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Placement rates high for recent Mississippi accounting graduates

By BECKY GILLETTE Accounting graduates in Mississippi are in high demand for good-paying jobs that involve more than just figures and calculations.   “It is not just crunching numbers. We do a lot of focusing on critical thinking, analytical skills, technology, technical skills and communication,” said Marv Bouillon, Jerold J. Morgan Professor of Accounting and director, School of Accountancy, The ...

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Stop the Bleed campaign turns bystanders into first responders

By BECKY GILLETTE Two surgeons at the University of Mississippi Medical Center who are accustomed to seeing human blood and trauma are working to promote empowering people without formal medical training to save lives by stopping profuse bleeding. Dr. Felicitas Koller, assistant professor of transplant surgery, and Dr. Shuntaye Batson, associate professor of surgery, are faculty advisers who are helping ...

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Types of jobs in banking expected to change with increasing adoption of artificial intelligence

By BECKY GILLETTE A hot topic in banking circles is how much artificial intelligence (AI) will impact employment in the banking industry. One study reported in American Banker magazine predicts that 70 percent of front-office jobs will be replaced by chatbots, voice assistants and automated authentication and biometric technology. And steep job losses are also predicted for financial management, compliance ...

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Liberty Bank is the only black-owned bank operating in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE While Mississippi’s population is 37 percent black, there is only one black-owned bank operating in the state, Liberty Bank and Trust Company. “We have a saying, ‘We are more than just a bank’,” said Ann D. Duplessis, senior vice president, retail banking, Liberty Bank and Trust Company. “We truly believe in providing access to capital to strengthen ...

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Germany-based Krone moving HQ to Olive Branch

By BECKY GILLETTE Krone, a family-owned company based in Spelle, Germany, that has been doing business in the United States since 1973, has made plans to move its North American division, Krone NA, from Memphis, to Olive Branch in DeSoto County. The Olive Branch location will cost $1.5 million and employ 45 people working in parts and distribution for the ...

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Digital camera security systems cheaper with more functions than ever before

By BECKY GILLETTE Digital camera security systems have come down considerably in price while the quality of images has improved dramatically. And the number of features available now are something that were only in the realm of science fiction in years past. “The changes every year in the digital camera security business are incredible,” said Wendell Fugitt, owner S.T.A. Security ...

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Farm-to-table movement growing in popularity

By BECKY GILLETTE The farm-to-table movement is becoming increasingly popular across the country as consumers lean toward wanting to support local growers who can provide tasty and fresh produce that doesn’t have to be shipped across the country. Dr. Christine Coker, a specialist in urban horticulture vegetables and green roof food systems at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research & ...

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Green industry in Mississippi grossed $175 million in 2017

By BECKY GILLETTE When talking about “green” industries, it doesn’t get greener than operations like Salad Days in Flora, a hydroponic farm that is used to grow pesticide-free produce including lettuce and several varieties of tomatoes. The farm operated by Jamie Redmond and Leigh Bailey has a number of environmental benefits: Water usage is minimal making this method easily sustainable. ...

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New tax law created one of the most challenging seasons ever faced

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com Early in the year, CPAs in Mississippi predicted that the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, which ushered in some of the most major changes in U.S. income tax law seen in a long time, would not necessarily make filing a tax return easier. While the tax reforms benefited both large and small business, and ...

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Madison-based Vertex Aerospace grows presence in U.S. and abroad

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com Vertex Aerospace LLC based in Madison, an international company which has 1,500 employees in Mississippi alone, is reaching new heights. The company that provides aftermarket aerospace services for government and private sector clients recently saw the renewal of a U.S. Air Force $97.5 million contract to manage and sustain the base supply of its T-1A Trainer ...

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