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MEDC Conference

During lunch our speaker was Mark Henderson with Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company of Kiln, MS. He shared with conference attendees about starting the brewery in 2005 just months before Hurricane Katrina and after the storm the brewery housing Marines. He described their beer Southern Pecan that received 3rd place in the World Beer Cup in 2006. Mark then discussed the need for the company to expand into bottling after the stock market in 2008 led people to eat out less. Lazy Magnolia now has 5 fully marketed beers: Jefferson Stout, Reb Ale, Southern Gold, Indian Summer, and Southern Pecan. The brewery has expanded into 5 states and are currently meeting with business leaders in Nashville, TN and Tampa, FL to expand their markets. He proposed MS to rethink some of their current philosophies. He mentioned a stronger business environment, lower taxes, better infrastructure, and a more entreprenuerial attitude.

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