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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 […] [...]

Terri Gillespie ready for challenge as top nursing officer at UMMC adult hospitals

Terri Gillespie, the new chief nursing executive officer and chief nursing officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center adult hospitals, comes to the task of supervising 2,500 nurses with personal knowledge of what it means to stand in their shoes on the front lines of nursing. “Terri has a unique combination of skills earned […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Old Fashion Flavor — Mauthe Progress Dairy Barn products provide taste of history

by Published: July 17,2014

Tags: Business, dairy, Mississippi, small business

In an era when many small dairies in the U.S. are struggling to survive, the Mauthe Progress Dairy Barn located near McComb in southwest Mississippi is thriving by bringing back old-fashioned ways including selling milk in glass bottles that are reused and producing a type of cheese indigenous to New Orleans that was extinct before […] [...]

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 […] [...]

How Mississippi hospitals scored in U.S. News & World report’s rankings

The Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven is the best hospital in Mississippi, according to the 2014-2015 U.S News and World Report Best Hospital rankings Memorial Hospital-Gulfport and University of Mississippi Healthcare tied for second best ranked hospital in the state. The Best Hospital rankings are updated every July and the hospitals are grouped into 16 individual specialty lists that range […] [...]

Mississippi girl hoped to have been cured of HIV has relapsed

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: AIDS, Business, healthcare, HIV, Mississippi

A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for more than two years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV — and therefore is not cured. The news is a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful HIV drugs might reverse an infection that has seemed […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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