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ALAN TURNER — Polly Dement: celebrating Mississippi entrepreneurs (with video)

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Polly Dement, author of Mississippi Entrepreneurs, grew up in Vicksburg and learned her chosen craft of writing partly as a result of her education at Millsaps, where she was fortunate enough to attend some of the Welty seminars when the author was writer-in-residence there. From there, she wound up spending the next 30 years in Washington, D.C., where she worked ...

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ALAN TURNER — Entrepreneurship: it’s not just for the young

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While in Arizona recently, I spent some time with Dennis Shurtz, a retired Navy machinist who provided encouraging proof that starting a small business is not just for the twenty-something generation. Dennis got the idea for his business after admiring a handmade pen that was owned by a neighbor.  That’s how his business, which he calls The Ink Splat, was ...

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(VIDEO) ALAN TURNER — Lard Oil expands Mississippi operations

Wade Stephens

Recently, we had the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with Wade Stephens, manager of industrial and commercial business for Lard Oil Co. of Mississippi, and learn about its growth and business plans for Mississippi. The parent company is actually based in Louisiana, and was founded in 1922, so it has a long history in the energy business.  Essentially, the ...

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ALAN TURNER — Mississippi newspapers are a vital part of our state and its communities

Will Norton, Joel McNeece, Layne Bruce

To paraphrase what Mark Twain once famously said upon reading the news of his demise: the news of newspapers’ death has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Mississippi’s newspapers are generally doing quite well, thank you.  Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with several folks who are in the know about Mississippi newspapers.  Layne Bruce is the executive director of ...

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MBJ wins General Excellence, 25 awards in MPA newspaper contest; 5 more at APME

MBJ staff writer Frank Brown won a first place awards for Best Graphic on the history of the Mississippi Banking Association. On the graphics winner, the judges said, " Love it! This is very easy to read and really works. The readership must have been very happy with these pages.

The Mississippi Business Journal won 25 awards, including seven first place awards and finished first in General Excellence Saturday at the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in New Orleans at the Loew’s Hotel as part of the joint convention with the Louisiana Press Association. The MBJ won five more awards, including three first place at the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors Awards earlier in the day. ...

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ALAN TURNER: Taylor Sledge a rising entrepreneur

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Taylor Sledge is one of the group of young, aggressive entrepreneurs who are passionately working to build businesses and create jobs in Mississippi. As Chairman and owner of Sledge & Company, Taylor has built a successful business in the financial services sector.  He started the business eight years ago, when he was just 22, and today, the business has clients ...

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Dick Hall: Mississippi’s economic future is tied to its highway system


At a recent luncheon sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, Highway Commissioner Dick Hall talked about the importance of highways and transportation to the economic health and future of Mississippi. “Obviously, if you don’t have a good transportation network, then companies who might come to Mississippi will ask themselves whether they can get their goods in and ...

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Rochelle Culp has a passion for a healthier Mississippi

Rochelle Culp, project director for the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Madison, Yazoo and Holmes counties, has a passion for good health. Following her education at Holmes Community College and Belhaven, she had a successful career of 18 years with Allstate Insurance Company. But during all that time, she was a health-conscious individual, and “I made my own choice to live ...

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George Schloegel, Mary Jane Jackson receive MGA Awards

On Sept. 4, George Schloegel and Mary Jane Jackson were honored at a luncheon hosted by the Mississippi Geographic Alliance. Schloegel, formerly CEO of Hancock Bank and Mayor of Gulfport, received the MGA Geographic Visionary Award, while Jackson was honored for her 30-plus years in teaching and leadership in the field of geography education. On hand for the event were ...

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