UPDATE - Tishomingo County Development Foundation

Annual Membership Campaign. Tishomingo County Development Foundation membership information and
application can be found online at www.tishomingo.org, or contact Theresa or Cheri at 662-423-9933 for a
printed application.
Villa Construction Underway. Construction on the former Falcon Building in Belmont is underway. Construction work includes new truck docks, access drive, electrical and plumbing improvements, lighting improvements,
and new office space. Villa International occupies approximately 60,000 SF of the building. Bear Corrections
and Silver Dollar Sales occupy the other 70,000 SF.
The aerial photo above is compliments of Reggie Furtick of Aero Studio Aerial Photography, 12 CR 437, Iuka, Mississippi 38852, 662-554-5199, web site www.aerostudio.biz.
Vanleigh RV. Request for bids on construction have been published.
The county funded work includes replacement of insulation and covering interior walls with metal. Job seekers must score “Silver” on the
Career Readiness Certification test and take the Job Pass test before
applying for production jobs at Vanleigh RV. For more information,
contact Daphne Anglin at the WIN Job Center, 1107 Maria Lane, Iuka,
Mississippi, 662-423-9231, [email protected]
Tishomingo County
Board of Directors:
Hayden Ables
Alvia Blakney, Past Chairman
Jackie Bryant,
First Vice Chairman
Mayor John Castleberry, Iuka
Bob Carter
Greg Collier
Ken Cooley, Chairman
Tommy Crane
Peyton Cummings
Dale Curtis,
Neil Davis
Ted Day
Mayor Davy Ginn, Golden
Harold Gist
Nicky McRae, President,
Board of Supervisors
Beth Hudson
Glen Hodge
Steve McAnally
Mike Montgomery,
Vice Chairman
Mayor David Nixon,
Steve Nunley
Charlotte Orick
Mayor Pam Oswalt, Paden
Terrell Pearson
Jimmy Ramsey
Mayor James Tennyson,
Sidney Whitehurst
Tommy Williams
Mayor Buddy Wiltshire,
Dan Young
Southern Charm Boutique Ribbon Cutting. Owner Melissa Sellers Borck reported
that “our goal is to offer quality products at affordable prices to our community. We
specialize in licensed college ware, floral arrangements, jewelry, gifts, and lots of hard
to find items.”
Southern Charm Boutique is located in the Burnsville Shopping Center at 345 Highway
72, and is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 1 PM
to 5 PM. The telephone number is 662-279-6911, the e-mail is [email protected], and the business is on Facebook/southerncharm2009.
Tishomingo County
Economic Development
Authority Board of
Daryl Chambers
Charles Emmons,
Vice Chairman
Max Ray Hutcheson
Mike Lee
Toney Mobley
Charlotte Orick,
Wendel Phifer
Jimmy Ramsey, Chairman
Jimmie Seago
Tishomingo County
Tourism Council
Board of Directors:
Ellen Ayers, Vice Chair
Barbara Blakney
Mary Ann Grant, Chair
Bob Marshall
Leigh Ann Robertson
Buddy Wiltshire
Theresa Cutshall,
The Shoppe Boutique and Tanning Ribbon Cutting. Owner Jami Orick reported
that “we focus on high quality arts and crafts by local artisans. We feature items by
Nanny’s Touch, Britz D’stressed Touch, So Darn Cute, Retro Rehab, and Donovan’s
Wood Designs. We also do high end consignment along with new retail items such
as Marshland Apparel tees and jewelry among other things. Our inventory is growing daily and we invite you to give us your recommendations if there is something
particular you are looking for. We also have six tanning beds with new bulbs that are
ready for tanning.”
The Shoppe Boutique and Tanning is located at 1721 West Quitman Street in Iuka
(between Alfa Insurance and El Picante), and is open Monday thru Friday from 10 AM
to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. The telephone number is 662-593-5034,
the e-mail is [email protected], and the business is on Facebook.
Small Business Workshops. The Mississippi Small Business Development Center
has scheduled small business workshops for the first quarter of 2015. “Starting a
Business-First Steps” is scheduled for February 10 and March 10. “Developing Your
Business Plan” is scheduled for February 13 & 24 and March 24, 2015. Workshops
are held from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Renasant Center for Ideas at 398 East Main
Street in Tupelo. To register, go to www.mssbdc.org and click on “Workshops”.
For more information, contact Dana Cawthon at 800-725-7232 or e-mail [email protected]
Mississippi Silicon. The WIN Job Center is testing potential applicants for possible employment with Mississippi
Silicon. Openings are in electrical and mechanical maintenance positions. These positions will be working in
the maintenance department and with the contractors during the installation of equipment for the plant. Applicants must have experience in the following maintenance areas: electrical, welding, building, equipment, and
mechanical. Applicants must be able to use hand tools, have good communication skills, mechanical aptitude,
problem solving skills, adaptability to various working conditions, and work in a team. Applicants will be required to take the Career Readiness Certification test and score “silver”, plus pass the Job Pass test (a hands on
skills test). Once these tests are completed you will complete a company application. Pay will be based on experience. Testing dates are being scheduled as needed by Northeast Mississippi Community College. The same
process will be used by the company accepting applicants for additional job openings in production, laboratory,
shipping, and other positions. For more information, contact Daphne Anglin at the WIN Job Center, 1107 Maria
Lane, Iuka, Mississippi, 662-423-9231, [email protected]
The aerial photo above is compliments of Reggie Furtick of Aero Studio Aerial Photography, 12 CR 437, Iuka, Mississippi 38852, 662-554-5199, web site www.aerostudio.biz.
Be Your Own Boss. The majority of new small businesses in the
USA start as home-based businesses. Expansion and creation of
home-owned small businesses is the number one economic development need in Tishomingo County.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers free individual and private counseling services to businesses and individuals who
want to start a business. Contacts are Dana Cawthon at the Tupelo
Renasant Center for Ideas, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, phone 662680-6988, or James Carden at the SBDC in Oxford, Monday thru
Friday, phone 800-725-7232. The SBDC web site at www.mssbdc.
org offers valuable information for existing businesses, individuals
wanting to start a business, inventors, exporters, and others.
SBA also offers a Small Loan Program of up to $150,000 thru local
banks. SBA guarantees 85% of the loan and there is no guaranty
fee or maintenance fees. Underwriting and approval are streamlined.
Other sources of funding for small businesses (besides personal or
bank funds) include:
• Northeast Mississippi Planning & Development District Revolving Loan Fund (www.nempdd.com/departments.html);
• Small Business Administration loan funds (www.sba.gov/loanprograms); and
• Three Rivers Planning & Development District Loan Guarantees
The Northeast Mississippi Business Incubation System offers space
plus intensive technical assistance to help new and expanding businesses and industries to be successful in the marketplace. More
information is available by calling Ray McClelland at 662-287-4369,
e-mail [email protected]
The Mississippi Contract Procurement Center assists small businesses free of charge in finding and bidding on government contracts. Visit the web site at www.mscpc.com or call Bill Burge at
662-329-1077, e-mail [email protected]
Tishomingo County Development Foundation offers a number of
free publications on starting or expanding a small business. TCDF
also publishes the business guide and offers ribbon cuttings for new
and expanded businesses. Come by the TCDF office or contact
Cheri at 662-423-9933 or [email protected]
Tishomingo County Development Foundation, Tishomingo County’s public/private economic development team:
• 1,500 jobs & over $300 million in
private investment over the past 10
• 4th highest increase in retail sales in
the state between 2008 and 2012.
• Rated TOP TEN industrial sites in the
southern USA in 2012.
• Rated TOP TEN rural sites in the
southern USA for reshored industry in
• National Economic Development
INNOVATION AWARDS in 2012, 2013 & 2014.
We still have a lot of work to do, but just
about everyone in Tishomingo County
has family or friends working at one of
the companies that have been recruited
to, or has expanded in, Tishomingo County, and most businesses have customers that get their paychecks from these
companies, or sell products or services to
these companies. Everyone benefits directly or indirectly from economic development, including the school system that
receives significant new tax revenue from
economic development projects.
Be sure to thank TCDF Partners in Progress and do business with those businesses that support economic development.
A listing of these partners is on the front
page of this update. You can learn more
about these community minded businesses at http://www.tishomingo.org/
pdf. Also, remember to thank our TCDF,
TCEDA, and TCTC board members who
serve without compensation of any kind.
1001 Battleground Drive, Iuka, Mississippi 38852
800-386-4373 662-423-9933