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USM entities unite in dyslexia therapy

by Published: July 25,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, workforce training

Several factors came together as the impetus for the inaugural class of the dyslexia therapy master’s program at the University of Southern Mississippi, the first of its kind at a public institution in the state. Dyslexia, or specific language-based learning disabilities, affects 15 to 20 percent of the population to some degree. That means in […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Tuscan tale blends history and mystery

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: books, Business, Mississippi, new york times

It’s hard to classify The Light in the Ruins. Is it a thriller, a war story, a love story, a murder mystery? It’s all of the above. It’s a gripping tale that takes readers back and forth between the last  years of World War II and 1955 with the perspectives of a young girl in […] [...]

Retreats allow for peaceful planning

Sometimes businesses and other organizations feel they need more than an on-premise staff meeting. An off-site conference, retreat or team building session may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Consultant Phil Hardwick has facilitated a number of strategic planning retreats for non-profit organizations, economic development agencies and businesses. He says it’s a definite advantage […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: New book provides photographic tour of capital city

by Published: July 7,2014

Tags: Book Biz, books, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Prolific Bay St. Louis photographer Ken Murphy presents another beautiful book of photos that is sure to become a collector’s item. This time the subject is Jackson, Mississippi’s largest and capital city and hub of political and business activity. Jackson is a 183-page photography book with a foreword by Lemuria Bookstore owner John Evans and […] [...]

Health incentive plans may have a future in state

by Published: June 27,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi

There’s a trend across the country for employers and employees to put more emphasis on wellness as a way of preventing illness and thus curb rising health care costs. Some employers are offering wellness programs and incentives to motivate employees to adopt healthy behaviors. Incentives may include lower insurance premiums, store discounts and gift cards. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Lisa Howorth’s first novel opens old family secrets

In the spirit of supporting Mississippi writers and Mississippi independent bookstores, we’re doing both this week by shining the spotlight on Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, co-owner of Square Books in Oxford. It’s her first novel and is receiving high praise from reviewers across the country. Although not a native Mississippian, Howorth moved to Oxford […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Story of Japanese brides told with pathos and beauty

by Published: June 20,2014

Tags: books, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Published in 2011, this book is a gem and at only 129 pages can be quickly devoured and enjoyed. It may be small in length, but it’s big on thought-provoking pathos. Otsuka uses the plural first-person voice — not an easy writing mechanism — to convey the collective, and yet individual, experience of a group […] [...]

Kimberla Little not looking back after career change

by Published: June 20,2014

Tags: Business, employee benefits, insurance, Mississippi

Working in human resources was not Kimberla Little’s plan. However, when a door opened for the Jackson native to work for Regions Bank, she took the opportunity and hasn’t looked back, rising to become assistant vice president, human resources for Regions Financial Corporation. “My desire was to establish a career in pharmaceutical sales,” she recalls. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Stories of entrepreneurial Mississippians are inspirational

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: books, Business, Entrepreneurs, Mississippi

Mississippi Entrepreneurs could be classified as a coffee table book since it’s bound with cloth and has a beautiful Mississippi River scene photo on the dust cover, and has content suitable for browsing. However, it’s more than a coffee table book. It’s something of a history of business in Mississippi and, more importantly, full of […] [...]

Employment outlook appears good for Mississippi accounting graduates

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: accounting, Business, law, Mississippi

School’s out and accounting graduates — like all graduates — are looking for employment. What’s the status of the accounting job scene? Three accounting professionals from different backgrounds are optimistic about accounting jobs. Beth Burgess, CEO of the Burgess Group and current president of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, has spent her career […] [...]

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