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    Mindfulness tips from successful women

    Staying balanced can be difficult during the best of times — and all the more difficult lately due to extraordinary circumstances. Here’s what some of the Coast’s most successful women have to say about maintaining mental wellbeing:  “Always be your own best friend, your own cheerleader and your own biggest advocate. If you don’t think […]

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    Smallcakes hold big appeal

    Before it was an enticing businesses opportunity, Smallcakes was Mia Jacobs’s favorite place to satisfy her sweet tooth.  While the Coast native was an active-duty military member living in Georgia, she frequented the cupcakery and creamery, which boasts over 100 locations and growing. Founder Jeff Martin, who appeared on several seasons of Food Network’s “Cupcake […]

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    The graceful beauty guru

    The concepts of beauty and family have always been linked for Natasha Uneeda Pickett.  As a young girl, she helped her mother do hair and sometimes served as her Guinea pig, dreaming of the day she’d start her own salon. Today, she and her daughter co-own Enhancements by Shae — a cosmetics and personal care […]

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    How I built my business: Krystal Ben

    Reflecting on my business and how I started feels like a dream. Being that I’m originally from Flint, Michigan, opportunities were limited growing up. I graduated in the early 2000s, and during that time, entrepreneurship wasn’t really a thing. A majority of my graduating class had either picked which college they would attend or knew […]

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    Goodbye, Nezaty’s, Hello, Layla’s

    Restaurateur Linsey O’Keefe recognizes that with change comes opportunity.  But that doesn’t mean shuttering Nezaty’s, the Gulfport café’ she bought from her mother-in-law in 2018, was easy. The eatery had become a breakfast and lunch staple during its nearly 20 years in operation, serving customer favorites like stuffed croissants, homemade soups and pressed paninis.  “Knowing […]

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    Genton builds ships, success with Ingalls

    Some would call Dianna Genton’s line of work unique for a woman — but she’s never let that stop her.  The moments when the hull superintendent with Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, hasn’t felt heard or respected only fueled her drive to excel.  “Typically, these are the same people who months later […]

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