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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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Jun 29, 2020

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 15, 2020

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 1, 2020

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.

May 8, 2020

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.

Apr 17, 2020

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.

Mar 31, 2020

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

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 16, 2020

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 2, 2020

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.

Feb 12, 2020

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.

Jan 27, 2020

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 13, 2020

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.

Dec 24, 2019

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 10, 2019

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.

Nov 21, 2019

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 6, 2019

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 4, 2019

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.

Oct 9, 2019

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.

Sep 25, 2019

This week Casey interviews Laura Johns of The Small Town Creative. This name may sound familiar if you have listened to the podcast before. Laura has given some great advice on tackling social media and branding at the end of a lot of our episodes. We are excited to have Laura share her story.

Sep 12, 2019

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.

Aug 29, 2019

Doug and Susan are a husband and wife duo who have thrived as business owners in Mississippi. Their story in entrepreneurship starts with a $500 vacation to Jamaica and a simple wicker basket. Listen to their story of how their business has grown more than they could have dreamed and has stood the test of time, thriving in recession and times of plenty.

Aug 14, 2019

If you have ever driven around Jackson, MS you have probably already seen his name on someone's bumper, if not the back of your own car. Paul Moak Jr., Dealer Principal at Paul Moak Honda, has worked with his family to build and maintain the first Honda Dealership in Mississippi. In their conversation Casey and Paul discuss the history of his family's involvement in the car dealership world as well as how they have continued to overcome adversity in the midst of fire and floods. Literally, fires and floods.

Jul 31, 2019

Amy Head of Amy Head Cosmetics talks with Casey about her journey of becoming an entrepreneur. Amy discusses the unexpected joy found in being wrong and closing doors, as these experiences have helped point her in the direction of where she has found success. She started out studying medicine and quickly shifted to establishing herself as a consultant and practicer in the field of make-up and cosmetics, living out her mission to help her clients look as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.

Jul 17, 2019

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 4, 2019

On this episode, Casey talks with Scott Allen from A Plus Signs and Creative, Inc. about how he got his start as an entrepreneur here in Jackson. From public art to commercial success, Scott talks about balancing the intricacies of running a business with his own desire to continue to contribute creatively.

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