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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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