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BUSINESS PROFILE: Madison County Business League’s Collins brings people together through a variety of events

Born and raised in Pascagoula, Jan Collins remembers her younger years on the Coast with fondness. “The thing I loved most about growing up on the Coast was the lack of cliques,” she said. “Everybody had a sense of community, and we knew each other.” After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a […] [...]

A Passion For Food — After early challenges, owner of Cookin’ up a Storm has no regrets

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, JACKSON, Mississippi, small business

One thing which typically characterizes entrepreneurs of all ages and persuasions is a passion for what they do.  This is certainly true for Robin DeVos, owner of Cookin’ up a Storm located in Canton Mart Square in north Jackson. In a recent meeting, Robin talked about how she came to start the business. “Early in […] [...]

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Ink on paper still has its charms for The Book Rack

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Book Rack, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

While we’ve seen the decline and in some cases (a la Borders Books) the demise of the big chain bookstore, there has been something of a revival of smaller neighborhood bookshops.  That’s true in the Jackson area, as in many other places.  A good example is the Book Rack, located in the Canton Mart Square […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Farewell to the orange and blue of Southwest Airlines

As we reported previously, Southwest Airlines has left Jackson for greener pastures. Most of us in Jackson are probably sorry to see those orange and blue planes fly away and not return, because it’s bound to limit our travel options, potentially increase costs, and generally take away some measure of convenience.  A great airport is […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Sen. Cochran visits with Madison County leaders

by Published: April 25,2014

Tags: Business, Madison County, Mississippi, Thad Cochran

On Tuesday, Sen. Thad Cochran spoke to a group of several hundred Madison County business and civic leaders gathered at the Jackson Country Club. Billed as “Coffee with the Senator,” the event was actually a very nice luncheon, complete with live entertainment from the Raphael Semmes Ensemble and Derrick Burt.  The event was sponsored by […] [...]

TURNER: Mississippi Non-Profits: Paying it Forward

by Published: April 21,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, nonprofit

Ever Reaching Community Outreach began as a small, grass-roots group dedicated to helping one family in need, and has now grown to an organization helping many needy individuals and families around the Magnolia State. In a recent meeting with Van and Tammy Brun, who were instrumental in getting the group organized, up and running, we […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — McClain Lodge is an entrepreneurial family affair

by Published: April 14,2014

Tags: Business, hospitality, Mississippi

Joni and Buddy McClain are a great Mississippi success story. When we met recently at their property, the McClain Lodge (located on Clark Creek Road in Brandon), we discussed their various business ventures and how they came to be so successful. For those who might not know, Buddy owns over 60 Sonic locations throughout Mississippi, […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Mississippi Business Group on Health: Committed to meeting the long-term challenges in health care

by Published: March 28,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi

As those of you who may have read my past columns on health care are aware, I’m greatly concerned about the future of health care in Mississippi and throughout our nation, and how these challenges will affect businesses of all types and sizes. There is a least one Mississippi business group that is seeking to […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: THINKANEW taking on the world of IT

by Published: March 21,2014

Tags: Business, Don Glidwell, Mississippi, THINKANEW

Don Glidewell, president of THINKANEW in Madison, is one of those folks whose enthusiasm is infectious. In a recent meeting, he discussed how THINKANEW started, where the business stands today, and where he intends to take it in the future. From its start in 2007, the company has grown to encompass operations in 15 states, […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Good people in state are doing great things

by Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Alan Turner, Business, Mississippi

M ississippi is blessed with an incredible array of resources compared to other states in the Southeast. For one thing, we have excellent water sources. Consider the water wars that are going on among the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida, an example of too much demand and too few resources. In Mississippi, we […] [...]

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