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Candace Sparks part of competition

The Magnolia Business Alliance in Long Beach has selected Candace Sparks, founder of BabyBedside, from 49 applicants in South Mississippi to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s nationwide competition for women entrepreneurs called “InnovateHER.” It is for women who are developing products and services that will enhance the lives of women and their families. “S.P.A.R.K. LLC is so elated ...

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The Hatch teams with 1 Million Cups to help start-ups grow

By TED CARTER Momentum for increased networking among Mississippi’s entrepreneurs and their supporters is growing one cup of coffee at a time in midtown Jackson. Central to the push is the Hub, an initiative by Jackson non-profit community enhancement organization Midtown Partners to support start-up businesses housed in incubators The Hatch and The Hangar. The Hatch at 126 Keener Ave. just ...

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Retired attorney, Lonnie Bailey, uncorks new winery in Greenwood

  Lonnie Bailey spent 32 years as an attorney with Upshaw Williams Bigger & Beckham in Greenwood, Mississippi. Even with his heavy caseload, Mr. Bailey still found time to indulge in his true passion. To friends and family, Mr. Bailey wasn’t their “lawyer friend,” he was their wine maker. “I’ve been making wine at home for years, but not enough ...

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Pork with a top prize — Shed BBQ wins Grand Championship in prestigious competition

By TED CARTER America’s best barbecue? If you’re in whole hog, look no farther than Ocean Springs, home of The Shed BBQ, whose pork perfectionists just laid claim to the Grand Championship of America title in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest – long acclaimed as the Super Bowl of competitive barbecuing. The Shed beat out 35 other ...

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Magnolia Business Alliance awards grants

The Magnolia Business Alliance has made two grant awards to Mississippi woman-owned small businesses to support their start-up and growth. MBA designed the grants along with Mississippi entrepreneur Beverly Dale to stimulate growth among small, woman-owned businesses and create a positive impact on local communities. MBA awarded a $5,000 new business grant to Toni Natson to purchase restaurant equipment for ...

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Mississippi drops 2 notches in CEO survey of best states for business

Mississippi landed in 39th place in the 2015 Chief Executive magazine survey of best states to do business based on surveys of chief executive officers around the country. The ranking represented a drop of two spots from the 2014 list. While Mississippi found itself sandwiched between West Virginia and Maryland, neighboring Tennessee landed in fourth place and Louisiana in seventh. ...

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3 join GodwinGroup staff

GodwinGroup Chairman and CEO Philip Shirley has announced the integrated branding, marketing and communications firm has expanded its staff. Grace Devaney joins the agency as Content Writer. She will work as part of GodwinGroup’s social media and public relations teams to help clients establish an effective social media presence. She is a graduate of Auburn University where she earned a ...

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Innovate Mississippi in ‘fund-a-thon’ to raise start-up prize money

Innovate Mississippi kicks off a 24-hour fund-a-thon at 11 central tonight and through 11 Tuesday night to raise prize money for winners of a venture challenge later this month. The idea is to help “great new startup ventures in Mississippi,” Innovate’s CEO Tony Jeff said in an email to media and supporters of the organization that helps both creative economy ...

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It’s all about the bounce: Flowood getting trampoline park

CircusTrix, which claims to be the largest developer and operator of indoor trampoline parks in the world, will open a park for bounce enthusiasts in Flowood in early fall. The HighHeaven Trampoline Park will open at 2280 Lakeland Drive in a building previously used as a gym and a skating rink. Circus Trix promises High Heaven will be a cutting-edge ...

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Sen. Wicker to keynote Delta Council’s 80th annual meeting

STONEVILLE — U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, chair of the Armed Services Committee, will be the keynote speaker for the 80th Annual Meeting of Delta Council on the campus at 10:30 am, Friday, May 29. The gathering will be at the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland. Wicker, who has represented Mississippi in the Senate since 2007, has championed issues such ...

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