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Biloxi’s White Pillars looking for just the right operator

by Lisa Monti Published: April 7,2014

Tags: BILOXI, Business, Gulf Coast, Harrison County, Mississippi

The owners of the fabled White Pillars restaurant, under restoration on Biloxi’s beachfront, are as picky about who they lease or sell it to as they were when they operated the fine-dining showplace. They trucked in top quality beef, flew in premium duck and went through 1,000 pounds of veal bones every week for stock. […] [...]

State’s Creative Economy potential to be focus of the MEC’s annual meeting

by Ted Carter Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Blake Wilson, Business, chamber of commerce, economic development, MEC, Mississippi, Steve Azar

Leaders from across the state are showing great confidence in the direction Mississippi is moving and in the ability to improve its economic competitiveness, the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) says in reporting on a survey done during the MEC’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour,. Business and community leaders rate Mississippi as a newly emerging […] [...]

Entrepreneur Center: Helping you find your corner of commerce

AA Calibration Services founder Larry White says it took less than a minute back in 2004 to realize the layoff notice he had just received represented the opportunity of a lifetime. To be more exact, White said, it took about “30 seconds to recognize this opportunity.” White, a retired Navy aviation electronic technician, reacted to […] [...]

DOR: State’s general fund stands to lose more than $100 million annually through the new tax apportionment rules

by Ted Carter Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, finances, government, Mississippi, money, Politics, taxes

A bill to limit how and when the Mississippi Department of Revenue can use a market-based taxing method in calculating the tax bills of multistate businesses in the state passed the Legislature Tuesday morning. Legislators also put limits on the DOR’s authority to demand multistate companies provide combined tax returns. The DOR has insisted on […] [...]

MBJ April 4th Digital Edition

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MDA Model Contractor Programs preps business for success

by Becky Gillette Published: March 31,2014

Tags: Business, construction, Mississippi, Women and Minorities

Each time there are major state or federal construction projects in the state, there is an opportunity for minority contractors to obtain a share of the work set aside for minority business through the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Model Contractor Program is designed to help minority businesses be better […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival perfect for bookworms

by Lynn Lofton Published: March 28,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

It was a perfect day — good weather, good food, good company and literary seminars. I joined my daughter, LouAnn, for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival last Friday. With the pleasant temperature it was an easy walk from her house to a restaurant on Dumaine Street for lunch. Then on to the Hotel Monteleone […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Growing leadership — Arthur DuCote learns to lead

by Martin Willoughby Published: March 28,2014

Tags: Business, Butler Snow, column, Mississippi

The older I get and the more I study great leaders,I am convinced that to be an effective leader you have to master yourself. Being able to control what goes on between your ears can be a lifetime battle. Greek philosopher Plato once said, “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” In my […] [...]

GITOMER: We are on the path to 1,000 sales leads

by Jeffrey Gitomer Published: March 28,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, column, marketing, Mississippi, public relations

Last week I wrote about the big picture of what it would take to attract 1,000 leads, both the philosophy and structure of what would create the attraction. I also talked about all the research I did to find “the best time” to tweet, re-tweet, post and take other social actions in order to get […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Mississippi Business Group on Health: Committed to meeting the long-term challenges in health care

by Alan Turner Published: March 28,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi

As those of you who may have read my past columns on health care are aware, I’m greatly concerned about the future of health care in Mississippi and throughout our nation, and how these challenges will affect businesses of all types and sizes. There is a least one Mississippi business group that is seeking to […] [...]

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