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Diners can enjoy good food and locations while helping small businesses


By LYNN LOFTON Having a good meal in an unusual setting is an enjoyable experience. When that pleasure also means the money paid to have the experience goes toward grants to help small businesses, it’s even better. The Magnolia Business Alliance created the Social Supper to help fund its grant programs, and they’re spreading some cheer and good eats while doing ...

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Yokohama Tire opens $300 million plant in Clay County; 260 have been hired toward first phase goal of 500

Gov. Phil Byrant raises his hammer after helping complete the Kagami Biraki Ceremony, Monday, Oct. 5 2015, in West Point, Miss. For Yokohama Rubber Co., its $300 million Mississippi plant is its platform to fight for a slice of the competitive North American tire market. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

By JACK WEATHERLY  Yokohama Tire Manufacturing on Monday started production at its new $300 million commercial truck tire facility in West Point. The Tokyo-based manufacturer has already hired 260 workers and expects to reach 500 in the first phase of its operation, with the possibility of expanding to 2,000 employees in subsequent phases. Just a little over 24 months after ...

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JOSH MABUS — If your website was an employee, would you fire it?


Who is frustrated by websites? My guess is that you are, if you are like the folks who ask me questions after a speaking engagement (or in the grocery store). The lion’s share of questions I receive revolve around the ever changing world of websites. Like so many marketing avenues, it seems that there are gurus who hold the information. ...

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BOOK BIZ — A riveting look at the dangers of texting and driving

» A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age 
By Matt Richtel 
Published by William Morrow      
$15.99 softback

Texting and driving is dangerous and irresponsible. Until I read the exceptionally well-written A Deadly Wandering, though, I had no idea how terrifying it truly is. And I say “terrifying” because after you read it, you’ll quickly start noticing how many people around you are messing around on their phones when their eyes should be on the road and their ...

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TODD SMITH — 4 brands driving mobile marketing results

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Did you know that nearly 70 percent of smartphone shoppers will switch to a competitor’s site if the checkout process takes too long? That’s one of a handful of stats Google has released in a new report about how brands like Walmart and Red Roof Inn are moving the sales needle with mobile marketing. Here are four of the most ...

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ALAN TURNER — Carolyn Boteler of Tempstaff: One of Mississippi’s premier women entrepreneurs


If you ask the typical Mississippi businessperson to name the state’s largest employers, it’s likely that very few would include Tempstaff on the list.  However, as Carolyn Boteler, President of Tempstaff, told us recently, the company definitely qualifies as a major Mississippi employer. “We issued about 4,200 W-2’s last year,” she said.  “We’re really proud of our growth, and we ...

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READY TO ORDER LIONFISH TACO? Hunting, eating the fish may be best way to control the invasive species

The bizarre-looking lionfish is native to the Indo-Pacific and may have entered U.S. waters as the result of dumping by aquarium owners.

By LISA MONTI If there was a contest to crown the most menacing among all the aquatic invasive species, the lionfish from Indo-Pacific waters surely would reign. In the appearance category, the lionfish is strikingly exotic, with lots of moving parts and dramatic curves. Beyond its looks, the fish has dangerous attributes. Venomous quills help keep captors and predators away. Its ...

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Venyu starting work on data center, UMMC telehealth headquarters

The Venyu Technology Center will include Venyu’s data storage operation and a separate building for UMMC’s Center for Telehealth headquarters.

By TED CARTER A little more than a year after announcing plans for a Jackson data center, Baton Rogue’s Venyu Solutions is set to begin converting the former McRae’s Department Store on Meadowbrook Road into the technology company’s fourth data storage and cloud-based data center. “We plan to open about this time next year,” Tommy Curb, executive vice president of business ...

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CFPB to lift curbs on small banks’ non-conventional mortgage lending


By TED CARTER The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has backed off enacting new mortgage rules that would make nonstandard home loans, including balloons, legally risky for small lenders in rural and under-served areas. The action comes as a relief for credit unions and small community banks in rural and small-town markets that had worried they would lose legal protections for ...

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