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Cost of converting warehouse for Jackson solar plant $550,000

This 80,000-square-foot warehouse in west Jackson will soon be the home of Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA's plant.

By JACK WEATHERLY  The estimated cost of  converting an 80,000-square-foot building at 3111 Lawson St. in west Jackson  into a  solar manufacturing plant will be about $550,000, according to the permit issued by the city of Jackson. The permit was issued on July 20, less than two weeks after the city announced that it would “partner” with Seraphim Solar Manufacturing ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Doing business with the Government

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  The Founding Fathers would be dumbfounded if they could see our gigantesque government structure. This behemoth annually spends in excess of $6 trillion protecting, regulating, arbitrating, purchasing, managing, lending, insuring, competing, and, more recently, joining public–private partnerships. One of every six full-time U.S. workers is a local, state or federal governmental employee.  Inevitably, doing business will involve contact with ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — Business succession planning cannot wait


According to a Wells Fargo/Gallup survey of small-business owners, they work an average of 52 hours each week, over 30 percent more than a full-time employee.  More than half of these entrepreneurs have gone without a paycheck at some point to keep their company’s doors open.  They make these sacrifices because they know that a great idea, a strong business ...

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Financial literacy and the third grade reading gate

Della Archie, ARM JSU Regional Coordinator, provided instruction to over 20 AmeriCorps MS members at Jackson State University, who then used their newfound knowledge to tutor elementary school students on their reading skills.

During the 2014/2015 school year, the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) partnered with America Reads – Mississippi (ARM) to deliver a program called Never Too Young: Personal Finance for Young Learners (NTY) to elementary school students in Mississippi.   This partnership arose from a networking event where I met Ronjanett Taylor, State Program Director of ARM and funding received ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Barbour’s book tells of Mississippi’s finest hour

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour talks about his book, “America’s Great Storm,” at a recent reading and signing.

The Flood of 1927 was the most widespread and disruptive natural event to happen to Mississippi in recorded history. The flood, which also inundated Arkansas and Louisiana along the Mississippi, has spawned many a book and many a tale. Now Mississippi has Hurricane Katrina as its greatest state tragedy, and its finest triumph, as Haley Barbour tells it in his ...

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ITS A DEAL — Small business lending in the state is on the rise, including Mississippi’s first SBA microlender


By BECKY GILLETTE While the recovery from the recession has taken longer than hoped, increases in U.S. Small Business Administration loans in the state are a sign the economy of Mississippi is on the upswing. Through the third quarter of the federal fiscal year, the SBA Mississippi District saw loans surpass $100 million, representing an increase in lending to small ...

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BANKERS READY TO BUILD — 200 volunteers from 9 financial institutions to work together at Habitat house


By LISA MONTI  Nine Jackson area financial institutions will join together for the first time as a team to build a Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area home in a south Jackson neighborhood. The banks all have supported Habitat by building houses, sponsoring events and serving on boards and committees, but this year’s build will be the first time employees ...

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JOSH MABUS — Ideas are IOUs


A big part of being a child in the South involves hearing stories and colloquialisms from your elders you won’t understand until much later. This is one I’m beginning to understand: Two birds are sitting on a power line. One bird decides to fly off. How many birds are sitting on the power line? One you say? No, there are ...

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LOUANN LOFTON — A complicated look at modern American medicine


The state of medicine in America today leaves something to be desired, whether you’re a patient or a physician. In his eye-opening second book, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist and heart failure specialist, details the way things stand, explains how we got here, and describes what it means to be a doctor in ...

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