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Firm wants to help companies do business in China

JACKSON — China is Mississippi’s seventh-largest trading partner and continues to grow. Companies of all sizes are doing business with this Asian giant, and others would like to do so. As an organization that has been involved with the People’s Republic of China for many years, the Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz law firm hopes to ease language and ...

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‘Your local TV channel’ takes advantage of access mandate

Charlie Stogner is on a mission to give television a local face so that communities have local programming. Billing his StogTV as “your local TV channel,” he’s using the federally-mandated local access provision to build a network of community-based television. “It will be like the weekly newspaper in town and much like TV was in the 1950s,” he said. “It’s ...

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State senator carries on family real estate tradition

JACKSON — J. Walter Michel III is a third-generation commercial Realtor who also finds time to serve in the Mississippi Senate. He felt the call to public service at an early age and at 30 was elected to the House of Representatives. “I enjoyed that and wanted to continue to serve, so when Sen. Dick Hall was appointed to the ...

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Dennis named Business Woman of the Year at EXPO special event

JACKSON — A luncheon honoring the current class of 50 Leading Business Women culminated with the announcement of Jane Dennis of Pass Christian as the Business Woman of the Year. A packed house celebrated the accomplishments of the 50 honorees on the second day of the 24th Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO. The program to honor leading business and professional ...

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Education a priority for business community

The importance of education to the Mississippi business community was probably best summed up by Gov. Haley Barbour in his recent State of the State address. “Education is the No. 1 economic development issue in Mississippi and in every other state and is our No. 1 quality of life issue, too. That is why it is our top priority and ...

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CDF hosts annual economic forecast conference, tradeshow

TUPELO — A review of key accomplishments and new initiatives on the regional level — peppered with political observations on the national scene — was the focus of the Community Development Foundation’s (CDF) Northeast Mississippi Economic Forecast Conference January 24 at the BancorpSouth Conference Center. Event speakers included Mary Werner, chairwoman of the Tupelo-based CDF and owner of Tupelo Manufacturing ...

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Finding common ground with Haley Barbour

Politics is a nasty business. If I were elected to office, I’d probably be impeached within weeks. I have strong opinions and a loose tongue — a deadly combination for any public servant. Most politicians try to be all things to all people and end up being mush. Too much pandering leads to too little action. One could never accuse ...

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Delta Air Lines sees strong support from Mississippi business

Editor’s Note: Last week as this issue of the Mississippi Business Journal went to press, US Airways announced that it was withdrawing its bid for Delta, citing a lack of support. JACKSON — Delta Air Lines probably never knew how many friends it had in Mississippi until it faced a takeover bid from US Airways. Mississippi’s business leaders and governmental ...

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West Point, state agencies working to overcome plant closing

WEST POINT — The West Point area was dealt a major economic blow with the announcement of the closing of the Sara Lee Foods plant, Clay County’s largest employer. Slated for March 30, the shutdown takes away 1,220 permanent jobs and shutters a plant that’s been part of the community since the early 1900s when the Bryan family opened a ...

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