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MBJ’s Mississippi Marketplace begins Friday as it celebrates 31st year with new name

by Published: September 18,2014

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

The MBJ Business Marketplace gets under way today at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the fairgrounds in Jackson with a new name and new features. EVENT TICKET (Download, fill out and get FREE admission to the MBJ Business Marketplace) Formerly the Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO, the revamped and renamed Marketplace still is the largest […] [...]

CenterPoint Energy consolidates 3 smaller offices into one

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, energy, Mississippi, NEWS

CenterPoint Energy employees are settling in after moving in July to the company’s new location at 300 Executive Park Boulevard in Byram. The new building has 10,000 square feet of office space and 3,000 feet of warehouse space. There also is a training room and conference room for the staff’s use. “We consolidated the Brookhaven, […] [...]

Jobs for Jacksonians — Program has found employment for more than 1,000 people since 2011, and continues to build

by Published: September 4,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Hinds County, JACKSON, Mississippi

The city of Jackson created an initiative in 2011 to help residents in the metro area find jobs during the economic downturn. The purpose of the Jobs for Jacksonians Program, which is free to participants, is to provide employment assistance and a single point of access to services to help job seekers enter or re-enter […] [...]

‘Eight’ more than enough: Arc Technologies software a paperless solution to human resources nightmares

Arc Technologies has developed a web-based software package that can help companies with multiple locations operate efficiently without all those paper forms that can cause havoc if they aren’t handled properly. Clark Spencer, CFO of a large Sonic restaurant franchisee in Ridgeland, asked Cameron Arcemont, an experienced programmer, to find a way to process all […] [...]

A down-to-earth mission — Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is Stennis’ connection to the business community

by Published: August 22,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, technology

  The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, now in its 20th year, has a high-tech address at Stennis Space Center but a down-to-earth mission. “You can bill us as the business connection at Stennis to the business community,” said Charlie Beasley, MSET’s president and CEO. “We focus on different industries that either are emerging in the […] [...]

Celebrities can lift spirits, create buzz

by Published: August 11,2014

Tags: Business, children, healthcare, Mississippi

It’s not uncommon to see photos or footage of celebrities, athletes or representatives of organizations visiting children in the hospital. The special guests go to meet with the young patients, deliver toys and other gifts or make donations to the hospital. Whether the visits are high profile or low key, they all must follow hospital […] [...]

FELONS NEED NOT APPLY — Two schools in state offer training for casino dealers

by Published: July 25,2014

Tags: Business, casinos, education, gambling, gaming, Mississippi

Are you thinking about becoming a dealer in one of Mississippi’s casinos? There are two licensed gaming schools in the state, with three locations, ready to teach you the games. Just one thing you need to know first: Felons need not apply. Before starting classes at Crescent City School of Gaming and Bartending in Gulfport […] [...]

So, you want to open a home-based business?

So you want to start a home-based business. You’re not alone. The Small Business Administration estimates that more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home. The SBA notes that Apple Computer, Hershey’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Ford Motor Company all started as home-based businesses. Those shiny examples aside, there […] [...]

Bookings for future conventions increasing

Coast casinos and tourism officials put a lot of energy and resources into attracting and playing host to conventions, which fill up hotel rooms and restaurants and help plump up the bottom line especially during the off season. Crystal Johnson, director of sales at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, said convention […] [...]

STRUCTURE: Ellis Steel in West Point provides the framework for major projects in Mississippi and nationwide

Ellis Steel Co. has been in business for 83 years, the last 30 years under the current management, an impressive record for longevity on both counts. President and general manager Frank Hopper, who has been with Ellis since 1980, had a simple explanation for why the company has successfully operated for so long. “Our success […] [...]

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