We had such a great time hosting our May luncheon speaker, Mignon Francois of The Cupcake Collection which produces award-winning cupcakes in Germantown. Due to large gathering restrictions, this was a virtual event and Mignon presented from our chamber office. Mignon shared her amazing story of turning her last $5 that was supposed to feed her family into a family legacy with over 5 million cupcakes made, even though she never had baked anything, even from a box.  Her presentation was full of inspirational takeaways but the lesson that she preached hardest was to ‘ASK bigger’ with ASK standing for Attitude, Seek and Knock. As business professionals and entrepreneurs, it is important to remember that we do not need to have all the answers or all the resources, the most important thing is to just start where you are; growing and scaling will require more answers and more resources but, in her words, “all you own is now”.

Mignon’s message of ‘Ask bigger’ has actually been a mantra of mine over the last year and I’ve often shared it with our members as a way to inspire them to open their minds beyond what they think is possible. The current pandemic has been extremely challenging to our business community, yet we have witnessed our members ‘asking big’ and doing more than they ever thought possible.  Our chamber staff has also intentionally shifted our mindset this last month to an ‘ask bigger’ mindset.  We have challenged ourselves to not focus on the negatives that have come in this pandemic but to turn them into positives and to fill the needs of our members and community…because all we own is now. How will you respond in the coming days as we continue to embrace a new normal? Will you accept what is given or will you ask bigger? I am proud of our business community and the example that they are showing our community to use what they have been given to go beyond the limitations handed to them. We welcome you to join us in our mission to positively influence our business culture to create a better Spring Hill.

  • Rebecca Melton, Executive Director, Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce