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Ole Miss student’s business connects football fans to homes

By TAYLOR DOWDEN OXFORD – If you’re thinking about renting your home to fans during football season to make extra cash, a University of Mississippi junior business major has created a company to help. Max Burke, 23, is helping local residents make extra money renting their homes to football fans when the Ole Miss Rebels play through his company, College Town ...

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Finding a niche is key in starting business

By BECKY GILLETTE Women-owned businesses continue to increase in Mississippi, keeping pace with a national trend that now shows that 38 percent of all U.S. businesses are owned by women. “Women-owned businesses in Mississippi continue to be a force to be reckoned with,” says Janita R. Stewart, SBA District Director in Mississippi.  “They are right there alongside their male counterparts as ...

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Buying or selling: What’s the business worth?

By LISA MONTI San Francisco-based BizBuySell.com, which calls itself the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported recently that “the total number of small businesses changing hands in the first half of 2016 represents an increase from not only last year, but from the record-setting 2014 as well.” The company said 1,935 sales were reported in the second quarter of 2016, bringing ...

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Ocean Springs students benefit from crowdfunding site

OCEAN SPRINGS — Broadcasting students at Ocean Springs High School have been testing new equipment purchased with the help of a crowdfunding website. The $300 worth of equipment, including tripods with iPhone adapters and microphones, was paid for with help from the DonorsChoose.org site. WLOX-TV reports that the equipment arrived last week and students began testing it Monday. Donorschoose.org is ...

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Madison Mosquito Squad makes it safe to enjoy your back yard

By BECKY GILLETTE The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is planning a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the chamber office for new member Bradley Downey, owner of the Mosquito Squad of Greater Jackson and Vicksburg. While Downey’s home office in in Vicksburg, he provides services throughout the Jackson metro area, and connecting with the Madison County Chamber of ...

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Chef Szymanski promoted

Chef Frank Szymanski has been promoted to Director of Culinary Operations at the Flora Butcher. Szymanski joins the Flora Butcher with a resume that includes Chef de Cuisine positions at the Louisiana Pantry in Orange Beach, Ala., and Nick’s in Jackson. Szymanski previously worked in the kitchen of NOLA, the famed New Orleans eatery of celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse. Szymanski ...

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Templeton takes MSU post

Charles H. “Chip” Templeton Jr. is the new director of the Small Business Development Center at Mississippi State. A Starkville native and 1977 MSU marketing graduate, he is former co-owner of his family’s longtime automobile dealership and other Oktibbeha County businesses. Established in 1981 and located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, the center provides a ...

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Claiming a slice of the American Dream

By JACK WEATHERLY Las Palmas Mexican Grill ain’t refried beans. It’s Luis Ortiz’ sueño, his dream. Ortiz, a native of Zacatecaz, high in the mountains of central Mexico, started as a dishwasher in a restaurant in Cancun and worked his way up the food chain, you might say, till he became a sous chef, eventually becoming top chef. Then he started ...

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BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR — Mother-daughter business launches new book, mobile fashion boutique

By BECKY GILLETTE When Marissa C. Simms was graduating from Jackson State University, she looked around and saw many of her fellow graduates were having trouble finding jobs. She decided to solve that problem herself by creating her own job going into partnership with her mother, Camille Stutts Simms, to open the first boutique on the Jackson State University campus, ...

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Coalition to help small businesses connect

By LISA MONTI  Mississippi small businesses have some new high tech help thanks to a unique partnership recently formed between the U.S. Small Business Administration and a group of major technology companies. The Small Business Technology Coalition announced March 30 will give small businesses “a streamlined interface to connect to innovative technology platforms as well as digital education and enterprise ...

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