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March Quick Bites: business start-ups to spring decor


Jan Swoope



March does more than "come in like a lion, go out like a lamb." The month of seasonal transition brings with it four free interactive Quick Bites video workshops offered at county Extension offices. Provided through the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Quick Bites offers information on a variety of topics on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. to those who sign up.  


Programs available in March are: 


  • March 1 -- "Wicker Wonderland" 


    Presenter Lynette McDougald of MSU shows how to use all those wicker baskets from the '70s and '80s in new designs. Think lilies, chocolate bunnies, Peeps and horizontal designs for tabletops. 


  • March 8 -- "Starting a Business: First Steps" 


    Chip Templeton of the MSU Small Business Development Center will share some basic steps on how to go about starting your own business. He'll talk about how the SBDC can help outline steps for a business plan as well as other basic processes.  


  • March 22 -- "There, Aware & Care: Hazardous Preparedness" 


    Anne Howard Hilbun, Extension instructor from the Extension Center for Government and Community Development, focuses on personal preparedness for all hazards that may come our way. Concepts discussed will include planning, emergency kits, situational awareness and calling for help.  


  • March 29 -- "Easy Spring Decorations"  


    Connie Templeton, Extension instructor from the Extension Center for Technology Outreach, explores easy, inexpensive decorative projects for springtime and Easter made with coffee filters and a little paint. 


    Those interested in attending the free video sessions should contact their county's Extension office to sign up. (In Lowndes County, 662-328-2111; Oktibbeha County, 662-323-5916; Clay County, 662-494-5371.)  


    County offices can sign up for the programs at using the online county sign up system. From the Distance Education dropdown menu, click on the County Schedule Signup. Or, counties may email [email protected]


  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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