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Broadband legislation could prove timely to rural small businesses

By TED CARTER The director of national outreach for the Small Business Majority left Mississippi last year having compiled a lengthy list of the challenges the state’s rural small businesses face. Atop the list: An absence of broadband internet service and spotty cellular phone service. That broadband problem could ease, however, in the months ahead now that the state’s rural ...

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Report details roundtables in state

By TED CARTER Optimism still has a hold on small businesses around the country, but in rural Mississippi keeping or increasing that positive outlook is going to require more opportunities to borrow money and achieve a host of other business enhancements. So says a Feb. 12 report compiled by business advocacy group the Small Business Majority after holding focus groups ...

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Melissa’s Mattress partners with American Cancer Society

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Melissa’s Mattress, which debuted at the Winter Tupelo Furniture Market in January, now has a high-profile partnership in hand. Recently, owners Morris and Melissa Miley got the news they were hoping to get – a chance to partner with the American Cancer Society and the organization’s Hope Lodge program. “This is something ...

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“Sweet Valentine” — Nandy’s Candy a staple for love and chocolate in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Valentine’s is just what America needs, as Nancy King sees it. Her shop, Nandy’s Candy, has been around for nearly 40 years and seen social and political change. “Our country seems to be divided about everything,” she says ensconced in her tiny office. “Valentine’s gives you a break. Who can argue politics or anything else with love.” ...

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Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt hosts annual event

The Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt’s presented their annual awards in Hattiesburg. Awards included a Lifetime Membership Award to Rita Mitchell (center), the Top Recruiter Award to Rosie Knop (right), and the Most Inspiring Member Award to Jennifer Clark. Also, the 2019 board was announced: President – Rosie Knop; Vice President – Elizabeth Corley; Events Coordinator – Shakita ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — A startup’s guide to Mississippi

I can confidently say that it has never been easier to start a business. Having worked with hundreds of startup and emerging companies over the past 15 years, I have developed a fairly robust professional network throughout Mississippi (and beyond). And while my firm provides technical legal services to these companies, we believe it is our responsibility, as a trusted adviser, ...

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Oxford company specializes in elegant, stylish reading glasses that double as fashionable jewelry

» Co-founded by Oxford entrepreneur Dianna Seddon, Neckglasses has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The View,” the Home Shopping Network and HLN, among others By RICK HYNUM Reserved and soft-spoken, Dianna Seddon may not fit the stereotype of the extroverted, hard-charging American entrepreneur, but she’s setting a new trend in the world of fashionable eyewear with her Oxford-based startup, Neckglasses. ...

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Sugar Daddy: Tupelo couple takes on bakery business

By GINNA PARSONS / Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Rob and Leeann Lesley just keep growing their food empire. In 2001, he started Rob Lesley Catering, followed by Romie’s Grocery in 2005 and R.L. Foods, a cafeteria and vending service, in 2013. A year ago, they ventured into new territory: a bakery. “The manager at Romie’s kept coming to me and ...

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