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C Spire to launch home automation, security and monitoring services

Special to the MBJ Ridgeland-based C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, plans to introduce a suite of next-generation home automation, security and monitoring services by the end of the year. C Spire says its all-digital, IP-based services will be the first in Mississippi offered by a telecommunications provider. It will give consumers control and security of their ...

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MetroCast Mississippi acquired by Ohio-based company

JACKSON — Block Communications Inc. has acquired MetroCast Mississippi, a rural cable system that provides cable television, telephone and Internet services to more than 45,000 residential and business customers in 16 Mississippi counties. Toldeo, Ohio-based BCI also acquired MetroCast operations serving Red Bay, Alabama. BCI says in a statement the deal is expected to close by the end of the ...

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Ole Miss offering new beacon technology for sports fans

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi has launched the first beacon technology system in collegiate sports using mobile devices and custom programming to enhance the fan experience during games and link to a rewards program. The new system includes the precision mobile marketing platform, Spark Compass, from Total Communicator Solutions Inc., San Diego and Gimbal Inc. Michael Thompson, Ole Miss ...

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MDA grants KiOR forbearance after biofuels maker defaults on payment

COLUMBUS, Mississippi — In a sign that biofuel maker KiOR Inc.’s money troubles aren’t letting up, the start-up company will make a $250,000 forbearance payment to the Mississippi Development Authority in exchange for 120 days to get current on its nearly $70 million debt to the MDA. KiOR defaulted on a $1.87 million payment that was scheduled for June 30. The ...

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Synergetics DCS – Best Places to Work 2014

SMALL CATEGORY  Synergetics is a full-service IT consulting company whose core value is customer service.  Celebrating the company’s 22nd anniversary in 2014, Synergetics has a wide-range of technology solutions that enable clients to concentrate on what’s important – ensuring the success of their businesses. The Starkville-based company offers network design and management, and provides network infrastructure, including fiber optic, copper ...

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Venture Technologies – Best Places to Work 2014

MEDIUM CATEGORY Supporting a corporate culture where management considers people their most valuable asset, Venture Technologies enjoys an outstanding staff retention rate. An IT solution provider with locations in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas, Venture owns and operates a Tier 3 data center in Jackson that provides a comprehensive suite of cloud services for thousands of customers. Founded in ...

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Redlaser earns 8(a) program certification from SBA

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mississippi District Office has certified Redlaser Technology Inc. into the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program 8(a) program. The 8(a) program is a nine-year program established to assist eligible socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to develop and grow their businesses. Business development assistance includes one-on-one counseling, training, matchmaking opportunities with federal buyers, opportunities for ...

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It's showtime for MAGIC as state launches single accounting system

MAGIC starts today but state officials aren’t relying on abracadabra stuff to make the $100 million accounting system work as designed. A dozen years of work, including around the clock shifts in recent weeks, went into today’s launch of MAGIC, officially known as Mississippi’s Accountability System for Government Information and Collaboration. If all goes as planned in the start up, ...

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Starkville becomes second city to qualify three areas for C Spire's fiber service

STARKVILLE — Homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in a third area of the city of Starkville this week, helping it qualify for C Spire’s 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) fiber to the home Internet service and related digital TV and home phone services. Starkville’s Cotton District fiberhood, which includes downtown and the central business district, reached its 45 percent ...

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Big investment in Halcón drilling reflects confidence in a lucrative TMS

A private equity firm’s pledge to invest up to $400 million in Halcón Resources’ deep drilling in Mississippi and Louisiana could lead to a doubling of Halcón’s 2015 operations in the region. The investment from Apollo Globe Management allows Halcón to accelerate its drilling for oil and gas on the 314,000 acres the Houston-based company has leased within the Tuscaloosa ...

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