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A glimpse at some of the participants for the 1998 Mississippi-made goods and services showcase

Who`s who at this year`s Mississippi Market

The 1998 Mississippi Market is set for Aug. 12-13 at the Trademart in Jackson. In its third year, the show is designed to provide a low-stress atmosphere for Mississippians to market their wares and services.

“The Mississippi Market offers tremendous sales opportunities for manufacturers, professional craftsmen, wholesalers and – for the first time – service providers who want to reach beyond local borders,” said Jimmy Heidel, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development (MDECD).

This week, the Mississippi Business Journal takes a look at three of this year`s exhibitors.

Shady Deal Corp., Jackson

Everybody usually discovers a passion for something growing up – stamp collecting, sports, music. For Al Underwood, there was just something about sunglasses.

“I remember when I was about eight years old a man came to bid on pouring a new driveway at my parents` house,” Underwood said. “His bid was the highest. I told my father,


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