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Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs coming to Jackson

Startup Weekend Jackson to be held Feb. 10-12 at Millsaps College Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour, high-energy event powered by the Kauffman Foundation that operates worldwide and brings together like-minded entrepreneurs for a weekend of company creation. As a nonprofit program, it is designed to build entrepreneurial communities and promote collaboration among entrepreneurs, programmers, developers, graphic artists and business-minded ...

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USM polymer department luring more businesses to Hattiesburg area

Some new products developed in Hattiesburg sound like science fiction: Plastic composite materials that are lighter and tougher that steel, a lotion that neutralizes chemical warfare agents, a rehydration solution that helps identify finger prints from the deceased, and a makeup that can protect soldier from burns from road side bombs. But they’re all real. The technology industry in and ...

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Q&A: Keith Jasper, founder and president, Vsporto

Madison native Keith Jasper is founder and president of Vsporto, a start-up company focusing on team-specific, 24-hour online sports radio stations. Inspired by companies like Pandora, Vsporto launched in September 2011 and currently provides mobile apps for Bulldog Sports Radio and Rebel Sports Radio, which cover Mississippi State and Ole Miss football, respectively. Jasper got his start in online sports ...

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Parkway Properties further reduces Jackson presence

Company sells all but one Jackson building; exiting ‘non-core’ markets Parkway Properties is reducing its presence the Jackson market with the sale of all but one of its office properties, but Parkway officials will not make definitive comments regarding personnel reductions. Thomas Blalock, Parkway vice president of investor relations, said in an e-mail: “Given that the portfolio sale has not ...

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Q&A: Bill Rayburn, Co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of FNC Inc.

Bill Rayburn is co-founder, CEO, and chairman of the board of FNC Inc., a Mississippi-grown mortgage technology company that delivered its first solution in early 1999. Under Rayburn’s leadership, the technology company invented and developed a residential real estate Collateral Management System (CMS) that revolutionized the mortgage industry. Rayburn initially tackled the responsibility of raising funds and establishing the banking ...

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MEC hosts 'A Capital Day' for business community

Speakers address energy, education and health JACKSON – Members of the business community gathered at the Marriott hotel in Jackson today to hear Gov.-elect Phil Bryant’s agenda for economic development and the details of Blueprint Mississippi, a report on improving the state’s economic health that is sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) and other groups. Bryant assured the crowd ...

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Jim Barksdale to lead Miss. Development Authority

JACKSON — Governor-elect Phil Bryant appointed Jim Barksdale Interim Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority today. Barksdale, former President and CEO of Netscape Communications Corp., will succeed Leland Speed as chief of the agency that leads Mississippi’s economic development efforts. “When I campaigned for governor, economic development and job creation were cornerstones of my campaign,” said Gov.-elect Phil Bryant. ...

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Jackson Salvation Army declares war on entitlement

The Salvation Army will focus on giving help up as opposed to hand outs to the Jackson community in 2012. Captain Ken Chapman says a new $8 million, 37,000 square-foot Community Center on Beasley Road will “bring transformation to the city of Jackson.” The facility, which will be open to the public in March, sits on 15-acres and will include ...

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Q&A: Dr. Martha Saunders, President, University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Martha Saunders is working to enhance the College of Business, as the university continues to partner with businesses and foster economic development in the Hattiesburg area. Saunders has a 30-year career in higher education and previously served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before joining USM in 2007. A Hattiesburg native, Saunders holds ...

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Green can mean much more than just environment

This year the Mississippi Legislature approved loans for three green energy manufacturing companies recruited to the state by Gov. Haley Barbour. In January the state Legislature approved a $75 million loan for Stion, a startup manufacturing company that will make thin-film solar panels in Hattiesburg. The company promises to investment $500 million and bring 1,000 jobs to Mississippi. Stion has ...

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