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MBJ list turns 20

Private business ranking remains only one of its kind in the state In 1989, the Mississippi Business Journal launched a feature that has evolved into something of an institution. Originally titled “MBJ’s Top 100 Private Companies,” researchers looked to identify the largest private companies in Mississippi and rank them by annual revenues. When it debuted, it was the only ranking ...

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Two years away

Jackson construction has a long way to go   Downtown Jackson has a significant amount of construction going on these days, and two large projects are state buildings. The Mississippi Department of Education, housed in the Central High Education Building at 359 North West Street, is undergoing work that should be finished in Dec. 2011. The $4-million renovation began in ...

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Nature tourism being gauged

Great River Birding Trail looks to attract more birders from across the South and nation   It has been assumed for years now that the economic impact of bird watchers and nature enthusiasts coming into the Magnolia State with their binoculars — and wallets — is large. How large, no one knew for sure. However, that is about to change ...

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Pecans just a way of life in the South

Bass Pecans making turnaround after facing bankruptcy nearly three years ago The word “pecan” is an old Native American term, meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack.”   However, to most Mississippians, pecans are synonymous with flavorful goodness in a variety of forms, including eating them out of hand au natural or wolfing down a piece of Grandma’s pecan ...

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Latham brings ‘5 Guys’ franchise to state

Ridgeland the first of 12-15 locations around the state For more than three decades, Bill Latham’s reputation as a restaurateur has been unparalleled in the metropolitan Jackson.  Upscale and urbane establishments, past and present, such as Char, Amerigo, Scrooge’s and the Sundancer restaurants were brought from concept to profitability by Latham, along with partner Al Roberts. Now, you can add ...

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Hosemann: Stanford Denial is weak

At last week’s hearing, both officials and victims who testified repeatedly implored the state to fight for Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) funds for victims in the worst circumstances. SIPC, created by Congress in 1970, guarantees up to $500,000 per investor in case of an SIPC member firm’s failure. Investors are angry that victims of the recent Bernard Maddoff ponzi ...

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They thought they were protected

Victims of Stanford Financial scheme still trying to find ways to collect money they lost Both officials and victims of the Stanford Financial scheme who testified at a hearing at the State Capitol last week focused on the failures of two federal financial regulatory agencies and begged for state assistance in the retrieval of funds for destitute Americans. The Securities ...

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Unemployment drops a full point

Mississippi is now below the national average of 9.6 percent ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state unemployment rate dropped a point to 9.5 percent in August as compared to July’s 10.5 percent, but the drop isn’t likely signaling a trend. Of Mississippians unemployed in July, 16,600 gained jobs in August, putting the state’s jobless rate below the national average of 9.6 ...

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Downtown Jackson still battling problems with perception issue

As owner of Steve’s Downtown Deli, Steve Long has served up his signature soups and sandwiches to hungry professionals for eight years in downtown Jackson. And he’s happy right where he is on the corner of Congress and Pearl streets, despite losing a significant amount of his customer base when Cellular South vacated the Capital Towers building and moved to ...

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Regions Bank has long had a downtown presence

Deposit Guaranty Bank was the brainchild of 14 prominent Jackson businessmen who in 1925 decided to break into the city’s traditionally tight banking community. In 1929, Mississippi’s second-largest bank moved into a new home on Capital Street, and the Deposit Guaranty Bank building became a Jackson landmark. By the start of World War II, DGB and its familiar “Grow with ...

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