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MBJ Business Showcase — Enviro-Linen: This business is cleaning up

Like many other successful Mississippi entrepreneurs I’ve known through the years, Bert Rubinski, CEO of Enviro-Linen, as built, sold, and started a number of successful businesses. This is one thing that seems to characterize the successful entrepreneur….namely, a fundamental enthusiasm for starting and building new enterprises. After growing up in Jackson and attending LSU, Bert became involved in the family ...

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(WATCH) MBJ BUSINESS SHOWCASE — In the swing of things: Sanderson Farms Championship 2016

Recently, we had a chance to talk with Steve Jent, tournament director for the Sanderson Farms Championship, to catch up on the details for this year’s event. The tournament this year will be held October 24-30, a bit earlier than last year. Some might remember that last year’s event was held in November, and was somewhat challenged by weather, although ...

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MBJ SHOWCASE — Magnolia State Bank: Small town banking with a focus on the customer

Following the passing of founder Thomas Brown, Magnolia State Bank named Lillous Shoemaker as its President. Lillous grew up in Bay Springs, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, got her law degree from Ole Miss, an LLM from New York University, then lived in New York for 2 years before returning to her home town to practice law with ...

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MBJ SHOWCASE: Old Capitol Inn and Mende Alford

When you hear the term “boutique hotel”, you might tend to associate the concept with a quaint inn located in, say, Boston, or Manhattan, or perhaps in the south of France. However, Jackson is home to its own boutique hotel at the Old Capitol Inn, on State Street. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a few nights at the ...

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ALAN TURNER — Celebrating Mississippi’s dynamic business women

Through the years, I’ve learned one highly encouraging thing about Mississippi—namely, that we are richly blessed with a great group of professional business women who own and manage businesses, direct large and small enterprises, serve the public good, educate, inform, and contribute to the overall quality of life in the Magnolia State. For 19 years now, the Mississippi Business Journal ...

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ALAN TURNER — Newspapers and our American heritage

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson As we approach another 4th of July, it would be good to pause for a few minutes in our busy lives and reflect on all of the ...

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ALAN TURNER — Are smart phones making us dumber?

Twenty years ago, you would have noticed almost no one carrying, texting, or speaking on a cell phone. That’s because there weren’t many around. Today, try and find someone who doesn’t have a cell phone. That would be like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. For better or worse, we’re all “tethered” to those phones that live in ...

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ALAN TURNER — The high cost of poor transportation

From a business perspective, Mississippi has much to recommend. We have a real advantage in terms of our location on the Gulf Coast, and we’re strategically positioned to serve not only the Deep South, but the Midwest and Southwest as well. We have some of the richest agricultural land in the world, along with great timber resources. Unlike other states ...

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Dobbs promoted to CEO for Merit Health Mississippi

By ALAN TURNER After serving as CEO for Merit Health’s Central Mississippi facilities, Steve Dobbs has been promoted to CEO for all of Merit’s operations throughout the state of Mississippi. Dobbs is relatively new to Mississippi, arriving in 2015 after a career spanning decades in health care in Oklahoma, Florida, and Kansas. “I’m extremely excited about this new opportunity,” he said ...

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ALAN TURNER — Equity crowdfunding comes to Mississippi

Entrepreneurs often share one tough obstacle: the difficulty in obtaining capital funding for their ventures. Banks and traditional lending institutions are often reticent to provide funds for enterprises which have a generally high failure rate, so unfortunately, many worthy businesses simply never make it to the launch stage. One trend that has been spreading in recent years is the concept ...

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