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Bomgar Corporation

As you enter Bomgar Corporation’s Ridgeland office, visitors are greeted by a Bible verse from Psalms 27, which states “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” CEO Joel Bomgar has certainly not labored in vain after working his way through college as a computer systems engineer and launching his company, which claims to have ...

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The Farese Group

One of the hallmarks of the Farese Group is teamwork. “All of our employees work together, which creates an excellent and productive work environment,” said founder Paxton Farese, who started the company in 2001 when he discovered a need while working with employees and retirees from the telecommunications and utilities industries.  “To fulfill the needs of clients, I began to ...

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Business Communications Inc.

In its mission statement, Business Communications Inc. makes it very clear what it does. The Madison County company is all about technology and delivering solutions in a way that will give its customers the freedom to focus on what is important to them. When other IT firms were focusing on Y2K problems in the late 1990s, BCI founder Tom Bailey ...

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BankPlus

Recognition is nothing new for BankPlus. After all, the Ridgeland-based financial institution has been named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list three years in a row, one of only three companies in the state to claim that distinction. BankPlus was founded in 1909 as Citizens Bank & Trust Company in the tiny Mississippi Delta town of ...

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Liquid Creative

Creativity is the name of the game in the fast-paced world of advertising, most would agree. You won’t get any arguments from Elizabeth Crisler. She named her ad agency Liquid Creative after launching it with a $10,000 investment from a Dallas agency owner, a card table, telephone and herself. “Initially, he asked me to manage the business but later agreed ...

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Harris Constructors Inc.

The motto for Harris Constructors Inc. is “on time, on budget.” More importantly, providing construction of the highest quality as opposed to being the largest construction company in Mississippi is the goal of Harris president David Harris, who launched the Ridgeland company 20 years ago. “I felt like the Lord was leading me away from another construction company to start ...

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Long Electric Company

If you live in the Jackson area, you’ve probably seen their television commercials and heard the catchy tag line — ‘when things go wrong…call Long.’” Not much has gone wrong for Long Electric Company since opening its doors in 1984. In business a quarter of a century, Long Electric offers a variety of services that include electric, heating and air ...

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The Merchants Company

The Merchants Company was founded in Hattiesburg in 1904, by a small group of lumber mill owners as a commissary for their lumber operations. The company now has 585 employees, more than 300 of which are employed in Mississippi. Merchants is one of the nation’s fastest growing broad-line food service distributors, serving 10 southeastern states and more than 6,000 businesses. ...

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Camellia Home Health & Hospice

When W.A. Payne was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1974, he leased a one-room office in Hattiesburg to provide home health services in South Mississippi. From those humble beginnings, Camellia Home Health and Hospice was launched and now boasts 16 home health locations covering 30 counties in Mississippi, five Louisiana parishes and the six greater metropolitan ...

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Cobb Environmental and Technical Services

With a $40,000 small business loan, Brian Cobb opened Cobb Environmental & Technical Services (CETS) after getting some unsolicited advice from his father. After working for one of the nation’s leading independent petroleum retailers as an environmental and construction manager for over 20 years, Cobb was at a crossroads when his dad, Jim, suggested he return to his native Northeast ...

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