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NEWK’S TURNS 10 YEARS OLD — Restaurant takes fast-casual to next level

by Wally Northway Published: January 31,2014

Tags: Business, food, Mississippi, restaurants

In June 2006, Chris Newcomb surveyed his newest Newk’s restaurant location in Flowood. The eatery that began in Oxford had come out of the gates running in 2004, and Newcomb made it clear that his mission was to see more Newk’s in more locales. When asked that day what his future plans were for the […] [...]

Mississippi’s business incubators hatch success stories

by Lisa Monti Published: January 31,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, Mississippi

There are 20-plus business incubators throughout Mississippi nurturing startups until their owners are ready to graduate and leave for their own location. The incubator experience gives the new ventures a boost in longevity. “We do know that when people are part of an incubator organization, they stand an 80 percent chance of succeeding,” said John […] [...]

NEW & IMPROVED — With Business Marketplace, the MBJ puts a new slant on an old standard

by Frank Brown Published: January 31,2014

Tags: Business, marketplace, Mississippi, Mississippi Business Journal

The state’s largest business-to-business networking event will unveil a new name and a new format when it opens for its 31st year on April 3 at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the fairgrounds in Jackson. The MBJ Business Marketplace — formerly the Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO — will now allow vendors to sell their […] [...]

Fertilizer manufacturer adding to product line-up

PASCAGOULA — Mississippi Phosphates Corp. plans to add to its product line. In a news release, the company said beginning in mid-February it will add monoammonium phosphate to take advantage of broader market opportunities. The company already produces diammonium phosphate, which is sold through traditional domestic and international channels. The company says both products are […] [...]

PepsiCo beverage warehouse to close next month

CORINTH — PepsiCo is closing Corinth beverages warehouse by the end of February. PepsiCo said the operations are moving to its Tupelo warehouse. Of the 31 employees affected by the closure, the majority will be given the opportunity to transfer to Tupelo, says Vincent Bozek with PepsiCo North America spokesman. The warehouse has operated in […] [...]

California company moving some production to state

SHANNON — General Atomics is relocating some product lines from its Electromagnetic Systems Group to Shannon. The company and Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement today in Shannon. Bryant says in a news release that the relocation represents an $11 million investment by General Atomics and will create 80 new jobs. The relocated product lines […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Ginning up success — Robert Royal returns to his roots

by Martin Willoughby Published: January 24,2014

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, law, Mississippi

I n my role as a business consultant, I interview a lot of prospective employees for my clients. In addition to looking for people with the proper experience and training, I am particularly focused in on the character and attitude of the interviewee. Skills can be developed; however, it is very difficult to alter attitude. […] [...]

COOKING UP CHANGES — New IP chef has big plans for Biloxi restaurants

by Lisa Monti Published: January 24,2014

Tags: Business, entertainment, food, gaming, Gulf Coast, Mississippi

Peter D’Andrea, the new executive chef at IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, checked out the other Mississippi Coast casinos since he arrived late last year and is looking to sharpen his competitive edge. D’Andrea, who’s been in the food and beverage business for 40 years, found his way to Biloxi when he was looking […] [...]

Locker doors opening for Clinton inventor after ‘Shark Tank’

by Frank Brown Published: January 24,2014

Tags: Business, entertainment, Mississippi, Shark Tank

Clinton’s Greg Cronin did what any good dad would do. He used his ingenuity to help solve a problem for his daughter, Ashley. Then he did what any smart dad would do — he took his new invention national. After last week’s appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” many doors have opened for Cronin and his […] [...]

MDA provides funding to Grenada manufacturer

GRENADA — The state of Mississippi has provided $200,000 to refurbish a metal stamping press at a Grenada manufacturer. The money was provided through the Mississippi Development Authority’s Job Protection Grant program. The program is designed to help local industries retain jobs and grow their businesses. Officials say Grenada Stamping is spending $250,000 of its […] [...]

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