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Nicole Kemp: National transportation manager for Levi Strauss is a committed GOP supporter

At a dinner Nicole Kemp says one of the great things about her job as National Transportation Manager for Levi Strauss is that she “gets to wear jeans every day.”  Hmm — definitely makes sense if you happen to work for the country’s oldest and largest maker of blue jeans. She manages all of the […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: A conversation with Knight Kiplinger

I had an opportunity to visit with Knight Kiplinger recently while he was in town for a Regions Bank event, and our discussion ranged over a broad spectrum of economic and business issues. Kiplinger’s company, based in Washington, was originally founded in 1920, which makes it one of the oldest financial information publishing companies in […] [...]

George Schloegel, Mary Jane Jackson receive MGA Awards

On Sept. 4, George Schloegel and Mary Jane Jackson were honored at a luncheon hosted by the Mississippi Geographic Alliance. Schloegel, formerly CEO of Hancock Bank and Mayor of Gulfport, received the MGA Geographic Visionary Award, while Jackson was honored for her 30-plus years in teaching and leadership in the field of geography education. On […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: The good and bad news from the economic front

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, column, MBJ, Mississippi

A t a dinner hosted by Regions Bank on Sept. 3 at the Jackson Country Club, Regions Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Richard Moody was joined by Senior Vice President for Public Policy Chris Scribner to present some of their prognostications for both the state and national economic scene, and the political picture as […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — The ‘Internet of things’ is focus of Camgian’s Gary Butler

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, tech 21, technology

I  recently had the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with Gary Butler, CEO of Camgian Microsystems, based in Starkville. Gary paints a fascinating picture of the “digital future.” Camgian has emerged as a leader in developing advanced information technologies and solutions, from ultra-low power processors to advanced sensing platforms and innovations that are enabling […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: C Spire pushes to deliver 1 GBPS broadband Internet in Mississippi

by Published: August 15,2014

Tags: Apple, Business, C Spire, Dave Miller, iPhone, Mac, Mississippi, technology

When Dave Miller, senior manager for media relations at C Spire, dropped by our offices the other day, we took the opportunity to chat with him about the company’s progress toward delivering 1 Gig Internet speeds within the state of Mississippi. “We expect to make our first connections in Ridgeland this fall,” he said. “When […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: The dean of Jackson television has seen lots of changes

by Published: August 11,2014

Tags: Business, media, Mississippi, TV, WAPT-TV

Stuart Kellogg, General Manager of WAPT in Jackson, can point to a somewhat extraordinary accomplishment in the world of broadcasting and media: He’s been on the job in Jackson for 23 years. During that time, he’s seen many changes in Jackson, as WAPT has emerged as the market’s No. 1 station in a variety of […] [...]

BUSINESS PROFILE: Madison County Business League’s Collins brings people together through a variety of events

Born and raised in Pascagoula, Jan Collins remembers her younger years on the Coast with fondness. “The thing I loved most about growing up on the Coast was the lack of cliques,” she said. “Everybody had a sense of community, and we knew each other.” After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a […] [...]

A Passion For Food — After early challenges, owner of Cookin’ up a Storm has no regrets

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, JACKSON, Mississippi, small business

One thing which typically characterizes entrepreneurs of all ages and persuasions is a passion for what they do.  This is certainly true for Robin DeVos, owner of Cookin’ up a Storm located in Canton Mart Square in north Jackson. In a recent meeting, Robin talked about how she came to start the business. “Early in […] [...]

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Ink on paper still has its charms for The Book Rack

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Book Rack, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

While we’ve seen the decline and in some cases (a la Borders Books) the demise of the big chain bookstore, there has been something of a revival of smaller neighborhood bookshops.  That’s true in the Jackson area, as in many other places.  A good example is the Book Rack, located in the Canton Mart Square […] [...]

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