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Keesler Federal Credit Union branching out

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By LISA MONTI  Branching out into new markets, including Louisiana, is part of the strategy that has helped make Keesler Federal Credit Union the largest in Mississippi. Founded in 1947, the Biloxi-based credit union has $2.2 billion in assets. The new markets have increased the credit union’s membership and loans, said Sharon Keller, vice president of marketing. Wherever its branches ...

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When are ingredients right to expand your small business.

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  By LISA MONTI When Karen Kurr started selling her homemade casseroles at nearby farmers markets a decade ago, she couldn’t have imagined what she was in for. “It’s been a whirlwind,” she said. Her Oxford-based company, No Time 2 Cook, marked its tenth anniversary in March but Kurr has been too busy to celebrate, mainly filling orders for such ...

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Trade groups book conventions early to get wishes

In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, tourists line the beaches in Gulf Shores, Ala., a prime spot along the Gulf of Mexico for conventions. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

By LISA MONTI  Trade association annual conventions typically are a blend of business meetings, networking sessions and vendor expos mixed with a round of golf or other diversions. The locations for these meetings are generally decided by the group’s board of directors with deference to what the membership favors. For some groups, when the association finds a spot its members ...

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Restructuring a 12-hospital system for Merit follows changing strategy in health care industry

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By LISA MONTI  In late January, six hospitals in the Jackson-Vicksburg area that are affiliated with Community Health Systems formed a single regional healthcare system named Merit Health. Five months later, the six remaining CHS-affiliated hospitals across Mississippi were folded into Merit Health, creating what is said to be the state’s largest healthcare system based on the number of facilities. ...

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A humble Norman Price drives growth at Southwest Health System

Southwest Health Systems recently recognized Norman Price’s 30 years at the hospital by naming the ambulatory surgery center in his honor. At the ceremony were, from left, Dr. Will K. Austin, Price, and Barbara and Regina Lowe, who represented the late Dr. C. Foster Lowe. Austin, Price and Lowe were key in starting the center.

By LISA MONTI CEO Norman Price has guided Southwest Health System’s growth for more than 30 years, starting when it was the 160-bed Southwest Mississippi Medical Center to through its expansion into the multi-county healthcare delivery network it is today. Price’s arrival to McComb was memorable in a couple of ways. His first day on the job, Jan. 7, 1985, was ...

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NASA looking for tenants at Stennis Space Center

Don Beckmeyer, manager of Strategic Business Development at Stennis, said, “We have other smaller buildings and acreage for a commercial industry but we would prefer a space industry” as tenants.

Stennis Space Center is well known as home to NASA rocket scientists, Naval oceanographers, Navy SEALS and major aerospace companies including Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne and SpaceX. With NASA as its landlord, Stennis houses more than 40 federal and state agencies, academic institutions, private organizations and technology companies that share costs to keep the Hancock County center running. To support ...

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Insurers face Oct. 1 deadline for Clarity Act

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Insurers in Mississippi have an Oct. 1 deadline to provide the state Insurance Department with data mandated by the new Property Insurance Clarity Act. Mississippi follows neighboring Alabama and Louisiana in requiring major insurance companies to supply details on premiums and losses by county and zip code. Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney had already issued his own data call back in ...

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