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Canton distiller turning out corn whiskey

By JACK WEATHERLY  David Rich is turning out corn liquor at his distillery in Canton. He’s pounded the pavement of Madison and Hinds counties getting the word out about Rich Distilling Co., and getting its liquor in package stores. It’s moving off the shelves nicely, he said. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in Jackson’s Maywood Mart, for example, had sold nine ...

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Corn whiskey: old as America, new as now

By JACK WEATHERLY  In the past few years, corn whiskey has made inroads into the liquor menu. An illegitimate child of the Prohibition Era and still in production in the hills and hollows of Southern mountains, the clear spirit has found a home with millenials. And craft distillers, such as the Rich Distilling Co. in Canton, aim to oblige. The ...

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Mississippi Main Street: More than just economic development

By NASH NUNNERY Finding a small town in Mississippi might be akin to bees discovering honey – it’s not hard to do. Many of those communities have distinctive downtown thoroughfares, chock full of awe-inspiring historical architecture, eclectic businesses and hometown pride. Time seems to have forgotten others. And a select few are Mississippi Main Street Association-certified. For the uninitiated, MMSA is ...

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SBA Small Business Person of the Year helps other veterans find success starting a small business

By BECKY GILLETTE Mike Pornovets, owner of Everything Kayak (www.everythingkayak.com) on the Gulf Coast, started paddling when he was only about 11. But what he likes most about his business that he launched on Sept. 10, 2011, isn’t that he gets to be involved promoting a sport that he loves. What he likes the most is creating jobs. Pornovets, the 2016 ...

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Private investigator: it’s about facts, not fiction

By JACK WEATHERLY  “You’re unable to live vicariously through my life,” Lewis Watt, private investigator, said with a laugh. The romance of the profession long popularized in movies and novels is basically fiction, Watt said. It’s a business, and things are are on the upswing for Ridgeland-based LAW Investigative Group LLC, of which Watt is president. “It’s picking up. It ...

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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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