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Celebrating small business success

MBJ Editorial

Small business success deserves special recognition in Mississippi.

The backbone of our state’s economy rests squarely on the backs of the tens of thousands of small business owners who work hard for their customers, clients and communities.

Every year, the U.S. Small Business Administration organizes National Small Business Week. This year, it’s May 5-11, but Mississippi began celebrating last week with a special awards’ program at the Hilton in Jackson. Our state’s Small Business Persons of the Year and small business advocates were recognized for their success and contributions.

It was a great event, and an impressive slate of achievers

was honored:

– Pat and Skip Yeomans of Jazzy Dancer in Ridgeland were named Mississippi’s Small Business Persons of the Year and are now in Washington, D.C., representing the state and competing for the National Small Business Persons of the Year honor.

– Billy Mack Stuart of First Financial Bank in Carthage was named Financial Services Advocate.

– Monica Walker of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District in Gulfport was named Minority Small Business Advocate.

– Lisa R. Brinkley of the Mississippi Development Authority in Greenville was named Women in Business Advocate.

– Stanley X. Lewis, CPA, of Hattiesburg was named Accountant Advocate.

– Andy Morris of Golden Triangle C.A.R.E.s and a Red Cross volunteer in Columbus was recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery.

– Lovic E. Neel, veteran liaison to the Greenville SCORE Chapter, was named Veteran’s Small Business Advocate.

– MBJ publisher Joe D. Jones, CPA, was named Small Business Journalist of the Year.

Each of these individuals is making a difference and making Mississippi a great place to work and live.

We are proud of them and hope they celebrate success for many years to come.

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