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Small Business Spotlight: Mississippi Music

Music plays on: Johnson team has made music business a powerhouse Mississippi Music has weathered nearly 65 years in business by adapting and evolving to meet market demands in the state. The company was founded in Hattiesburg by Jim Johnson and his wife, Mac, who are both now in their 90s. Jim Johnson, an Alabama native, was a trombone player ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Taylor Creek Farm, Taylor

Green practices, lush produce pay for Taylor farmers The owners of Taylor Creek Farm grow flowers, heirloom vegetables and herbs while fostering green growing practices, education and community spirit. In 2003, Michelle McAnally and Jared Spears founded Taylor Creek Farm with the purchase of a former cotton farm in Taylor. Within two years, McAnally quit her full-time job as an ...

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Dining Out Spotlight: Sneaky Beans

Music, drinks flow at Fondren’s Sneaky Beans Sneaky Beans opened in Sept. 2008, fusing the relaxed atmosphere of a coffee shop with a music venue while encouraging community development. Owner Byron Knight returned to Jackson after his 2006 graduation from Middle Tennessee State University and decided to open a coffee shop with live entertainment after talking with developer Mike Peters. ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Derrick and Jennifer Emerson

DOING BUSINESS THE RIGHT WAY Emerson culinary success based on devotion to employees and expectation of excellence Disaster struck Walker’s Drive-In twice in 2005, but owners Derek and Jennifer Emerson consider the calamities blessings in disguise. On Feb. 18, 2005, a fire caused enough smoke damage to force a three-month closure. Then, Hurricane Katrina hit and power outages forced the ...

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Small Business Spotlight: 4450, Jackson

Jackson’s 4450 gives women contemporary design When a tenant notified property owners Luke and Alison Abney that they’d be moving out, the couple saw an opportunity. The Abneys first foray into the retail business was their purchase of Jackson’s iconic men’s store, The Rogue, in 2005. “I was born and raised in Jackson and had been shopping there since I ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Red Magnet, Tupelo

Having a plan in place Red Magnet draws clients with talent and experience for IT Hoping to hedge against the sluggish economy two years ago, Red Magnet owner Eric Gibens slowly rolled out a proactive maintenance plan for his top three clients. The plan was informal at first and provided a way for Gibens to save both his company and ...

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Small Business Spotlight: JBHM Architects

40 years in the making JBHM finds itself going back to the basics in looking toward the next 40 As JBHM Architects celebrates its 40-year history, professionals at the firm are taking a back-to-basics approach to the future. “The firm has reflected in 2010 on the things that have made us successful,” said Kiley Ham, the firm’s marketing director. “And we’ve found ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Embellish, Meridian

‘It’s not the match… it’s the mix’ Group pulled together to make a go of downtown Meridian shop When Aimee Tramontana was considering closing her retail shop in Meridian, five of her friends jumped in with a new idea for the space. Tramontana owns a successful wholesale business, Aimee’s Handpainted Linens, which sells to vendors across the nation. By January, she’d ...

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On the comeback trail

National economy has more and more people shopping at their local farmers market In the early part of last decade, the Mississippi Farmers Market had become more commercial than local: vendors were buying produce wholesale and reselling at the market. Other problems plagued the market, as well. The location was in a bad part of town, the parking lot was ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Kepler’s Italian Grill, Greenville

From busboy to business owner Kepler says he’s made mistakes and will make more as boss of restaurant At nearly 28 years old, Kepler Martin has spent half his life in the restaurant business, working his way up from busboy to server and eventually managing restaurants in the Delta and in Tyler, Texas. This spring, his dream of owning a ...

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