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Deck the Yard finds success 'selling pretty'

FLORENCE — The story of Deck the Yard is as unique as its inventory and the way it does business. Housed in a facility that has served as everything from a karate school to a church, owners Ricky and Julie Dickerson have boldly put their imported yard decorations out for all traveling bustling U.S. 49 at Florence to see, and ...

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Plan to rebuild Gulfport’s small craft harbor includes shops, restaurants and park

GULFPORT — There are ambitious plans for the redevelopment of Gulfport’s small craft harbor and Jones Park. The plan’s implementation could lead the way to revitalization of the city’s downtown area and be a strong tourist magnet. The area has been considered under utilized prime property and groups were meeting to determine the best use of the land before Hurricane ...

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Secret of success? ‘A lot of hard work,’ says MHV Sonic partner

RIDGELAND — Tucked behind the Sonic Drive-in on U.S. 51 is a neat yet unassuming brick building that serves as the headquarters for the McClain Harvey Vaughn Sonic Group (MHV). The interior is attractive without being ostentatious. In Buddy McClain’s office, the principals McClain, Carey Harvey and Bruce Vaughn have gathered for this interview. There are no Armani suits here, ...

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Hardy, Reed launch new firm focused on client consultation

TUPELO — Hardy Reed Capital Advisors opened in August and may be the only firm of its kind in the state. The two principals, John Hardy and Scott Reed, gave up their brokers’ licenses to form this registered investment advisory firm because they believe they can serve their clients better as consultants. “It’s hard to leave that license on the ...

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Self storage business booming as we run out of space

All over the Magnolia State, self storage units of all descriptions are popping up on the landscape like mushrooms. The permanent mini-storage units and portable units such as PODS (portable on demand storage) are growing increasingly popular with renters and homeowners who’ve run out of storage space. Steven Procunier, manager of Magnolia Mini Storage on Interstate 55 South in Jackson, ...

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Gaming and jobs back to Gulfport with Island View

The beachfront in Gulfport is a little brighter with the opening of the Island View Casino Resort. Only the second business to open on Gulfport’s stretch of U.S. 90 since Katrina, the casino brings 800 jobs back and is the port city’s only casino. Island View is privately owned by Gulf Coast natives Rick Carter and Terry Green, who were ...

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Mississippi Development Authority seeking less funding than FY01

Gray Swoope spent the waning days of September trying to convince state lawmakers to give the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) $26 million for fiscal year 2008 — $3 million more than FY07, but $3 million less than FY01. “The strategy from day one with the leadership of Leland Speed has been to focus on how to do our core mission ...

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Old Capitol Green begins process of bringing mixed-use, green space to downtown Jackson

Leaders of the Old Capitol Green project say things are coming together for the ambitious eight-block venture that promises to reinvigorate downtown with mixed-use and green space. “We’re very excited. We’ve selected Full Spectrum as the master developer for the Old Capitol Green District, and we will complete that process and formalize it with a letter of intent and memorandum ...

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MMA annual convention focus: risky biz

Because global competition, soaring energy and healthcare costs, workforce training challenges and even natural disasters have a profound impact on manufacturers, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association’s (MMA) plans to focus on “Risk Management in an Uncertain Marketplace” during its 54th-annual convention, to be held October 25-28 in Destin, Fla. “The theme came about from a combination of things concerning all the ...

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NBCC founders find Mississippi building, not burning

Harry C. Alford has one major criticism of Mississippians — they need to speak up. He is convinced that if the truth about the Magnolia State got out, it would bring an influx of new business and industry. “Mississippi is building, not burning,” he said. “I rank Mississippi ahead of Louisiana and Alabama, maybe Tennessee, as far as opportunities and ...

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