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SBA recognizes Wilson

Dorothy P. Wilson, publisher and editor of Gulf Coast Woman, LLC and president of DWilson and Associates, LLC, has been named the 2016 Mississippi Women in Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Wilson was nominated for the award by Marcia McDowell, executive director of the South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center. Wilson, majority shareholder in Gulf Coast Woman, has ...

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Mad Genius hires Hitchcock

Meredith Hitchcock has joined advertising/creative production firm Mad Genius as Interactive Media Strategist. Originally from Houston, Hitchcock graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a B.S in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Hitchcock spent many years in the information technology industry working for and with Fortune 100 to Fortune 500 companies in operations, sales, marketing, and business development before ...

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Newk’s names 2 VP’s

Jackson-based Newk’s Eatery recently promoted Adam Karveller to Vice President of Information Technology and Keith Moody to Vice President of Franchise Operations. Both Karveller and Moody collectively bring more than 40 years of experience in the information technology and restaurant operations industries to the fast-casual brand. Karveller will oversee the brand’s technical operations both in the field throughout Newk’s 98 ...

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Baltzgar joins Jackson SBA

Michael Baltzgar has joined the Jackson office of the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Procurement Center Representative. Baltzgar previously worked as a contracting professional with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and most recently the Department of Homeland Security. As Procurement Center Representative, Baltzgar will assist small businesses in Mississippi and Kentucky with obtaining federal contracts, determining performance ability, and ...

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Small business insurance starts with the basics

By LISA MONTI Most small businesses should have at least four basic types of insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute industry group. Owners need property, liability, business vehicle and workers compensation insurance to protect them from a variety of circumstances. For small businesses, Insurance Information Institute (III) said that property insurance compensates losses or damage to the property used in ...

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After fire, new restaurant to replace Dixie Springs Cafe

SUMMIT — Following the devastating fire that destroyed the landmark Dixie Springs Cafe, there are plans for the restaurant to return by the end of the year with a new owner who’s the great-grandson of the original proprietor. The Enterprise-Journal reports that Edward “Ted” Malta is buying the property from former owners Joe and Kristine Kimmel and plans to open ...

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Looking for startup capital? Organize before asking for cash

By LISA MONTI Raising capital for a startup is different for each entrepreneur and venture, but starting out on the right legal footing is a sure way to help smooth the process. Matthew McLaughlin, a shareholder and member of the Emerging Companies Team at Baker Donelson in Jackson, goes through a check list when he counsels clients on preparing to raise ...

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STARTING UP STRONG — Next Gear’s growth has accelerated last couple years

By BECKY GILLETTE Speaking at the Discovery Luncheon Feb. 12 co-sponsored by Innovate Mississippi and the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation, Garret Gray, president and CEO of Next Gear Solutions, shared the story of how their technology startup, Next Gear Solutions, has grown to 80 full-time employees since its beginnings in 2008. The Discovery Luncheon preceded Startup ...

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Sweet spot: 2nd generation of family runs Rosie’s in Tupelo

TUPELO — Rose McCoy is enjoying a much-deserved retirement. But the bakery shop in Fairpark that bears her name — Rosie’s — is in good hands. Her son, Neal, and his wife, Holly, took over the business from her last fall. The transition has been relatively seamless, just the way Neal and Holly had hoped. And it was all part ...

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