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Mississippi businesses received $2.4 billion in first round of SBA PPP funding

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi District Director Small Business Administration Janita R. Stewart said here in Mississippi, about 280 in and out-of-state bank and non-bank lending institutions participation in the first round of Payroll Protection Program making 20,784 loans for $2,481,000,606 billion to Mississippi businesses and non-profits. “During round 1 of PPP, an astronomical number worth a total of 14 years ...

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Main Street America finds up to 7.5 million small businesses in danger of closing permanently 

62 percent of surveyed small businesses in Mississippi at risk of permanent closure in five months  A new report published by Main Street America, founded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, reveals that nearly 7.5 million small businesses across the country are in danger of closing over the next five months as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Of ...

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Queen’s Reward switching from mead to hand sanitizer

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The newly installed gleaming copper and stainless still brewing at Queen’s Reward Meadery will be making mead brandy one day. But for now, it’ll be making something much more needed – hand sanitizer. “We were going to buy a still anyway – just not this early – but now that we have the ...

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Waveland manufacturer pivots from storefronts to face shields

By LISA MONTI Infinity-AP, the custom storefront fabrication company in Waveland that manufactures custom storefronts for major retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret and the PINK chain of stores, is now manufacturing face shields for medical workers. The production of the face shield – both the bracket that attaches to the head and the shield itself – began ...

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How are businesses getting creative? You tell us

Mississippi businesses are doing as much as possible to stay afloat during these COVID-19 times. In some instances, creativity is helping to keep the cash flowing in. Many restaurants and other businesses going old school with signs out front to lure their traffic. If you have a cool sign or know of a business with a creative sign out front, ...

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Mississippi businesses shift production during pandemic

As the nation hunkers down and people shelter in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, several Mississippi businesses have stayed open, switching gears to make much-needed products. A jeans company is making face guards, a coffeehouse is making loaves of bread and distilleries are making hand sanitizer. They’re hoping to keep their employees working as they help fellow Mississippians battle the ...

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Shops, restaurants at Renaissance try new ways to survive

By JACK WEATHERLY “Our usual advertising theme is ‘your dining and shopping destination.’” “Now we say: ‘We’re your curbside dining and shopping destination,’” Jan Mattiace jokingly said in an interview on Wednesday. But the corona virus epidemic’s disruption of commerce and just about everything else in the country and world, is no joke, Mattiace said. Many retailers across the nation ...

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Pandemic has 3rd generation businessman working overtime

COLUMBUS — First they came for the hand sanitizer. Then the disinfectant. Then the toilet paper. By Friday afternoon (March 14), customers were accosting sales representative E.J. Nolen in the back parking lot of Columbus Paper and Chemical for those basic supplies. Nolen had to turn them away. “It’s been crazy,” Nolen said. “I’ve not ever seen it this wild ...

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Brewery planned to make hard seltzer but made hand sanitizer

Lazy Magnolia Brewing has been on the Mississippi Coast for 15 years. They’re known for their ales, but as cases of the new coronavirus began to rise in Mississippi, co-owner Leslie Henderson saw something distilleries across the country were doing to help their communities. The brewery had been looking at making flavored seltzers, thanks to the popularity of White Claw ...

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Closing of Triplett-Day Pharmacy will be the end of an era

By LYNN LOFTON On March 31 an era ends in downtown Gulfport when Triplett-Day Drug Store closes its doors after 65 years of business. It’s not just the sale of prescription drugs, sundries and gifts but also the cafe and lunch counter that have endeared the store to customers. Located on the corner of Highway 49 and 14th Street, the ...

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