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Made In Mississippi

As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve learned so much from podcast. It’s an amazing platform to grow and educate yourself. Yet, all of the podcast I listen to are about entrepreneurs and business leaders in NY, LA, and Silicon Valley. There’s not a podcast to highlight those winning in Mississippi. I feel strongly this is one of the reasons many entrepreneurs are leaving our state - they feel it’s easier to succeed in bigger cities. This is the reason I almost left a few years ago. But It’s not true. These are the stories of Mississippians who have made something. I hope you are challenged and encouraged by their stories of entrepreneurs winning in our state.
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Aug 4, 2016

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 4, 2016
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 4, 2016
Mark Henderson is co-founder of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in the Kiln. To spite the adversities that you’ll hear about in the podcast, Mark and his wife brought something pretty unique and amazing to Mississippi. Craft Beer. This interview was done in their lab right off of the brewery floor, so you’ll hear some beeps from fork lifts, employees working in the background, and maybe Justin our engineer fall out of his chair. That happened. 
 
Mark tells some powerful stories in this episode. One of my favorite is the tanacity it took to overcome Hurricane Katrina destroying their entire operation and home. There’s loads of practical advice. Such as keep your day job, the level of hard work it takes to build a business, and finding a new plan when plan A doesn’t work. 
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