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Local employment picture brightens

Posted 1/27/2011 in Business

Mississippi turned overall employment in the right direction in 2010, adding 3,600 non-farm jobs, though the manufacturing and construction sectors continued to fall, the state Department of Employment Security said Wednesday.

 

 

Peter Imes: Running social media promotions

Posted 1/27/2011 in Business

Last week we looked at a few contests some large corporations are currently running on their Facebook pages. Let's look at some ways local businesses can create buzz with their pages.

 

 

Scott Colom: Entrepreneurs and the new marketplace

Posted 1/26/2011 in Business

Charles O. Perkins and Mario Murray have at least one thing in common: They are both using Facebook to sell something.

 

 

Tupelo promoted as complete shopping destination

Posted 1/26/2011 in Business

Downtown Tupelo and The Mall at Barnes Crossing should be partners, not competitors, according to initial recommendations from a consultant.

 

 

Trustmark nearly doubles fourth-quarter profit

Posted 1/26/2011 in Business

Regional banker Trustmark Corp. says it nearly doubled its fourth-quarter profit from a year ago as the company recorded declines in bad loans and cut its exposure to Florida real estate problems.

 

Severstal ramps up for expansion

Posted 1/22/2011 in Business

The time is approaching for Severstal to begin hiring for 100 new positions to staff its Phase II expansion.

 

2010 casino take drops 3 percent

Posted 1/21/2011 in Business

Mississippi's state-licensed casinos won $2.39 billion from players in 2010 - a nearly 3 percent drop from what gamblers lost in 2009.

 

 

Starkville community members honored with awards

Posted 1/21/2011 in Business

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership held its annual awards banquet Thursday night and honored nearly a dozen citizens and businesses for their contributions to the community.

 

New businesses sweeten 'dessert town' Starkville

Posted 1/21/2011 in Business

In a time when companies across the country are struggling to survive, a handful of new businesses in Starkville are thriving, thanks in part to the city's collective taste for sweets.

 

Peter Imes: Doodling for Google and other contests

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Companies are still trying to learn how to best use social media for marketing and profit. In next week's column I plan on giving some tips on how local businesses can use social media for promotions. For now let's look at a handful of interesting contests that are currently running online.

 

 

Bill to raise beer content in Miss. contentious

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Since 2003, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Kiln has operated as Mississippi's only brewer, churning out locally flavored beer and becoming a small business success story. It isn't what it could be financially because of Mississippi's laws that restrict the alcohol content in beers to 5 percent alcohol by weight, the lowest in the nation.

 

 

Smoking ban proposed for all Miss. public places

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Health advocates are renewing their push for a bill to ban smoking in all enclosed public places in Mississippi, including restaurants and casinos.

 

 

Bond set for man charged in Lee County slaying

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Bond has been set at $1 million for a man charged with murder in a slaying on Monday in the Pratts community of Lee County.

 

 

Ohio.com: Omnova shares sink on report

Posted 1/20/2011 in Business

Omnova Solutions Inc. is coming off what its executives say was a highly profitable and record year in many respects, including a major acquisition. Yet fourth-quarter earnings disappointed Wall Street.

 

 

Starkville aldermen interview for technology head

Posted 1/19/2011 in Business

The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday night took another step toward upgrading the city's Information Technology Department.

 

 

Pardon our dust: Dispatch undergoing renovations

Posted 1/19/2011 in Business

Visitors to The Dispatch's building in downtown Columbus may have noticed renovations taking place in the front office.

 

 

Pearl River Co. official running for Governor

Posted 1/18/2011 in Business

Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday will formally kick off his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor on Thursday with a rally at the courthouse in Poplarville.

 

 

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