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Rock U 2

Posted December 5, 2016
Category Success Stories
Rock U 2, the Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music started operations in 2011 by Barbara and Tim Alamsha. The company’s primary mission is to teach children to play and perform popular music and provide them with regular opportunities to perform in local communities. Services offered include private lessons (guitar, piano, bass, drums, voice, saxophone, flute, clarinet & violin), Rock U 2 Band Programs, Vocal Performance Group, Vocal and Guitar Jam Sessions, First Steps in Music Discovery - music for infants and toddlers, and Summer Music Camps designed for 5 – 18 years olds to learn to play and perform in a band.

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JavaWerks

Posted December 5, 2016
Category Success Stories
Now completing their third year in business, JavaWerks continues to delight their regular clientele and warmly welcome NEW students and customers to their unique coffee house. As confident and community-integrated favorites, the Potenzas take much-deserved pride in the 7-day-a-week total family commitment their business requires.

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Salad Days LLC

Posted December 30, 2014
Category Success Stories
James and Leigh Redmond believed that locally grown food is fresher, better tasting, more nutritious and provides a healthier diet than factory farmed foods that are picked green, doused with chemicals and transported thousands of miles.  They called on HCC MSBDC/ITC for help with their concept of owning and operating a hydroponic greenhouse for the purpose of growing tomatoes.   

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Everything Kayak

Posted December 15, 2014
Category Success Stories
When you're ready to get out on the water head over to Everything Kayak and take a test spin.  The Gulf Coast MSBDC has had the pleasure of working with Michael Pornovets over the past 5 years as his business grew from inception to flourishing success.  Here he shares some of the areas he received assistance with as he navigated his growth.

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Medlin Chiropractic

Posted December 1, 2014
Category Success Stories
Just locating a business on Main Street does not replace hard work, a well thought out advertising plan, and a budget.  Most entrepreneurs underestimate the power of social media and advertising.  Dr. Medlin understands, "It takes constant effort to keep people thinking about you".  His work with Tupelo Business Counselor, Dana Cawthon, resulted in his creation of an advertising plan which is affordable and measurable for his business, Medlin Chiropractic in New Albany.

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The Learning Express

Posted November 20, 2013
Category Success Stories
Learning Express Toys, located in Ridgeland, MS, has a great selection and dozens of categories to choose from, including educational and skill building toys and games. James Bennett, Counselor at the HCC MSBDC assisted Sarah Collado with not only her initial purchase of the business but also worked on ways to improve business performance. Below Ms. Collado shares a few words about here experience with the MSBDC.

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The Shop Around the Corner

Posted October 25, 2013
Category Success Stories
With many years of monogramming experience, Laura Lewis decided to open her own store in Ridgeland, MS. To help her in this endeavor, she contacted the HCC MSBDC and was assisted by James Bennett, HCC MSBDC Counselor, on the opening stages of her business. Together they worked on her business plan, financial needs and business structure to make sure everything was on the right track. Today, The Shop Around the Corner specializes in monograming services, home decor, and boy's apparel.

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Ann's Organic Market

Posted October 25, 2013
Category Success Stories
Margaret Hudson turned a twenty year passion for health and wellbeing into a business when she opened Ann's Organic Market in April of 2011. The company sells a variety of meats and produce that are all USDA certified organic, and supplements. Ann's Organic Market also carries a line of food products that are gluten and casein free. Military and seniors receive a 10% discount on supplements. Special orders are available and are placed on the 3rd Thursday every month.

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State Farm Bank

Posted October 18, 2013
Category Success Stories
When I decided to open my business, I had limited knowledge about running a small business.  Ronnie Westbrook sat down with me and went through my market analysis, projected cash flow, and seed capital needs.   We also discussed potential road blocks in getting the business up and running along with financing options.  Ronnie helped identify sources for financing and provided valuable resources for additional financing opportunities.  Ronnie's industry kowledge and expertise was greatly appreciated and has helped contribute to the success of my business.

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Client Evaluations

Posted October 1, 2013
Category Success Stories
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