Eritaj" means "inheritance" in Haitian Creole, and Felicia Bell, owner of Eritaj Cafe in the Kundi Compound, has inherited much.
Ann Somers was looking for a change in her life and a way to do something different for the Jackson community when she opened combination pet store and adoption center Chipper & Coco at The District at Eastover.
Nelson Atehortua, who was born in Bogota, South America, had a different childhood than most people. At the young age of 3, he was diagnosed with the viral disease polio.
Jhazmhon West, 26, had to "grow up fast," she says, as her mother, Daffney Horn, worked a lot when West was a child with her aunt, Carolyn Thompson, pitching in to help raise her.
Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President Lydia West's strong memories of her family spending time in the kitchen and eating together with friends started a life-long interest in food, nutrition, dietetics and serving others, she says.
Clarksdale native D.J. Hawkins became fascinated with gastroenterology, or the study of the digestive system, at age 15 when he began researching the field after developing chronic gastrointestinal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux.
One of the reasons Brandie Wigley decided to do the Jackson Public Schools Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Cadet of the Year contest was because she found out that a Provine High School student has not won the title in 36 years.
Derek Augustus, who co-owns local recycling company Environmentality with Karissa Bowley, has always been interested in finding his creative eye, and designing and building things by hand, he says.
When Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Curator of Education John Spann was in high school, history came easy to him. "It wasn't like geometry or anything, and I got it," he says.
Sue Hernandez says she did not use social media for a long time until one of her Hinds Community College professors told her that she needed to use it if she really wanted to be a small business owner, she says.