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Opening doors for entrepreneurs — State’s development centers offer free consulting, coaching and training

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers, a network of resource centers throughout the state, help entrepreneurs open and grow their businesses with free consulting, coaching and training programs. The resource centers serve as a one-stop shop to help owners do the groundwork for starting out in business and operating profitably once the […] [...]

MCEF Foundation projects more constuction jobs and is trying to draw students to the craft

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is on a mission to recruit and train workers for the plentiful, well-paying jobs in the construction industry. Besides reaching out to students, the foundation teaches the benefits of construction and manufacturing jobs to moms and dads who want their kids to go to work rather than […] [...]

Turning students into financial scholars

Trustmark is teaming up with 125 schools across Mississippi to teach students financial skills to help prepare them for real-world money matters. “The Trustmark Financial Scholars Program allows us to partner with our Mississippi educators in teaching students how to establish a solid foundation in responsible financial management,” Trustmark CEO Jerry Host said. “This program […] [...]

MIST sessions could open door to federal contracts

Small business owners who want to tap into government contracting may be put off by the rules and red tape that confront them. Even those who have experience in the competitive contracting arena can be confounded by the layers of regulations. Fortunately for business owners who want to get work from the government now have […] [...]

Corso family business built on hard work

Frank P. Corso, a hard working Italian immigrant who arrived in Biloxi at age 8, likely would have approved of how his family and their employees marked the wholesale distribution and vending company’s 90th anniversary. Everybody worked as normal, filling customer orders, stocking vending machines and generally taking care of the business he started in […] [...]

Host families prepare for Mississippi Braves’ season

Some baseball fans in Jackson go above and beyond supporting the hometown Mississippi Braves by providing a home-away-from-home for players who have their sights set on playing for the major league Atlanta Braves. In a recent letter to Braves fans about hosting players, Jim Bishop, the team’s assistant general manager, said, “Stopping in Mississippi on […] [...]

Despite obstacles, craft beer industry growing

Can you name a new manufacturing sector in Mississippi that had an economic impact of more than $9 million last year and is expected to increase 139 percent in the next five years? The answer is the fledgling craft beer industry, which is growing in spite of a late start and legal hurdles that some […] [...]

After dodging December tornadoes, banks step up to provide assistance

In the aftermath of the recent tornadoes that tore through Marion and Jones counties in central Mississippi, local banks stood strong, offering advice, volunteering and donating money to aid in their community’s recovery. The tornado took a path that seemed to track the seven offices of Citizens Bank of Columbia, CEO Lee Fedric said. There […] [...]

After 8 months, Byram recycling program growing

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Business, Byrum, environment, Going Green, Mississippi, NEWS

The City of Byram’s Ready, Set, Recycle! Program kicked off in April and has been well-received by residents, said Lareka Washington, the city’s grants coordinator. Officials already are looking at expanding hours for the volunteer recycling program. The program is funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Residents have been dropping […] [...]

‘Blue Economy’ important for Mississippi’s future

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: Blue Economy, Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, shipping

A new study looking at Mississippi’s maritime industries spotlights the importance of shipbuilding, fishing, oceanography and marine technology as a dominant force in the state’s economy. The data show that in the three coastal counties, about 51,000 people – 35 percent of the entire workforce – are employed in so- called blue industries. And it’s […] [...]

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