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Fuse.Cloud first to move company headquarters to Landmark Center

Fuse.Cloud, a business technology services provider specializing in voice over IP (VoIP), fiber internet and other cloud-based solutions, has announced their plans to move to Landmark Center in downtown Jackson. This move, effective this October, comes alongside Fuse.Cloud’s effort to accommodate the continued growth of the company. The expansion includes the addition of a Louisiana-based sales director and eight new ...

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Shops, eatery thrown into the Renaissance mixture

By JACK WEATHERLY The mix, if not the churn, at Renaissance at Colony Park continues. The lifestyle shopping mall in Ridgeland is marking its 10th anniversary as new and newish tenants arrive and even an old tenant returns. Newish? The Aerie subsidiary of American Eagle Outfitters opened last month. AEO, of course, has been around for four decades as a ...

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EMBDC’s Holladay graduates from Institute for Organization Management

Casey Holladay, IOM, Events Coordinator, of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, has graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and has received the recognition of IOM. The IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn ...

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County Line at Ridgewood to get two restaurants

By JACK WEATHERLY The northwest corner of County Line Road at Ridgewood Road will soon awaken after years of dormancy. The busy intersection has had no reason to stop for a bite at the Ridgeland quadrant of the crossroads. One Ridgeland restaurant location has been vacant for two decades and another next to it that has been empty for several ...

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Harper elected vice chairman of MCBLF

The Madison County Business League & Foundation Board of Directors proudly announce the election of Cecil W. Harper as vice chairman of the board for the 2017-18 term to replace Donna Sims who relocated to Starkville. Cecil W. Harper is a Certified Public Accountant and President of the accounting firm of Harper, Rains, Knight & Company, P.A. located in Madison ...

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Delta Council announces 2018-2019 president and officers

Delta Council recently selected Woods Eastland of Indianola as its president for 2018-19. A retired CEO of Staplcotn, Woods has served on numerous national agricultural boards and commissions. He also served as Chairman of the National Cotton Council of America and has been an elected Director of Delta Council for many years. He and his wife Lynn have 2 children ...

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Tupelo CVB awarded coveted designation

The Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau received recognition as an accredited destination marketing organization during the Destinations International Annual Convention in Anaheim, California, earlier this month. It was awarded the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal. TCVB is just the third destination marketing organization in Mississippi to become an accredited organization through DMAP. The award is “acknowledgement of TCVB’s commitment ...

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Mississippi city wrestles with budget problems

A Mississippi city is wrestling with budget problems after an audit showed a $14 million shortfall. WLOX-TV reported that Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell said he’s working with the governor, the lieutenant governor and the state auditor on how to deal with the money problems following the release of a forensic audit. Maxwell says the focus is on making sure that city ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Show me the money

Having served as lead, co-, or local counsel on greater than $10 billion in debt and equity financings, I have experienced transactions that have closed relatively smoothly and I have also seen transactions fall apart at the closing table. Regardless of whether your company is raising debt or equity, there are some common themes and best practices that business owners ...

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Payment ends former economic developer’s embezzlement case

A former economic development executive no longer faces criminal charges after he agreed to pay his former employer more than $30,000. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Friday that embezzlement charges against Harvey Clements and his wife, Sandy Clements, were dismissed in May. The couple agreed to pay the Itawamba County Development Council $29,948, plus $1,400 in legal fees. Harvey Clements ...

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