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Mississippi big cities miss startup list; Tupelo No. 40 for small towns

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s largest cities struck out in competition for best places to start a business, according to WalletHub, a financial services company that does studies on financial and economic matters. None of its big cities show up in the WalletHub rankings for 2018. Memphis, which, of course, is in Tennessee on the Mississippi border, ranks 84th, and its ...

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Highland Village retailers move into expanded spaces

D Squared and Red Square Clothing Co., anchor local fashion retailers in Highland Village, the shopping destination that inspires community, creativity and commerce, have moved into expanded spaces in the center. In addition, McGehee Cruise & Vacation, another local cornerstone tenant, is moving into a much larger space above the former Kate Spade New York location.

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Fairview Inn owner received national recognition

Peter Sharp, Owner of the Fairview Inn, has just been awarded the 2019 Voice of Innkeeping Award by the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP). AHIP represents over 14,000 Inns and Bed and Breakfasts throughout the United States and Canada. The award is given to an individual in recognition of long lasting contributions to the Innkeeping Industry. They must demonstrate ...

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Harris helps minority and women-owned business owners across the state

By BECKY GILLETTE Carol S. Harris was employed as a loan officer with Trustmark National Bank before going to work as a Housing Development Officer with the Mississippi Home Corporation, the housing finance agency for Mississippi, where she assisted Community Housing Development Organizations to fund and build more than 1,200 homes annually for low- to moderate-income residents. It was while ...

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ALAN TURNER — BCI: Keeping a sharp eye on the future of technology

Recently, I talked with Jonathan Hollingshead, President of BCI, a technology firm headquartered in Ridgeland. We talked about the accelerating pace of technology in Mississippi and in the U.S. in general, and he offered some interesting insights on what the coming years will bring. Jonathan became president of BCI in February 2018, having previously worked for the company from 2011-2013. ...

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LaborChex flourishing in fast-growing employment background screening industry

By TED CARTER You can still get hired in a New York Minute – or something close to it. The difference is that nowadays the person doing the hiring knows a lot more about you and can set expectations accordingly, says Ricky Rayborn, a principal and president of LaborChex Inc., a Brandon employment background screening company that did its first ...

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Employers can go deep into your background but must avoid pitfalls

By TED CARTER Mississippi pretty much leaves it to the federal government to regulate job and credit background screenings of state residents. Under federal provisions, screeners can make a deep dive into a job applicant’s past. They can look into credit history, consumer history, criminal history, civil litigation history, driving records, previous employment history, educational history, social media history, and ...

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Background screeners have been growing exponentially

By TED CARTER The U.S. professional background screening business has never been hotter. Eight out of 10 employers use it for full-time hires. That expansion has occurred rapidly with improvements in the completeness of the screenings, the speed in which they are performed and their affordability. Related stories » LaborChex flourishing in fast-growing employment  » Employers can go deep into ...

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Report puts spotlight on challenges of Mississippi’s rural small businesses

By TED CARTER A national business advocacy group says a survey it did of small businesses in rural Mississippi found a troubled landscape with a growing need for problem solvers. One consequence of the difficult terrain is lingering pain from the “great recession”. It has yet to entirely lift in the harder-to-reach stretches of the Magnolia State, say the authors ...

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