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Cellular South marries virtual experience with bricks and mortar

Ridgeland’s Renaissance at Colony Park added brick and mortar to the virtual world last Wednesday when Cellular South opened its first dotcom store. The store seeks to physically recreate the company’s Web site, says Jim Richmond, director of corporate communications for Cellular South. At the location, customers can perform all the functions of the Web site — shopping for phones ...

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Speakers say state’s economy sound despite national slowdown

The message was hopeful and encouraging at Hancock Bank’s 41st Gulf Coast Economic Symposium earlier this month. Three scheduled speakers and Gov. Haley Barbour — a surprise visitor — told the crowd of 1,000 business and community leaders that the national economy is not all bleak and the state’s outlook continues to improve. The featured speakers were Gray Swoope, executive ...

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Health insurance exchange bill doesn’t make it out of House

On the heels of a summit last month that featured policy experts who said access and delivery systems of healthcare need reforming, three statewide organizations have thrown their support behind Gov. Haley Barbour’s proposal to create a state health insurance exchange. In a press conference held in his Capitol office March 13, Barbour was joined by the Mississippi Association of ...

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Secrets of success? Late nights, a lot of weekends

Holmes Specialty Advertising (HSA) got off the ground in 2003, and has soared ever since. Owned by brothers Derek and Jaret Holmes, the Clinton-based promotional products business has experienced exponential growth the last five years. “We’re 35% ahead of where we were this time last year,” Derek Holmes says, adding that the company has doubled every year since 2003. Those ...

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