All-Star Entrepreneurs To Share Secrets To Success

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Some of Mississippi’s leading business owners will discuss how they overcame obstacles to build multi-million dollar businesses during the Major League Series: Featuring All Star-Entrepreneurs.

Contractor Socrates Garrett will be the keynote speaker and discuss “Relationship Building: The Long Courtship To A Partnership” on Tuesday, August 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mississippi e-Center @JSU.

Business owners will have an opportunity to meet with buyers and new clients, learn how to grow their business from All-Star trainers, and enjoy food and entertainment while networking.

“The series is designed to be inspirational, educational, and fun while helping business owners sharpen skills that can take them from the minors to the majors in business,” said Kathy Y. Times,’s co-founder and chief operating officer. “There will be tips for everyone from contractors to realtors.”

Socrates Garrett, contractor and owner of Garrett Enterprises and The Mississippi Link.

“Socrates Garrett is the perfect choice to start our All-Star Entrepreneurs series. He has transcended political and racial divides to build relationships that led to major deals such as the $270 million Hurricane Katrina Recovery efforts,” said James Covington, president of and a seasoned entrepreneur. is an interactive online marketplace, which connects African-American businesses to major buyers and consumers. Buyers from Jackson State University, UMMC Facilities Management, and other state and local entities are scheduled to attend the August 5 series opener. Business owners will be able to pitch to these Buyers and connect with Garrett and the following business leaders who have exceptional skills in relationship building and sales and marketing:

Ambassador Les Milons, owner of My City Media is a former professional baseball player and sports agent turned marketing guru who has led sales teams for national brands such as Lexus and Auto Nation.

  • Peter A. Stewart, owner of Stewart and Associates Consulting L.L.C. Stewart is an attorney specializing in insurance, real estate, and crowd funding. He was an early adopter of guerilla marketing.
  • Bishop Ronnie Crudup is Senior Pastor of New Horizon Church International, and chairman of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. He also serves on the boards of numerous national agencies and founded a non-profit that operates five community-based programs.

Part II of the All-Star Entrepreneur Series is scheduled for September 30. The keynote speaker is restaurateur Jeff Good, president of Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group, the owner of BRAVO Italian Restaurant, Sal and Mookie’s, and Broad Street Baking Company. He will discuss secrets to delivering consistent customer service.

Additional trainers are being added to the lineup. Check for updates and to register for the August 5 event. The cost is $25. For additional information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Henry at 769-553-1978 or

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