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Jackson County Chamber name ANCHOR Awards recipients

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce presented its 11th annual ANCHOR Awards. One recipient was named from each of the four categories. This program was created to honor, reward, and celebrate the achievements of small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the community. This year’s recipients: Small Business Category 1 (50 or Less Employees) — Fletcher Construction Company, Inc. Small Business ...

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Connie Whitt named Small Business Development Center state star

Connie Whitt, director of the Mississippi Small Business Development Center locations at the University of Southern Mississippi and on the Gulf Coast, has been named the 2019 Mississippi state star. State stars are chosen annually, one per state from among the employees of the SBDC. A state star is an exemplary performer, must make a significant contribution to his or ...

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Unleashed: Open play daycare introduced to area dog owners

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • If kids can have daycare, then four-legged friends can have them, too. That’s the thought behind having “doggie daycares,” where canines have a place during the day to run, play and maybe get a little rest. Pet care is big business, reaching more than $72.5 billion last year. Pet owners spent $30.32 billion ...

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Small business thrive with help from Mississippi Main Street Association

By Becky Gillette Small businesses are a large part of what makes Main Street communities special, said Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) State Coordinator Thomas Gregory. “Many times, these local businesses are also tourist destinations that have become icons in their hometowns,” Gregory said. “The MMSA works with our local communities to attract, support, and retain unique small businesses as ...

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Callaway’s closing out County Line Road center

By JACK WEATHERLY Callaway’s Yard and Garden Center is marking its 40th anniversary this year at the intersection of Pear Orchard Road and County Line Road. It is also leaving that location by the end of the year, said owner Brint Callaway. Callaway’s opened in Gluckstadt three years ago the latest incarnation of the third-generation business that dates to 1954 ...

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Mississippi Main Street announces Gregory as new State Coordinator at annual awards

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) announced Thomas Gregory of Starkville as the new State Coordinator for the organization. The announcement was made at the 30th Annual Awards Meeting and luncheon on Thursday, June 13 at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. Gregory is a certified planner and has served the past two years with the Carl Small Town Center ...

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Making small business grow and flourish

Optimism among small business owners is near an all-time high, according to the May 2019 Small Business Optimism Index of the National Federal of Independent Business Research Foundation. Small businesses surveyed reported that they plan to increase employment, make capital outlays, expect to see sales increase and that they believe now is a good time to expand. If you’ve been ...

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Continuing the legacy: Ken Jeter Store and Restaurant Supply gets new owner

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • For nearly 50 years, Ken Jeter Store Equipment has been quietly successful, installing commercial equipment in restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and service industry businesses. But people outside of those businesses often don’t realize the store has been around that long and don’t even know where it is. However, its new owner, Jason ...

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Coast veterinarian couple got SBA loan for expansion after being turned down by banks

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com Drs. Jennifer and Jeffrey Sutton, owners of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital at 8144 E. Oaklawn Road, Biloxi, and Beach View Veterinary Hospital, 132 Porter Ave., Biloxi, went to nearly a dozen banks seeking funds to expand in 2006. While they had a good business they started in 2003, they were disappointed trying to get ...

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