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Small businesses can benefit from stimulus plan

What does the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), better known as the stimulus plan, mean for small businesses in Mississippi?  Among the plan’s provisions available to aid small businesses are an increase from 80 to 90 percent in loan guarantees, funding for increased access to broadband, computerized healthcare records and construction projects, investments in public, maritime and air transportation ...

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Most believe boycott isn’t productive

With some people still boycotting Exxon due to the Valdez oil spill in Alaska 21 years ago, certainly there is talk about boycotting BP because of the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout. But a BP boycott seems to have little support on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “We have received e-mails from organizations other than Sierra Club calling for a boycott,” ...

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Experts: State’s political structure to blame

According to the Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, Mississippi ranks last among the 50 states in small business startups. The index, compiled by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Mo., is a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States. It uses government data and information from new business owners for its analysis. “I am not surprised that Mississippi ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Café Mike’s of Corinth

From dream to reality Couple makes success in Northeast Mississippi A Chicago couple’s dream has turned into a culinary boon for one North Mississippi city. In 16 years since moving from the Chicago suburbs to Corinth, Marcia and the late Mike Guare’s small barbecue joint has turned into a thriving café serving pizza, salads, appetizers, sandwiches and steaks. Mike and Marcia ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Lann Hardware, Aberdeen

A history in hardware The Lann family has been serving the people in and around Aberdeen for 130 years For more than 130 years, the Lann family in Aberdeen has been in the hardware business. The original store opened in 1879 with Capt. H.J.B. Lann and a man named Carter as the founders. “Capt. Lann was my great-grandfather, and he’d ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Cowboy Corner, Southaven

Keeping it in the family Tacketts continue to maintain relationships with generations of customers Charles Tackett’s father, George Tackett, opened a small saddle and leather repair shop in 1957 on Summer Avenue in Memphis. The shop remains in the family and in business today on Goodman Road in Southaven. The elder Tackett grew up on farms in Savannah, Tenn., during ...

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Small Business Spotlight: A Complete Flag Source

A true flag-flying patriot Business is a labor of love for the McIntyres A Complete Flag Source, which is set to move in several weeks to a new location outfitted with a showroom, storage and office space, comes from a much more humble beginning. The shop was originally operated inside a small enterprise called Jac Mac Ice Plant Co. as ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Harry Mayer Clothiers

40 years of family service Son and namesake running the business just like his dad The late Harry Mayer Sr. immigrated to the United States from Germany at 17. He couldn’t speak a word of English when he settled with relatives in Meridian. But after working for 34 years at a local department store, Mayer opened his own shop, Harry ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Walkabout

One foot in front of the other New technology could change the way we look at our own health A new company with a Mississippi base can help businesses up their bottom line by improving the health of their workers. Walkabout Technologies helps businesses manage healthcare costs by managing health risks of its employees, said Elynn Fish, director of business development. “We ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Delta Grind, Water Valley

Tatums find their way in making ground products, like grits, polenta and corn meal Becky and John Tatum were working in a restaurant that was due to close when they first heard about an opportunity that interested them. A friend was ready to retire from a homemade grit-making business that began in 2001, and the Tatums were intrigued by the ...

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