Local Entrepreneurs Share Vendor Experiences with Community

Makers and creatives gathered at Memphis Slim House for a Tuesdays Together panel discussion on how to succeed as an entrepreneur and participate in events as vendors on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

Panelists David Quarels, a local jewelry maker, Carter Beard, owner of Riverside 1844 Artisanal Foods, and sisters, Lindsey and Christine Archer, of photography and graphic design company ARCHd, spoke on their personal experiences as small business owners.

The panelists covered topics such as how to read and understand consumers, how to prepare for events and how to decorate booths while selling at events – like the upcoming Cooper Young Festival.

It was David Quarels’ first time attending a Tuesdays Together meeting, but as a panelist Quarels stated he felt the organization was important because oftentimes “artists don’t think about the business aspect of their work.”

“This is the time to be a maker, there’s an underground buzz”, IV Jewelry founder, David Quarels said.

The lecture was moderated by Dorothy Collier, the founder of Memphis’ chapter of The Rising Tide Society, an international organization offering free education for entrepreneurs that is dedicated to creating a supportive group of creatives within communities.

She took the initiative to bring the organization to Memphis because, as creators, “we’re wearing all the hats,” Collier said.

Tuesdays Together was brought to the Memphis community for Memphis creatives who need an approachable learning environment for growing their businesses.

Tuesdays Together is held at various locations in the Memphis area, but the organization held this recent panel at Memphis Slim House, a gathering place across from Stax Academy for local musicians to meet, learn and practice their art.

The Rising Tide Society states the organization supports community over competition saying, “We believe in inclusivity, being better together and empowerment through education.”

The events follow an overarching theme decided by The Rising Tide Society that will be the focus for the spread out local events.

The organization does not dictate how each meeting is run to “cultivate gatherings that best fit their local area” according to Ms. Collier, the current co-leader of the Rising Tide Society’s Memphis chapter.

An attendee at the event, Patrick Spicer of Spicer Brothers Woodworking, has been coming to Tuesdays Together since the event began in Memphis and has now joined the Memphis chapter of the Rising Tide Society as the leader of small groups within the organization. He enjoys meeting the artistic community that The Rising Tide Society has created in the city.

“In this industry, you’re competing against yourself more so than other people,” Spicer said, quotes the Rising Tide’s motto: A rising tide lifts all boats together.