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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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MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET — Association’s reach goes beyond just downtown

Mississippi Main Street Association, the economic development program which is rooted in downtown historic preservation, is all about providing visionary leadership and assistance to their 51 participating cities and towns. “Everything Mississippi Main Street does benefits small business,” said Stacy Pair, district manager. Whether it is a downtown facade program or a market analysis report, “Everything we do is geared ...

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Banks may love debit cards more than you

Like banks across the country, in today’s digital world, State Bank & Trust in Cleveland is getting fewer requests for checks. “We don’t order nearly the checks we used to for people,” said Jerry Bullock, president, State Bank & Trust, Cleveland. “Most would rather use a debit card. Just about everyone uses a debit or credit card.” Some retailers believe ...

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New company, familiar faces — Coblentz, Kenne team up to form Tellōs Creative

Two successful Golden Triangle-based entrepreneurs have teamed up, combining their strengths to establish a new, full-service advertising company. Robbie Coblentz, executive producer and chief executive officer of Starkville-based full-service production company Broadcast Media Group Inc., and Kathy Kenne, former co-founder and partner of the advertising, public relations, social media and special events firm Quest Group of West Point, have formed ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Who matters most to the small business owner?

The small business owner must serve four masters. They are the customer, the employee, the product or service and the owner himself or herself? Each is important, but is there one more important than the others?  The four perspectives about each are presented for discussion before revealing that there is evidence that suggests one provides the best return on investment. ...

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MSET to oversee new Gulf Coast marine industries cluster

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) at the Stennis Space Center has been selected to administer a new project to support small business growth in four Gulf of Mexico states. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) wrote a letter of support for the MSET application for a Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST) Cluster, which was named one of ...

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