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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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First Amazon Academy event in U.S. scheduled Nov. 1 in Southaven

Amazon will host its first-ever Amazon Academy event in the U.S. Friday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the DeSoto Center, Northwest Mississippi Community College, 5197 W.E. Ross Parkway West, Southaven. U.S. Sen. Roger F. Wicker and Nick Denissen, vice president, Amazon Small Business, are expected to be in attendance for the free event designed to provide an ...

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Shearwater Pottery still selling affordable art after 91 years

By BECKY GILLETTE A small business institution in Ocean Springs, Shearwater Pottery, has been drawing visitors from far and wide now for 91 years since it was founded by what might be considered the “first family” of Ocean Springs, the Andersons. The painter Walter Anderson earned considerable fame for his nature drawings and artwork such as decorating pottery and the ...

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Murky Waters is a clear success now operating in three South Mississippi locations

By BECKY GILLETTE Three guys who went to high school together, graduating from Long Beach High School in 2008, worked at restaurants from an early age. Now, the dynamic trio who are still not even 30 years old own and operate three Murky Waters Blues and BBQ restaurants, and were named Mississippi SBA Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2019. They ...

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