EQ is a quarterly networking group hosted by Sal & Mookie’s and Mantle. City Club for Jackson creatives and entrepreneurs.
The second EQ features “Hidden Resources” available from Mississippi and Jackson for helping entrepreneurs grow their pearl.
Sal & Mookie’s will sponsor the space and food. EQ participants will get happy hour pricing during the meetup. Some meetings there might even be live music!
EQ is the perfect opportunity to meet other Metro-Jackson entrepreneurs who can help you expand your skill set, introduce you to the perfect contact, or help you find a creative new outlet. This is networking at its best.
Mantle speaks with one of the presenters, Ashlee Kelley, founder of online resource Jxnpreneur in advance of Thursday’s big event:
A New Orleans native, married to a Houston (TX) transplant, Ashlee’s journey began at Startup Weekend in 2016 with her architect-husband when they won that entrepreneur idea-athon with their tiny homes concept: TinyJXN. The two landed here in Jackson and connected when they chose to attend Jackson State University.
They have stayed to put their stamp on this land of problems – eh, opportunity.
Ashlee and her husband followed their own advice: “Start!”
“My husband and I were starting this business and being on that side of it was a lot harder than I thought. But a lot of this stuff that I was actually reading through for TinyJXN I realized would be useful to other people as well.”
She started thinking about curating this entrepreneurial information which she was already doing on her own.
“I was already involved in entrepreneurship through economic development. So, I was assigned to these different committees. and I was applying all these resources,” Ashlee noted. “One of my duties was to get small businesses and minority businesses to build their capacity. I had all this information and all these resources and I was spamming all my family and friends with this information and thought maybe I should put this on a website.”
Jxnpreneur was born.