EQ will be held at Sal & Mookie’s in March, June, September and December. Image: FIle

Sal & Mookie’s and Mantle. City Club are partnering to launch “EQ”, a “meeting of the tribes” that seeks to have a big impact on the entrepreneur community of Jackson.

The mission of EQ, “find your niche; grow your reach,” will be played out in quarterly get-togethers at Sal & Mookie’s on Taylor Street in Fondren.

“Christopher Lomax (founder of Mantle.) and I were brainstorming on how we could best partner Sal & Mookie’s and Mantle and we both felt that it should be about something bigger than just our two businesses,” Susan Farris, marketing manager for Sal & Mookie’s, explains. “We are both passionate about growing Jackson and supporting what we have here in the city. So for us, it was a very natural fit to create something that shows just how vibrant our small businesses and entrepreneurs really are.”

The first EQ will be half mix & mingle, half informal panel where representatives from various entrepreneurial groups will give brief introductions as well as talk about each organization’s uniqueness and passion for business. EQ participants will then have a few minutes for questions. Following meet-ups will vary between speakers and panels based on participants’ interests and needs.

Confirmed Speakers for March EQ: Christopher Lomax, founder of Mantle. City Club; Kristie Hendrix, Executive Director of Midtown Partners representing The Hub; David Lewis of the Greater Jackson Arts Council and Todd Stauffer of Jackson Free Press representing Coalesce Jackson; Roderick Red of Red Squared Productions representing The FLEET creative collaborative; Dawn Dugle, of Dugle Media and author of the upcoming “The BRAVO! Way,” representing Lean In MS; J.C. Hiam of Hiam Consulting and Rafl., representing MS Tech Entrepreneurs; and Nader Dabit representing Jackson Area Web and App Developers.

EQ has a three-fold purpose. First, EQ hopes to attract anyone interested in finding their niche while building a larger network. If you are an entrepreneur or freelancer and have ever been interested in finding a special interest business group, this is the place to do it.

The second purpose is to provide an opportunity for those already involved in groups to branch out. Mingling with other entrepreneurs outside your usual scope can spark ideas, build community, and drive you to expand your skill set—or introduce you to that perfect contact to take your business to the next level.

Lastly, EQ is the perfect introduction to the people and resources available for budding entrepreneurs. You might be an oil painter or bath bomb maker but you’ll need someone to build you a website and someone else to help you put together a business plan.

Mark your calendars for EQ March 1, June 7, September 6 and December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s

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