Archive for the ‘Small Business’ Category

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Gulf Coast woman finds success with consignment auto sales

OCEAN SPRINGS — When most people think about a consignment business, they assume it sells used clothing or furniture. But what about cars? For about the past 16 years, Michelle Cox has been selling pre-owned vehicles through her business Gulf Coast Consignment Sales. Cox says her business in Ocean Springs has remained so popular because […] [...]

On the comeback trail

by Published: September 26,2010

Tags: Mississippi Farmers Market, Richard Butler

National economy has more and more people shopping at their local farmers market In the early part of last decade, the Mississippi Farmers Market had become more commercial than local: vendors were buying produce wholesale and reselling at the market. Other problems plagued the market, as well. The location was in a bad part of […] [...]

Impact on BP station owners varies across state

by Published: July 11,2010

Tags: boycott, BP, Mississippi gas stations, station owners

Coast stations seeing more fallout than the rest of Mississippi It is hard to find anyone with a good word for BP these days as the nightmare of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues to wash up over the Gulf Coast. But how does that affect the dozens of BP gas station owners in Mississippi? National […] [...]

Small businesses can benefit from stimulus plan

What does the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), better known as the stimulus plan, mean for small businesses in Mississippi?  Among the plan’s provisions available to aid small businesses are an increase from 80 to 90 percent in loan guarantees, funding for increased access to broadband, computerized healthcare records and construction projects, investments in […] [...]

Most believe boycott isn’t productive

by Published: July 11,2010

Tags: boycott, BP, exxon, oil spill, oil well blowout

With some people still boycotting Exxon due to the Valdez oil spill in Alaska 21 years ago, certainly there is talk about boycotting BP because of the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout. But a BP boycott seems to have little support on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “We have received e-mails from organizations other than Sierra […] [...]

Experts: State’s political structure to blame

According to the Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, Mississippi ranks last among the 50 states in small business startups. The index, compiled by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Mo., is a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States. It uses government data and information from new business owners for its analysis. “I […] [...]

Serendipity led Franklin to success at Ellie James

Women’s clothing store is one of the hottest places to shop in Oxford That Lacey Franklin is the owner of the retail shop Ellie James in Oxford took a little bit of serendipity. Franklin, 25 and a 2007 journalism graduate from the University of Mississippi, took a part-time job at the Ellie James boutique on […] [...]

Best Friends offers respect for animals and their owners

Pet crematorium draws clients from three states Gibson Sims had just settled into his chair after receiving the delivery of five bodies when someone came to his door. It was a client, who had come to pay his bill, and wanted to thank Sims for his handling of the arrangements of a recently-lost family member. […] [...]

Small business mirrors economic uncertainty

by Published: February 21,2010

Tags: America’s Recovery Capital, recession, small business

Some business owners are hanging on, others are just closing doors Will Griffin counts himself among the fortunate. Owner of Will’s Small Engine Repair Service in Meridian, he was able to land a U.S. Small Business Association (SBA)-backed America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) loan. The loan totaled a mere $7,500, but for Griffin, it was a […] [...]

Business in a box

Technology and business probably have no greater conjunction in the Capitol City than at Jackson State University’s state-of-the-art facility known as the Mississippi e-Center. Housed in a former Allstate Insurance call center in West Jackson, the 200,000-square-foot, heavily secured building and grounds are home to many offices affiliated with Jackson State including its mass communication […] [...]

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