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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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SBA recognizes Peoples

Peoples Bank was recently recognized as Top SBA Lender for Small Business Association loan activity in Mississippi. Pictured at the awards presentation are, from left, Janita Stewart, SBA District Director; Linda Lowe, Peoples Bank SBA Lending Assistant; Kim Welch, Peoples Bank Poultry Loan Assistant; Jason Smith, Peoples Bank Poultry Lending Officer; and Gary Reed, SBA Deputy Director.

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WE LAW: Corporate governance and management

Mitt Romney was right. Corporations are “people” – at least in the sense that they have many of the same rights and obligations as individuals. Corporations (and other business entities) can enter into contracts, incur debt, sue and be sued. Business entities cannot, however, act on their own behalf. Determining who has the power and authority to act for and ...

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Canton distiller turning out corn whiskey

By JACK WEATHERLY  David Rich is turning out corn liquor at his distillery in Canton. He’s pounded the pavement of Madison and Hinds counties getting the word out about Rich Distilling Co., and getting its liquor in package stores. It’s moving off the shelves nicely, he said. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in Jackson’s Maywood Mart, for example, had sold nine ...

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Corn whiskey: old as America, new as now

By JACK WEATHERLY  In the past few years, corn whiskey has made inroads into the liquor menu. An illegitimate child of the Prohibition Era and still in production in the hills and hollows of Southern mountains, the clear spirit has found a home with millenials. And craft distillers, such as the Rich Distilling Co. in Canton, aim to oblige. The ...

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Mississippi Main Street: More than just economic development

By NASH NUNNERY Finding a small town in Mississippi might be akin to bees discovering honey – it’s not hard to do. Many of those communities have distinctive downtown thoroughfares, chock full of awe-inspiring historical architecture, eclectic businesses and hometown pride. Time seems to have forgotten others. And a select few are Mississippi Main Street Association-certified. For the uninitiated, MMSA is ...

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SBA Small Business Person of the Year helps other veterans find success starting a small business

By BECKY GILLETTE Mike Pornovets, owner of Everything Kayak (www.everythingkayak.com) on the Gulf Coast, started paddling when he was only about 11. But what he likes most about his business that he launched on Sept. 10, 2011, isn’t that he gets to be involved promoting a sport that he loves. What he likes the most is creating jobs. Pornovets, the 2016 ...

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Private investigator: it’s about facts, not fiction

By JACK WEATHERLY  “You’re unable to live vicariously through my life,” Lewis Watt, private investigator, said with a laugh. The romance of the profession long popularized in movies and novels is basically fiction, Watt said. It’s a business, and things are are on the upswing for Ridgeland-based LAW Investigative Group LLC, of which Watt is president. “It’s picking up. It ...

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