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Surprises among list of fastest-growing jobs

Is your business looking for a special ed teacher, a construction manager or a graphic designer? Chances are, you’ll have a wide selection of candidates to choose from, and most of them will be Mississippi educated. The U.S. Department of Labor recently released Mississippi’s fastest-growing occupations that require a bachelor’s degree, and there were a few surprises in the list. ...

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State offers funding to facilities hoping to score conventions

Transportation from the airport, sponsoring a reception — sometimes it’s the little things that mean the difference between landing a lucrative conference and losing that meeting to a neighboring state. Facilities and hotels will have an extra edge to lure more meetings and conventions to their properties with a new incentive program recently unveiled by the state tourism division. The ...

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Hancock Fabrics holding its own in uncertain times

TUPELO — Just a few years ago when investors were looking for 30%, 40%, 50% returns, “meat and potatoes” companies like Hancock Fabrics sat on the back burner. Not these days, says company CEO Larry Kirk. “In the late 1990s when dotcoms were all the rage, nobody cared about the fabric business,” he said. “But when the bubble popped, people ...

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