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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Putting state businesses in perspective



HERE ARE a FEW things you can do with lists:

1. Read a list

2. Make a list.

3. Gather research for a list.

4. Share a list.

5. Learn from a list.

6. Purchase items … well, you get the idea.

They’ve been around since the Ten Commandments were handed down, and lists seemed destined to stay.


They are easy to read and can convey information quickly. With the rise of social media, they also are perfect as click-bait.

Beginning on page 23, there’s a list you’ll be challenged to find anywhere else — our Missisippi 100, the list of the top 100 privately owned companies with headquarters in Mississippi.

This is the 28th year the Mississippi Business Journal has published the Mississippi 100.

We publish this list for a couple of reasons. It’s data that put Mississippi businesses in perspective, and it’s information that is hard to find in one source.

The best reason for doing this list is the oft-told story of former researcher Wally Northway, who compiled the list for 20 years before retiring a couple of years ago. He visited the Jackson library in the mid-’90s to look for ways to improve his research. When he asked for advice, they handed him a copy of the previous year’s Mississippi 100.

We use annual revenue as the list criteria because we feel it illustrates company activity better than profit and loss.

Information is more readily available today, but finding accurate information is more difficult. Some businesses cooperate and some see our Mississippi 100 list as prestigious. Others would rather protect their data, citing competition and security concerns.

This year, about half the Mississippi 100 openly provided information about their company. The other half did not return requests for information for various reasons — some technical, some forgetful, and some who just didn’t participate.

At that point, we turned to firms like Dun & Bradstreet, Forbes and Bloomberg, as well as company web pages and published articles, for help in determining estimates.

Is every estimate correct? We wish, but probably not. But the real wish for this list is that it represents firms that belong in the Mississippi 100, even if their actually revenue is off a few dollars (or a few million dollars).

Companies on the list also change. In the last few of years, companies purchased by out-of-state equity firms were removed, but upon further review, those companies still have Mississippi headquarters and still meet the criteria. Part of the spirit of the list is to keep Mississippi companies.

So, for a list that paints an image of the Mississippi economy, check out the Mississippi 100 in this edition.

» Frank Brown, a staff writer and projects coordinator, compliled the Mississippi 100 list.


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