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Designer showcase ushers in new concept for bath, kitchen shopping

Jackson — There’s a new way to shop for bath and kitchen fixtures. Southern Bath & Kitchen has brought the designer showroom concept to the area with its 4,000-square-foot facility at LeFleur’s Gallery location at 4800 I-55 North. With 34 manufacturers represented in fully appointed, finished settings, shoppers can see and touch products to know exactly what they’re getting. Referred ...

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Management tools help firms keep pace with growth

When Roy and Anne Marie Decker established a two-person office in Jackson, it was easy for the married architects to manage all of the company’s projects. Even though their firm, Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., has grown to an office of 10, including three architects, two apprentices and two interns, the couple has continued to keep their hands on every project ...

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Homegrown insurance carrier knows Mississippi marketplace

Jackson — There’s nothing else in the state quite like Mississippi Insurance Managers Inc. (MIM). Representing a number of national insurance carriers, the financial and operations management services company was formed in 1984 to serve independent insurance agencies. But six years ago, MIM went a step farther and created an insurance company to fill a void left by national carriers ...

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Long-awaited downtown-airport corridor project moving

Jackson — The long-awaited, $318-million airport parkway project, linking downtown with Jackson-Evers International Airport, is being moved another step toward construction as an engineering firm begins acquiring some 150 properties on which the parkway will be built. The acquisitions, in Jackson, Flowood and Pearl, will cost $18 million. Actual construction, which will take at least five years, needs additional federal ...

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Mississippi home starts still strong; high demand for labor

Housing starts in the U.S. posted their biggest drop in about 14 years in March, with starts down about 17.6%. Mississippi seems to be largely immune to that trend, according to home builder representatives from around the state who spoke with the Mississippi Business Journal in recent weeks. “We have a very strong market in Mississippi,” said Marty Milstead, executive ...

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Research, planning, help keys to avoiding biz failure

For business owners faced with a myriad of problems, the threat of insolvency is most likely the 1,000-pound gorilla of the business world. According to the Small Business Administration, many new businesses fail. In 2003, there were 572,900 new firms and 584,800 closures; both about 10% of the total. Professionals who counsel business owners do everything they can to prevent ...

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ICDC honors Larry Homan as Business Person of the Year

Fulton — When the Itawamba County Development Council (ICDC) recently honored Larry Homan as Business Person of the Year, guest speaker and local attorney Tom Childs praised him as a “man of faith who puts his faith into action.” “In life, there are three kinds of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who ...

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Delta-based Key Solutions expands to metro Jackson

Leland — After Key Reifers had worked for Big D. Inc. for 16 years selling IBM products, he was mulling his next career move when a light bulb went on. Why not buy the business, rename it, and expand its product offerings and services to complement the movement toward computerization in the workplace? In 1996, Reifers bought the Valcom (Inacom ...

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