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Small Business Spotlight: Kepler’s Italian Grill, Greenville

From busboy to business owner Kepler says he’s made mistakes and will make more as boss of restaurant At nearly 28 years old, Kepler Martin has spent half his life in the restaurant business, working his way up from busboy to server and eventually managing restaurants in the Delta and in Tyler, Texas. This spring, his dream of owning a ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Tara’s Cakes

In the mid-1990s, while in college, Tara Graham made a birthday cake for the child she was babysitting. But it would be nearly a decade after that Elmo-and Big Bird-iced cake that her college hobby became a thriving business in Hattiesburg. Her cake-decorating skills were soon in demand among parents of other children while she was attending the University of ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Harry Mayer Clothiers

40 years of family service Son and namesake running the business just like his dad The late Harry Mayer Sr. immigrated to the United States from Germany at 17. He couldn’t speak a word of English when he settled with relatives in Meridian. But after working for 34 years at a local department store, Mayer opened his own shop, Harry ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Kinkade's Fine Clothing, Ridgeland

Clothing store owner got his start at Alexander’s in Oxford For Keith Kinkade, owning and operating a men’s clothing store is as much about maintaining friendships as it is about offering quality men’s clothing. “It’s really about making friends,” Kinkade said. “If it’s just about making a sale — that’s a place a business should never be.” Kinkade first learned ...

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Taking plunge works for Sandifer, Majestic Burger

Successful business soon to have a second location The concept of using high-quality, fresh ingredients for its unique burgers and other menu items has the success of locally-owned Majestic Burger spawning a second location. Greenwood native Fred Sandifer moved his family back to Mississippi from the Washington, D.C., area in Aug. 2005 with the goal of starting a business. He’d done ...

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