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SBA names Ocean Springs businessman tops in Mississippi

Jonathan Maisano Jonathan Maisano

By David Elliott – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - In the summer of 2005, Jonathan Maisano was getting ready to open a new business, Maisano's Fine Wine and Spirits. But Hurricane Katrina slammed into the coast in August.

"Some of my custom made wine racks were underwater," Maisano remembered.

The young man didn't let that stop him from moving forward. Maisano opened the wine store, then opened By the Glass Wine Bar and Bistro.

Now the Small Business Administration is honoring Maisano by naming him the 2010 Mississippi Business Person of the year.

"I've put a lot of hard work into this. It's nice to be recognized for that," Maisano said.

Jonathan developed a business plan and received a SBA loan. Today, his shop offers more than 1,000 wine choices and 500 spirits gathered from all over the world.

Maisano will attend the SBA's National Small Business Week celebration May 23-25 in Washington, D.C. He will represent Mississippi and compete for the title of National Small Business Person of the Year.

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