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Coast Roast perking despite two hard blows

By LISA MONTI Shawn and Lynn Montella started their Coast Roast coffee business 16 years as a modest venture centered on Shawn’s interest in roasting coffee beans. “We never had big plans, we were just doing it on the fly, adjusting as we went,” Shawn Montella said. “It just grew on its own.” Grew it did. In spite of the ...

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Want your own business? SBA has a plan

By BECKY GILLETTE The Small Business Administration in Mississippi is continuing to see a lot of interest in starting new businesses in the state, and is working with resource partners to give people the planning help they need to turn a business dream into success. SBA Mississippi District Director Janita R. Stewart said they are contacted daily by people wanting ...

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Mississippi editor who pushed for justice in civil rights killings dies

GULF BREEZE, Fla. — Mississippi editor Stanley Dearman, who pushed for justice in the murders of three civil rights workers, died on Saturday in Florida. The death of the 84-year-old was announced by the newspaper in Philadelphia, Mississippi, that he once published. Dearman wrote articles and editorials in The Neshoba Democrat that helped lead to conviction of a former Klansman ...

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Mississippi ER nurse gets patent for product

By LISA MONTI While some of her registered nurse colleagues were back to school to become nurse practitioners, Rebecca Capps decided to invest instead in a patent. She came up with the idea for her product – the StatSupport Belt – years ago, during a bout of insomnia. She saw her belt as a way to organize the tools that acute-care ...

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SBA economic injury disaster loans available in Mississippi

The U.S. Small Business Administration says federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available in Mississippi as a result of a drought that began Aug. 9. The SBA said in a news release the loans would be available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations. The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following ...

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Dixie Country Store opens in former Smith’s Store in Itawamba County

By DENNIS SEID Daily Journal MARIETTA – Tim and Pam Long stepped back in time and brought some of it back. The Longs opened Dixie Country Store on Saturday, selling 25-cent Coca-Colas, 10-cent coffee, 3-cent candy and 39-cent hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream to the wonderment and delight of many. But while the prices were only temporary, the store will be ...

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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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