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History on the web: Bay St. Louis uses website to foster historic preservation

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By LISA MONTI The Bay St. Louis Historic Preservation Commission believes its new website is a unique tool that can show residents locally and elsewhere the economic benefits of caring for historic districts. The new site, www.HistoricBSL.com, was unveiled at this week’s City Council meeting by architect Kevin Fitzpatrick, the HPC chairman, and Ellis Anderson, a commission member who was among ...

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Ridgeland firm — First Class Linens — keeps restaurant linens sharp

It’s a dirty job cleaning restaurant napkins and hotel sheets by the thousands but Ridgeland-based First Class Linen LLC has turned its linen rental and cleaning business into annual sales of around $10 million. First Class Linen was founded in 2003 by Bert Rubinsky, who serves as the company president, and Kenny Perry, vice president of operations. It serves restaurants, ...

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EastGroup makes ‘trustworthy’ list again

By LISA MONTI  EastGroup Properties Inc. of Jackson has once again earned a spot among Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. EastGroup, a self-administered equity real estate investment trust that focuses on industrial properties in major Sunbelt markets, also made the list in 2010 and 2012. The annual list is produced by MSCI ESG Research which screened more ...

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Banking association ‘hit a home run’ with women’s conference

By LISA MONTI About 150 women attended the 2015 Women in Banking Conference March 24 in Jackson. The third annual conference provided women bankers with information on how to be successful in the financial industry and also was an opportunity for them to network with their peers and talk about career challenges and solutions. “The MBA Women in Banking Conference provides ...

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State development agency program helps business owners access new opportunities

By BECKY GILLETTE How important are the Mississippi Development Authority programs that help minority and women-owned business owner learn how to access opportunities to get government contracts? First, government is big business and the largest employer in Mississippi. Second, with 51.4 percent of the state female, and 37 percent African American, a large segment of the state’s population fits underneath ...

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Mississippi geography offers engineering challenges

By LISA MONTI If you look at the geography of Mississippi with an engineer’s eye, you can see some of the challenges those professionals face in their practices. “Mississippi is an interesting state for structural design,” said Jason McQueen, president of the Structural Engineers Association of Mississippi. “On the Coast there are design requirements for hurricanes and floods. In the central ...

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Most businesses already have guidelines in place if same-sex marriage becomes law

By LISA MONTI  If and when Mississippi allows same-sex marriage, employees at large companies in the state likely won’t see any changes in their insurance and employee benefits. That’s because major automakers, aerospace companies and others already offer equality benefits plans. “When you look at some of the top private sector employers in Mississippi like Nissan and Toyota, these are ...

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Yes, this little critter can … BEAT YOUR ASH

By LYNN LOFTON It’s very clear that the Emerald Ash Borer beetle is not welcome in Mississippi even though it has made its way to surrounding states. The Mississippi Forestry Commission is leading the fight to keep this non-native invasive pest out of the Magnolia State. Originally found in Asia and parts of Russia, the tiny insect arrived in America ...

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Finding the right employees in the state leads to flight endurance mark

By LISA MONTI When Mississippi economic developers and elected officials were trying to recruit Aurora Flight Sciences to the state more than 10 years ago, one of the key things the Virginia-based company required was a workforce to build its advanced aerospace vehicles. Aurora found the workers they were looking for in and around Columbus, where they built the Orion ...

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Opening doors for entrepreneurs — State’s development centers offer free consulting, coaching and training

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers, a network of resource centers throughout the state, help entrepreneurs open and grow their businesses with free consulting, coaching and training programs. The resource centers serve as a one-stop shop to help owners do the groundwork for starting out in business and operating profitably once the doors are open. Examples of ...

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