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No underestimating Tyler these days

Greenwood business is flourishing and everyone taking her seriously after 17 successful years When Cindy Tyler opened the Mississippi Gift Company in downtown Greenwood, she was 27-years old but looked 10 years younger. Tyler admits that no one took her very seriously. “When I first started the business, customers and vendors would come in and ask me, ‘Is your momma ...

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Attitude goes a long way

DeJonnette Grantham King launched Advanced Environmental Consultants in a converted room of her house on a complete leap of faith. After a career with the state Department of Environmental Quality and several private firms, she found herself without a job after Professional Services Industries’ environmental division shut the doors on its Jackson office in 1997. Armed with a telephone, fax ...

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Out of Oxford and to Africa

Mississippi couple runs successful safari business On an African safari trip last year, Warigia Bowman and her family came a little too close for comfort to wildlife when an elephant charged the vehicle they were traveling in. Luckily, her husband knew what to do to quickly get the family out of her harm’s way. His expertise lies in his 15 ...

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Screaming Peacock

After two years, Laperouse’s motivational speaking and seminar business has taken off A nickname from Julie Laperouse’s college days is the name for her workshop training and motivational speaking firm. While attending LSU, Laperouse attended a leadership class, where she took a behavioral analysis test that revealed the type of bird the test-taker is. Laperouse’s test result was a screaming ...

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Women own 25% of state’s small businesses

Foy says mothering skills serve women well as professionals in the workplace   Sonja Dunaway is an independent contract real estate broker in Jackson who has been in the workforce since 1968. Her reason for entering the workforce at a time when many women were staying home was relatively simple: money. Recently divorced and with children to raise, Dunaway said, ...

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There’s always room for improvement

JSU professor says minority-business ownership has slowed since Hurricane Katrina While the numbers of minority-owned businesses have increased in the state, business officials said there’s always room for improvement. Yet, the there is no shortage of assistance from programs available through both Small Business Administration Development Centers and the Mississippi Development Authority. “A lot of progress is being made, but ...

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