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Posted on: August 1, 2017

Dependable Source Corp. of MS Named Business of the Quarter in the City of Jackson

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Dependable Source Corp. of MS has been named the City of Jackson’s “Business of the Quarter”. Founded in 1995 by Mrs. Willie Jones, the business produces workforce solutions to the transportation industry by providing experienced, professional and Department of Transportation certified commercial drivers to manufacturers, distributors and motor carriers throughout the south. The drivers, employees of Dependable Source, are leased to the clients for short or long periods, depending on need. This is the only business in the area that provides exclusive staffing for truckers. In addition to the staffing the business also contracts with companies to complete the highly regulated, industry documents, which can be very troubling for a business if not done correctly. From 2000 to 2012 Dependable Source operated DSC Training Academy, at one time operating three locations, Greenville, Tupelo and Jackson, Mississippi; but when tuition financial assistance avenues were curtailed it was no longer feasible.

In 2011 Dependable Source began offering home health staffing assistance. Through Mrs. Jones’ advocacy work she discovered in conversation with several people that there was a need to provide better care for senior citizens, disabled, and veterans. In establishing this unit, Mrs. Jones’ idea was to assist the health care industry and in so doing extend decent wage employment opportunities to women through providing competent CNAs (certified nursing assistants) and personal care assistants needing home health care. The client list includes State of MS Medicaid, Veterans Administration, and private clients. In addition to the home health services provided, some seniors, disabled and veterans need additional help with daily living needs, which Dependable Source provides without charge. Although Dependable Source’s name has been made primarily in the transportation industry and home health services is a small percentage of Dependable Source’s business, Mrs. Jones takes great pride in addressing the needs of the health care industry. Her future plans are to advocate through the legislature to improve processes to gain access to available assistance programs for the aforementioned groups of citizens.

Dependable Source Corp. of MS has been recognized for outstanding achievement in many ways. In 2016 it was listed as one of the largest minority owned businesses in Mississippi by MS Business Journal magazine. The business has also been recognized as a top 10 minority business for the last 2 years. In 2013 Mrs. Jones was tabbed as one the 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi, being a top 10 finalist. Because of the business’ success Mrs. Jones is viewed as an invaluable resource by the business and overall community support entities in Jackson. She serves as an active member in several organizations, many of which she is called upon to be in a leadership role. The one that she presently devotes more time to is The Women for Progress of MS, a community service organization of which she is the President. Under her leadership the organization created a radio show 7 years ago that airs each Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on (WMPR 90.1), with the show content informing and educating on policies that affect communities, cities and the state. Recently the organization began another radio show on WJNT that focuses on women and economic development. In addition to her participatory role in community contribution Mrs. Jones makes many corporate monetary donations to charitable organizations.

Mrs. Jones said” I appreciate all the notoriety accorded the business and me personally, but that’s not what drives the business, the desire to provide good customer service to clients and treat all the employees (80 plus) fair and pay them market wages, and the love and passion for the city of Jackson and its people is my total focus”. Mrs. Jones said Dependable Source was built on and is sustained by providing quality customer service. She said many of the Dependable Source clients have been with them since inception due to them ensuring good customer service. Mrs. Jones said she feels the ultimate testament to how she treats the employees is that in several instances she just happens to see former employees and they tell her how good the experience was working at Dependable Source. Several of her employees leave in good standing and they are allowed to return. As for Jackson, she views the city as great place to do business and she is taking advantage of its offerings. Dependable Source’s future is bright, as the business continuously looks for additional economic and community development opportunities. Mrs. Jones said there are good people in Jackson, who just want to be in an environment where they can thrive economically and socially and she is happy to be able to do her part in providing avenues. Mrs. Jones, husband of native Jacksonian Harold Tyree Jones, who together have 2 children and 5 grandchildren, points out positives such as the good higher education institutions located here, the hospitals, good restaurants, and good night life are good selling factors for potential businesses. Every opportunity she gets she lets potential business owners know of her view from experience. She thinks the city administration should have a business owner ambassador program, similar in structure to the Chamber of Commerce model, whereby business owners are ambassadors and meet with potential businesses coming to Jackson.

The City of Jackson, led by the honorable Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, is excited to recognize Dependable Source Corp. of MS as the “Business of the Quarter” for July 2017. Mrs. Jones, a Jefferson Davis County native, has exhibited a great business acumen that has made Dependable Source a model business for economic and community development.

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