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MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE — Ann Somers enjoys her career because of variety of projects and the people she meets

While growing up in Byram, Ann Somers loved putting thing together, such as puzzles, model cars and ships and fantasy Barbie kingdoms. That interest in building things led to a career in architecture, something she learned about as an eighth-grader. “I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Somers recalls. “Up to that point […] [...]

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. […] [...]

Message Point Media changes how businesses information is disseminated digitally

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, technology

Do you get bored waiting in a doctor’s office or in the line to get your driver’s license renewed? If so, you may appreciate the products of Ridgeland’s Message Point Media, a rapidly growing firm that specializes in placing digital signs in schools, businesses and governmental agencies that display information ranging from informing students of […] [...]

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. […] [...]

MDOT uses variety of platforms to alert public to traveling conditions, accidents

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, technology, transportation

Along the state’s highway system there are closures and delays from time to time — an accident or construction has lanes of traffic blocked, a bridge needs maintenance, there’s a chemical spill, a flood or all manner of obstacles. A variety of the latest technology has become a useful tool for the Mississippi Department of […] [...]

MISSISSIPPI 100 — Private business list is one-of-a-kind

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Mississippi 100, NEWS

It was 1989  when the Mississippi Business Journal first decided to compile a list of the top state’s top privately held business. It was published as the “Mississippi 100,” and it would become an annual event. The list ranks companies by sales revenue and has become a who’s who tip sheet on the Magnolia State […] [...]

MISSISSIPPI 100 — Staplcotn gives farmers advantage

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Mississippi 100, NEWS, Staplcotn

Grain farmers in Arkansas and Mississippi have faced a staggering blow this year due to the default of Turner Grain Merchandising and 10 related broker companies that have failed to pay farmers for their grains. Ag officials have said the total losses could range from between $20 to $50 million. Cotton growers in the region […] [...]

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 […] [...]

STAYING POSITIVE — Career attitude help Brynn Joachim to fight disease at 41

by Published: October 16,2014

Tags: Brynn Joachim, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS

Known for “her bubbly personality and drive” is how the bio on the website of Focus Group Advertising describes Advertising Operations Manager Brynn Joachim. Those words do aptly describe Joachim, who kept a sunny profile through previous jobs at the Harrison County Development Commission and Traditions Properties Inc. — and even when faced with dealing […] [...]

‘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 […] [...]

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