MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - Mississippi was ranked fifth overall by The Kauffman Foundation as one of the best states to start a business.
Even though, geographically, entrepreneurial activity decreased in 2012, businesses seem to be popping up all over the state, particularly in DeSoto County.
Gina McClenton, owner of Yum Yum's Gourmet Popcorn, has not lived in Southaven long, but already, business is booming.
Mississippi measures up with an entrepreneurial index of 43 percent. For example, for every 100,000 people who live in Mississippi, 430 of them opened businesses each month in 2012.
Yum Yum's Gourmet Popcorn, which is co-owned by McClenton's husband, is one of those businesses.
The large number may also have something to do with the high 2012 unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, inspiring many to start their own businesses.