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Time right for tech upgrade? That depends…

Quite a few people wait until their computer or other office equipment breaks down before replacing it. That might not be the best strategy especially as with Murphy’s Law, breakdowns often happen at the worst time. But exactly how do you decide when it is time to invest in new technology? Dewayne Smith, owner of Computer Geeks in Tupelo, says ...

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Cigar company promoting hand-rolled products, Delta blues

CLARKSDALE — Long known for the Delta blues, soon this area will also be known for premium cigars. Avalon Cigars, a boutique cigar manufacturer that uses a proprietary pecan-aging process, is going into production here in 2007. Building on the popularity of the Delta’s native music, Avalon’s founders, Gary Hilton and Tom Ramsey, are bringing the two together in a ...

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Softball training facility a $500,000 investment for Waterbury

CLINTON — One of the newest businesses here, Waterbury’s Girls Fast Pitch Softball, is also one of its most anticipated. Longtime resident Bobby Waterbury is building the city’s first training facility for girls fast-pitch softball in the Clinton Business Park just off Interstate 20 West, The 12,000-square-foot facility at 1537 Biedenharn Cove represents a $500,000 investment. It was on track ...

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Sanderson using legal education, experience to help Coast rebuild

GULFPORT — Attorney Brian Sanderson, 34, is at the forefront of rebuilding efforts on the Gulf Coast and isn’t currently practicing law, but he’s still a lawyer through and through. He’s also president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar. “I would not have the opportunities I have today without my law degree and experience in private practice,” ...

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Furniture Market adapting strategy to combat competition

For Shane Spiller, the Tupelo Furniture Market is a no-brainer. Stuart Shevin could make the same case. Two branch stores of the family-owned Spiller Furniture Stores are in Columbus and Starkville; the remaining 15 are in Alabama. With headquarters in Tuscaloosa, attending the biennial Tupelo Furniture Market is an easy drive up the highway for Spiller, president of the enterprise. ...

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Mississippi Power Company plans coal-burning plant near Meridian

GULFPORT — Mississippi and the state’s elected officials are intent on becoming an integral part of finding alternative fuels and decreasing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. That dream again came into focus with the recent announcement by Mississippi Power Company of plans to build a clean-burning coal facility in East Mississippi. Federal legislation spearheaded by the state’s congressional delegation ...

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Start new year with resolutions for your business or profession

A new year brings a sense of renewal, both personally and professionally. Just as personal resolutions abound this time of year, some business people make resolutions for their work lives. For business owners looking to make 2007 a better year, Suzanne Russell, clinical therapist at St. Dominic Counseling Center in Jackson, recommends one of the habits from Stephen Covey’s “The ...

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