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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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MCEF Foundation projects more constuction jobs and is trying to draw students to the craft

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is on a mission to recruit and train workers for the plentiful, well-paying jobs in the construction industry. Besides reaching out to students, the foundation teaches the benefits of construction and manufacturing jobs to moms and dads who want their kids to go to work rather than college. “Some parents have a ...

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Turning students into financial scholars

Trustmark is teaming up with 125 schools across Mississippi to teach students financial skills to help prepare them for real-world money matters. “The Trustmark Financial Scholars Program allows us to partner with our Mississippi educators in teaching students how to establish a solid foundation in responsible financial management,” Trustmark CEO Jerry Host said. “This program is designed to help our ...

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MIST sessions could open door to federal contracts

Small business owners who want to tap into government contracting may be put off by the rules and red tape that confront them. Even those who have experience in the competitive contracting arena can be confounded by the layers of regulations. Fortunately for business owners who want to get work from the government now have the new Marine Industries Science ...

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Corso family business built on hard work

Frank P. Corso, a hard working Italian immigrant who arrived in Biloxi at age 8, likely would have approved of how his family and their employees marked the wholesale distribution and vending company’s 90th anniversary. Everybody worked as normal, filling customer orders, stocking vending machines and generally taking care of the business he started in 1924. Corso and his family ...

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Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season

Some baseball fans in Jackson go above and beyond supporting the hometown Mississippi Braves by providing a home-away-from-home for players who have their sights set on playing for the major league Atlanta Braves. In a recent letter to Braves fans about hosting players, Jim Bishop, the team’s assistant general manager, said, “Stopping in Mississippi on their path of aspiring to ...

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Despite obstacles, craft beer industry growing

Can you name a new manufacturing sector in Mississippi that had an economic impact of more than $9 million last year and is expected to increase 139 percent in the next five years? The answer is the fledgling craft beer industry, which is growing in spite of a late start and legal hurdles that some think are holding brewers back. ...

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After dodging December tornadoes, banks step up to provide assistance

In the aftermath of the recent tornadoes that tore through Marion and Jones counties in central Mississippi, local banks stood strong, offering advice, volunteering and donating money to aid in their community’s recovery. The tornado took a path that seemed to track the seven offices of Citizens Bank of Columbia, CEO Lee Fedric said. There are two offices in Columbia ...

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