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Biloxi couple named SBA’s ‘Small Business Persons of the Year’

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mississippi District Office announces Jennifer and Jeffrey Sutton, owners of Gulf Coast Veterinary Services, LLC of Biloxi, MS have been named the 2019 SBA Mississippi ‘Small Business Persons of the Year’.

Jennifer and Jeffrey Sutton opened Gulf Coast Veterinary Services, LLC in July, 2003 in Biloxi, MS.  Gulf Coast Veterinary Services operates an unparalleled facility with skilled staff to deliver exceptional urgent, emergency, and critical care to small and exotic animals. The Sutton’s both graduated from veterinary school and had a passion and desire to open their business on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“It is our pleasure to recognize the Sutton’s for their accomplishments and contributions as the SBA Mississippi Small Business Persons of the Year, along with our Small Business Champion Winners and Top Lenders and Top CDC for their FY 2018 SBA small business loan activity,” said Janita R. Stewart, SBA Mississippi District Director.

The SBA Mississippi District Office will honor the Small Business Persons of the Year, Small Business Champions, Top Lenders and Top CDC at an invitation-only awards ceremony taking place on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Jackson during National Small Business Week.


Small Business Persons of the Year

Jennifer and Jeffrey Sutton

Gulf Coast Veterinary Service, LLC

Biloxi, MS

Young Entrepreneurs of the Year                                               

Brandon Atwell, John Penn, Jr. and Paul Young, IV

Murky Waters, LLC

Long Beach, MS

Rural Financial Services Champion                                              

Vickie M. Rivers

Renaissance Community Loan Fund

Gulfport, MS

Rural Economic Development Champion

Brenda L. Turner-Buck

Jefferson County Administrator

Fayette, MS

8(a) Graduates of the Year

Kolean W. Sanders

J.R. Jones

SanJo Security Services, Inc.

Jackson, MS


Trustmark National Bank

Covington County Bank

Community Bank of Mississippi

First Financial Bank


Regions Bank

Live Oak Banking

The Cleveland State Bank

Three Rivers Local Development Company, Inc.


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