337: Dream Big. Start Small.

lindsay wrege- Intreview with Mitch Matthews

337: Dream Big. Start Small.

We’re talking with Lindsay Wrege.  Lindsay is the co-founder and CEO of 321 Coffee… which is a coffee shop and roaster in Raleigh, NC that employs individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Get this gang… 80% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are unemployed.  But Lindsay is doing something about this!  Her staff features amazing people with down syndrome, autism, and other neurodiversity. 

Together… they are modeling inclusion for other companies to follow. And THAT is inspiring. 

But what is ALSO inspiring is to find out that Lindsay started this as a freshman in college with ZERO dollars, some folding tables from the student union, and a few friends and it’s blossomed into something amazing!  (Oh… and by the way… Lindsay is just 22 years old!) 

Whether you are 15, 35, or 75… I think you’ll be encouraged by her story, her heart, and some of her specific steps to making this all happen!  So, let’s get to it!

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WEBSITE: https://321coffee.com/

321 Coffee’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Drink321Coffee/

321 Coffee’s IG: ​https://www.instagram.com/Drink321Coffee/

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MORE ABOUT THE 321 Coffee:

Again… Lindsay Wrege is the co-founder and CEO of 321 Coffee, a coffee shop and roaster in Raleigh, NC that employs individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 321 Coffee is a nonprofit coffee shop that employs adults with IDD.

Their mission is to provide meaningful employment for adults with IDD and to model inclusion for other businesses to follow. 


  • 0:02 What to expect today
  • 1:37 Episode starts
  • 3:29 A look into 321 Coffee
  • 10:06 How and why Lindsay decided to experiment
  • 18:21 One of the scariest decisions Lindsay had to make
  • 22:37 Lindsay advice for anyone building something
  • 26:51 Tips for being more inclusive
  • 31:40 The power of speaking your dreams out
  • 33:51 Mitch’s minute


I’m blown away by Lindsay’s story and her get-it-done approach to this.  When she said, “Dream BIG but start small” I just wanted to give her a big ol’ high five!  (You could probably hear it in my voice!)  I think that is THE way to start pursuing our dreams and goals. 

Find those small but significant ways to START and then… well… START!  Experiment and figure it out as you go!!!  

How about YOU?

What do you think?  What were something that stood out to you from Lindsay’s story and her outlook?  What did it inspire YOU to… dream about… think about… or DO?!?  Leave a comment and let me know!

And PLEASE share this one because the world needs to hear stories like Lindsay’s!  Do you agree?  If so… spread it!!!  Thanks in advance!

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