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Small businesses get creative to keep going

By LISA MONTI Small business owners in coastal Mississippi are getting creative with how they’re responding to the ever-changing conditions they suddenly find themselves operating in. Keeping their employees and their customers safe is top of their minds, along with keeping their businesses running. Midtown Pharmacy & Gifts in Bay St. Louis is using the parking lot to accommodate customers ...

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Reeves announces disaster assistance for small businesses

Gov. Tate Reeves announced disaster assistance for Mississippi small businesses and their employees impacted by the current outbreak of COVID-19. Governor Reeves sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) two days ago requesting an Economic Disaster Declaration to aid small businesses and their employees, which was approved on Friday, March 20, 2020. “Small businesses and their employees ...

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C Spire announces store changes, due to COVID-19 concerns

C Spire announced on Tuesday the closing of some of its locations and changes to some of its store hours, due to concerns of COVID-19 coronavirus. These locations are closed until further notice: Bay St. Louis Brandon Byram Charleston Clarksdale Columbia Columbus Jackson (Deville) Greenwood Grenada Indianola Louisville Magee McComb Meadville Mobile – Airport Natchez Ocean Springs Oxford Pascagoula Philadelphia ...

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Duane Losack joins the Taylor Sales Team

Hal Nowell, Director of Sales for Taylor Machine Works, Inc. recently announced Duane Losack as Rail King Sales / Product Manager. Losack played briefly for the Denver Broncos before going to work with a large equipment dealer for more than 35 years. During that time, Losack had various roles which included Taylor/Trackmobile Specialist and General Manager of several locations. He ...

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Vera Hall named SBA Small-Business Person of Year

Vera D. Hall, owner of Innovative Performance Construction Company LLC of Jackson, has been named the 2020 SBA Mississippi Small-Business Person of the Year, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Mississippi District Office. Founded in 2011, Innovative Performance Construction operates in all areas of general construction. Hall is a graduate of Alcorn State University “It is our pleasure to recognize Vera D. ...

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And the Grammy (Museum) goes to … Cleveland Mississippi

Tourism tax revenue has increased nearly 34 percent in Cleveland in the last five years By NASH NUNNERY The announcement stunned the entertainment world nine years ago. “And the Grammy (Museum) goes to…Cleveland… Mississippi.” The second and only official Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles, Grammy Museum Mississippi opened but a stone’s throw from the Delta State University campus in ...

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SBA Mississippi announces deputy district director

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Mississippi District Office announced Ashlei N. Donerson as the new Deputy District Director. Joining the SBA in 2018, Donerson worked in the Office of Government Contracting AREA III as a Procurement Center Representative providing contracting technical assistance to small businesses. Donerson previously held progressive roles in federal government contracting ranging from Contract Specialist to ...

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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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