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Susan Baker (left) receives a check for $1,500 from Gina Hood with Regions Bank and Fran Harper, with Merchants and Farmers Bank, who represent the Grenada Bankers Association.
Staff Writer

   A Grenada woman has parlayed her sweet tooth into an upstart small business, thanks to help from the Grenada Economic Development District.
   Just before Sugar Plums Bakery and Coffee Shop opened this week, entrepreneur Susan Baker received a little cash infusion to get her started.
   Baker was the winner of Operation Jump-Start, a project of the EDD in partnership with the Grenada Bankers Association.
   Monday representatives from Merchants and Farmers Bank and Regions Bank presented Baker with a check for $1,500.
   “We (Bankers Association) are committed to supporting small businesses in our area,” said Fran Harper, branch manager with Merchants and Farmers.
   Other members of the Bankers Association include Renasant Bank and BancorpSouth.
   The money was Baker’s prize for presenting the EDD with the most promising plan to start a small business.
   Baker submitted her plan alongside those of nine other would-be entrepreneurs. They were her fellow graduates from a 12-session class in small business development held at Holmes Community College.
   The EDD and Holmes partnered to obtain a grant from the Small Business Administration to make the class available to prospective small business owners.
   The students learned about money management, including working with expense reports and talking with accountants and attorneys about the nuances of small business.

For the full story, see the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.

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