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Small Business Spotlight: 4450, Jackson

Jackson’s 4450 gives women contemporary design When a tenant notified property owners Luke and Alison Abney that they’d be moving out, the couple saw an opportunity. The Abneys first foray into the retail business was their purchase of Jackson’s iconic men’s store, The Rogue, in 2005. “I was born and raised in Jackson and had been shopping there since I ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Red Magnet, Tupelo

Having a plan in place Red Magnet draws clients with talent and experience for IT Hoping to hedge against the sluggish economy two years ago, Red Magnet owner Eric Gibens slowly rolled out a proactive maintenance plan for his top three clients. The plan was informal at first and provided a way for Gibens to save both his company and ...

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Small Business Spotlight: JBHM Architects

40 years in the making JBHM finds itself going back to the basics in looking toward the next 40 As JBHM Architects celebrates its 40-year history, professionals at the firm are taking a back-to-basics approach to the future. “The firm has reflected in 2010 on the things that have made us successful,” said Kiley Ham, the firm’s marketing director. “And we’ve found ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Embellish, Meridian

‘It’s not the match… it’s the mix’ Group pulled together to make a go of downtown Meridian shop When Aimee Tramontana was considering closing her retail shop in Meridian, five of her friends jumped in with a new idea for the space. Tramontana owns a successful wholesale business, Aimee’s Handpainted Linens, which sells to vendors across the nation. By January, she’d ...

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On the comeback trail

National economy has more and more people shopping at their local farmers market In the early part of last decade, the Mississippi Farmers Market had become more commercial than local: vendors were buying produce wholesale and reselling at the market. Other problems plagued the market, as well. The location was in a bad part of town, the parking lot was ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Kepler’s Italian Grill, Greenville

From busboy to business owner Kepler says he’s made mistakes and will make more as boss of restaurant At nearly 28 years old, Kepler Martin has spent half his life in the restaurant business, working his way up from busboy to server and eventually managing restaurants in the Delta and in Tyler, Texas. This spring, his dream of owning a ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Tara’s Cakes

In the mid-1990s, while in college, Tara Graham made a birthday cake for the child she was babysitting. But it would be nearly a decade after that Elmo-and Big Bird-iced cake that her college hobby became a thriving business in Hattiesburg. Her cake-decorating skills were soon in demand among parents of other children while she was attending the University of ...

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Small Business Spotlight: JDS Wealth Strategies, Columbus.

Spears takes lesson from father to start his business Jason Spears grew up in Philadelphia as the oldest of four children, and while the family never went without necessities, there wasn’t room in the budget for extravagance. His father worked at U.S. Motors, and, as an hourly worker, was subject to forced layoffs and shutdowns. “He always found ways to ...

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Bringing back Central Ave.

In the 1970s and into the 1980s, Central Avenue in D’Iberville was a bustling corridor that connected the small Gulf Coast town with its larger neighbor, Biloxi. Businesses thrived there. According to D’Iberville’s director of community development, between 15,000 and 20,000 cars pounded the Central Avenue pavement daily, most of them carrying commuters to and from Biloxi. That isn’t the ...

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Impact on BP station owners varies across state

Coast stations seeing more fallout than the rest of Mississippi It is hard to find anyone with a good word for BP these days as the nightmare of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues to wash up over the Gulf Coast. But how does that affect the dozens of BP gas station owners in Mississippi? National news stories have reported that ...

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