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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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SCORE back in business in Jackson

  By Ted Carter SCORE, formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives, has returned to mentoring small business owners and entrepreneurs in metro Jackson after a 12-year absence. SCORE of Metro Jackson will operate from an office at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, 201 South President St., in Jackson.  The new chapter held its installation Tuesday morning at the Chamber ...

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Private investigators association wants state licensing

By LISA MONTI Richard Brooks has spent 10 years in law enforcement, 15 years as a private investigator and has made one run at lobbying the Legislature to make licensing PIs the law. The lobbying was as tedious as a 24-hour stakeout in the Mississippi summertime and unsuccessful. His bill passed the House of Representatives last year but didn’t make it ...

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Diners can enjoy good food and locations while helping small businesses

By LYNN LOFTON Having a good meal in an unusual setting is an enjoyable experience. When that pleasure also means the money paid to have the experience goes toward grants to help small businesses, it’s even better. The Magnolia Business Alliance created the Social Supper to help fund its grant programs, and they’re spreading some cheer and good eats while doing ...

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