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After latest exodus, what’s next?

Downtown Jackson leaders believe things have never been better for business district On the surface, it would appear that downtown Jackson is booming. There’s the opening of the Jackson Convention Complex and on-going restoration of the King Edward Hotel, both considered anchors of the city’s resurgence after years of playing second-fiddle to the mega-growth occurring in Madison and Rankin counties. ...

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Q&A: Diana O’Toole, Program Director, MDA’s Hometown Retirement

Getting Certified Retirement is big economic development in Mississippi As program director for the Mississippi Development Authority’s Hometown Mississippi Retirement Program for the past 13 years, Diana O’Toole has seen first-hand the influx of people from other parts of the country that are making their retirement home in one of Mississippi’s 21 certified retirement communities.  She recently sat down with ...

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Miner made health club business strong

Jackson man introduced health clubs to the area during the 1970s   For some, Chuck Miner is the godfather of the modern health and fitness club in Mississippi.    But make no mistake — his business acumen is respected as well. “I’ve known Chuck Miner for 15-20 years and I’ve always known him for having a strong business savvy,” said ...

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Q&A: Johnny Fokakis, owner Hub City Employment Inc. Hattiesburg

A brisk business Fokakis has no shortage of folks looking for jobs With record numbers of unemployed workers searching for jobs across the nation, employment agencies are doing a brisk business.  Hub City Employment owner Johnny Fokakis recently sat down with the Mississippi Business Journal to discuss the employment agency industry and the role it plays in connecting people to ...

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The state of health insurance in Mississippi

There are a multitude of opinions on the issue that cover a multitude of subjects By NASH NUNNERY I STAFF WRITER nash.nunnery@msbusiness.com From spirited and often-contentious town hall meetings to water cooler conversations at work, the debate over healthcare reform rages on across the nation. Lawmakers have heard arguments on both sides regarding President Barack Obama’s goals for healthcare reform. ...

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State Farm and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

To say the state’s relationship with America’s largest insurer has been rocky would be an understatement   By NASH NUNNERY I STAFF WRITER nash.nunnery@msbusiness.com To say the relationship between Mississippi Gulf Coast residents and State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has been rocky since Hurricane Katrina might be an understatement.        For the past four years, the battle ...

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Leaders hope to spark economic growth with STEPS

By NASH NUNNERY I STAFF WRITER nash.nunnery@msbusiness.com State leaders hope that a new program to encourage Mississippi employers to begin hiring more workers is the next “step” in sparking a sluggish economy. A joint venture of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Employment Security, Mississippi STEPS (Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services) was introduced last week at ...

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Q&A: Harry Shoemake, President, Employee Benefit Specialists, P.A.

Finding clients’ goals Shoemake founded his business in 1967 Harry Shoemake is the owner and president of Biloxi-based company Employee Benefit Specialists, P.A.  Shoemake, who founded EBS in 1967, recently sat down with the Mississippi Business Journal to discuss the big business of employee benefits in corporate America and what consultants do for employers and employees alike. Q —  Give ...

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Enrollment up in state’s accounting schools

Job opportunities in accounting continue to be sound, even during the current economic downturn   Even if you are not an accounting major at Belhaven College, the school’s unique Accounting Certificate program offers students an opportunity to add another major without having to earn a second bachelor’s degree. “The certificate program is designed mostly for working people who might want ...

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