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Jeff Good and Daniel Blumenthal, Owners of Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint of Jackson, Mississippi, built a business from the ground up by being focused, fearless and fun.  The pair are best friends from high school who opened the 250-seat pizza restaurant and ice cream scoop shop in 2007 after operating two other successful restaurants in Jackson.

Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint offers signature pizza/pasta dishes, signature flavor ice creams, alcoholic/ nonalcoholic beverages, and a full dessert menu.  

Jeff Good and Daniel Blumenthal received the SBA 2013 Mississippi Small Business Person(s) of the Year award by the Mississippi District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Jeff and Dan employ more than 200 Jackson residents between their three restaurants and give generously to many causes each year. They represent the gold standard of a successful business in the jobs they provide, tax revenues... Read More

Jeff Good and Daniel Blumenthal, Owners of Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint of Jackson, Mississippi, built a business from the ground up by being focused, fearless and fun.  The pair are best friends from high school who opened the 250-seat pizza restaurant and ice cream scoop shop in 2007 after operating two other successful restaurants in Jackson.

Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint offers signature pizza/pasta dishes, signature flavor ice creams, alcoholic/ nonalcoholic beverages, and a full dessert menu.  

Jeff Good and Daniel Blumenthal received the SBA 2013 Mississippi Small Business Person(s) of the Year award by the Mississippi District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Jeff and Dan employ more than 200 Jackson residents between their three restaurants and give generously to many causes each year. They represent the gold standard of a successful business in the jobs they provide, tax revenues... Read More

Nick Wallace, owner of Nick Wallace Culinary passion is cooking and helping his community. The Jackson, Mississippi Chef was able to stabilize and expand his business during the COVID-19 pandemic. “From the start of the pandemic, many life objectives became blurry and then it got even more blurred,” said Nick.  Nick wasn't sure what would happen to his business that he built from a grassroots effort.

Nick started heavily promoting his catering business, and it got busy. He decided to change his focus but stay on the path of cooking. Nick heard about the SBA COVID-19 relief options that offered help to small businesses affected by COVID-19. Nick applied for EIDL, and said, “Just applying gave me so much hope that this world as we know it isn't over. Most importantly, I get to look my team in the eye and give them hope.”

Nick received a reply back from SBA and was granted the EIDL loan. “I then started putting a different concept for my business in place and that's when... Read More

Situation:

In 2005, Lisa Cochran started “The Studio”, a beauty salon in Laurel, MS. Lisa’s passion lends itself well to this chosen venture given her extrinsic and intrinsic care for her clients. The salon offers a complete beauty service catalog consisting of all elements of hair and body care. Lisa and her professional staff are qualified to provide the kind of total body service experience. Using the momentum garnered from the first location Lisa opened a second location in Hattiesburg, MS during 2007.

Solution: How the SBA helped:

Lisa began her SBA journey by contacting the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), an SBA resource partner for help to develop an SBA Low Doc loan package to finance the business.

The SBDC assisted Lisa in developing a business plan to fund a second location backed by an SBA loan. Lisa continues her relationship with the SBDC by receiving business counseling and attending business workshops.

Lisa said, “The SBA... Read More

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