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MISSISSIPPI 100 — Staplcotn gives farmers advantage

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Mississippi 100, NEWS, Staplcotn

Grain farmers in Arkansas and Mississippi have faced a staggering blow this year due to the default of Turner Grain Merchandising and 10 related broker companies that have failed to pay farmers for their grains. Ag officials have said the total losses could range from between $20 to $50 million. Cotton growers in the region […] [...]

STAYING POSITIVE — Career attitude help Brynn Joachim to fight disease at 41

by Published: October 16,2014

Tags: Brynn Joachim, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS

Known for “her bubbly personality and drive” is how the bio on the website of Focus Group Advertising describes Advertising Operations Manager Brynn Joachim. Those words do aptly describe Joachim, who kept a sunny profile through previous jobs at the Harrison County Development Commission and Traditions Properties Inc. — and even when faced with dealing […] [...]

Banks may love debit cards more than you

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, small business

Like banks across the country, in today’s digital world, State Bank & Trust in Cleveland is getting fewer requests for checks. “We don’t order nearly the checks we used to for people,” said Jerry Bullock, president, State Bank & Trust, Cleveland. “Most would rather use a debit card. Just about everyone uses a debit or […] [...]

Technology an enhancement for HR — not a replacement

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Business, human resources, Mississippi, NEWS

Like just about everything else, human resources management has been increasingly computerized in recent years. But has that made human resources less “human?” Not everything can be done by sending an email. “We have to look at technology as an enhancement for, not a replacement of, the human element in what we do,” said Lynn […] [...]

LIFE CHANGES — Insurance re-enrollment time is near; make sure your coverage reflects your changing needs

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Business, human resources, insurance, Mississippi, NEWS

When annual enrollment time for employer-sponsored insurance plans comes around, it can be difficult to drum up much interest by employees in evaluating their insurance plans and making adjustments. According to a survey by MetLife, often employees aren’t all that excited by the prospect of annual benefits enrollment. “In fact, their annual encounter with the […] [...]

Is law degree worth the investment?

by Published: September 19,2014

Tags: investment, law degree, loan, Matthew Hall, Ole Miss law school

The average graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law has a student loan debt of $70,000 to $75,000.  At the height of the recession, some law school grads had trouble landing attorney jobs making enough to pay back the loan. However, the Ole Miss law school has decreased the number of […] [...]

Awards ceremonies highlight MBJ’s Business Marketplace

by Published: September 18,2014

Tags: Business, JACKSON, marketplace, Mississippi, NEWS, Trade Mart

The Mississippi Trade Mart will once again be humming with the activities that will accompany the Mississippi Business Journal (MBJ) Marketplace (formerly known as the MBJ Business & Technology Expo) as thousands of people gather for the state’s premier business networking event. The Marketplace is being co-sponsored by Comcast Business Class. MBJ is also partnering […] [...]

MBJ Marketplace Activity Aisle to entertain again this year

by Published: September 18,2014

Tags: Business, JACKSON, marketplace, Mississippi, Trade Mart

The Activity Aisle at the Mississippi Business Journal’s Business Marketplace was so popular the first year that it has been scheduled again this year. Back again this year is the opportunity to have a caricature drawn by one of the state’s top cartoonists, Ricky Nobile. The editorial cartoonist for the MBJ and 35 other Mississippi […] [...]

Dredge Jadwin has been keeping channels of the Mighty Mississippi open since 1933

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, FOCUS, Mississippi, NEWS, transportation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) affectionately refers to the Dredge Jadwin as “a River Heroine.” The machine known as a dustpan dredge built in 1933 is still in operation keeping the channels of the Mississippi River open for shipping. The Mississippi River plays a critical role in the nation’s transportation system. “It is […] [...]

FLIPPING OUT — Flipping houses is popular in much of the country, but in Mississippi …

by Published: August 29,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Re-Max Partners, real estate, RealtyTrac

Cash purchases of homes in the U.S. have reached an all-time high representing one in three purchases. And while many of those are people who are buying a personal home or second home, a significant number are purchasing the homes as investments either to offer as rentals or to “flip”. The idea is to buy […] [...]

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