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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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Small Business Spotlight: Crossroads Pottery, Baldwyn

Crossroads Pottery finds plenty of buyers After two years of building their pottery business, two sisters, Sheila Hall and Anita Sandlin, took a leap of faith, quit their jobs and began working full-time on Crossroads Pottery in their hometown of Baldwyn. Hall quit her job in the spring of 2007, and Sandlin followed suit that fall. “I quit when I ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Kinkade's Fine Clothing, Ridgeland

Clothing store owner got his start at Alexander’s in Oxford For Keith Kinkade, owning and operating a men’s clothing store is as much about maintaining friendships as it is about offering quality men’s clothing. “It’s really about making friends,” Kinkade said. “If it’s just about making a sale — that’s a place a business should never be.” Kinkade first learned ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Butterfly Yoga, Jackson

The grand success of Butterfly Yoga was a surprise even to its founder One student showed up for the first class offered by Butterfly Yoga in 2002, and eight years later the studio has eight teachers and more than 200 students. Scotta Brady opened the Jackson studio hoping to fill a gap that she felt was missing at other metropolitan studios. ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Morgan Sartain, Personal Trainer

Personal trainer finds niche with busy businessmen, housewives by going to them Morgan Sartain, 28, has started a business designed to help clients get into shape without hitting the gym. Her business isn’t built on a fad diet or some new-fangled workout equipment. It’s based on tried-and-true workout techniques: weight training and cardio workouts, but they’re done from the comfort ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Crave, Cleveland

Former A La Carte owner teams with Gaines for new Delta restaurant With a sleek décor, unique gifts, specialty gourmet foods, an espresso bar, dozens of cupcakes and other treats, Crave is quickly becoming a favorite place to dine or lounge in Cleveland. Open since November, Crave is the brainchild of a partnership between Charlotte Skelton and Stan Gaines. Skelton ...

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Serendipity led Franklin to success at Ellie James

Women’s clothing store is one of the hottest places to shop in Oxford That Lacey Franklin is the owner of the retail shop Ellie James in Oxford took a little bit of serendipity. Franklin, 25 and a 2007 journalism graduate from the University of Mississippi, took a part-time job at the Ellie James boutique on the Oxford Square in August ...

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Best Friends offers respect for animals and their owners

Pet crematorium draws clients from three states Gibson Sims had just settled into his chair after receiving the delivery of five bodies when someone came to his door. It was a client, who had come to pay his bill, and wanted to thank Sims for his handling of the arrangements of a recently-lost family member. “She was Momma’s little baby,” ...

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Small business mirrors economic uncertainty

Some business owners are hanging on, others are just closing doors Will Griffin counts himself among the fortunate. Owner of Will’s Small Engine Repair Service in Meridian, he was able to land a U.S. Small Business Association (SBA)-backed America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) loan. The loan totaled a mere $7,500, but for Griffin, it was a windfall, enabling him to pay ...

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Fighting Swine Flu

Small businesses trying to protect themselves from employees being out cause of illness Instances of the H1N1 virus or “swine flu,” which are continuing to increase nationwide, are of particular concern to small businesses as most people have not developed immunity to this new virus. The illness of one infected worker could possibly spread, shutting down an office for several ...

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