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Business interruption can spell doom without proper insurance

By BECKY GILLETTE What happens when you have to close your business for a period of time to have repairs done after insured events such as fire, water damage, theft, hail, a hurricane, a tornado or other disasters? Closing even for a few days can greatly disrupt income for the business that still has to pay its employees, the rent, ...

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Telecommuting may be the ultimate employee benefit

Some people might consider having their employer allow them to work at home at least part of the week even better than a promotion and wage increase. While this isn’t suited to all types of businesses, many jobs today involve working on the phone and Internet, which can be done just as easily in a home office as anywhere else. ...

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Historic preservation of buildings provides numerous economic benefits

By BECKY GILLETTE The components of a city are as multifaceted as the elements of a successful business. “One undeniable factor for attracting visitors, new residents, and high-quality professionals to any town is character,” said Belinda Stewart, FAIA, principal, Belinda Stewart Architects, PA, Eupora. “With all the choices available in this highly connected world, Mississippi’s got character covered, if we ...

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3-D printers can work while you sleep

By BECKY GILLETTE For a long time, there seemed to be more hype around 3-D printers than there were practical applications. But now exciting things are being done by 3-D printers in Mississippi, including plans by Relativity Space at the Stennis Space Center to build an autonomous rocket factory. Duane McLemore, an assistant professor at the Mississippi State University College ...

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Driverless vehicles could have a huge impact someday, but probably not anytime soon

By BECKY GILLETTE Driverless vehicles could be the next really big business disruption in the U.S. There are some futuristic projections that by 2030, more people will use driverless taxis rather than owning their own cars, which could be less expensive while making finding a parking space no longer a big hassle. It could also cut the number of vehicles ...

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Savings from solar power chicken houses ‘like giving the farmer a raise’

By BECKY GILLETTE Even small poultry farms with only four chicken houses can have power bills ranging from $20,000 to $25,000 per year. A game changer that can help chicken growers greatly reduce that annual electricity bill is solar panels that can cut those bills by $7,000 to $8,000 per year, said Ryan Ladner, president of Solar South LLC in ...

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‘Barndominiums’ can be a path to an affordable, safe home

By BECKY GILLETTE Maybe it isn’t such a bad thing, after all, to be raised in a barn. That is, if the barn has been converted to include comfortable living quarters. A cross between a barn and a condominium, “barndominiums” fans say there can be considerable advantages to this style of construction. Barndominiums generally start out as a steel building ...

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Mississippi tops list for fastest-growing small and medium businesses on Amazon

By BECKY GILLETTE Studies estimate that online sales grew 18 percent in 2018, with sales through Amazon representing about 43-49 percent of all online sales. The trend to buy online is expected to continue to grow, which could be good news for businesses in Mississippi, which is the No. 1 state in the country when it comes to the fastest-growing ...

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Amazon sellers in Mississippi can reach customers around the country and overseas

By BECKY GILLETTE While accounting for close to 15 percent of the adult population and nearly three-quarters of the country’s land mass, rural-American accounts for only 3.7 percent of total gross revenues in the U.S. economy, said Amazon spokesperson Joel Sider. But sellers with Amazon.com may actually have an advantage by being located in a rural area if costs for ...

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D’Iberville woman turns hobby into business by selling on Amazon

By BECKY GILLETTE Anna Childers, Apple Farm Creations, Handmade Home Decor & Personalized Gifts, D’Iberville, said the biggest advantage for her and her husband in selling on Amazon is the large customer base. Anna Childers started the business in 2015 selling handmade home decor such as hand-painted wood signs, wood shelves, coat racks, etc. “I love making this kind of ...

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