What is MercEmpower?
The Mercantile is setting on a mission to mentor. Owner, Brittany Kelly, sees a need for a “Femtor” (Female Mentor) for black women ages 21-40 interested in opening a retail store in Rock Hill.
“I want the future of downtown Rock Hill to be a diverse shopping experience for all. While compiling a list of black owned businesses, I noticed very few retail stores in that group. As a woman who has tried just about every business, having success stories and failures, I want to be able to share what I’ve learned over the years. I want to provide entrepreneurs the platform to host a pop up shop within our store and let them learn along the way without the serious upfront investment.”
The Mercantile will offer a 6 month program of mentoring, teaching the ins and outs of retail. We will use our platform to market the entrepreneurs, give them a free space to set up their own small scale shop within and let them try out their idea. At the end of their 6 months, we will assist them in finding a location and awarding a startup grant. A portion of our proceeds will benefit this new program called MercEmpower.
MercEmpower Pop-Up Shop Schedule