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THE PENALTY PHASE — Project owners depend heavily on timely completion  

by Published: November 13,2014

Tags: Business, construction, Mississippi, NEWS

Nearly every large construction project is planned and financed based on a specified completion date. While many things can disrupt that plan ranging from bad weather to supply or labor shortages, failing to meet the deadline can result in significant penalties. “Owners of projects, especially in the private sector, depend upon timely completion so use […] [...]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE WORKPLACE — In most cases, state, federal laws exist for employers to handle any crisis

by Published: November 7,2014

Tags: domestic violence, insurance, Mississippi, NEWS, workplace

Recent cases of domestic abuse in the National Football League have made the news, but the problem is not new. Nor have businesses had to scramble to develop or adjust employee policies and penalties regarding domestic violence. Members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) say the majority of the companies they represent have […] [...]

Chaney: Affordable Health Care Act for business not bad at all

The phase-in of the highly controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues in 2015 as businesses make plans to comply with the provisions of the act — or pay the consequences. “It is important for businesses to prepare for this upcoming change,” said Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.  “I would suggest seeking assistance […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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