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AMORY – Business partners Charles “Casey” Jones and David Smith first opened their business, Amory Furniture Appliance Mattress, also known as AFAM, in November 2017. Whereas it began at a location near Vinegar Bend, it moved to a space alongside Highway 278, filling the void of a different …

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AMORY – Sen. Roger Wicker and Congressman Trent Kelly visited NauticStar Aug. 18 to discuss the Modern Fish Act; recreational fishing and boating industry priorities; and how the pandemic is impacting it with its president, Scott Womack.

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AMORY – Byron Riddle launched Little Red’s Small Engines in 1999. Prior to starting the business focusing on sales and service of lawn care equipment, he worked for True Temper, Epperson Chevrolet and PeopLounger Furniture.

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The Mississippi Back to Business Grant Program is increasing the base payment from $1,500 to $3,500. The Mississippi Development Authority will modify the program based on changes in the state law. Applicants DO NOT have to re-apply or make changes to their existing application. If you have …

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AMORY – O’Brian’s Corner Drug Co. is owned and operated by Jimmy and Kristen O’Brian. She has been a lifelong resident of the Amory area, and Jimmy has made his home in Amory for more than 20 years. O’Brian’s is an owner-operated pharmacy with the goal of knowing and greeting customers by name.

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NETTLETON – Even though Nettleton’s Fred’s location was the last of three in the Monroe County area to close, the building was the first to be revitalized as a new retail location. Hometown Market, which offers groceries, furniture, clothing, home goods, pet and automotive supplies and more,…

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DARRACOTT – The late John Hanna, Sr. had plenty of sayings he passed along during his lifetime to his children and employees of Hanna Contracting stressing the importance of working hard for what you want in life.

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With the exception of Aberdeen, which faced a slight increase in sales taxes revenues, Monroe County’s municipalities witnessed another prosperous month thanks to people shopping and eating local, which indicates consumer confidence through the pandemic.

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NETTLETON – Leadership from Mississippi Main Street welcomed its newest member July 6 as Nettleton Main Street was officially recognized as a designated community in the association. Benefits include eligibility for annual awards, yearly evaluations and development of a vision plan.

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Businesses and banks alike are facing a common issue as a result of the pandemic – a shortage of change in that’s in circulation. The shortfall is part of the trickle down effect of the Federal Reserve’s strict limits on coin requests.

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ABERDEEN – Whether it’s shopping from a wedding registry or browsing around for a living room set-about or something useful in the kitchen, customers of The Blue Owl never know exactly what to expect to see. The store’s owner, Shelly Bowen, tries to keep inventory fresh throughout the year.

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Despite the number of businesses forced to close their doors throughout April because of the pandemic, sales tax numbers for the month were positive, meaning more people supported local businesses. Furthermore, most Monroe County municipalities’ diversion of sales tax collections showed incr…

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As the CARES Act has provided financial relief to help small business owners, not everyone has been successful in reaping its benefits. Regardless, there are continued avenues of assistance at the federal and state levels for those in need of help.

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When it comes to landing industries, restaurants and retail locations, there are franchise reps and site managers looking for locations far before communication is made with local representatives. That information begins with data derived from the census.

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ABERDEEN – Continuing to adjust with the times, a facial shield production line through Allmond’s Printing is steadily outgrowing space thanks to demand mostly from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

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ABERDEEN – Robin’s Unique Boutique Owner Robin Bounds shared her experience of Mississippi’s soft retail opening on national news through a guest spot April 30 on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on FOX News. She believes she was picked for the Skype interview because of show reps finding one o…

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ABERDEEN – Even though federal assistance to help small businesses through COVID-19 is highly competitive and uncertain, a small town’s sense of helping one another out is more of a guarantee. So is the case of eight downtown Aberdeen commercial property owners who granted rent forgiveness f…

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications on Monday from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation.

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Small businesses across the country, the backbone of our nation's economy, are facing potentially devastating economic pressure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have already been forced to shut temporarily, and even those operating remotely still face major revenue shortfalls. With…

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ABERDEEN – The recent sale of the former Central Insurance building at the intersection of Commerce and Meridian streets isn’t as much a sign of confidence for downtown development but rather a continuation of momentum for Main Street.

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With hospitals’ growing need for personal protection equipment, two local businesses are tapping into their resources to fill the demand for face shields. American Controls Technology in Amory and Allmond Printing in Aberdeen have both adapted their work days to making a different type of pr…

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The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce is aware that the U.S. Chamber’s Save Small Business Grant site has been hit hard with a heavy load due to so many people trying to access the site at once. There has been communication with the U.S. Chamber for a work around, and the Monroe County Chamb…

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As the price of commodities is currently unpredictable, so are the costs people pay for them. Supply and demand at grocery stores, in particular, has forced the price of some products to increase because of lack of product.

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According to the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy. Employing nearly half the American workforce, they keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home. The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have wrought unp…

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The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce knows trying to decide if you should apply for assistance is hard enough, but which one to apply for can be overwhelming. The Mississippi Economic Development Council hosted a webinar this week with the U.S. Chamber the chamber hopes might help you as yo…

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KANSAS CITY – Conexon, the nation’s leader in assisting electric cooperatives to deploy broadband networks, has been selected by the Monroe County Electric Power Association to deliver comprehensive broadband management services, including network design and engineering, construction managem…