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Report details roundtables in state

By TED CARTER Optimism still has a hold on small businesses around the country, but in rural Mississippi keeping or increasing that positive outlook is going to require more opportunities to borrow money and achieve a host of other business enhancements. So says a Feb. 12 report compiled by business advocacy group the Small Business Majority after holding focus groups ...

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Sanderson Farms records loss for quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. reported on Tuesday a net loss of $17.8 million, or 82 cents per share, for the first fiscal quarter, which ended Jan. 31. Net sales for the period were $743.4 million, compared with $771.9 million for the year-earlier period, the company said in a news release. The consensus of analysts for FactSet was for ...

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Tennis enthusiasts plan unique Bay St. Louis retreat

By LISA MONTI Three tennis-loving New Orleanians want to create a new kind of resort on the Bay of St. Louis where guests can immerse themselves in the sport and also relax and recharge. Not surprisingly, the idea for the boutique resort was born three years ago on a tennis court and resulted in the formation of their company, aptly ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES: The Mississippi Business Group on Health

There are many challenges in the health care field these days. Costs are skyrocketing, access to care is a continuing problem in many areas, and businesses and their employees are being negatively impacted in many ways. One group in Mississippi is working diligently to make a difference. The Mississippi Business Group on Health, established in 2014 as an association for ...

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TODD SMITH — Top blogs for PR practitioners, communicators

When it comes to pithy PR, marketing and communicating, the digital domain is filled with social media, website and blog best practices, So what’s the best to turn to get the scoop? With the industry undergoing seismic shifts, along with our media brothers and sisters, there’s a deep thought leadership well to dip your bucket in, and keep up with ...

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Gulfport-Biloxi to Austin, Ft. Myers flights to be offered

MBJ staff Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will offer flights to Austin, Texas and Fort Myers, Fla., starting July 19. One-way fares start at $59, according to carrier Sun Country Airlines. Service will last through Dec. 16. “We appreciate the expanded partnership with Sun Country Airlines and look forward to having service to these rapidly growing markets,” said Gulfport Executive Director Clay ...

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End of an era: Toyota Mississippi prepares for next-generation Corolla

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS • At about midnight Friday, a Barcelona Red Corolla came off the final inspection line, destined for some Toyota dealership somewhere. It will be the last one of nearly 1.2 million Corollas that have been built at Toyota Mississippi, which began producing the 11th-generation compact car in October 2011. “For me, it’s ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: GOP brawl brewing with Reeves, Waller and (probably) McDaniel

“Governor’s race just got interesting,” read a text message the day after columnist Geoff Pender announced Bill Waller, Jr., will enter the race. Oh, the just retired Supreme Court Justice deciding to take on frontrunner Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Republican primary stirs a lot of interest. But adding state Sen. Chris McDaniel to the mix really whips it ...

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