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A wary eye on Washington

Small businesses like Alex & Lele could get hammered by jobs bill in Congress Alexandra Wilkes and her cousin, Leslie Decker, have grabbed a sizable chunk of the jewelry market in the Jackson metropolitan area the past two years. The two, co-owners of Alex and Lele, specialize in handmade earrings and necklaces. To go with Wilkes and Decker, the store ...

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Whistleblowing on tax cheaters

IRS wants to hear from you if you know someone playing fast and loose with the numbers   Everybody does it.  Or do they? Most people wouldn’t admit it if they fudged on their tax return but would you blow the whistle on someone else? If the answer is affirmative, the Internal Revenue Service wants to hear from you. Dee ...

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Jobs bill leaves Mississippi road builders in limbo

The spring construction season is close to getting started and roadbuilders and contractors are ready to go to work. There remain a few obstacles, though. The $35-billion jobs bill circulating through Congress, which allocates $15 billion in tax forgiveness for small businesses who hire new workers, also contains $20 billion in annual highway funding for the states. The bill’s debate ...

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Living the low life 

Mississippians may be drinking as much as they ever have but they ain’t drinking the good stuff Despite a downtrodden economy and jobless rates in double-digits, Mississippians continued to reach for the wine and spirits in 2009. While they drank more liquor last year, people turned to cheaper brands, according to a recently released report by the Distilled Spirits Council ...

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MURPHY: FAIM HEARING A CIRCUS

Billy J. Murphy, director of the Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi (FAIM), got off his motorcycle last week on the way to a bike rally in Daytona, Fla., for a hamburger and a conversation with the Mississippi Business Journal. Murphy called Tuesday’s hearing for FAIM a “circus” and said it looks like the state is going to shut him down. ...

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Nissan on track

New commercial vehicle on target to roll off assembly line for 2011 Nissan announced last March that it was spending $118 million to expand and retool parts of its facility in Canton so that it could produce commercial vehicles (CVs). The company said then that it hoped to start production in time for the 2011 model year, which starts this ...

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A mixed blessing

Verdict still out on credit card issues Now that the new credit card law has gone into effect, some are seeing the legislation as a mixed blessing. The CARD Act of 2009, which was signed into law last May, became effective Feb. 22. On one hand, the new law places more restrictions on credit card companies, but the CARD Act ...

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Can the CanCan? 

After watching his personal and professional dreams get swept away by Hurricane Katrina nearly five years ago, Joseph Manno is back, looking to build a casino on the Biloxi Back Bay at D’Iberville. And, city leaders in D’Iberville are perhaps more excited about the proposed CanCan Casino Resort and Spa than Manno and his team. The question is will this ...

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Director: Confusion caused alleged fraud

Secretary of State seeks to shut down FAIM At the Secretary of State Office’s March 2 hearing in Jackson, Ridgeland’s Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi (FAIM) director said confusing and unreasonable state rules were the cause of his bookkeeping problems for which the state seeks to shut down his charity. “I am not a crook, which is what they are ...

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Taking plunge works for Sandifer, Majestic Burger

Successful business soon to have a second location The concept of using high-quality, fresh ingredients for its unique burgers and other menu items has the success of locally-owned Majestic Burger spawning a second location. Greenwood native Fred Sandifer moved his family back to Mississippi from the Washington, D.C., area in Aug. 2005 with the goal of starting a business. He’d done ...

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