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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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Bookings for future conventions increasing

Coast casinos and tourism officials put a lot of energy and resources into attracting and playing host to conventions, which fill up hotel rooms and restaurants and help plump up the bottom line especially during the off season. Crystal Johnson, director of sales at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, said convention business booked through the CVB ...

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STRUCTURE: Ellis Steel in West Point provides the framework for major projects in Mississippi and nationwide

Ellis Steel Co. has been in business for 83 years, the last 30 years under the current management, an impressive record for longevity on both counts. President and general manager Frank Hopper, who has been with Ellis since 1980, had a simple explanation for why the company has successfully operated for so long. “Our success is attributed to the hard ...

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It all changed with Katrina

The first Mississippi coastal wind residual market was created by the Legislature in 1972 stemming from a lack of voluntary market options partially as a result of Hurricane Camille losses incurred in 1969.  The first version covered both fire and wind/hail perils, but the plan was amended in 1987 to include wind and hail only while the voluntary market accepted ...

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Labor shortage could have impact on rebuilding after April 28 tornadoes

Contractors are slowly starting to get to work repairing and rebuilding structures that were damaged or destroyed in the April 28 tornadoes that hit the Louisville and Tupelo areas particularly hard. “A few folks are already working,” said Kenneth Estes, owner of Estes Building and Remodeling in Saltillo and president of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Northeast Mississippi. ...

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BREAKING GROUND — Mississippi Land Bank sees growth in rural lending

Business has been booming at Mississippi Land Bank, the 90-plus-year-old financial services provider whose staff specializes in lending for rural living and agricultural customers across the northern part of the state. Mississippi Land Bank is a private cooperative, owned by its borrowers through the purchase of stock. the amount of stock is determined by the size of the loan. Stockholders ...

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Coast publisher, Jerusha Bosarge, looks for ‘character’ in children’s books

Jerusha Bosarge could write a book about publishing if she wasn’t so busy publishing and marketing children’s books. The mother of four is the owner, founder and chief executive officer of Character Publishing, whose motto is, “Don’t just raise a child, create a character.” The Pascagoula native earned a degree in pre-med biology at Millsaps College on the way to ...

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Beverly Martin takes over Coast Restaurant Association

Beverly Martin’s first assignment as the executive director of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association is the exact same one she got when she took the job the first time: relocate the office. That’s also the same task she had when she took over the Casino Operators Association. “I found that funny,” she said of ...

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‘Eight’ more than enough: Arc Technologies software a paperless solution to human resources nightmares

Arc Technologies has developed a web-based software package that can help companies with multiple locations operate efficiently without all those paper forms that can cause havoc if they aren’t handled properly. Clark Spencer, CFO of a large Sonic restaurant franchisee in Ridgeland, asked Cameron Arcemont, an experienced programmer, to find a way to process all his payroll forms and other ...

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