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Pampered pooches right at home at Madison’s Chateau le Pooch

Pooches who are used to being pampered will feel right at home in Madison’s new Chateau le Pooch. “It’s the Ritz Carlton for dogs,” said Joni South, owner of the new facility that boards dogs and cats while their owners are away. South opened the pup motel with her husband, Bill Hutchinson, after her own dog had a bad boarding ...

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Business around Jackson picks up when pols in town

Mississippi legislators are coming back to the metro area and getting settled in as they look forward to a new session. The 2008 Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday, January 8. At that time, a flurry of receptions and dinners will begin, ensuring that legislators will be well fed. “Sometimes, there’s just too much food available,” ...

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Wicker pledges to open Coast office, continue recovery effort

In naming Rep. Roger Wicker to fill the unexpired U.S. Senate seat of Trent Lott, Gov. Haley Barbour said he wanted someone with a flat learning curve. Wicker has represented the state’s first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995, experience Barbour feels is important to assume Lott’s mantle and work on Capitol Hill. “In my lifetime, ...

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Bryant outlines legislative agenda

Soon after Mississippi voters gave the green light to State Auditor Phil Bryant to take over the top leadership spot in the Senate, the lieutenant governor-elect started lining up his 2008 agenda. The Mississippi Business Journal caught up with Bryant last month and asked him about several issues concerning the state’s business community. Mississippi Business Journal: Even though you and ...

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Among Hosemann’s SoS priorities, business court system

After running for U.S. Congress in 1998, serving the U.S. Electoral College in 2000 and chairing the Capital Foundation of the Mississippi Republican Party, Phelps Dunbar attorney Delbert Hosemann won the vote to take over for retiring Secretary of State Eric Clark in January 2008. Hosemann, who studied at Notre Dame, earned a law degree from Ole Miss and specialized ...

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Businesses can learn a lot from U.S. Economic Census process

As if business owners didn’t have enough to do, an estimated 40,000 in Mississippi also have some important papers to fill out and return to the U.S. Census Bureau by February 12. All businesses with 10 or more employees received the 2007 Economic Census forms — more than four million nationwide. The census is taken every five years, providing responses ...

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Commercial Realtors assess an active year for the industry

Members of the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors are taking a year-end look at trends in sectors of the state’s commercial real estate industry. They see continuing strong markets for retail and office space and for agricultural and recreational land with growth in distribution/industrial land in North Mississippi. “We are still experiencing an active market in retail,” said Philip Holman ...

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Design-build method accelerates bridge-building process on Coast

Two lanes are open on the new U.S. 90 bridges on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with final completion expected within the next few months. With the urgency to replace the bridges destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, thus re-connecting the three coastal counties, the design-build method has played a critical role in the process. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) was granted ...

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