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AAA’s Four Diamond Award keeps hotels, their guests happy

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By LISA MONTI Earning the AAA Four Diamond Award is a high honor for hotels and restaurants. Winning the award year after year takes hard work and vigilance to maintain the standards the leisure travel organization uses to rate and recognize the properties. Only 3.9 percent of the more than 58,000 hotels and restaurants inspected by AAA win the honor. ...

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Couple taking risk in creating cooperative workspace in historic downtown Jackson

Coalesce on North State Street plans to open March 1 and offer open cooperative workspace in downtown Jackson.  Future developments include single offices and team suites.

By LISA MONTI  Attorney Matthew McLaughlin admits rehabilitating a historic building in downtown Jackson is a “pretty big leap of faith” for him and his wife, Shannon, to tackle. Shannon McLaughlin, an event planner who also does marketing and public relations, was looking for office space when the couple found two old buildings on North State Street. They needed major ...

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Central Mississippi real estate market feeling momentum

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By LISA MONTI  Last year, the central Mississippi real estate market had some highs and lows, but Realtors in the 10-county area believe 2015’s momentum could translate to good things in 2016. One high point in December’s market report from the Central Mississippi Realtors members showed that new listings increased 12.5 percent to 433 from the previous December. “Usually December ...

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Old Cuevas Bistro thrives in new location

Pass Christian's comeback has met with an enthusiastic response from both old and new clientele.

By LISA MONTI After Old Cuevas Bistro burned to the ground in July 2014, loyal customers waited hopefully for news about the Pass Christian restaurant’s comeback. In early 2015, word began to spread that the bistro would relocate across the Bay Bridge to a former retail spot inside a historic building at 111 Main Street in Bay St. Louis. Work began ...

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SELLING MISSISSIPPI — Weaver’s task at MDA is to make sure state is marketed


By LISA MONTI  amela Weaver started the new year in a new job, as chief marketing officer for the Mississippi Development Authority, the state’s top economic development agency. She spent the previous eight years as communications director for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office. “We did everything from elections to forestry,” she said. Weaver expects her job at MDA, with ...

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Rate hike effect on borrowers likely minimal


By LISA MONTI The Federal Reserve’s much anticipated interest rate hike is not going to have significant impact on most people, and whether rates will continue to rise depends on the economy showing continued signs of improvement. That’s the long-story-short view of Jerry Host, president and CEO of Jackson-based Trustmark National Bank, which has more than 200 locations in the ...

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Gulf Coast reaching for fiber optic ring


By LISA MONTI State and local officials are working to improve access to ultra-high-speed Internet service to residents, businesses and educational institutions along the Coast. Backers say a redundant and public fiber optic ring will help the coastal cities and counties  catch up with other cities and regions of the country and be more competitive in education, healthcare public safety and ...

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Social media policy at work protects employer


By LISA MONTI Social media in the workplace are 1) A necessity to stay competitive 2) An important internal communication and recruiting tool 3) A minefield. The answer is 4) All of the above. Social media use is fraught with pitfalls: employees wasting company time, revealing company secrets, spreading computer viruses and unsavory comments about the boss or fellow employees, the ...

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Fast-growing field of compliance officers can fix problems, prevent fraud

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By LISA MONTI  If you don’t know what a compliance officer does, don’t be too hard on yourself. The job has been around a relatively short time so it isn’t that well known, but its ranks are growing. Roy Snell, CEO of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, a non-profit professional membership organization, said the corporate compliance officer’s role ...

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