The Moody Ques, the Memphis in May BBQ Fest team that I have been on since its founding in 2012, has brought a new sponsor on board. I am very happy to announce that Start Co. will be partnering with our team this year.
Start Co. helps budding entrepreneurs build their ideas into businesses. The company has accelerators, programs, workshops, meet-ups, mixers and more to help give entrepreneurs the tools they need to get going. They also work with business professionals and community leaders to provide mentoring to those with ideas.
Empowerment is a big part of Start Co.’s ideals. They believe that women and minorities should have the tools they need to turn their vision into reality. The company also believes in empowering students, with programs at the University of Memphis and Rhodes College utilizing its resources. Another area of focus is community empowerment, serving as a mentor to public service organizations.
In addition, the company has launched Start Co. Angels, a network of business leaders committed to growing the Memphis region’s economic base. These leaders not only provide crucial early-stage capital to startup businesses, but strategic guidance as well. “Success takes more than investment. It takes involvement,” reads the company’s website.
I am thrilled beyond belief to have Start Co. as a sponsor. I have met people involved with several businesses that take advantage of Start Co.’s services, and they are some of the most creative, dynamic people in Memphis. I look forward to meeting a lot more entrepreneurs in our team booth this year.
The Moody Ques compete in pork shoulder, with Chef David Scott Walker (who is soon to open Schweinehaus in Overton Square) as pitmaster and four talented chefs assisting him. With the Blind Bear managing the bar and a couple of other sponsors lined up (not sure who I’m allowed to name, so I’ll leave them out for now), this is shaping up to be a great year. Thanks Start Co. for coming on board. I’m sure it will be a successful partnership for both of us.