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Working women need to find their health time

By LISA MONTI Melissa Peters has a busy life with a full-time job and two small children ages 4 years and 9 months. Like a lot of working moms, she makes it a point to stay healthy for her family’s sake as well as her own. “It is difficult to achieve the work/life balance, especially when you have small children, but ...

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Officials hope to attract more visitors, extend their stays with program reboot

By LISA MONTI The state’s six coastal counties were designated as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Natural Heritage Area in 2004 to attract visitors and encourage economic growth by promoting the region’s history, culture and natural resources. Recently, officials announced the reboot of the program’s marketing efforts by un-veiling a new website, logo and video to attract more visitors and extend their ...

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CYBER HACK — Market for specialty cyber insurance expanding, but there’s much to learn

By LISA MONTI  Protecting personal and business data from cyber attacks is unsettling for a lot of reasons, not the least of which are the constantly changing cyber threats and ways to respond to data breaches. Little surprise, then, that in October – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – the  National Association of Insurance Commissioners announced it is ramping up its ...

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Do your homework for open enrollment in Mississippi

By LISA MONTI The annual open enrollment process can be a dreaded chore for some employees who are choosing insurance options for the upcoming year. Experts, though, say it’s vital for employees to do their homework to ensure that they make the best decisions regarding their individual and family insurance coverage. Christine O’Brien, vice president of sales and account management for ...

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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Southern Farm Bureau: One name, but separate companies for life, casualty insurance

By LISA MONTI  Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. is ranked third and Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. holds the sixth place on the top Mississippi 100 list. The companies are two separate entities. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co., a Mississippi corporation domiciled in Ridgeland, has 1,500 employees, $856 million in sales and was established in 1947.  It ...

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Mississippi ER nurse gets patent for product

By LISA MONTI While some of her registered nurse colleagues were back to school to become nurse practitioners, Rebecca Capps decided to invest instead in a patent. She came up with the idea for her product – the StatSupport Belt – years ago, during a bout of insomnia. She saw her belt as a way to organize the tools that acute-care ...

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Papa Murphy’s wants to expand in Mississippi markets

By LISA MONTI The Papa Murphy’s pizza chain, which sells fresh, hand-crafted pizzas that cus-tomers bake at home, is looking to expand in the Jackson area and in other Missis-sippi markets. The Oregon-based Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. was founded in 1981 and operates more than 1,500 franchises and corporate fresh pizza stores across the country and in Canada and the United ...

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Fighting cancer through art

By LISA MONTI Gina Carter-Simmers will tell you the exact moment she received her breast cancer diagnosis. It was Aug. 10, 2016. And also the date — Aug. 4 — when she got the call from her doctor with the preliminary results. And the day she started chemo — Aug. 26. Carter-Simmers can recount such details about her ongoing fight ...

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First of the new hotels soon to open in Pass Christian

By LISA MONTI Hotel Whiskey in Pass Christian is running behind schedule but just by a couple of weeks. “Typical delays,” said owner Thomas Genin of the final touches. Opening now is set for the end of the month, when the 11-room boutique hotel in the city’s historic downtown welcomes its first guests. The staff spent the past week in training, ...

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Buying or selling: What’s the business worth?

By LISA MONTI San Francisco-based BizBuySell.com, which calls itself the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported recently that “the total number of small businesses changing hands in the first half of 2016 represents an increase from not only last year, but from the record-setting 2014 as well.” The company said 1,935 sales were reported in the second quarter of 2016, bringing ...

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