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The Made In Mississippi podcast will interview successful Mississippians to gain valuable insights into their approach to business, life as a busy entrepreneur and what they’ve learned throughout the course of their career. Collectively, we know this will be a dynamic resource to educate and encourage other Mississippians who may be feeling the negative connotations to launching, growing, or keeping their business in our state.

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The Made In Mississippi podcast will interview successful Mississippians to gain valuable insights into their approach to business, life as a busy entrepreneur and what they’ve learned throughout the course of their career. Collectively, we know this will be a dynamic resource to educate and encourage other Mississippians who may be feeling the negative connotations to launching, growing, or keeping their business in our state.

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
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Excellent Listen

By Hrevans11 - Jul 18 2018
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Inspiring podcast showcasing Mississippi’s best!

Great show!

By FlurryLLC - Sep 13 2016
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Look forward to hearing new episodes! Keep up the good work Casey!

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
2
1
0
0

Excellent Listen

By Hrevans11 - Jul 18 2018
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Inspiring podcast showcasing Mississippi’s best!

Great show!

By FlurryLLC - Sep 13 2016
Read more
Look forward to hearing new episodes! Keep up the good work Casey!
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Made In Mississippi

Latest release on Aug 10, 2020

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The Made In Mississippi podcast will interview successful Mississippians to gain valuable insights into their approach to business, life as a busy entrepreneur and what they’ve learned throughout the course of their career. Collectively, we know this will be a dynamic resource to educate and encourage other Mississippians who may be feeling the negative connotations to launching, growing, or keeping their business in our state.

Rank #1: S1:E6 Will Primos on Made In Mississippi

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Will Primos is the founder and CEO of Primos Hunting. Primos Hunting manufactures calls for elk, deer, turkey, predator, and waterfowl as as blinds, shooting assessors, game cameras, attractants and supplements. They also produce the popular video series PRIMOS TRUTH ABOUT HUNTING.

Sep 21 2016

54mins

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Rank #2: S3E5 Executive Partner of Horne LLP Joey Havens

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Apr 02 2018

29mins

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Rank #3: S6E10 Andrew Wamble of Plum Creek Environmental Technologies

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Today Casey speaks with Andrew Wamble about Plum Creek Environmental Technologies. His father started the company after being laid off in a recent recession. Now the company has been around for 10 years and employs about 65 people. Come hear Andrew's story and gain insight on what has caused such remarkable growth.

Nov 06 2019

24mins

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Rank #4: S5E4 Chip, Tommy, and Dr.V of Miskelly Furniture

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Miskelly Furniture is a household name, if for no other reason, than most Mississippians households are furnished by Miskelly Furniture. You'll be encouraged by not only hearing their business strategy, but also their "Why" behind what they do each day.

Mar 06 2019

49mins

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Rank #5: S6E6 Alex Eaton of Restaurants Aplos and The Manship

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On this episode of Made in Mississippi Casey talks with Alex Eaton who owns two restaurants in Jackson, Aplos Simple Mediterranean and The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen. They discuss the commitment and grit that it takes to maintain a business even after having a great start. Having recently gone through some tough times Alex talks about building a successful team and how it has helped his business thrive more than ever.

Sep 12 2019

36mins

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Rank #6: S1:E3 Joel Bomgar on Made In Mississippi

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Joel Bomgar, formerly of Bomgar Corperation and now a State Representative, started a technology company in 2003 and grew that company to a pretty insane scale. In this episode we’ll talk about how entrepreneurship is scratching your own itch, what’s holding Mississippi back as a state, and what it feels like to sell your company. We also talk about the importance of enjoying the journey of entrepreneurship. This is crucial. If we don't enjoy the journey, then what's the point? 

Aug 04 2016

59mins

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Rank #7: S4E3 Paul Bonds of Bean Fruit Coffee

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In this episode Paul Bonds tells of his transition from full-time employment to full-time entrepreneurship. He also reveals the key to a killer cup of coffee, his favorite business books, and the secret of his success. 

Aug 09 2018

40mins

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Rank #8: S1:E2 Kristen Ley on Made In Mississippi

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Kristen Ley is the founder of Thimblepress in Jackson Mississippi. Kristen and her team sell prints, greeting cards, notepads, tote bags and many other fun and creative products. Through their products they want to encourage kindness and inspire fun with the colorful, happy, and innovative products they create. This interview was done in Kristins office, but we did have a guest appearance a few times by her awesome dog Willow.    Kristin tells of the transition from her day job to a dream, the ability to see trends in her life, and the value of being creative. She currently supplies her products to Urban Outfitters, Paper Source, and over 1000 independent retailers.

Aug 04 2016

57mins

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Rank #9: S3E6 Chris Ray of the Ramey Agency

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Apr 18 2018

52mins

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Rank #10: S6E2 Jamie Wier, Michael Boerner, and Jack Allin of WBA Architecture

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On this episode of Made in Mississippi Casey meets with Jamie, Michael, and Jack of Wier Boerner Allin Architecture. From the Brandon Amphitheater to Mississippi State's Dudy Noble Field in Starkville, these talented partners are making a lasting impact on our state. 

Jul 17 2019

50mins

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Rank #11: S6E9 Carla Kirkland of The Kirkland Group

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This week Casey interviews Carla Kirkland the owner of The Kirkland Group a company that specializes in college and career readiness. After starting a career in education she found that she desired to have more control over her schedule for her family. Today her hard work has developed her one woman operation into a thriving business offering multiple services. Listen here as she shares her story and her insight.

Nov 04 2019

27mins

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Rank #12: S2:E6 David Landrum on Made In Mississippi

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I know you guys will enjoy this episode with David Landrum founder of the (new) town of Livingston in Madison County, MS. 

Jul 12 2017

45mins

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Rank #13: S2:E8 Jim Richmond of C Spire on Made In Mississippi

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Jim is the VP of Marketing for telecomm giant C Spire. C Spire was born and raised right here in our home state. Jim shares a bit about the story of C Spire, his time their, and some valuable advice for small businesses. 

Aug 09 2017

34mins

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Rank #14: S2:E10 Stephen Johnston on Made In Mississippi

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We're so thankful to have Stephen Johnston on Made In Mississippi. Founder and CEO of smart energy company SmartSynch, that sold for 100 million in 2012, Stephen has a ton of great advance for companies and founders. After leaving the company, he now spends his days producing films. He is lead investor and a Producer of Same Kind of Different As Me, a major motion picture to be released in 2017 in partnership with Paramount Pictures Corporation. I trust you guys will enjoy this episode with Stephen Johnston. 

Aug 31 2017

47mins

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Rank #15: S5E10 Harry Crumpler of T-Bones Records & Cafe

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This episode of Made in Mississippi comes from the City of Hattiesburg. Harry Crumpler Jr talks about continuing to thrive as a record store owner while the music industry becomes less and less friendly for hard-copy retailers. T-Bones perseveres as a full scale record store while simultaneously operating as a full-menu cafe. We know you'll be challenged and encouraged by this episode of Made In Mississippi!

Jun 05 2019

45mins

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Rank #16: S4E1 Ted Duckworth

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Ted J. Duckworth is Co-Manager of TDLDC, and President and CEO of Duckworth Realty, Inc. Ted has been the architect of the company's recent growth into development projects and has provided a vision for the company's downtown revitalization efforts in Jackson, Mississippi. This vision carries over into the overall company philosophy of making a difference in the community where we live and work. His $16 million renovation of the mixed-use Electric 308 Building in 2005 sparked an interest in downtown development and created an atmosphere of energy in the downtown market.

Ted has coordinated the acquisition of multiple investment properties throughout the southeast totaling over $150 million. The transactions have allowed Duckworth Realty to expand its operations across the region, with projects located in Jackson, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Atlanta.

Ted is a recognized leader of economic development in Metro-Jackson. He has served as Chairman of The Board of Downtown Jackson Partners which manages the Central Business District, and on the Downtown Strategic Plan for the City of Jackson. He currently also serves as President of the Eastover Neighborhood Association.

Jul 11 2018

37mins

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Rank #17: S2:E5 Amie and Justin Nunez on Made In Mississippi

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Husband and wife team Justin and Amie Nunez stand behind the curtain of Groove House, a business that provides private music education to all ages in Hattiesburg, MS and the surrounding areas. Groove House was born out of the idea that musical education absolutely needs to be rooted in strong theory and technique, regardless of your instrument; but it needs to be equally balanced with freedom to play any style.  Justin states, “The driving force behind Groove House is the goal of creating musicians.  Being a musician requires being creative, flexible, and skilled.  With Groove House, we have created an environment where anyone can have fun learning to play music that they love.”

Jun 28 2017

40mins

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Rank #18: S4E4 Hartley Peavey

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Hartley is a founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation and a well-known innovator in the musical equipment industry. Hartley Peavey founded Peavey Electronics, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical and professional audio equipment, in 1964 after building his first amplifier in 1956. Since its foundation, Peavey Electronics has been privately owned, and has grown massively from their humble beginnings in Hartley's basement in the 1950s.

Aug 23 2018

41mins

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Rank #19: S3E9 Robert St. John

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From my guest on the show to listener request - Robert's name is constantly mentioned as a suggested feature. After this interview it was clear to me why so many Mississippians wanted to hear from him. Not only is he an accomplish restauranteur, but he's founded an amazing non-profit and somehow finds time to write a column each week in over 20 publications. I trust you guys will enjoy this interview with Robert St.John

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Robert St. John is a restaurateur, chef, columnist, and author. Robert St. John has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty of those years have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger Joint in Hattiesburg, MS. For 20 years he has written a weekly syndicated newspaper column.  

St. John was just named a part of the 2017 ‘Mississippi Top Fifty’ by Y’all Politics and Supertalk Mississippi.  St. John has been named the state’s top chef three consecutive years and was honored as Mississippi Restaurateur of the Year.   

His restaurant— The Purple Parrot Café— has been named the best fine dining restaurant in Mississippi and just received its sixth Four-Diamond rating from the AAA Travel Guide. Additionally, in 2011, AAA named Purple Parrot Café the second-best fine-dining restaurant in the South (just behind Commander’s Palace). Tabella has been voted “Best Italian” in Mississippi, Crescent City Grill has been voted one of “Mississippi’s Top Ten” restaurants, and the Mahogany Bar has been voted among the “Top 100 Beer Bars in America” for the past three consecutive years.

St. John is the author of ten books, including three previous collaborations with watercolorist Wyatt Waters. His 11th book, A Mississippi Palate, another collaboration with Waters was released November 1st. Their book, An Italian Palate, was written in Europe while St. John, his wife, and his two children traveled through 17 countries on two continents for six months. He and Waters lead group tours to Italy twice a year.

St. John is the creator, producer, and host of the Public Broadcasting series Palate to Palette with Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters which begins airing on October 12th.

St. John has been featured in USA TODAY and appeared on The Food NetworkThe Travel ChannelNational Public RadioMartha Stewart Living, and the Turner South network, among others.

In 2009, St. John founded Extra Table, a non-profit organization that purchases healthy foods and provides them to soup kitchens and mission pantries throughout Mississippi.

May 30 2018

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Rank #20: S7E2 Melissa Medley of VisionFirst Advisors

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Melissa Medley is a hard working entrepreneur who has moved into an advising position with VisionFirst that helps communities grow with the business that support them. Listen to how she has learned to share her knowledge and experience to make a difference on a large scale.

Dec 10 2019

34mins

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S8E5 Campus Knot

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Casey talks with Rahul Gopal to talk about Campusknot, an online service that connects students and teachers in a community driven learning environment. Listen as they discuss being based out of Mississippi, how they go their start, and how they have adapted in these trying times.

Aug 10 2020

28mins

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S8E4 Buzzbassador

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The story of how a MSU Start-up went from selling merchandise, to creating brand ambassadors. Hear the challenges and victories of this small, but mighty new Mississippi company. 

Jul 21 2020

29mins

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S8E3 Ramsey Russell of Get Ducks

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Ramsey Russell is the owner of Get Ducks, a company that specializes in facilitating duck hunting experiences all over the world. Listen in while Ramsey talks about how he got his start and why he loves being based in Mississippi.

Jun 29 2020

30mins

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S8E2 Erin Fults of Acorn Studio

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On this episode of Made in Mississippi Casey talks with Clinton, MS native Erin Fults about how she went from taking a few photos for family friends in high school to owning her own business that offers brand consultation in addition to her professional photography service. She also talks about how her creative instinct helped her discover her love for running a business.

Jun 15 2020

29mins

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S8E1 Chris Ortego of Cotton Blues Restaurant

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Chris Ortego is the owner of Cotton Blues, a restaurant in Hattiesburg, MS. They are renowned in the area for their delicious cheesecakes. Listen as Casey and Chris talk about how the journey of making Cotton Blues a thriving restaurant that creates jobs for hardworking Mississippians.

Jun 01 2020

28mins

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S7E10 Duane and Brady Raanes of Raanes Capital Advisors

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In this episode Casey talks with Duane and Brady Raanes and talks about how they have grown Raanes Capital Advisors into the company that it is today.

May 08 2020

31mins

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S7E9 Craig Robertson and Matt Easterling

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In this episode Casey talks with Craig Robertson and Matt Easterling who own a divorce and family law firm together. Listen as they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of owning a law firm in Mississippi.

Apr 17 2020

46mins

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Special Episode: Entrepreneurs Discuss the Initial Impact of COVID-19 (Part 2 of 2)

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In this second of a two episode mini-series Casey discusses the pressure that Mississippi business owners are experiencing during the initial response to COVID-19. Guests include Mark Henderson, Kristen Ley, and Chris Ray.

Mar 31 2020

35mins

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Special Episode: Entrepreneurs Discuss the Initial Impact of COVID-19 (Part 1 of 2)

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In this special episode Casey discusses the pressure that Mississippi business owners are experiencing during the initial response to COVID-19. Guests include Dudley Wooley, Tripp Douglas, and Alex Eaton. Stay tuned for information from even more local business owners.

Mar 31 2020

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S7E8 Secretary of State Michael Watson

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Secretary of State Michael David Watson, Jr. was born on December 22, 1977 in Pascagoula. He grew up as the son of a shipyard worker and bank teller. Today Casey talks with Secretary Watson about his experience as an entrepreneur and his hope for the future of Mississippi.

Mar 16 2020

35mins

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S7E7 Bilal Qizilbash of Smart Kale of Easy Kale

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Bilal has presented lectures on leadership, innovation, and his team's cancer breakthrough at numerous conferences, most notably at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University attended by over 3,000 people.

As the CEO of EasyKale Labs, he's continuing his research into the cancer-fighting properties of kale, while offering a next-generation product for making kale consumption easier--Bilal's EasyKale®.

Bilal was recently named a 2019 Top Entrepreneur in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal. He received a 2018 and 2019 Young Professional on the Rise Award from Young, Gifted and Empowered Awards in Jackson, Miss.

Mar 02 2020

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S7E6 Dan Hall

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Dan Hall is an intuitive business consultant who specializes in executive coaching, personnel training, and motivational speaking. Listen as he and Casey discuss how he works with businesses to promote team building by helping each client tackle their unique struggles.

Feb 12 2020

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S7E5 Jonathan Shull and Bradley Adair

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Jon and Bradley are graphic design artists in Jackson with a heart for making connections and building relationships with their clients. Listen as they talk with Casey about some of the work they have done with local businesses in Jackson, and the hope they share for the city that they love.

Jan 27 2020

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S7E4 Brent Moreno Real Estate Investor And Coach

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Brent Moreno sits down with Casey to talk about how he learned to counter the idea of needing to have money to make money using real estate. Listen as he talks about making connections with the right people, managing his business, and his hope for the future of Mississippi.

Jan 13 2020

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S7E3 Hunter Evans and Cody McCain of Elvie's Restaurant

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Elvie's is a new restaurant in the Historic Belhaven Neighborhood that is inspired by French cafes and aims to provide an exceptional culinary experience any time of day. Listen as Hunter, the owner and head chef, and his business partner Cody, the restaurant's general manager, talk about starting a business here in Jackson. 

Dec 24 2019

38mins

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S7E2 Melissa Medley of VisionFirst Advisors

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Melissa Medley is a hard working entrepreneur who has moved into an advising position with VisionFirst that helps communities grow with the business that support them. Listen to how she has learned to share her knowledge and experience to make a difference on a large scale.

Dec 10 2019

34mins

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S7E1 Dan Confait of DC Guitar Studio

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Dan is a Mississippi native musician turned business owner. He has always loved performing music, but now that passion drives him to share that experience with his students. Listen as Dan and Casey discuss the success story of DC Guitar Studio.

Nov 21 2019

20mins

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S6E10 Andrew Wamble of Plum Creek Environmental Technologies

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Today Casey speaks with Andrew Wamble about Plum Creek Environmental Technologies. His father started the company after being laid off in a recent recession. Now the company has been around for 10 years and employs about 65 people. Come hear Andrew's story and gain insight on what has caused such remarkable growth.

Nov 06 2019

24mins

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S6E9 Carla Kirkland of The Kirkland Group

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This week Casey interviews Carla Kirkland the owner of The Kirkland Group a company that specializes in college and career readiness. After starting a career in education she found that she desired to have more control over her schedule for her family. Today her hard work has developed her one woman operation into a thriving business offering multiple services. Listen here as she shares her story and her insight.

Nov 04 2019

27mins

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S6E8 Jason Ishee of Georgia Blue

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This week Casey, talks with Jason Ishee of Georgia Blue. After losing a football scholarship in California to an injury, Jason shifted his strong work ethic and determination to a new passion, the restaurant industry. Today he has 5 different locations, three of which are his Georgia Blue Restaurant and the remaining two are his GB Bakery. Listen as Jason shares his story of building a thriving business in such a competitive industry.

Oct 09 2019

34mins

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iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
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Excellent Listen

By Hrevans11 - Jul 18 2018
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Inspiring podcast showcasing Mississippi’s best!

Great show!

By FlurryLLC - Sep 13 2016
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Look forward to hearing new episodes! Keep up the good work Casey!