Losing Job Was Opportunity for Anders

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

One example is a new UPS Store on Poplar Springs Drive that celebrated with a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon.

Justin Anders was born and raised in Meridian, graduating from Lamar High School in 1993 and then from Mississippi State University with a degree in business.

Anders went to work in a job that transferred him throughout the south, until he took a punch from the slow economy.

"Like a lot of people in this economy, my job was eliminated. I was stunned, shocked," Anders said.

That was about a year ago. So he decided to start his own business. For others wishing to do the same, Anders says simply have to go after it.

"Do it; do it," he said. "Because every day that I get up, it's a joy to come to work. Whatever your passion is, do that, because if you don't have to work for somebody else and you can make the living you want to make, why not? Life is too short to be worried about your job and next paycheck."

Enter the new UPS store in Meridian on Poplar Springs Drive. Anders is no longer worrying about his job.

Bubba Hampton, executive vice-president of Community Bank, says you don't have to either.

"It's certainly a challenge in today's economic times. But there are a couple of things that I think would be well for anyone to take consideration of and that is, you've got to have a good business plan," Hampton said. "You've got to know what you want to do, plan it out."

A plan is exactly what Anders says he had. Now his business is thriving in his hometown.

"It's good to be back home," said Anders. "That's all I can say."

It's a difficult time to open a business, but not impossible. Retail experts estimate about 5,000 stores in the U.S. closed in 2009. About 7,000 more are likely to close this year. But about 8,000 others are expected to open.

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