an initiative to help expose Atlanta University Center students to Atlanta’s burgeoning startup community. O Hub is opening a 13,000 square foot space near the Centennial Park. There will be over fifty offices with the ability to cater to private and public meetings or seminars.
In the long term, Coleman looks to help both children and adult professionals. He has researched entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion and innovation. Coleman has a passion for people and is constantly looking to gain skills to help individuals progress, particularly through entrepreneurship. As a result, he has worked with national and international organizations such as the United Way, Upward Bound and the Organization of American States over the years.
In college, Coleman served as class president and held several other leadership positions. To bolster his global view, he attended Universidad Nacional in Heredia in Costa Rica, taking all his coursework in Spanish. O Hub is simply another outlet for Coleman’s vision of improving people’s lives. “The spirit of thoughtful collaboration can enhance the lives of individuals and better organizations.”