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Columbus building new jobs with arrival of sustainable brick maker

COLUMBUS, Mississippi – Sustainable building products maker CalStar is setting up manufacturing operations in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park. The company will hire 17 workers when the plant opens in the first quarter of 2014 and increase to 58 employees over three years. Wisconsin-based CalStar is putting $8 million into a 100,000-square-foot building shell in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park ...

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Help navigating Obamacare available at new Balch & Bingham blog

JACKSON, Mississippi — Balch & Bingham LLP has launched the Affordable Care Act Review, a blog authored by members of the firm’s Affordable Care Act Strategists, a cross-disciplinary team created to provide advice and guidance on the ACA. The ACA Review, at acareview.com, serves as a resource to provide information, practical commentary and analysis to the business community, says the ...

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Mississippi 5th nationally in business startup activity

Mississippi is ranked 5th nationally in the most business startup activity in 2012, according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. Mississippi had a startup rate of 430 per 100,000 adults. Montana leads the list with 530 startups per 100,000 adults. Others in the Top 10 are: 2. Vermont, 3. New Mexico, 4. Alaska, 6. California, 7. ...

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MBJ: Indiana’s take on Mississippi manufacturing is self serving, at best

Indiana has employed a scorched earth economic development strategy of degrading the manufacturing and logistical capabilities of its Midwestern neighbors and Southern competitors such as Mississippi. While generously pointing out all the shortcomings of others the Hoosier State goes up against in the economic development arena, the study sponsored by Conexus Indiana — the state’s manufacturing initiative — had to ...

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Ag Department offering farmers help with safe produce certification

Mississippi vegetable and fruit growers who want to reap the benefits of the nation’s growing appetite for fresh produce need to show they use safe and sanitary harvesting and crop handling practices. The industry standard is U.S. Department of Agriculture certification through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits. The testing certifies safe and sanitary practices throughout ...

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2014 to bring new push for required financial literacy instruction

There’s always next year, says Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch of her campaign to require financial literacy training in the state’s public schools. The effort gained easy passage in the House but failed to get a vote in the Senate, a circumstance she thinks could be related to a misconception that financial literacy is already widely taught in Mississippi schools. “Sen. ...

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MEC’s annual meeting to put focus on car making, defense contracting

Updates on two of Mississippi’s main economic drivers – car manufacturing and defense contracting – will highlight the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting Thursday in a gathering at the Jackson Convention Complex. The event’s luncheon includes remarks from Gov. Phil Bryant and Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, commander of the state’s National Guard and Air Guard. More than 2,000 seats have ...

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MBJ’s Business & Technology EXPO celebrates 30 years with big bump in exhibitors

Nearly 100 Mississippi businesses showcased their products and services Thursday at the Mississippi Business Journal’s Business & Technology EXPO, the state’s largest business-to-business networking event. Visitors filled the exhibition aisles at the Mississippi Trade Mart throughout the daylong EXPO which reached its 30-year milestone this year with a 20 percent increase in exhibitors over last year.  Some of the visitors ...

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