Entrepreneur Quarterly's mission statement is "find your niche; grow your reach," because, Farris says, "this isn't going to be just another meetup where you pass out business cards." She says that they want to see people exchanging ideas, making new friends and getting outside their comfort zone.
"We want everyone who comes out to see the scope of what EQ is going to be and to discover how vibrant the Jackson business community is," Farris says.
"After the first meeting, we hope to have local community leaders such as (businessman/lawmaker) Joel Bomgar or (cartoonist and media figure) Marshall Ramsey come out as guest speakers, though we're still considering who to invite at this point," Farris says. "We want this to be loose, interactive and organic, and to engage with participants to determine their interests and what people are talking about. If we find that local entrepreneurs need help with marketing, or developing a financial plan, or finding starter funds, we want to address those specific issues and mold EQ to suit the community's needs."
Farris says that some local web developers and tech entrepreneurs might not realize that there are other groups out there besides the ones they already know.
"Meeting them can help them view the world differently and mutually generate new ideas," Farris says. "Developing new skills is something that's greatly helped by meeting fresh faces, talking to new people and stretching yourself out."
For more information, visit mantlesandbox.com/eq-jxn, call Susan Farris at 601-982-4443 ext. 17 or find Entrepreneur Quarterly on Facebook.