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After 8 months, Byram recycling program growing

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, Byrum, environment, Going Green, Mississippi, NEWS

The City of Byram’s Ready, Set, Recycle! Program kicked off in April and has been well-received by residents, said Lareka Washington, the city’s grants coordinator. Officials already are looking at expanding hours for the volunteer recycling program. The program is funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Residents have been dropping […] [...]

‘Blue Economy’ important for Mississippi’s future

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Blue Economy, Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, shipping

A new study looking at Mississippi’s maritime industries spotlights the importance of shipbuilding, fishing, oceanography and marine technology as a dominant force in the state’s economy. The data show that in the three coastal counties, about 51,000 people – 35 percent of the entire workforce – are employed in so- called blue industries. And it’s […] [...]

Curb appeal takes a turn toward commercial

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: architects and engineers, Business, Mississippi, NEWS

Business owners from mom-and-pops on Main Street to big-box national retailers are paying attention to their curb appeal as they build new storefronts. The most obvious reason for investing in appearances is to make the stores more inviting to customers but sometimes the improvements are required by the governing bodies where the business is located. […] [...]

Aging boomers stress health services

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: baby boomers, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS

As baby boomers age, their numbers are raising the demand for health services like never before and service providers in Mississippi and elsewhere are expanding their facilities and hiring more employees to meet the increased needs. “We’re constantly moving and growing to fill the need of taking care of those baby boomers,” said Tonya McGee, […] [...]

SPEED BANKING — Mobile deposits gaining popularity among customers, banks

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, NEWS, PriorityOne, Susan Herrington

You already use your smartphone camera to take snaps of the kids, the cat and dinner at a fancy restaurant. Now, more people are taking photos of checks that they want to deposit into their bank account instead of having to go to the bank to do it. The mobile deposit service also is gaining […] [...]

Tax professionals need crystal ball for year end advice

Forget the calculators and computers this tax season. CPAs and other tax professionals are looking to the proverbial crystal ball as they wait to see what Congress might do in the next few months about extending tax breaks. Jerry Levens with CPA firm Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre in Gulfport said individual taxpayers […] [...]

Real Estate agents face changing policies as they learn how to protect themselves as they show houses

by Published: November 13,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, real estate

The murder in October of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter brought attention once again to the need for real estate professionals to learn how to protect themselves. The National Association of Realtors, which designates September as Realtor Safety Month, has devoted a special section of its website to safety with videos, webinars and other […] [...]

Licensing changes could streamline and shorten path to gaining an architectural degree

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: architecture, Business, education, engineering, Mississippi

New rules proposed by the board that develops programs for state licensing of architects aims to streamline internship requirements by eliminating elective hours from the equation. Ultimately the action could reduce the time it takes from graduation to becoming licensed by one third without compromising the profession’s emphasis on education, experience and examination, proponents say. […] [...]

Precision is hallmark of Ocean Springs optics maker

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, Ocean Springs, optics, technology

Fred Ferson, an amateur telescope and prism maker, was able to parlay his hobby and the knowledge he gained from it into a business in the late 1940s that has prospered into its third generation of family ownership. Ferson Optics started out in a shop over Loveless Drug Store in the heart of Ocean Springs. […] [...]

MISSISSIPPI 100 — SMEPA knows power is crucial

South Mississippi Electric Power Association, headquartered in Hattiesburg, is Mississippi’s only not-for-profit wholesale electric power cooperative. It generates and transmits electricity for 11 member systems, providing electrical service to more than 415,000 homes and businesses in 55 counties from the Delta to the Coast. The member systems tap into SMEPA’s generation sources with 1,740 miles […] [...]

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