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DEVELOPING CONSTRUCTION’S FUTURE WORKERS — Builders and contractors group says the industry is looking for career employees

By NASH NUNNERY If you go by traditional thinking, then you probably believe Wall Street and Silicon Valley are the only places to make a decent living these days. Truth be told, the construction industry is desperately seeking skilled tradespeople for work and training, according to Lee Nations. Nations, who serves as president of the Associated Builders & Contractors of ...

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Vicksburg couple gains exposure and a partner during visit to Shark Tank

By NASH NUNNERY It’s been said that most aspiring entrepreneurs live their fears and not their dreams. Not Juli and Richard Rhett. The Vicksburg couple turned Richard’s desire to improve outdoor camping gear and help solve the world’s water crisis into Sierra Madre Research and a coveted appearance on ABC-TV’s hit series Shark Tank Oct. 1. The Rhetts’ appearance was ...

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More trucks, inexperienced drivers, poor roads, increase insurances costs for drivers

By NASH NUNNERY Corey Howell is all too aware that commercial vehicle insurance rates are rising at an alarming rate. The trucking industry is flourishing, what with higher freight volumes, cheaper fuel and heavy-duty truck orders.  But Howell, who works as Ridgeland sales leader for Chicago-based mega-insurance broker Hub International, says there is a downside that’s led to higher rates. ...

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Success for Mississippi real estate agents includes making the most of any down time

By NASH NUNNERY The portrait created by reality television of real estate agents is one of multi-million dollar sales, lavish dinners, Coach handbags and Brunello Cucinelli suits. Truth is stranger than fiction in the world of real estate.  Sure, a Realtor can set his or her own hours and carve out time for a vacation or doctor’s appointment. But there’s ...

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Community health centers called ‘best kept secret’

By NASH NUNNERY In his over three decades practicing medicine, Dr. Rashad Ali has worked in both private practice and the community health arena. For a plethora of reasons, the veteran OB-GYN physician and CEO for Laurel’s Family Health Center prefers the community health center environment over the more perceived glitz of private practice. “There is a tremendous difference in ...

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In April, Meridian’s MAX will expose visitors to state’s music, literature, performing arts

By NASH NUNERY mbj@msbusiness.com After years of planning, and despite hardships incurred from the economic recession and Hurricane Katrina, construction on the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian is progressing without a hitch. Better known as The MAX, the 58,000-square-foot evolutionary high-tech museum will expose visitors to Mississippi icons in literature, music, performing, design, and the visual and culinary ...

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BIG CAT IS ON THE PROWL — Caterpillar rental expansion into Columbus follows up an opening in Tupelo

By NASH NUNNERY Levi Johnson has found nirvana. A small-scale general contractor in rural Lowndes County, Johnson used to turn down more jobs than he could count simply because he lacked the right equipment in his tiny workshop. No more. Last month’s grand opening of The Cat Rental Store at Thompson Machinery in Columbus has instantly transformed the 47-year old ...

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Parental leave for moms AND dads

By NASH NUNNERY Wendy Huff Ellard was ecstatic the day she informed her husband she was pregnant with their first child. But Ellard’s joy soon turned to worry. Now a shareholder with Baker Donelson, Ellard was a rising star with one of the South’s most powerful law firms in the fall of 2014. Her unique and complex practice, which includes ...

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STUDENTS HIT THE ROAD — Four Hinds students will intern at Continental Tire’s Illinois plant this summer

By NASH NUNNERY On a bustling 900-acre site off of I-20 just west of Clinton, site work at the new Continental Tire plant is well under way. Actual construction on the plant will begin in January. But long before the tire producer opens its doors for production at the end of 2019, four Hinds Community College students are getting a ...

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Environment a natural fit for Baker

By NASH NUNNERY Dallas Baker developed a deep connection with nature growing up in the Oxford area.  He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and became environmentally conscious virtually in the hills of his own backyard. “As a kid in the 1970s, there seemed to be illegal dumps everywhere, at least around where I lived,” he said. “Just a ...

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