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Vicksburg inks deal with Viking River Cruises valued at $2.5 million

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The Viking Mississippi (image source: Viking USA)

Although Vicksburg hasn’t seen a riverboat docking in months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it hasn’t stopped the city or the companies running riverboat cruises from planning for the future.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. announced Tuesday that the city had signed an agreement with Viking USA, the parent company of Viking River Cruises. The contract includes $2.5 million in improvements that Viking will make to the waterfront. According to its website, Viking will begin Mississippi River cruises beginning in October 2022.

“This is a big win for Vicksburg’s future at no cost to taxpayers,” Flaggs wrote in a social media post Tuesday.

The agreement states that Viking will build a floating dock to accommodate its boats and a 10-foot wide sidewalk leading to parking and a pedestrian crossing over nearby railroad tracks. It could also include utility tie-ins, benches, pavilions, curbing, striping and signage Viking may want to add.

The city included the pedestrian crossing in its waterfront improvement plan announced in September.

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Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce graduates first Entrepreneur Bootcamp class

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Participants in the first class of the Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp graduated from the program the night of Nov. 10 at the Hinds Community College Campus.

For six weeks, 12 participants who are working to start or grow their small businesses learned about entrepreneurship as well as topics such as legal, finance, accounting, marketing and other essential components associated with starting and running a successful business.

The program included speakers from different industries that support small businesses as well as the presence of a business coach from Hinds Community College. Participants used the support system and resources afforded by the bootcamp to develop a business plan, which they can submit to compete for a seed grant of $1,000 to help them with the cost of opening or improving their recently opened small business. Participants competing for the seed grant will submit their plans on or before Dec. 8. They will also present the plan in front of a committee for review and ranking. The entrepreneur who develops the best and most feasible business plan will receive the $1,000 seed grant.

The Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp seed grant is sponsored by the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vicksburg, Hinds Community College, BancorpSouth, Mutual Credit Union, Home Bank, River Hills Bank, Regions, Guaranty Bank and Trustmark.

By proclamation of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, Nov. 16 through 22 is Mississippi’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. See the proclamation below.

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Secretary of state warns of misleading business mailer

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The Mississippi secretary of state’s office urges the business community, especially LLCs, to be cautious of a misleading mailer sent by a private entity called C.F.S.

In the mailer, the company offers to prepare 2021 annual reports for a $75 fee. The mailer may appear to be official government correspondence, but the fine print makes it clear it is not. All business owners should be aware this correspondence is not authorized by the Mississippi secretary of state’s office.

A sample of the mailer is shown below.

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As a reminder, domestic LLC owners can file annual reports on the secretary of state’s website at no cost. Annual reports are due by April 15 of each year, and our office sends numerous reminders, via electronic mail and traditional mail, reminding Mississippi LLCs of upcoming filing deadlines and responsibilities.

Businesses may report deceptive or misleading solicitations to our office or the Mississippi attorney general’s office. The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Hotline is 1-800-281-4418.

For more information, please contact the secretary of state’s Business Services Division at [email protected] or 601-359-1633.

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KeyWay Coin Laundry adding second location

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Photo courtesy of KeyWay Coin Laundry.

Speculation has been running rampant on social media as to what is being built on Iowa Boulevard across from C-Spire.

The Vicksburg Daily News has confirmed that KeyWay Coin Laundry is adding a second Vicksburg location on that site.

KeyWay is owned by Vicksburg native Key Ramsey along with his two sons Chaz and Chandler. They have been in business 12 years since opening their first location in Brookhaven, Mississippi. They now have 20 locations throughout the state from Vicksburg to Meridian and down to the Gulf Coast.

The company purchased the former Wendy’s building at 2500 Clay St. several years ago and recently made some improvements in that location by painting and adding new dryers.

The Clay Street location has been recently updated (photo courtesy of KeyWay Coin Laundry).

Key Ramsey is a 1978 graduate of St. Aloysius and a 1982 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Ramsey said he is hopeful that the Iowa Boulevard location will be open in early spring as construction is expected to take around 120 days. This new location will be similar in design to the company’s Yazoo City location.

For more information on the company visit Keywaylaundry.com.

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