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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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Firms’ donations focus on education

Big businesses in Mississippi not only provide some of the best paying jobs in the state, they are known for generously supporting charitable programs of many different types throughout the state. The big businesses often put a lion’s share of their charitable resources behind educational programs. “Education has been our priority for more than a […] [...]

Community Bank – Best Places to Work 2014

FIRST PLACE WINNER OF MEGA-LARGE CATEGORY As one of the South’s fastest-growing financial institutions, Community Bank takes great satisfaction in the values embraced by its bank family. Community Bank leaders believe simple values can lead to a better quality of life for staff and customers, alike. From rejecting bank products thought to be unpopular by […] [...]

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. […] [...]

UMMC’s mobile ER was quickly on the scene after tornado damaged Louisville’s hospital

by Published: June 27,2014

Tags: Business, disaster, healthcare, Louisville, Mississippi, tornado

When tornadoes hit Louisville on April 28, hundreds of people were injured and the only hospital in the county had to be shut down because of damage. But the state had prepared for just this type of emergency. As soon as the roads were safe for travel, the Mobile Emergency Treatment and Training System was […] [...]

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. […] [...]

It all changed with Katrina

by Published: June 20,2014

Tags: Business, education, Hurricane Katrina, insurance, Mississippi

The first Mississippi coastal wind residual market was created by the Legislature in 1972 stemming from a lack of voluntary market options partially as a result of Hurricane Camille losses incurred in 1969.  The first version covered both fire and wind/hail perils, but the plan was amended in 1987 to include wind and hail only […] [...]

Baker Donelson’s new offices are expected to reflect company’s mission, image

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: accounting, Baker Donelson, law, Mississippi, real estate

The Baker Donelson law firm June 25 on its new buiding in the District at Eastwood, not far from where the firm is presently located in northeast Jackson. “We have a great space now in two buildings that are connected by a walkway,” said Bill Painter, managing shareholder of the Jackson office of Baker Donelson. “But […] [...]

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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