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Mississippi governor leads trade trip to Uzbekistan

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is on a trade mission to the central Asian country of Uzbekistan. Bryant spokesman Bobby Morgan says the governor and others left Sunday and will return Saturday. The delegation includes Mississippi National Guard Adjutant Gen. Durr Boyles, Mississippi Development Authority director Glenn McCullough and others from state government and the private sector. Morgan tells The ...

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HOME TOWN — Rasberry helps make Laurel a special place to live

By NASH NUNNERY To say Jim Rasberry loves his hometown of Laurel might be the understatement of the century. In 2006, Rasberry Financial Services was one of a handful of tenants occupying the city’s once-bustling downtown. Many small businesses had left for other areas of town. Federal urban renewal projects had turned the center of Laurel into what resembled a ...

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‘Expanding our Workforce’ is theme of State of the Region meeting

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The CREATE Foundation’s Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi will host its 23rd annual State of the Region meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. The meeting is free and open to the public, and advance reservations are not required. Registrationand coffee hour will begin ...

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Communities receive National Main Street accreditation

There were 44 statewide designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center and the Mississippi Main Street Association. The statewide programs accredited with the status include: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Byhalia, Carthage/Leake County, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, ...

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Outsourcing firm expands in Mississippi Delta, hiring 175

A business outsourcing firm is expanding in the Mississippi Delta, with plans to invest $500,000 and hire 175 people over two years. PeopleShores of San Jose, California, announced Tuesday that it will expand from its current 25 employees in Clarksdale. Employees perform tasks for technology, insurance, retail, financial and travel firms. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says workers will ...

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Tupelo’s CDF looking to build on another successful year

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Taking the mantle of chairman of the Community Development Foundation for 2019-2020, retired gastroenterologist Dr. Sam Pace said he looks forward to his role to spread the message of CDF. “I got involved after I retired, and as a practicing physician, a lot of times you really don’t get a chance to ...

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Mississippi company receives contract to make Navy uniforms

A company in northeastern Mississippi will receive nearly $16 million to make U.S. Navy uniforms. Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on Thursday announced the 18-month contract award to Golden Manufacturing Co. in Tishomingo County. The contract is for work to be completed by October 2020, and the Navy has the option to approve one-year extensions for the following three years. ...

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ALAN TURNER — PEOPLE LEASE: A Mississippi success story

It’s always inspiring to learn about business success stories in Mississippi. Our state has many successful entrepreneurs who have made a strong mark in the Mississippi business environment. People Lease is one of those. Recently, I talked with Ken Lewis, Director of Operations for People Lease, which is headquartered in Ridgeland. Born and raised in Mississippi, Ken spent 8 years ...

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Lexington-based coffee company invests $2M to expand, expects to add 55 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Lexington-based Southern Coffee Services is expanding its operations in a $2 million corporate investment that is expected to create 55 jobs over three years. Southern Coffee currently employs 14. The expansion is slated to be complete in January 2020. Southern Coffee aims to develop “sustainable businesses focused on restoring and strengthening the local communities. for generation,” ...

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Cooper Tire sales increase, profits decrease in first quarter

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal FINDLAY, Ohio • Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s sales increased in the first quarter of the year, but saw its profits drop from the same time a year ago. The company on Monday said sales totaled nearly $619.2 million, a 2.9 percent gain over the $601.5 million it recorded during the first quarter of ...

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