Small-business owner Michael Hanna describes his personal and business transformation from out-of-work corporate executive to mattress delivery guy. Hanna lost his job at the height of the recession in 2009. A few months later Michael and his wife Mary Ruth took a gamble on a truckload of mattresses and an old u-haul truck. Two years later the Hannas run Mattress Lot, a community-based small business which challenges traditional big-box retail business models.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMtHood, where x=independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxMtHood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TED.com to learn more.