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WE’RE IN THE TOP 5 — Mississippi a leader as more women are becoming business owners

By LYNN LOFTON  Women-owned businesses are flourishing in Mississippi and the facts prove it. These businesses increased by 81 percent between 1997 and 2014, according to a study conducted by American Express OPEN, earning the state a spot among the top five states in the country. This growing percentage is part of an ongoing American […] [...]

State development agency program helps business owners access new opportunities

by Published: March 30,2015

Tags: Business, Carol harris, MDA, Mississippi, NEWS

By BECKY GILLETTE How important are the Mississippi Development Authority programs that help minority and women-owned business owner learn how to access opportunities to get government contracts? First, government is big business and the largest employer in Mississippi. Second, with 51.4 percent of the state female, and 37 percent African American, a large segment of […] [...]

Developers withdraw zoning application for former country club

Jack Weatherly Developers who bought the former Colonial Country Club withdrew on Wednesday their application to rezone the 152 acres to mixed-use in face of opposition by homeowners associations in northeast Jackson. “Our client . . wishes to withdraw its application,” Jackson lawyer James Peden told the city Planning Board. “Our client has heard the […] [...]

Design-build and design-bid-build methods get projects done on time

By LYNN LOFTON Architects, engineers and construction managers are embracing the design-build and design-bid-build methods for projects that include transportation and water infrastructure projects, office buildings, schools, and stadiums. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility, according to the Design-Build Institute of America. […] [...]

Mississippi geography offers engineering challenges

By LISA MONTI If you look at the geography of Mississippi with an engineer’s eye, you can see some of the challenges those professionals face in their practices. “Mississippi is an interesting state for structural design,” said Jason McQueen, president of the Structural Engineers Association of Mississippi. “On the Coast there are design requirements for hurricanes […] [...]

Most businesses already have guidelines in place if same-sex marriage becomes law

By LISA MONTI  If and when Mississippi allows same-sex marriage, employees at large companies in the state likely won’t see any changes in their insurance and employee benefits. That’s because major automakers, aerospace companies and others already offer equality benefits plans. “When you look at some of the top private sector employers in Mississippi like […] [...]

Paperwork mounts for insurance workforce

By BECKY GILLETTE  Businesses in Mississippi are facing not just increased paperwork associated with the reporting provisions required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but also the possibility of defending the business from legal action and major fines if a government audit finds the business has failed to comply with any of the regulations. The law […] [...]

Yes, this little critter can … BEAT YOUR ASH

By LYNN LOFTON It’s very clear that the Emerald Ash Borer beetle is not welcome in Mississippi even though it has made its way to surrounding states. The Mississippi Forestry Commission is leading the fight to keep this non-native invasive pest out of the Magnolia State. Originally found in Asia and parts of Russia, the […] [...]

Finding the right employees in the state leads to flight endurance mark

By LISA MONTI When Mississippi economic developers and elected officials were trying to recruit Aurora Flight Sciences to the state more than 10 years ago, one of the key things the Virginia-based company required was a workforce to build its advanced aerospace vehicles. Aurora found the workers they were looking for in and around Columbus, […] [...]

Mississippi exports hit $11.4 billion in 2014

by Published: March 6,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS

From staff reports Merchandise exports from Mississippi hit $11.4 billion in 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department said in release last week. That was down from $12.4 billion in 2013, but the state’s 2014 total for goods and services helped the nation achieve a record of $2.35 trillion. Goods exports from Mississippi supported an estimated 51,000 […] [...]

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