Happy Martin Luther King Jr Weekend!
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase."
Often when we am looking for inspirational quotes for our Facebook feed or to put on the “Pearls of Wisdom” board at Mantle., We find ourselves returning to the wealth of quotes given to us by Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s quotes are so very powerful given the context in which he originally gave them.
However, most all of us will never wake to our homes being firebombed or lead a quarter of a million people on Washington to tell them about our dreams. King’s time was fraught and urgent and great, his time dwarfs the context for which we seek out his quotes, yet we return time and time again.
This weekend, as we reflect on the life, death, and legacy of one of the greatest and most consequential Americans to ever breathe our imperfect air, we can also reflect on Dr. King as an innovator, a disruptor, and an entrepreneur. His “Dream” was based in an entirely different “cloud” — however, I am sure that if he were alive today he could have imagined an app for organizing for freedom and equality — but he changed the rules and pressed forward in the face of a harsh reality. The gravity of what King was fighting for does not nearly translate into the “struggles” into what startup founders or new businesses are working towards, but his words still do translate:
Everything worth doing is hard; do it with people who care about the cause as much as you do.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Starting something worthwhile means having a short memory and being a little bit crazy.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
There are a thousand logical reasons not to do something at any given moment, go with your gut.
The time is always right to do what is right.
You cannot innovate listening to everybody else; Henry Ford put it this way: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Diversity is more than a buzz-word. You can’t know everything, you should learn from other’s experiences. We are stronger when we are pulling together.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
Hemingway called it “Grace under pressure.” Making a mark takes courage.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Our Monthly Monday Member Happy Hour is a week late this Month. But, its with Champagne! (Thanks, 2018!)
We will have a case of Sparkling Wine available to the first members to show up and get it! Come see what everyone's resolutions are! 21+ only.
Members only. Guests accompanied by Members welcome.
Lean In Takes Over Mantle for FFT
Mantle is excited to have Lean In Mississippi take over Mantle for Fondren's First Thursday on September 1, 2016. Lean In will feature four women entrepreneurs for Startup Happy Hour where anyone can come have a beer, a popsicle, and learn how these Mississippi women are leaning in to the future.
Lean In Mississippi is a women’s professional group inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Lean In's mission is to help women in Mississippi advance their careers by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. "We know that Mississippi is a tough place to be a woman in the workforce – and in order to drive change, we need to work together to encourage more women to step into larger roles to help shape the future of our communities and our state," says Kate McNeel, a founder of Lean In.
The Four Featured Women Entrepreneurs taking the spotlight on Thursday evening are:
- Dawn Dugle is a former journalist turned Business Storytelling Consultant and Trainer. She is the CEO of Dugle Media and works with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and even state agencies around the country. Dawn trains her clients how to tell their business' story.
- Talamieka Brice is a visual storyteller and CEO of Brice Media. She is the only graphic designer in Mississippi to be featured in Graphic Design USA in that magazine’s 50-year history. Brice Media is also a certified woman-owned business in the state of Mississippi.
- Hollidae Morrison wants to save the planet, one recycled plastic bottle at a time. She knows when it comes to being eco-friendly, some people feel it’s a little too big a task. That’s why she founded Easily Eco, a platform to show “daily conservation made easy”.
- Emily Caraway is using her entrepreneurial spirit as an independent fashion consultant with LuLaRoe – a woman-owned company founded to help other women become financially independent.
So, no matter your gender, come Lean In to the future at Mantle this Thursday!
POP THE CHAMPAGNE + YOU'RE INVITED!
There is no better way to celebrate TSG’s new Jackson Editor and its local businesses than with pops & bubbles!! We are thrilled to invite all of TSG startup businesses and established companies to join Mantle + The Scout Guide on August 4th for our Startup Happy Hour! Learn about all things local at our meet and greet with editor Caroline King from 5:00-7:00. Fondren Cellars teams up for Startup Happy Hour to pair the wines of summer with unique pops from Fondren vendor Pop Culture. All Jacksonians and others are welcome on August 4th to meet the best of local businesses as well.
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF TSG?
For more information about The Scout Guide Jackson, visit www.thescoutguide.com/jackson. To request a copy of the guide, visit Mantle or email email@example.com.
OTHER SCOUTED BUSINESSES + FRIENDS IN FONDREN
This is why we love TSG: because great minds think alike! Check out these businesses, and read more about them here.
Blithe & Vine + CAET + Walkers Drive-In + Cups + Fondren Cellars + La Brioche
Come join us as we ring in the launch of Mantle Co.working at Duling School in Fondren. We will be offering food, beverages, music, and tours of our new and improved space! Members and non-members alike can come celebrate with the Mantle Team on the beginning of our new era. So, put us on your calendar, and come by and see us at 622 Duling Avenue, above Babalu.
FEATURED MISSISSIPPI STARTUPS:
(Starting at 10am)
Blue Delta Blue Jeans (Oxford) will be fitting custom jeans for men and women starting at 10am and going until y’all stop wanting new jeans!
S.O. Terec (Jackson) a socially conscience t-shirt company (and soon to be jewelry) will be offering their latest line of t’s for sale in our co.working room.
BEER, COFFEE, AND POPS:
(Starting at 4pm)
Yalobusha Brewing Company (Water Valley) will be talking about several of their brews which we will have on tap in our living room.
Pop Culture Popsicles (Fondren) will have free pops in our slide-top freezer, including one flavor specially made for Mantle.
Coffee will be brewing, of course.
SPEAKER HAPPY HOUR:
(Starting at 5:45pm)
The Honorable Delbert Hosemann will be talking about entrepreneurship and startups in Mississippi and how his office has been working to grease the tracks for founders and startups.
Jeff Good will be discussing why Jackson is a great town for starting a new business and problems/solutions for small business founders.
(Catch more on these talented ladies: here)
Anne Bryant - Photographer (www.annebryantphotography.com)
Ginger Williams Cook - Painter, mixed media (www.gingerwilliamscook.com)
Chavanne McDonald - Painter (http://www.chavanne-mcdonald.com)
(Starting at 4:45 and c. 7pm)
Duck Holmes: Blues before and after the happy hour speakers in the Living Room.
Oxford, Mississippi all-american jean company Delta Blue Jeans is visiting Jackson for Fondren's First Thursday - April as part of Mantle's Launch Party. The custom jean company will be fitting bespoke jeans at Mantle starting at 10am Thursday, April 7th in the lounge based conference room at Mantle. Stop in all day to grab a coffee, popsicle or beer while you check out the place and get a slick or sexy new pair of jeans from a great Mississippi company.
Visit http://bluedeltajeans.com to learn more.
Look good, Feel good.
Socially conscience t-shirt company S.O. Terec shared some thoughts on starting a small business in Mississippi leading up to their show at Mantle's launch party this Thursday. S.O.T. will have a large selection of their t's for purchase - each purchase also makes a donation to the Mississippi Food Network.
Learn more: http://www.feedamouthinthesouth.com
In a few sentences describe your company (including the founders), where you are in the startup cycle? Do you have any interesting stats about your company/product/etc. that you would like to share?
We started with t-shirts and are in the process of offering jewelry; we use an eye catching symbol to represent support of neighbors here in our state. We are in the fourth year of business and through our efforts have been able to provide tens of thousands of meals to hungry Mississippians via the Mississippi Food Network.
How did you choose Mississippi and where you chose to root as a business?
Mississippi was the inspiration for the company's mission. When I came back to Mississippi this was part of my rooting down at home.
What were some things in starting your company in Mississippi that made business life easier?
The incredible support of the State's good-hearted people. This is a movement larger than a single, social enterprise. We as consumers have the ability to influence the way goods and services are offered by being conscious of how you elect to spend your dollars.
What is one thing about working in Mississippi that you would tell someone who is on the fence about starting up in Mississippi vs another state?
We have incredibly gifted creative minds here, MS is a business friendly environment, and of course the quality of life for the price is hard to beat.