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BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR — Mother-daughter business launches new book, mobile fashion boutique

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By BECKY GILLETTE When Marissa C. Simms was graduating from Jackson State University, she looked around and saw many of her fellow graduates were having trouble finding jobs. She decided to solve that problem herself by creating her own job going into partnership with her mother, Camille Stutts Simms, to open the first boutique on the Jackson State University campus, ...

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Coalition to help small businesses connect

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By LISA MONTI  Mississippi small businesses have some new high tech help thanks to a unique partnership recently formed between the U.S. Small Business Administration and a group of major technology companies. The Small Business Technology Coalition announced March 30 will give small businesses “a streamlined interface to connect to innovative technology platforms as well as digital education and enterprise ...

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Canton distiller turning out corn whiskey


By JACK WEATHERLY  David Rich is turning out corn liquor at his distillery in Canton. He’s pounded the pavement of Madison and Hinds counties getting the word out about Rich Distilling Co., and getting its liquor in package stores. It’s moving off the shelves nicely, he said. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in Jackson’s Maywood Mart, for example, had sold nine ...

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SBA Small Business Person of the Year helps other veterans find success starting a small business

Mike Pornovets of Everything Kayak.

By BECKY GILLETTE Mike Pornovets, owner of Everything Kayak (www.everythingkayak.com) on the Gulf Coast, started paddling when he was only about 11. But what he likes most about his business that he launched on Sept. 10, 2011, isn’t that he gets to be involved promoting a sport that he loves. What he likes the most is creating jobs. Pornovets, the 2016 ...

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Small business insurance starts with the basics

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By LISA MONTI Most small businesses should have at least four basic types of insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute industry group. Owners need property, liability, business vehicle and workers compensation insurance to protect them from a variety of circumstances. For small businesses, Insurance Information Institute (III) said that property insurance compensates losses or damage to the property used in ...

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Looking for startup capital? Organize before asking for cash


By LISA MONTI Raising capital for a startup is different for each entrepreneur and venture, but starting out on the right legal footing is a sure way to help smooth the process. Matthew McLaughlin, a shareholder and member of the Emerging Companies Team at Baker Donelson in Jackson, goes through a check list when he counsels clients on preparing to raise ...

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Nurse turns entrepreneur with Marina Cottage Soap Co.

Cottage Soap Co.  products are handcrafted in the back of the store 
in Ocean Springs and sold up front and online.

By LISA MONTI Vanessa Mueller can still remember how her young daughter suffered from eczema and how frustrated she was with the limited treatment options. “As a mom, I felt helpless,” she said. “We tried creams and lotions to get some relief, but nothing was working.” So Mueller, a registered nurse, decided to use her training and experience to develop soaps ...

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Hot Sticks has the looks and licks drummers want

Customization is the name of the game, whether it's drumsticks (upper right) or pens.

By LISA MONTI Wooden dowels come in by the truckload to the Hot Sticks manufacturing plant in Hancock County and thousands of drumsticks and wooden marketing items go out every week to customers worldwide. Hot Sticks founder Kevin Pokallus, a mechanical and electrical engineer and a drummer himself, started developing the process of making high quality sticks in Bay St. Louis ...

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Education group cheers as Dems sink tax cut bill; backers say families, businesses hurt

A $555 million tax cut for Mississippi appears down for the count after Democrats decided Wednesday competing financial needs outweighed the benefits of reducing  income taxes for some brackets and cutting business and franchise taxes. The cut would have been the largest in state history, according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who had called it a timely “pay raise” for Mississippians and sent it to ...

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FREE FROM APRON STRINGS — Brush with disaster leads Monroe Jackson to build a better apron

Monroe Jackson wants a business with no strings attached. The Jackson doughnut entrepreneur and survivor of a near-fatal workplace accident has added “innovator” to his life accomplishments. Next up is a marketing role for the inventor and winner of a design patent for a string-free apron he says will make working around machinery far less dangerous. It all started with ...

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