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Helping hand for Mississippi’s trade groups

By JULIA MILLER Trade associations are dedicated to helping its members grow and thrive in an ever shifting environment. But what happens when those same trade associations are searching for help? Businesses like Horizon Professional Services and JM Hughes Group are ready to step in and lighten the load. “We provide holistic executive management,” said Ryan Kelly, CEO of Horizon ...

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Plans announced for 125-room Hilton hotel in Fondren

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Heritage Hospitality Group announced plans on Wednesday to build a 125-guestroom Hilton Homewood Suites Hotel in Fondren. The hotel will be built with the medical corridor in mind. Otherwise, it is geared toward multi-day business travelers and others, according to Chico Patel, chief executive of the Ridgeland-based group. The project will add “another piece to the Fondren ...

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Jackson County ANCHOR Awards presented

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce recently presented its 9th Annual ANCHOR Awards. The ANCHOR Awards honor, reward and celebrate the achievements of small businesses and non-profit organizations in the community. The 2017 winners and nominees of the 9th Annual ANCHOR Awards were: Small Business Category 1: Compton Engineering, Inc. (winner); Audiowave Car Stereo; Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina; Belk of ...

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Engineer: Inspectors to close many Mississippi wood bridges

Urging Mississippi lawmakers to provide more infrastructure funding, a county engineer warned Thursday that a stiffened federal inspection program could force repairs or the closure of hundreds of county bridges across the state in the next two years. Jeff Dungan, whose company is the county engineer for six south Mississippi counties, told the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday that federal inspectors ...

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Amory Main Street gains momentum with new businesses

By JOHN H. WARD / Monroe Journal AMORY – Amory Main Street Director Traci Huguley is pursuing a formula she heard promoted at a statewide conference for downtown business development. “They called it 10 plus 10 plus 10,” Huguley said. “Ten businesses providing food, 10 selling domestics and 10 staying open late, all located within three blocks of each other ...

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Mississippi wins Gold Shovel Award

Mississippi has received a 2017 Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. The Gold Shovel signifies substantial economic development achievement in the state. Area Development is a leading economic development publication covering site selection and facility planning. The Shovel Awards are presented to state economic development agencies that demonstrate significant economic development success. Criteria include the number of high-value added ...

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