ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The co-founder of Square, the device that makes it easier for local merchants to process credit cards, says St. Louis has lost its fabric of support for small businesses.

Something Jack Dorsey hopes to fix, both with his product and his Let’s Talk series, which kicks off in St. Louis Thursday night.

“The real emphasis behind this is really strengthening the support network for merchants,” he said. “Square is certainly something that can help, but really the situation is just getting a conversation to increase that fabric between all these merchants.”

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He went on to say he’s trying to build the concept of a neighborhood. “Something I grew up with in St. Louis, Missouri being able to receive support from anyone on the block was always so tantamount to my success.”

The “conversation” beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday will feature four local entrepreneurs, talking about how they built their businesses and sharing their problems and successes.

They are: Sump Coffee owner Scott Carey, Whisk Bakeshop owner Kaylen Wissinger, Cherokee Street Bikes owner Jeremy Schwartz, and Scarlett Garnet Jewelry co-owner Katie Miller.

The audience will also be mostly local merchants in the Casa Loma Ballroom, off Cherokee Street.


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