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Main Street Columbus celebrates 'monumental' year

Posted 2/2/2011 in Business

Downtown Columbus gained 11 businesses, lost five and brought in about $6 million in private and public investments in 2010, according to Main Street President Todd Gale.

 

Hotels attract interest of restaurant chains

Posted 2/2/2011 in Business

As one new hotel approaches its grand opening and Castle Properties prepares to break ground on another, local developer Mark Castleberry predicts more hotel projects on the horizon. And hotel projects are attracting the interest of chain restaurants potentially locating in Columbus.

 

Columbus contractor appeals license suspension

Posted 2/1/2011 in Business

A Columbus construction firm is embroiled in dueling lawsuits while it appeals the suspension of its license.

 

 

Highway 45 merchants, unite

Posted 1/29/2011 in Business

Downtown Columbus gets a lot of love. But the truth is, most people in Columbus shop along Highway 45.

 

Move to unite Highway 45 businesses gains steam

Posted 1/29/2011 in Business

Bill Gavin's Highway 45 merchant association is moving forward, but both he and the organization will do well to practice patience.

 

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.

 

 

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