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Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt hosts annual event

The Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt’s presented their annual awards in Hattiesburg. Awards included a Lifetime Membership Award to Rita Mitchell (center), the Top Recruiter Award to Rosie Knop (right), and the Most Inspiring Member Award to Jennifer Clark. Also, the 2019 board was announced: President – Rosie Knop; Vice President – Elizabeth Corley; Events Coordinator – Shakita ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — A startup’s guide to Mississippi

I can confidently say that it has never been easier to start a business. Having worked with hundreds of startup and emerging companies over the past 15 years, I have developed a fairly robust professional network throughout Mississippi (and beyond). And while my firm provides technical legal services to these companies, we believe it is our responsibility, as a trusted adviser, ...

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We’re out of business, SBA says as it awaits return to mission

By TED CARTER A partial federal government shutdown that has brought Mississippi’s Small Business Administration lending to a standstill threatens a growth spurt SBA lending is having in the state. Without a thaw in the federal freeze, the state’s SBA operation could lose an opportunity in 2019 to build on several years of loan growth that have pushed the value ...

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Oxford company specializes in elegant, stylish reading glasses that double as fashionable jewelry

» Co-founded by Oxford entrepreneur Dianna Seddon, Neckglasses has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The View,” the Home Shopping Network and HLN, among others By RICK HYNUM Reserved and soft-spoken, Dianna Seddon may not fit the stereotype of the extroverted, hard-charging American entrepreneur, but she’s setting a new trend in the world of fashionable eyewear with her Oxford-based startup, Neckglasses. ...

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Sugar Daddy: Tupelo couple takes on bakery business

By GINNA PARSONS / Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Rob and Leeann Lesley just keep growing their food empire. In 2001, he started Rob Lesley Catering, followed by Romie’s Grocery in 2005 and R.L. Foods, a cafeteria and vending service, in 2013. A year ago, they ventured into new territory: a bakery. “The manager at Romie’s kept coming to me and ...

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Hollemans opening second Fleet Feet location in Jackson Metro area

By BECKY GILLETTE Customers in the Jackson metro area will soon have two locations to choose from if they want to visit a store that specializes in “inspiring and empowering the runner in everyone.” Lesley and Matthew Holleman own and operate Fleet Feet in Ridgeland, and plan on opening a second location in Flowood by Thanksgiving. The 1,956-square-foot store will ...

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Tupelo River provides specialty coffee, something extra

By DENNIS SEID, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal of Tupelo Peter and Kelley Vance were driving down a road one night, looking for a place that offered a good cup of coffee and maybe a beer. But there wasn’t a place that offered both, and Peter thought of the possibilities of having a storefront. The beer idea was dropped in favor of ...

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A Legacy’s Path: Stebly takes tattoo art to new heights

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT As the grandson of Ocean Spring’s famed Walter Anderson, Matt Stebly found painting as “just something that was normal to me.” But from his legacy he forged a new path in tattooing, an artistic passion that was taboo at the time. “I mainly got into tattooing because I was fascinated by it, and also it was ...

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An MBA is still relevant even in a tight job market

Faye Gilbert The Master of Business Administration degree is considered one of the most important and respected degrees for people from a wide variety of different types of business to pursue. But with today’s tight employment office, does it make sense to get an MBA or would it be better just to go into the job market? “While the job ...

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