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As workplace changes, some firms re-examine bereavement policies

One of the most difficult passages in life is losing a family member. While most companies give employees three days off to grieve the loss of an immediate family member, recently Facebook decided to offer up to 20 days paid leave to grieve the loss of an immediate family member and up to 10 days leave after the death of ...

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JSU program swap raises for skill training

Middle management public and non-profit organization employees who want to improve their skills and opportunities for advancement might normally find it difficult to find continuing education that will zero in on the issues and challenges they face on a daily basis. That is why Jackson State University’s Institute of Government’s (IOG) Public Management and Leadership (PML) Certificate Program has been ...

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Do your homework for open enrollment in Mississippi

By LISA MONTI The annual open enrollment process can be a dreaded chore for some employees who are choosing insurance options for the upcoming year. Experts, though, say it’s vital for employees to do their homework to ensure that they make the best decisions regarding their individual and family insurance coverage. Christine O’Brien, vice president of sales and account management for ...

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Regulations take spotlight when bankers gather for convention next month

By LYNN LOFTON  As the state’s banking community prepares to gather for the 128th annual convention of the Mississippi Bankers Association a number of issues will be taken up. Six hundred attendees including bankers, bank regulators, public officials, industry vendors and professionals, guests and family members are expected at the May 11 – 15 meeting in Sandestin, Fla. MBA Chairman ...

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FARM CREDIT SYSTEM — Helping farmers for 100 years

By LISA MONTI The Farm Credit System has been helping farmers in rural and agricultural communities for 100 years. Starting with 12 federal land banks a century ago, the borrower-owned system now has nearly half a million member-borrowers nationwide and provides more than $200 billion in loans and leases to farmers, homeowners, agribusinesses and others who live and work in ...

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Tech Master program a huge success

A pilot program in seven high schools in the state that is designed to improve the state’s workforce — while giving high school graduates better job and educational opportunities — has been more successful than expected with 200 graduating seniors recognized from the new Mississippi Scholars Tech Master program. The new program is the brainchild of the Mississippi Economic Council ...

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‘Eight’ more than enough: Arc Technologies software a paperless solution to human resources nightmares

Arc Technologies has developed a web-based software package that can help companies with multiple locations operate efficiently without all those paper forms that can cause havoc if they aren’t handled properly. Clark Spencer, CFO of a large Sonic restaurant franchisee in Ridgeland, asked Cameron Arcemont, an experienced programmer, to find a way to process all his payroll forms and other ...

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While some businesses shrink Neel-Shaffer finds way to grow

The regional planning and engineering powerhouse Neel-Schaffer Inc., is headed by a chief operating officer who has accomplished a lot at an early age. Joey Hudnall, 44, a native of Columbus, graduated from Mississippi State University in 1990 with a B.S. in civil engineering. He went to work for his father’s Columbus firm, Charles Hudnall Engineering, after college, and began ...

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More state farmers favoring peanut crops

Peanuts, long associated with the states of Georgia and Virginia, are gaining favor among Mississippi farmers who are adding the nuts in rotation with their more traditional crops. Back in the 1940s it was common for Mississippi farmers to plant peanuts but they disappeared for the most part until a comeback began in 2005. Don Self, a cotton farmer in ...

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Matching firms, foreign markets vital part of state’s trade plan

The way Mississippi Development Authority officials see it, helping to match businesses in the state with foreign markets is as practical as a financial planner advising a client to diversify an investment portfolio. MDA’s efforts include setting up meetings for Mississippi business leaders in foreign countries, organizing trade fairs and overseeing a network of representatives looking after the state’s interests ...

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