Archive for the ‘Women & Minorities in Business’ Category

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Educating America about money

by Nash Nunnery Published: February 20,2011

Tags: MBJ Focus, Paul Franks, Primerica

Franks passionate about show others how to make money work for them When he speaks, Paul Franks exudes the charismatic flair of fictional character Elmer Gantry, made famous in the novel of the same name by author Sinclair Lewis. And though he’s married to a Greenwood minister/evangelist, just like Gantry, that’s where the comparison begins […] [...]

Flenorl has a life of firsts to her credit

by Becky Gillette Published: February 20,2011

Tags: Corporate Social Responsibility, MBJ Focus, Rose Flenorl

Rose Flenorl, manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at FedEx in Memphis, has traveled the world in her job that includes managing millions of dollars of donations by FedEx and its 285,000 team members in the 220 countries served by the world’s largest express transportation service. The native of Clarksdale didn’t attend an integrated school until […] [...]

The balancing act

Caution. Volunteering to make your community a better place can be addictive. Just ask some of the most active volunteers with the Junior League of Jackson (JLJ). Camille Scales Young, government affairs representative for Watkins Ludlum Winter and Stennis, P.A., is married with three children. She finds time for a career, family life and volunteering […] [...]

No underestimating Tyler these days

by Nash Nunnery Published: February 18,2011

Tags: Cindy Tyler, MBJ Focus, Mississippi Gift Company

Greenwood business is flourishing and everyone taking her seriously after 17 successful years When Cindy Tyler opened the Mississippi Gift Company in downtown Greenwood, she was 27-years old but looked 10 years younger. Tyler admits that no one took her very seriously. “When I first started the business, customers and vendors would come in and […] [...]

Attitude goes a long way

by Nash Nunnery Published: February 17,2011

Tags: Advanced Environmental Consultants, DeJonnette Grantham King, environment

DeJonnette Grantham King launched Advanced Environmental Consultants in a converted room of her house on a complete leap of faith. After a career with the state Department of Environmental Quality and several private firms, she found herself without a job after Professional Services Industries’ environmental division shut the doors on its Jackson office in 1997. […] [...]

Out of Oxford and to Africa

Mississippi couple runs successful safari business On an African safari trip last year, Warigia Bowman and her family came a little too close for comfort to wildlife when an elephant charged the vehicle they were traveling in. Luckily, her husband knew what to do to quickly get the family out of her harm’s way. His […] [...]

Screaming Peacock

by Laura Smith Published: March 21,2010

Tags: Julie Laperouse, motivational speaking, Screaming Peacock, seminar business

After two years, Laperouse’s motivational speaking and seminar business has taken off A nickname from Julie Laperouse’s college days is the name for her workshop training and motivational speaking firm. While attending LSU, Laperouse attended a leadership class, where she took a behavioral analysis test that revealed the type of bird the test-taker is. Laperouse’s […] [...]

Women own 25% of state’s small businesses

by Laura Smith Published: March 21,2010

Tags: Joy Foy, Sonja Dunaway, Women in the workplace

Foy says mothering skills serve women well as professionals in the workplace   Sonja Dunaway is an independent contract real estate broker in Jackson who has been in the workforce since 1968. Her reason for entering the workforce at a time when many women were staying home was relatively simple: money. Recently divorced and with […] [...]

There’s always room for improvement

JSU professor says minority-business ownership has slowed since Hurricane Katrina While the numbers of minority-owned businesses have increased in the state, business officials said there’s always room for improvement. Yet, the there is no shortage of assistance from programs available through both Small Business Administration Development Centers and the Mississippi Development Authority. “A lot of […] [...]

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