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S&P continues its 5-year climb

Standard & Poor’s has been a part of the financial landscape for almost 100 years, but in March of 2009, the housing crisis brought both it and its rival Dow to their knees. The S&P Index hit a 13-year  low at 676.53, but that was just the beginning of a five-year run that has recently pushed the Index over 2,000 ...

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MBJ Business Marketplace — Business meets pleasure at After Hours

Participants at the popular Marketplace Business After Hours will be talking business, networking and getting a taste of some of what Jackson’s best restaurants and caterers offer. Mangia Bene Catering, the catering arm of  BRAVO! Italian Restaurant, Broad Street Baking Company and Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza, is a longtime participant in the Marketplace. Aven Whittington, the group’s catering ...

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MBJ's Mississippi Marketplace begins Friday as it celebrates 31st year with new name

The MBJ Business Marketplace gets under way today at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the fairgrounds in Jackson with a new name and new features. EVENT TICKET (Download, fill out and get FREE admission to the MBJ Business Marketplace) Formerly the Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO, the revamped and renamed Marketplace still is the largest business-to-business gathering in the state.  ...

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CenterPoint Energy consolidates 3 smaller offices into one

CenterPoint Energy employees are settling in after moving in July to the company’s new location at 300 Executive Park Boulevard in Byram. The new building has 10,000 square feet of office space and 3,000 feet of warehouse space. There also is a training room and conference room for the staff’s use. “We consolidated the Brookhaven, Pearl and Ridgeland offices, closed ...

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Jobs for Jacksonians — Program has found employment for more than 1,000 people since 2011, and continues to build

The city of Jackson created an initiative in 2011 to help residents in the metro area find jobs during the economic downturn. The purpose of the Jobs for Jacksonians Program, which is free to participants, is to provide employment assistance and a single point of access to services to help job seekers enter or re-enter the workforce. The program has ...

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A down-to-earth mission — Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is Stennis’ connection to the business community

  The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, now in its 20th year, has a high-tech address at Stennis Space Center but a down-to-earth mission. “You can bill us as the business connection at Stennis to the business community,” said Charlie Beasley, MSET’s president and CEO. “We focus on different industries that either are emerging in the region or are already strong ...

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Celebrities can lift spirits, create buzz

It’s not uncommon to see photos or footage of celebrities, athletes or representatives of organizations visiting children in the hospital. The special guests go to meet with the young patients, deliver toys and other gifts or make donations to the hospital. Whether the visits are high profile or low key, they all must follow hospital rules designed to protect the ...

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So, you want to open a home-based business?

So you want to start a home-based business. You’re not alone. The Small Business Administration estimates that more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home. The SBA notes that Apple Computer, Hershey’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Ford Motor Company all started as home-based businesses. Those shiny examples aside, there are potential pitfalls to such ...

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