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Oyster farmers learning the basics

By LISA MONTI Future farmers of oysters in Mississippi will be getting some lessons and hands-on training this summer on the fundamentals of oyster farming in neighboring Alabama. What they bring back and put into practice in coastal waters is designed to give Mississippi’s lagging oyster industry “a jumpstart,” said Jason Rider, oyster extension agent for the state Department of ...

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Art lessons are drawing tourists to stay and learn in Bay St. Louis

By LISA MONTI Bay St. Louis, a popular beachfront city that has earned spots on many a Top 10 list for its amenities and casual lifestyle, is known in large part for its robust arts community. Every month, the Second Saturday Art Walk through the Old Town showcases art galleries, musicians, artisans and others who contribute to the creative economy. Crowds ...

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Tractor Supply to open in Bay St. Louis

Tractor Supply Co., the retail chain that carries top brands for farmers, gardeners, homeowners and their pets, is coming to Bay St. Louis. The site is being cleared ahead of construction start. » Read the complete story at GULF COAST BUSINESS TODAY

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Diamondhead projects moving forward

The City of Diamondhead has more than $2.2 million worth of projects under way to improve the city’s recreational assets, drainage and economic development. Here’s a look at the projects and their progress: » Read complete story at GULF COAST BUSINESS TODAY

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Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba

By LISA MONTI Biloxi businessman Mike Alise was among a delegation from Mississippi who traveled to Cuba in February to look for trade opportunities. Alise, the owner and operator of Gulf Coast Produce, said he was struck by the lack of available food on the island and the fact that Cuba has to import the most basic commodities from Vietnam ...

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Vets team up to bring new pizza concept to Mississippi

Business partners Dee Broadwater and John Henry come from similar professional backgrounds. Both served in the military and then as defense contractors overseas. As college students, they both “did their time” working in restaurants. Now the two are getting into the restaurant business by introducing the Your Pie pizza franchise in the Jackson area. More locations are planned in other ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Mississippi

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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Coast Roast perking despite two hard blows

By LISA MONTI Shawn and Lynn Montella started their Coast Roast coffee business 16 years as a modest venture centered on Shawn’s interest in roasting coffee beans. “We never had big plans, we were just doing it on the fly, adjusting as we went,” Shawn Montella said. “It just grew on its own.” Grew it did. In spite of the ...

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Biloxi, Coast seeing more non-casino hotel rooms

By LISA MONTI Biloxi and other tourist-friendly coastal cities are seeing new investment in non-casino hotel rooms with more planned. For a tourism market that had to comeback from Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and then the recession, the additional rooms and new brands are making 2017 look promising. In the past year, Biloxi added about 500 rooms, mainly ...

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Staffing symposium set for Feb. 23

by LISA MONTI The 2017 American Staffing Association Mississippi Council Symposium will be held Feb. 23 at 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. at the Jackson Hilton Garden Inn, located in The Dogwood shopping area of Flowood The agenda for the second annual symposium on staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions will include presentations on how the staffing industry can help Mississippi employment and ...

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