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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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Miner made health club business strong

Jackson man introduced health clubs to the area during the 1970s   For some, Chuck Miner is the godfather of the modern health and fitness club in Mississippi.    But make no mistake — his business acumen is respected as well. “I’ve known Chuck Miner for 15-20 years and I’ve always known him for having a strong business savvy,” said ...

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Navagis on map with Google Earth

New, small company in Mississippi has large horizons, has his large milestones   There is no other company in the world quite like Navagis, LLC. Located in the Mississippi e-Business Innovation Center at the JSU E-Center in Jackson, Navagis has achieved some significant milestones in its first year of operations. It is definitely on the map. The small business works ...

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