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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 […] [...]

‘Making Strides’ event donates about $60M annually for breast cancer

by Published: October 16,2014

Tags: breast cancer, Business, healthcare, Mississippi

The American Cancer Society’s fundraising efforts are among the most recognized of any nonprofit organization. The largest voluntary health organization in the country, with a network of local and regional offices, is behind the high-profile Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser, held in more than 300 communities. This Saturday (Oct. 18) is the Making Strides […] [...]

MISSISSIPPI MAIN STREET — Association’s reach goes beyond just downtown

Mississippi Main Street Association, the economic development program which is rooted in downtown historic preservation, is all about providing visionary leadership and assistance to their 51 participating cities and towns. “Everything Mississippi Main Street does benefits small business,” said Stacy Pair, district manager. Whether it is a downtown facade program or a market analysis report, […] [...]

New owners adding bistro to historic Bay St. Louis Main St. building

by Published: October 6,2014

Tags: Bay St. Louis, Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi

BAY ST. LOUIS – The new owners of the brick facade building at 111 Main St. will enhance the retail space on one side, open a coastal bistro on the other and rebrand the new development as The Shops at Magnolia Alley. Also in the plans is construction of exclusive apartments behind the building. The Parrish […] [...]

S&P continues its 5-year climb

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, S&P, Standard and Poor's

Standard & Poor’s has been a part of the financial landscape for almost 100 years, but in March of 2009, the housing crisis brought both it and its rival Dow to their knees. The S&P Index hit a 13-year  low at 676.53, but that was just the beginning of a five-year run that has recently […] [...]

MBJ Business Marketplace — Business meets pleasure at After Hours

by Published: September 18,2014

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

Participants at the popular Marketplace Business After Hours will be talking business, networking and getting a taste of some of what Jackson’s best restaurants and caterers offer. Mangia Bene Catering, the catering arm of  BRAVO! Italian Restaurant, Broad Street Baking Company and Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza, is a longtime participant in the Marketplace. […] [...]

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