Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Y'all Business site freshened up.

Mississippi Secretary of State Ribbit Hosemann issued the following press release.

Y’all Business Website Relaunches with New Information, Mobile Interface

Jackson, Miss.Y’all Business, the Secretary of State’s one-of-a-kind online resource for free Mississippi economic development information, relaunches today with new information and features including a mobile interface making it easier to access the site on a cell phone.

The Secretary of State’s Office surveyed more than 78,000 domestic businesses in planning for the relaunch.  Among other questions, businesses were asked about their greatest barrier to developing or expanding their business in Mississippi.  Survey answers helped determine new information categories and the redesign of the website.

New information on Y’all Business includes:
·        Credit availability locations;
·        Workforce development program directors and locations;
·        Authorized charter schools;
·        Legislative, congressional, and judicial districts;
·        County courthouse locations and city halls;
·        UMMC Telehealth locations;
·        Broadband connectivity information;
·        Licensed electronic protection system companies, installers, and technicians;
·        Licensed factory-build home dealers and transporters;
·        Oil and gas wells;
·        Electric power office locations and service areas;
·        Municipal waste water facilities and service areas;
·        Natural gas distribution and service areas; and
·        Public drinking water service areas.
“Mississippi’s future is in small- to medium-sized businesses.  Y’all Business was designed to provide the information this target demographic needs — at no cost to the user — to choose to invest in Mississippi,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said.

Much of the information previously on the site, such as registered businesses and school rankings, has been updated.

The relaunch of Y’all Business includes a mobile interface, which is also the product of feedback on the site.  The interface allows users to access Y’all Business information easily from a cell phone or other mobile device.

Additionally, now users can select one of eight business “groups,” which automatically populates the Y’all Business map with information relevant to a particular type of business.  For example, a user interested in opening a restaurant can select the restaurant group, which would populate the map with information about nearby competitor restaurants, median household income, and area traffic counts, among other information.

Y’all Business has garnered more than 109,000 pageviews since its inception in October 2015.  More than 11,300 free business summary, retail market, and other reports have been downloaded from the site.  Y’all Business was developed in partnership with The Geospatial Group, a Mississippi company.

To search information on Y’all Business, visit  Suggestions for the site are welcome and can be e-mailed to


Plain ol' Catfish said...

Whaddya know Kingfish bout and

Youse Guys Business said...

The Secretary of State's site is called "Y'all Business"? Seriously? I have 10 million to invest in my company and I'm going to choose a state where they go by "Y'all Business"? I don't think so.

"Y'all got some business to do? Well bless your heart! Come to 'Y'all Business' where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter! Would you like a nice slice of pecan pie while you structure your debt load to prepare for a new round of funding? What? You didn't get that small business loan? Well fiddle-de-dee! Come up here on the front porch and set a spell while the cicadas sing you to sleep!"

Is the Minnesota site called "Oh, Ya Business"? Is the Texas site called "Yeehaw Business"? Is the California site called, "Dude! Business!"?

Why do we insist on portraying ourselves as yokels from the Gone With the Wind era? More importantly, why do our elected leaders insist on such?

Anonymous said...

"y'all business" just reinforces every backwater negative stereotype of the south. Is SOS trying to do what MDA is incapable of doing?

Anonymous said...

Harping on Southern charm is fine for Olde Tyme Commissary where they sell hand-painted picture frames and knick-knacks to decorate your living room, but for courting people looking to do business here, I'm not sure that it's the proper approach.

I think those looking to do business in this state want assurance that those in charge are well-versed in the ways of economics and business. I don't think they give a flying >blank< about accents and local color.

If the SOS is building business websites with "Y'all" in the title and running folksy ads where some old biddy mispronounces his name over and over and over, I'm not filled with confidence that this is where I want to build my business.

Anonymous said...

1:57, I'd like to hire you to do my marketing campaign.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the potential Lt. Gov. candidates for chiming in.

Anonymous said...

Y’all Business has garnered more than 109,000 pageviews since its inception in October 2015.

I'm not certain that's something to brag about. 109,000 pageviews in 18 months is roughly 6000/month or 200/day. That's poor, especially for a site that aims to bring business into the state. The Rez News probably gets more views than that! You know for damn sure that JJ does.

I guess it needed a refresh. Hopefully we'll see some traffic start driving to it.

Anonymous said...

The California equivalent is titled "How to Get the Hell Outta Here".

Anonymous said...

This is just another example of the SOS thinking he should be in charge of everything related to the state and implementing it in a manner he thinks best even though other departments are tasked with the responsibility of doing so and hire professionals to take care of it for them.

And this refreshing of this site didn't give him an opportunity to put out ANOTHER press release touting his ass, he wouldn't give a damn. What needs refreshing is that egotistical ad he has here and on other blog sites with his laid-back sitting -- in front of the capitol, no less -- and his stupid smile. Other than playing to his way oversized ego, the ad is about as stupid as his "yall Mississippi" website title.

Anonymous said...

How embarassing.

Anonymous said...

You know, I'm proud to be from Mississippi and I don't shy away from the way I speak or the idioms I use, but I sure as hell don't play all Rhett Butler when I'm working with clients in other parts of the country. I don't avoid Southern words like y'all, but neither do I try to characterize myself by overdoing the "Southern charm" and laying on the thick accent.

Why the hell is Hosemann or any Mississippi official trying to sell this state as some sort of Old South Plantation where ladies wear hoop skirts and fan their bosoms and gentlemen wear waistcoats and and drink mint juleps? Do any of you live like this?

I have friends in many other parts of the country and they live very much like I do. Let's leave the antebellum dress-up to the Natchez pilgrimage and start treating the people of this state like 21st century citizens. We're not anachronistic plantation denizens, despite how Wilbert may wish to portray us.

Anonymous said...

This clown thinks he knows "business" just because he works for SOS? Imagine this dork running the state.

Anonymous said...

You can be cutesy when you're trying to sell gift baskets or attract tourists, but c'mon Delbert, this may be the first impression an investor may have of the state and their perception of how seriously the state takes business development. That being said, the site has a lot of amazing information and offers far more/better information than other states' offerings, but the name is just so unfortunate. Way to go Mississippi - another unforced error. I hope Godwin Group got paid on the front end...

Anonymous said...

They should've justt called it Miss'

Anonymous said...

YAWN!!!!! Can we get some real news?

Anonymous said...

How is any of this information useful to a person looking to open a new business in the state? Please tell me. As a business owner with over 40 employees please enlighten me.

Anonymous said...


10:15 - the site may help you research and support business plan assumptions if you were to expand in another part of the state. As you probably know from being a business owner (like me), apart from being undercapitalized, a lot of small businesses fail because they don't do enough preliminary research on the competitive landscape and earn potential of a specific market.

If you remember the old Pinstripe Atlas, this has a lot of that kind of information only in a more consumable format, but it adds more granular demographic and competitive information, as well as economic development contacts throughout the state. There is also a portal for registering a new or existing company.

Okay, I get it, the name sucks (I mean REALLY SUCKS) - but it is a pretty good tool for folks who want to do some preliminary research about the state without hiring a search firm.

Anonymous said...

10:49 - ok. IF we accept your premise that the site helps one research possible crap.

Just how does that fit within the realm of the Heber Ladner building that houses the Secretary of State office? Don't read anywhere in the Constitutional duties, or any of the legislative add-ons where the God-King's realm includes this activity. Want to say that its good for the state so who cares? I do. We pay plenty of folks to promote the state, advise businesses, etc trying to develop job creators. All Delbert has done along this line was to try to kill the Continental Tire Project by injecting his opinion into the deal at the last minute - well, literally the last day -- and almost screw up a multibillion dollar deal. Damned if I want him spending our limited state dollars for another self-appointed egotistical duty that he thinks he can do better than anybody else.

Anonymous said...

If the SOS really wanted to make it even more down home he should call it "Y'All BiDness." As in "Heh Y'All! Joe Frank Sanderson has made a lot of money in the Poahtree Bidness using Meskin labor."

Anonymous said...

11:53 - as rambling and incoherent as your post is, I agree; the government at all levels is involved in a lot of stuff it has no business doing. However, if you were the first person I encountered as a business leader seeking to prospectively locate in Mississippi - I'd pass.

Anonymous said...

How much did this cost?

Anonymous said...

It was free -- it was the government's money!

Anonymous said...

1:57 could not have hit the nail on the head any better!! Exactly the way I see it. Seems like anytime Mississippi has a great opportunity to take a good couple of steps forward, we take 10 steps backwards. Y'all Business, pfffttt....!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The next website targeted for businesses should be named "y'all leavin???"

Anonymous said...

@ 11:53

The Secretary of State's office isn't in the Heber Ladner building! It hasn't for years. It's currently in the Capitol Towers building on President St.

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