Archive for the ‘Women & Minorities in Business’ Category

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WE’RE IN THE TOP 5 — Mississippi a leader as more women are becoming business owners

By LYNN LOFTON  Women-owned businesses are flourishing in Mississippi and the facts prove it. These businesses increased by 81 percent between 1997 and 2014, according to a study conducted by American Express OPEN, earning the state a spot among the top five states in the country. This growing percentage is part of an ongoing American […] [...]

State development agency program helps business owners access new opportunities

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: Business, Carol harris, MDA, Mississippi, NEWS

By BECKY GILLETTE How important are the Mississippi Development Authority programs that help minority and women-owned business owner learn how to access opportunities to get government contracts? First, government is big business and the largest employer in Mississippi. Second, with 51.4 percent of the state female, and 37 percent African American, a large segment of […] [...]

Former Mrs. Mississippi USA loves teaching and being a biker babe

by Published: March 28,2014

Tags: Biker Babe, Business, Mississippi, Women and Minorities

Life sometimes takes twists and turns, leading us down paths we don’t expect. Such was the case for Katrina Myricks. An instructor in the business and office technology department at Holmes Community College’s Ridgeland Campus, she had not planned to teach. “It was not my first career choice, but sometimes the call to do something […] [...]

Busy year ahead for film producer

On the heels of the recent first, highly successful It’s About You Film Festival highlighting films made by or about Mississippi African Americans, Dr. Wilma E. Mosley Clopton has four film projects on deck this year, as well as serving as president of the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race […] [...]

Chief Phyllis making a difference

On October 2011, Phyllis J. Anderson took over as the first woman in history to serve as chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Neshoba County. It was a turbulent time with controversy over some of the tribe’s gaming operations, and an FBI raid that was followed by the resignation of the Price […] [...]

As a youngster, Anne Marie Decker found love in love of memorable spaces to bring to architecture

As a child exploring her home’s attic, roof and the space under the stairs, Anne Marie Decker did not know she would become an architect. She just knew she liked spaces and the ways they affect human beings. “As early as age 4, I can recall getting up before the sun and camping out in […] [...]

Women & the wage gap

For all of the progress made to close the wage gap between men and women, there’s still a big gap when paychecks are compared. Women who worked full time year-round earned 74 percent of what men earned in Mississippi in 2009. For black and Hispanic women in the state, the gap is even wider. That’s […] [...]

Minorities & the wage gap

The gap between what black and white Mississippi workers earn is still substantial, despite 25 years of advances for African American Mississippians. That’s the bottom line of a report on the economic status of African Americans in the state by Dr. Marianne Hill, senior economist at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Blacks make up […] [...]

Every piece is unique at Midnite Pottery

Midnite Pottery got its name because it was started by family members who had full-time jobs, and took up pottery making with a passion that left them often working until midnight or later. “My brother, Dean Webb, started the business,” said Midnite Pottery owner Jennifer Shelton. “He had just taken a pottery lesson. He didn’t […] [...]

John Calhoun sports passion & persistence

John D. Calhoun, Ph.d, CEO of IMS Engineers, isn’t content to just be an entrepreneur involved with doing engineering work on major projects such as the 18-mile Byram-Clinton Corridor and the $700-million Army Corps of Engineers Permanent Pump Station Project in New Orleans. Calhoun, who was recently named by President Barack Obama as one of […] [...]

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