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The money’s there, but small businesses put borrowing aside

Bankers say they have the money to lend small businesses but they see owners staying on the sidelines rather than borrowing. Chevis Swetman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Peoples Bank in Biloxi, neatly sums up small business owners’ hesitancy: “Three little words: Fear, uncertainty and doubt.” The Peoples Bank has 16 branches in four coastal ...

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Having a front row seat to watch social media change

Frank Owen is a professional observer and a self-described closet anthropologist who’s “fascinated by cultures.” He has a background in psychology, training in counseling and experience in museum design and web content strategy. He joined Mad Genius as a copywriter and audience researcher in 2007, a time shortly after social media was beginning to take root. Now, as social media ...

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Electronic filing the new standard

With the tax agreement finally reached this week by Congress, the Internal Revenue Service is preparing to move forward with training its customer service employees, modifying forms and publications and programming its computers to align with the changes to the tax law. And although income tax season is looming, there is still time for any necessary adjustments. Before the deal ...

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Lazy Magnolia recycles grains back to the farm

What do you do with tons of used grain every week? Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. owners Leslie and Mark Henderson decided to give theirs to area livestock farmers for feed rather than have it go to a landfill. The brewery uses about 100,000 pounds of grains a month in its beer making. It’s a natural “green” progression, said spokesman Tobie ...

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State’s first brewery since Prohibition will expand warehouses, drive growth

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., the state’s pioneering brewery, will concentrate on its eight-state market in 2013 after a growth spurt into three Southeastern states this year. The brewery, the first in the state since Prohibition, also will expand its warehouse footprint from 10,000 square feet to nearly 30,000 square feet as it gears up to produce more barrels of beer ...

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Ship Island still popular, vulnerable

Ship Island has long been a popular attraction for visitors who come from as far away as Europe and Canada to enjoy the sun, surf, marine life and wildlife 11 miles off the Mississippi Coast. The island, one of five barrier islands in the Gulf Islands National Seashore, is known for its natural beauty – but it has been battered ...

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Mother Cluckers serving comfort food in Pass Christian

When two well-known white-coat chefs told friends they were thinking about opening a fried chicken restaurant, the response generally was something like, “You (expletives) are crazy.” Said co-owner Victor Pickich, “We heard it so much, we started playing around with the name.” With some help from a web designer, that is how the Mother Cluckers restaurant got its name. How ...

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Coast sees more jobs for ‘fragile’ recovery

Christmas sales figures are still anybody’s guess, but new employment numbers for the Mississippi Coast show job growth. That’s the bottom line in the Gulf Coast Business Council’s Economy Snapshot for December, said Scott King, the director of policy and research who puts the numbers together and sorts out what they mean. “The latest job numbers confirm that we’ve added ...

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Investor group is taking it one project at a time

Twenty successful Biloxi businesswomen have pooled their money and talents to buy old buildings in downtown Biloxi and rehabilitate them for retail or residential spaces. Their goal: To give downtown a much deserved facelift and to spark more retail and tourism activity. In less than two years, the women investors who make up Rue Vieux, LLC are already making their ...

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New Orleans developers look to Bay St. Louis ties

New Orleans developers Jim and Catherine MacPhaille are counting on the strong ties between Bay St. Louis and the Big Easy to attract buyers for their new beachfront project playfully named The Recess Club. It’s seven houses on six acres with shared recreational amenities geared toward quick family getaways. Several years ago the couple bought an 1800s plantation under renovation ...

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