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NFIB introduces Dawn Starns as state director for Mississippi

NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, introduced Dawn Starns as its state director for Mississippi. She will replace Ron Aldridge, who is leaving after 25 years with the organization. “We appreciate everything that Ron has done to help create a strong environment for small businesses throughout the state, and we’re confident that Dawn will continue to promote and ...

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Coast Young Professionals presents new program series CYP Cultivate

Coast Young Professionals (CYP) presents their new program series event CYP Cultivate. CYP Cultivate is a newly revamped Educate and Engage program series. The Series Sponsor for 2020 is the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The series debut will kick off with Mitchell Distributing, 12100 Intraplex Pkwy. In Gulfport on January 14, 2020 from 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM, and provide young professionals ...

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Fleurty Girl branching out to Mississippi

Fleurty Girl founder Lauren LeBlanc Haydel will open her first Mississippi location next year in the heart of downtown Bay St. Louis. It will be the eighth Fleurty Girl shop that’s known for clothing, gifts, home decor, jewelry and other items celebrating all things New Orleans, from the Saints and LSU football to Mardi Gras, beignets and red beans. Targeted ...

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Coast chefs’ new coffeeshop takes off

It just happened to work out that Thomas and Dana Hirsch-Barrett opened Coffee Culture, their new coffee shop in Bay St. Louis, on Small Business Saturday. “It was a coincidence but we were hoping to open on Nov. 30 because we truly are what a small business is,” Hirsch-Barrett said. Coffee Culture is the chef couple’s first foray into operating ...

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Walk-on’s will take the field in Ridgeland

By JACK WEATHERLY Walk-ons are known for their enthusiasm. They are not scholarship players. They have to scrap and hustle just to make the squad. Rudy Ruettiger was a legendary walk-on for the Notre Dame football team. A movie bearing his first name made him a legend. Brandon Landry and Jack Warner brought that kind of enthusiasm as walk-ons on ...

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Labor Department presents Hire Vets Medallion to GC Logistics

GC Logistics of Ridgeland announced it is the only small business in Mississippi to receive the 2019 Hire Vets Gold Medallion Award. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded 427 employers from around the nation for recruiting, employing and retaining America’s veterans. The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia at the Department’s headquarters in ...

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Mississippi is 30th kindest to retail businesses in reviews

Where in the U.S. are consumers kindest (and harshest) to retail businesses in reviews? Business software provider Comply analyzed online reviews of local businesses at a state-by-state level A partial look at the result: 1. Montana 89% 2. Wyoming 89% 3. South Dakota 88.5% 4. North Dakota 88.4% 5. Verrmont 87.1% 6. Louisiana 86.9% 7. Massachusetts 86.8% 8. Maine 86.7% ...

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Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee and Tea Company expands retail sales

Jackson-based Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee and Tea Company has expanded retail distribution in Mississippi to the cities of Oxford, Hernando, and Southaven. The company has also added distribution in six new locations in Memphis, Tenn. The expansion results from an agreement between the Delta division of Kroger stores and Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee and Tea Company, which will be a ...

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Fresh food making healthful meals also delicious has fueled growth for Newk’s Eatery

By BECKY GILLETTE Newk’s Eatery was founded in Jackson in 2004 making it only 15 years old. Today it is grown from one location to one of the most successful food franchises based in Mississippi with 127 locations in 16 states. The fast-casual restaurant has gained so many fans by providing fresh meals that are as healthful as they are ...

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ALAN TURNER — NEWK’S, one of the great Mississippi success stories

Since its founding in 2004, Newk’s has rapidly grown into a Mississippi institution, expanding into more than 120 operations in 16 states throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. The company employs more than 845 people in its corporate-owned locations, and looks ahead to a bright future. Recently, I talked with Madison Newcomb, Marketing Coordinator for Newk’s and daughter of ...

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