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Why businesses are not expanding

By Amy McCullough The Great Recession is technically over, but many Mississippi businesses faced with complying with new regulations regarding banking, healthcare, the environment and labor aren’t feeling much relief. Regulatory uncertainty is the reason many businesses are afraid to expand. Even if access to credit wasn’t restricted due to new banking rules, many business owners say uncertainty over the ...

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Innovation showcase

The 85,000-square-foot warehouse/office complex wholesaler Irby Electric expects to open in six months will be much more than a building to store and distribute the tens of thousands of electrical equipment pieces and parts the company keeps on hand. The $5-million building will showcase the energy efficient and environmentally sustainable products the 85-year-old Jackson company distributes in nearly two-dozen states, ...

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Rebounding Gulfport positioning itself for new trade era’s arrival

Completion of the Port of Gulfport’s rebuilding should coincide well with the expected trade growth from the expanded Panama Canal as well as Latin America, port officials say. Port director Don Allee may not get the 50-foot shipping channel the Port of Gulfport would need to take full advantage of a massive increase in Asian sea trade a bigger and ...

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Mississippi Main Street honors Pascagoula’s Davis

The work of Rebecca Davis in helping Pascagoula gain new life after the destruction of Katrina won her Mississippi Main Street Association’s Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award, an annual honor that goes to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to the community and program. Davis received the award at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s 2011 Annual Awards ...

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Helping Pascagoula rebound nets Rebecca Davis Mississippi Main Street Beasley Scholarship

The work of Rebecca Davis in helping Pascagoula gain new life after the destruction of Katrina won her Mississippi Main Street Association’s Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award, an annual honor that goes to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to the community and program. Davis received the award at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s 2011 Annual Awards ...

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Downtown Jackson Partners' re-up vote

By Amy McCullough Prior to the creation of Downtown Jackson Partners (DJP) in 1996, the center of Mississippi’s capitol city averaged 458 crime incidents annually, the streets were littered, Smith Park was unusable and downtown was an 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. office park. Now the area boasts 309 occupied apartments, a revitalized King Edward Hotel, a business incubator, an ...

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'18-year overnight success story'

In 1993, a small business opened in Madison with little fanfare. With a single employee and one product housed in a tiny, 1,800-square-foot facility, even the company’s founder and CEO did not envision that company, Cypress Pharmaceutical Inc., would one day employ more than 100 workers in a sprawling, 60,000-plus-square-foot complex in Gluckstadt and have product in every pharmacy in ...

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Death on the half-shell: Flood could kill 90 percent of state's oysters

Another major disaster is facing Mississippi, and this one could totally wipe out Mississippi’s oysters. If that happens it could be months — perhaps years — before another oyster is harvested in Mississippi waters. The historic Mississippi River flood has dumped so much freshwater into the Mississippi Sound that scientists are concerned that there will be no harvest season this year. ...

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Ordinance would set stage for truck-side cuisine in Jackson

City Councilman Quentin Whitwell has cooked up an idea he thinks will add to Jackson’s “coolness” quotient and give an economic boost to boot. Whitwell, the Ward 1 rep who took office after a special election earlier this year, wants to see food trucks flood the city to offer passersby cooked-on-the-spot cuisine. The food trucks affectionately known for decades as ...

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