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MISSISSIPPI 100 — State’s entrepreneurs have had success, but mistakes may await

By TED CARTER Mississippi has a lengthy history of growing small private businesses into huge ones, a track record economic development professional Robert Ingram attributes to a combination of risk-takers, nurturers and possibly “something in the water.” “Mississippi has done a tremendous job of creating entrepreneurs and growing them into major players in the field,” says Ingram, a semi-retired economic development ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Staplcotn revenue benefiting from combination of more acerage and better yield

By BECKY GILLETTE Greenwood’s Staple Cotton Cooperative Association (Staplcotn), the oldest and one of the largest cotton marketing cooperatives in the U.S., has gone up from the seventh largest private company in 2015 to fourth largest in 2016 in the Mississippi Business Journal list of the top 100 private companies based in Mississippi. Revenue jumped from $844 million to $967 million. ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Southern Farm Bureau: One name, but separate companies for life, casualty insurance

By LISA MONTI  Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. is ranked third and Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. holds the sixth place on the top Mississippi 100 list. The companies are two separate entities. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co., a Mississippi corporation domiciled in Ridgeland, has 1,500 employees, $856 million in sales and was established in 1947.  It ...

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FRANK BROWN — Making a list, and checking it 100 times

Years ago, one of my journalism mentors stressed to me the importance of lists. “Everybody looks at lists,” he said. “They touch the curiosity that is in each of us.” He was correct and ahead of his time. Lists have endured because they are easy to read and convey information quickly. If presented efficiently, lists provide knowledge — and sometimes ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Some private companies prefer tansparency, others — not so much

By BECKY GILLETTE Why are private companies so private? While many public companies and lots of small businesses court publicity with everything from regular Facebook posts to press releases and major media events, other companies are more reticent when it attracting attention. Cecile Edwards, a professor of law at the Mississippi College School of Law, said private companies have the ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — ‘Our wagon is not tied to one star,’ says CEO of Louisville’s versatile Taylor Group

By LISA MONTI The Taylor Group of Companies based in Louisville began in 1927 as a small automotive and repair business, and today has 1,000 employees, an international customer base and more than $400 million in annual sales. Lex Taylor, chairman and CEO of the Taylor Group, represents the third generation to run the business along with his brother Robert Taylor ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Irby Company breaking sales records in its 90th year of doing business in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Irby Company, a leading electrical supply distributor, is one of Mississippi’s longest running homegrown business success stories. The company founded in 1926 in Jackson by Stuart C. Irby Sr. has grown from one branch in Jackson to nearly 60 branches spread across 25 states. In 2014, Irby had $894 million in revenue, which makes it the sixth largest ...

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