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Mississippi State Fair gets new executive director

Veteran venue manager Rick Reno has been named to replace Billy Orr as executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission.   Reno is currently executive director of VenuWorks in Dodge City, Kan. The Louisiana native has more than 40 years in facilities management and is a certified facilities executive recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers. Reno has also ...

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McComb dairy farm wins national environmental award

Special to the MBJ Mauthe’s Progress Milk Barn, an organic, 100 percent grass-fed dairy farm in McComb, is one of three national winners of the “People & Planet Award” presented by Green America, a national green economy organization. The award recognizes innovative entrepreneurial U.S. businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. Each of three winners ...

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C Spire in deal to acquire regional telecom MegaGate

In a move to continue expanding services and diversifying its core telecommunications and technology services holdings,  C Spire says it will acquire Hattiesburg’s MegaGate Broadband, a regional provider of IP voice, data, and business telecommunications solutions. MegaGate serves most Mississippi business markets as a competitive local exchange telecommunications provider and as an Internet service provider.  Founded in 1990, the company ...

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C Spire draws new Ridgeland ‘fiberhood’ maps for 1 Gbps Fiber to Home service

RIDGELAND, Mississippi  — C Spire says more areas in Ridgeland are poised to qualify for the company’s 100 times faster consumer broadband Internet service now that new “fiberhood” maps have been published on C Spire’s company’s fiber to the home website. The new maps, which debuted Friday, reduce the size of several fiberhoods and the corresponding number of households needed ...

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Six business proposals win at Startup Weekend

All eyes will be on a half-dozen winning ideas to see if the entrepreneurs behind those plans can get their businesses started. Innovate Mississippi held Startup Weekend Jackson May 16-18 at Millsaps College. Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event powered by Google for Entrepreneurs that operates worldwide and provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch early-stage innovative business concepts. ...

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MSU student wins first place for fishing gear business

Entrepreneurship can be like fishing — sometimes you don’t get even a nibble and sometimes you land a lunker. Indeed, one local college student might have just caught a world-beater. Mississippi State University wildlife and fisheries major Charles Parker hooked the $10,000 first place prize during MSU’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer Entrepreneurship Week for his fishing gear business. ...

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Former McRae's getting $35 million remake as Venyu data storage center

Baton Rogue’s Venyu Solutions is set to convert the first McRae’s Department Store into the technology company’s fourth data storage and cloud-based data center. Venyu Solutions said data storage equipment purchases and the conversion of the circa 1960 former Fondren store property represent a $35million investment. The center that will open along the 300 block of Meadowbrook Road will join ...

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Crops and agritourism growing together at Mitchell Farms

By Kaitlyn Byrne MSU Ag Communications COLLINS, Mississippi – When Jo Lynn Mitchell started an agritourism business to add income to the family farm, she had no idea she would end up proving that people can still farm for a living. Mitchell fell in love with farming as a way of life after marrying her husband, Don Mitchell, and she ...

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SBA grants disaster declaration request; opening center

Folks who are being impacted by the recent storms and subsequent flooding are being offered assistance. Residents and businesses in Southwest Mississippi affected by severe weather and flooding that occurred on March 28–29 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced. Contreras-Sweet made the loans available in response to a letter ...

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Bryant signs tax apportionment bill MEC says will help fix ‘out of whack' system

  The Mississippi Economic Council capped off its annual luncheon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of a tax apportionment law the business organization had proclaimed its top priority heading into the 2014 legislative session. Bryant, joined by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, signed House Bill 799 in the corridors of the Jackson Convention Center Complex at the close of the ...

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