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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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May 7, 2024

This episode features an enlightening conversation with Angie Stevens, Owner of White Oak Realty in Amory, Mississippi. Join us as we delve into her journey in the real estate industry, from agent to business owner, and insights on building a successful team. Angie opens up about her favorite business moments and the challenges of educating the public on the benefits of homeownership. Our chat ends on the significance of community and nurturing relationships for business prosperity.

Apr 13, 2024

Joining us today is Annie Squire, the trailblazing owner of Crumbl Cookies in Mississippi. Hear about the origin of Crumbl, why she and her partners chose to bring a new exciting franchise to Mississippi, and the importance in establishing your business within the community. Stay tuned till the end of the podcast to find out how to get a FREE SWEET TREAT in Flowood, Madison, Tupelo, Oxford, and Meridian!

Apr 4, 2024

You don't want to miss this inspiring story of how Johnny and his best friend Brandon teamed up to create great coffee for a great cause! Tanner interviews the owners of Johny Packer Coffee Company, a local coffee delivery service that provides fresh roasted coffee of many varieties strait to your door. The only thing better than the coffee is the mission behind it. Johnny Packer Coffee owner John Packer has suffered from Cystic Fibrosis his entire life, so he dedicated his life to helping raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research through his business venture johnnypacker.net

Mar 18, 2024

Tanner interviews Angela Mitchell, Director of External Affairs for the Mississippi Children's Museum. The Museum has been voted in the Top 3 Children's Museum in the Nation, and is a major attraction to visitors all around the world. We discuss her new role, the history of the Museum, the importance of play-based learning for children, and all the upcoming events this year! 

Mar 2, 2024

Tanner talks to Dana Robertson, Owner and CEO of True Rest Float Spa in Starkville, Mississippi. Dana and her husband Steve Robertson took a leap of faith and followed their passion for health and wellness by bringing a new innovative therapy treatment option to their hometown of Starkville, MS. In the podcast, Dana reveals what Float Therapy is, what are the benefits of it, and why you don't have to wait to follow your dreams!

Feb 21, 2024

In this episode of Made in Mississippi, host Tanner Bennett talks with Jennifer Hopping, the Regional Excutive Director for the American Heart Association. Jennifer discusses the work of the American Heart Association in Mississippi, highlighting key initiatives including programs and policy changes aimed at improving heart health across the state. She shares experiences from her 16-year tenure with the organization and tells a poignant story about one heart-transplant recipient's journey. Find out about upcoming events, how volunteers can get involved, and ways in which the AHA is using their resources to effect change and save lives.

Feb 8, 2024

This week on the Made In Mississippi Podcast, I interview Cynthia Sutton, President of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, and Visitors Bureau. Cynthia talks about the beautiful and booming town of Ocean Springs, why the community is excited to work with Made In Mississippi, and why it's Important to have an active chamber of commerce/Main Street Organization that communities support!

Feb 2, 2024

Made in Mississippi is proud to announce that Tanner Bennett will be our new host for our podcast.  He has actively travelled the state and met so many entrepreneurs and community leaders. In todays podcast, Shelly Janous interviews Tanner to talk about his journey, his personal and professional growth, and exciting new adventures for 2024.

Nov 22, 2023

Join Shelly as she visits with Dr. Samuel (Sam) Jones about Leadership and Transforming your life through change.  Dr. Jones is an inspirational leader & entrepreneur who embodies Hard Work, Perseverance, Gratitude & Faith. 

Nov 8, 2023

Think you know everything there is to know about Mississippi?  Then, you are in for a treat.  2 Teachers with a love of Mississippi have published a fantastic book about everything Mississippi- from day trips, eating, shopping, culture, music & entertainment.  Be sure to find a book signing near you!  Follow Brandi and Dori at Backroads and Burgers and 100 things to do in Mississippi before you Die!

Oct 25, 2023

Made in Mississippi is so fortunate to have partners around the great state of Mississippi!  Shelly and Daniel Lang, Director of Economic Development, Flowood, have a candid conversation about all that goes into creating a robust economic development plan.  The Key? Planning,  Partnerships, & Patience!  It takes everyone working toward the same goal! 

Oct 11, 2023

Everyone has a story.  Martha Donaldson McCarty has brought her story to life as she tells of her childhood in Laurel, Mississippi.  Mary has a gift for listening to stories told by others, and using her gift to also tell others stories. Join her each Friday afternoon (after she gets her hair done) on her facebook business page- Martha Donaldson McCarty THE STORYTELLER.  As Mississippians, we will all recognize and relive our best memories with the inspiration she shares. 

Sep 27, 2023

"I was fortunate to have the opportunity to have today's guest, Joel Bennett, give me a tour of Hotel Henderson, a phenomenal economic development project in downtown New Albany, MS.  He is a great storyteller, a creative entrepreneur, and an even better person.  It's amazing how one person can create excitement and a great economic impact for their community. "

Sep 14, 2023
Boots and More is celebrating its 40-year anniversary in October!  What better time to interview Jess Knight and learn the secret to Boots and More's Success.  A great interview on giving your clients the gift of an experience.  Mr. Wright left a legacy to his family.  He created a culture that matched his motto: "Top Notch Service at Rock Bottom Prices!"  Check them out at Bootsandmore.net
Aug 23, 2023

Our guest today is a familiar face- Steve Azar- the Music & Culture Ambassador of Mississippi.  Steve is also the author of "One Mississippi", the Official state song of Mississippi.  We are so excited to collaborate with him and "One Mississippi" as part of our weekly podcast. Steve is an award-winning singer, songwriter, recording artist, and producer.  Steve also hosts his own radio show on Super Talk MS- "In a Mississippi Minute with Steve Azar

Aug 16, 2023

J Parkerson Jewelers, located in College Park in Starkville, MS is more than just a Jewelry Store... It's an experience.  Jamie started his career with the Jeweler's Bench at the age of 19.  During his 30 plus years of hands-on experience, he also acquired his Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.  Any time you talk to Jamie, you will find a recurring theme of the importance of relationships.  Jamie always says, "I have always strived to treat people the same way I would want to be treated. "J Parkerson Jewelers has a huge collection of beautiful diamonds and jewelry, does jewelry repairs, and Jamie specializes in custom and heirloom designs. 

Aug 2, 2023

Join Shelly as she interviews Christe' McKenzie, owner of The Vault Salon on the brick streets of Clinton.  Nicknamed "The Hairapist", Christe' inspires her team, her clients, and her community with the gift of encouragement.  She took  time to find the "perfect" location and team.  One day at a time, unrushed, in God's timing, she began her journey in entrepreneurship!  It is so exciting to see what she has, and is continuing to accomplish, and I believe it is because it is her spirit of connectivity and community! 

Jul 19, 2023

It's an exciting time at the Hattiesburg Country Club! Listen as Shelly Janous & Carter Calloway discuss the importance of Team Work! It's vital to your business to foster a positive work environment, empower your team, create a sense of unity, and have a vision that inspired your team! 

Jun 28, 2023
Will Dottley grew up in the Mississippi Delta.  He had the opportunity to play golf at University of North Carolina.  Then, he played internationally on the PGA tour.  A natural born entrepreneur, Will is now back in Mississippi raising his family, coaching golf at MRA, and is involved in his family's company that is 4 generations strong.  
When starting Screen Kings, Will listened to the needs of his customers and created a business model focused on a customized experience.  
With an in-house graphic designer,  private labels and online stores for individual companies, Screen Kings is a one stop shop for quality and affordable specialty items with an emphasis on a quick turnaround time! 
Jun 14, 2023

This is a fun interview with siblings who own a multi-generational business that has survived and thrived in MS since the 1940's. Listen as Shelly discusses Fleetway Market's company values and a culture of excellence. Daniel & Emily care about their employees and the communities they serve.  This is a story that demonstrates that change is inevitable, but key foundational truths will stand the test of time.  

May 31, 2023

Join Shelly as she visits with Dr. Samuel (Sam) Jones about Leadership and Transforming your life through change.  Dr. Jones is an inspirational leader & entrepreneur who embodies Hard Work, Perseverance, Gratitude & Faith. 

May 16, 2023

Beans & Bananas is a brick-and-mortar retail market designed to foster a community- focused approach to sustainable living in the Belhaven community.  Beans & Bananas is a unique one-stop shop for everything from birthday gifts to all things locally made. 

Apr 18, 2023
Our guest today is a familiar face- Steve Azar- the Music & Culture Ambassador of Mississippi.  Steve is also the author of "One Mississippi", the Official state song of Mississippi.  We are so excited to collaborate with him and "One Mississippi" as part of our weekly podcast. Steve is an award-winning singer, songwriter, recording artist, and producer.  Steve also hosts his own radio show on Super Talk MS- "In a Mississippi Minute with Steve Azar
Apr 5, 2023

It's an exciting time at Made in Mississippi!  Join Shelly as she kicks off Season 14 with an update on all things Made in Mississippi. For more information, visit us at www.madeinmississippi.com.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @MadeinMSmedia

Jan 9, 2023

Laura Johns tells a powerful story about her journey in entrepreneurship.  She gives great insight on the importance of setting priorities, recognizing the seasons of your life, and seasons in the life of your business.  In addition, she shares about strategies and systems that helped The Business Growers reach over a million dollars in sales in the first 13 months! It's amazing how much has changed since she interviewed with Casey a few short years ago.  It is also very exciting and should give you hope as you continue your journey in entrepreneurship.

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