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State economic development leaders optimistic of 2015

State business and economic development leaders are optimistic that the sluggish economic recovery from the 2008 recession will kick into high gear in 2015. At 7.6 percent, Mississippi had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in November. But that is a significant improvement from rates of more than 10 percent in 2011, and […] [...]

BUILDING BRIDGES — Civil engineer Cindy Rich manages time between family and projects

It has been said that modern women can’t have it all, raise a family while also climbing the career ladder and accomplishing great things at work. But Cindy Rich, a licensed civil engineer who is vice president and engineer manager for the structures department at Neel-Schaffer, Inc. has been able to oversee major engineering projects […] [...]

What are the pros of CONS? — Some states eliminate Certificates of Need, calling it barrier to competition, reduced costs

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, CON, healthcare, hospitals, Mississippi, NEWS

Mississippi law requires that Certificates of Need (CON) must be granted before a hospital can be built, begin operation or expand, and for a wide range of other medical facilities and services. A CON is needed for any capital expenditure more than $1.5 million for equipment, more than $2 million for operation of a clinical […] [...]

WHICH WAY IS UP? High stock market values are at odds with nation’s lackluster economy

During the stock market crash of 2008-2009, Dow Jones investors lost on average half the value of their investments. But those who stuck with it have since seen stocks rebound about 270 percent since then. “With the exception of the 17 percent decline in the summer of 2011, volatility has been very mild,” said Stacy […] [...]

Rollback of environmental regs might not be best move for Republican Congress

Some environmental groups are warning that the Republican takeover of Congress could result in a major attack on environmental regulations. Mitch McConnell from coal-heavy Kentucky, expected to be the new Senate Majority Leader, has said his top priority next year is to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But the Republican election victories won’t […] [...]

THE PENALTY PHASE — Project owners depend heavily on timely completion  

by Published: November 13,2014

Tags: Business, construction, Mississippi, NEWS

Nearly every large construction project is planned and financed based on a specified completion date. While many things can disrupt that plan ranging from bad weather to supply or labor shortages, failing to meet the deadline can result in significant penalties. “Owners of projects, especially in the private sector, depend upon timely completion so use […] [...]

Message Point Media changes how businesses information is disseminated digitally

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, technology

Do you get bored waiting in a doctor’s office or in the line to get your driver’s license renewed? If so, you may appreciate the products of Ridgeland’s Message Point Media, a rapidly growing firm that specializes in placing digital signs in schools, businesses and governmental agencies that display information ranging from informing students of […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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