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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 […] [...]

COO of TL Wallace Construction keeps eye on revenue growth and profits

by Published: August 29,2014

Tags: Business, construction, Mississippi, NEWS

Justin Morgan was barely entering the decade of his 30s when he landed a job that was perfect for his skills learned from earlier work experience combined with his construction engineering studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Two years ago Morgan was named chief operating officer and secretary/treasurer of TL Wallace Construction Company, one […] [...]

MBA TURNS 125 — Regulation, technology driving consolidation

As the Mississippi Bankers Association celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, the number of banks in the states has decreased from about 165 to fewer than 100 in the past 30 years, and the spiraling growth of bank regulation could possibly reduce that number even farther. Freddie Bagley, chairman of Community Bancshares Inc., of Brandon […] [...]

Terri Gillespie ready for challenge as top nursing officer at UMMC adult hospitals

Terri Gillespie, the new chief nursing executive officer and chief nursing officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center adult hospitals, comes to the task of supervising 2,500 nurses with personal knowledge of what it means to stand in their shoes on the front lines of nursing. “Terri has a unique combination of skills earned […] [...]

Old Fashion Flavor — Mauthe Progress Dairy Barn products provide taste of history

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, dairy, Mississippi, small business

In an era when many small dairies in the U.S. are struggling to survive, the Mauthe Progress Dairy Barn located near McComb in southwest Mississippi is thriving by bringing back old-fashioned ways including selling milk in glass bottles that are reused and producing a type of cheese indigenous to New Orleans that was extinct before […] [...]

Obama’s proposals for colleges get an ‘F’ from state education leaders

President Barack Obama has drawn the fire from college presidents around the country for a proposal to adopt a rating system for the nation’s colleges and universities that the President says its designed to combat rising college tuition costs and make colleges more accountable providing a quality education that results in students being able to […] [...]

Firms’ donations focus on education

Big businesses in Mississippi not only provide some of the best paying jobs in the state, they are known for generously supporting charitable programs of many different types throughout the state. The big businesses often put a lion’s share of their charitable resources behind educational programs. “Education has been our priority for more than a […] [...]

Mississippi ranks sixth in growth of women-owned businesses

Mississippi is ranked sixth in the nation in the growth of women-owned firms between 1997 and 2013, according to American Express OPEN’s 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: A Summary of Important Trends, 1997-2013. The report showed that Mississippi had a 77.4 percent growth in the number of women-owned firms between 1997 and 2013. The […] [...]

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