BOURBON FRIDAY EVENT GUIDELINES

We’re here to keep this a comfortable and safe place for all. To support the Bourbon Friday’s mission to share our stories and struggles and to build a true downtown Startup community, The Bourbon Friday partners reserve the right to dis-invite and remove any individual that its partners feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission or infringes on our Code of Conduct. Further, if an attendee promotes violence or hatred, a Bourbon Friday partner will warn them about their behavior. Ideally, we want that person to recognize the impact of their actions and follow that up with clear behavioral changes. If there is a second strike, we will remove that person from the event. Certain egregious violations – such as threatening harm toward another member or harassing another member – may result in removal without a warning. The event partners reserve the right to make that judgement without discussion if needed.

Code of Conduct

TREAT OTHERS AS THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED

Contribute to the event a positive, valuable way. Respect the social norms of conversation and engagement, respecting others’ desires to interact, or not interact, based on the context of the situation. Be honest and straightforward in all dealings. Make yourself comfortable and be kind to others. Our open, friendly atmosphere is exemplified by our events.

RESPECT THE SPACE

As part of our mission, Bourbon Friday works with Covo and other St. Louis locations. All are welcome at Bourbon Friday, but please respect the community of our host space — clean up after yourself, dispose of all trash.

BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN OUR COMMUNITY

Bourbon Friday is an expanding and growing event. We rely on our attendees to contribute to make the event what it is. Please join us and share the love with a little creativity and collaboration! We constantly try new things to improve your experience. We encourage you to provide constructive feedback and share your ideas.

ALCOHOL POLICY

While limited alcohol is provided for the tasting portion of Bourbon Friday, this is never an excuse for hurtful, abusive, or harassing behavior. Never pressure someone to indulge in alcohol.

Event attendees are expected to self-monitor their drinking. If you believe a person has had too much to drink, and may be a danger to themselves or others, please notify a Bourbon Friday partner

People over the age of 18, but under the age of 21 are welcome at the event, but are not allowed to drink Alcohol. If you believe a person is drinking under the age of 21, please notify a Bourbon Friday partner.

REFRAIN FROM HARD SELLING

It’s okay to say what you do, but don’t sell. Initiate and cultivate meaningful connections rather than pitching your product or service. If it feels like selling, it probably is.

KEEP BOURBON FRIDAY HARASSMENT-FREE

Bourbon Friday is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and welcoming experience for everyone, regardless of and not limited to gender identity or gender expression, sex or sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, color, national origin, age, military service, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Please, remember that not all people may be comfortable speaking openly about sex, sexually explicit language, or behavior.

The following behavior and language is considered unacceptable:

  • Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, classist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes: sexualized comments or jokes, inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following (online or in person).
  • Making other attendees and participants feel uncomfortable, threatened, or otherwise unwelcome in the space.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • It is our sincere goal that you feel safe in and enjoy the spaces, programs, and conversations hosted by Bourbon Friday.

If you find yourself in or witness a situation in which you are feeling uncomfortable or threatened, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to support our the St. pLouis Startup community, and will do everything within our power to do so. We ask that if you have any concerns you please let us know — we want to be here to support every attendees at our events, and also rely heavily on feedback in order to constantly improve the way we operate and facilitate our mission and values.

We’ve listed ways to report a violation, reach out to our team, and other local resources below.

REPORTING A VIOLATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

While attending Bourbon Friday:

We recommend that speak with one of collaboration partners of Bourbon Friday of the Bourbon Friday Show. Any team member of Connect Marketing, Covo, EQ or Tenacity should be able to assist you, or contact us directly via the email addresses below.

Suggested Email Template for Anti-Harassment Reporting:

SUBJECT: Safe Space alert at Bourbon Friday

I am writing because of harassment at a Bourbon Friday event, (DATE OF EVENT).

You can reach me at (CONTACT INFO). Thank you.

Bourbon Friday Contact Information:

Please report via this form or send us an email at the address below:

the@bourbonfriday.show

Additional Local Resources:

St. Louis Police, non-emergency: 314.231.1212

St. Louis Emergency Medical Services: 314.645.9160

St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Hotline: 314.531.7273