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People Lease hires Beazley

Stacey Beazley has joined the People Lease staff. Her responsibilities include helping clients with enrollment and deductions for Blue Cross Blue Shield as well as quarterly reporting. Originally from Crystal Springs, Stacey loves animals, old cars, and anything artistic, such as sculpting and making her own jewelry. People Lease has 13 years of customer service and contracting experience.

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Bay St. Louis’ Starfish Cafe helps to find careers

By LISA MONTI Customers at Starfish Cafe come to the colorful cottage in Old Town Bay St. Louis to enjoy healthful meals and catch up with friends among the tourists who eat at the popular Main Street spot. The meals are prepared and served by students who are working toward a career in the culinary industry or wherever their job skills ...

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Bouncing at HighHeaven: Trampoline Park takes in the crowds with Flowood opening

By TED CARTER Metro Jackson’s newest recreational attraction opened its doors Saturday to a steady crowd of visitors looking to do some non-stop bouncing. “It was bonkers,” Ryan Spencer, manager of Flowood’s HighHeaven Trampoline Park, said of the turnout at the park by mid day Saturday. Park owner CircusTrix put the word out on  Facebook and Instagram but otherwise made no ...

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Hot Sticks has the looks and licks drummers want

By LISA MONTI Wooden dowels come in by the truckload to the Hot Sticks manufacturing plant in Hancock County and thousands of drumsticks and wooden marketing items go out every week to customers worldwide. Hot Sticks founder Kevin Pokallus, a mechanical and electrical engineer and a drummer himself, started developing the process of making high quality sticks in Bay St. Louis ...

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Co-working ‘community’ concept coming to Fondren’s Duling Hall

By TED CARTER One really can be the loneliest number if you’re starting a business, especially an innovative one that can succeed only by making inroads into unexplored technological applications. That is an assumption Jackson attorney and entrepreneur Christopher Lomax is making with his Mantle Co-Working, a refuge in Fondren for start-up and established small business owners who can benefit from ...

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Ole Miss grad making the grade with portable dog kennel

By TED CARTER Sometimes your best business idea is sitting right behind you. Addison Edmonds discovered that as he drove his pickup truck with his British chocolate lab Gunner in the back. Was Gunner really safe back there in the truck bed, enclosed in a flimsy portable kennel he’d bought for him? Hardly, decided Edmonds, a 2005 University of Mississippi business ...

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ALAN TURNER — Full circle for Masa Liles

During the past few years, I’ve met and become acquainted with a number of business professionals who grew up in Mississippi, left to pursue careers, and wound up coming home to the Magnolia State. However, I don’t recall any whose career travels have been more extensive than Masa Liles, the new Property Manager at Highland Village. Having grown up in ...

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