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BILL CRAWFORD — What issues will matter most to voters in November?

What issues will matter most to voters when choosing Mississippi’s next governor? Republican nominee Tate Reeves wants to convince voters that his opponent is a tax and spend, anti-Trump liberal. Democratic nominee Jim Hood wants to convince voters that his opponent is a self-serving politician who cares more about corporate cronies than average Mississippians. It’s going to be that kind ...

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Spanish Club restaurant opens

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Okay, I get it that an old guy might not get something new and hip. But when it’s not really new, I, an old guy, don’t totally get that. That is the Sophomore Spanish Club, which is a hip in a way. The décor of the latest restaurant in the District at Eastover has these ‘90s ...

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‘Barndominiums’ can be a path to an affordable, safe home

By BECKY GILLETTE Maybe it isn’t such a bad thing, after all, to be raised in a barn. That is, if the barn has been converted to include comfortable living quarters. A cross between a barn and a condominium, “barndominiums” fans say there can be considerable advantages to this style of construction. Barndominiums generally start out as a steel building ...

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Mississippi tops list for fastest-growing small and medium businesses on Amazon

By BECKY GILLETTE Studies estimate that online sales grew 18 percent in 2018, with sales through Amazon representing about 43-49 percent of all online sales. The trend to buy online is expected to continue to grow, which could be good news for businesses in Mississippi, which is the No. 1 state in the country when it comes to the fastest-growing ...

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Amazon sellers in Mississippi can reach customers around the country and overseas

By BECKY GILLETTE While accounting for close to 15 percent of the adult population and nearly three-quarters of the country’s land mass, rural-American accounts for only 3.7 percent of total gross revenues in the U.S. economy, said Amazon spokesperson Joel Sider. But sellers with Amazon.com may actually have an advantage by being located in a rural area if costs for ...

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D’Iberville woman turns hobby into business by selling on Amazon

By BECKY GILLETTE Anna Childers, Apple Farm Creations, Handmade Home Decor & Personalized Gifts, D’Iberville, said the biggest advantage for her and her husband in selling on Amazon is the large customer base. Anna Childers started the business in 2015 selling handmade home decor such as hand-painted wood signs, wood shelves, coat racks, etc. “I love making this kind of ...

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Being prepared helps when bidding for home in tight market

By BECKY GILLETTE In many metro areas of the state, the home-buying market is relatively competitive and is favoring sellers. You might find the home of your dreams only to learn you aren’t the only person bidding on it. Particularly in cases like that, it behooves buyers to have financing lined up even before making an offer, said Mississippi Association ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — Pinpoint Commercial Real Estate

Recently, I had an opportunity to visit with Sam Cox, President of Pinpoint Commercial Real Estate, and learn about his firm. Sam and his father, Perry Cox, are partners in the venture, and Sam told me that they make a great team. “We understand each other very well,” he said. “And that’s vital in any partnership.” Sam grew up in ...

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Seraphim Solar target of lawsuits

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA said in October 2018 that it was shutting down to retool and triple its production of photovoltaic panels at its Jackson plant. At that time, the manufacturer told at least three installers that the panels would be delivered and the installers prepaid for them. A company spokesman told Pv magazine in October 2018 ...

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