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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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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