Business Briefs

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ladybug’s Maternity store opens today
TUPELO – Ladybug’s, a children’s specialty shop in downtown Tupelo, today unveils its maternity expansion.
Ladybug’s Maternity Boutique is next to the original store but is accessed through the main store entrance at 109 N. Spring St.
Owner Machelle Pitcock said the maternity store carries maternity and post-maternity items, such as dresses, pajamas, pants, tunics, jewelry, bras and camisoles.
The hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is (662) 841-9481.
For the grand opening, Ladybug’s and Ladybug’s Maternity are running a 20 percent off sale today.
Deer nominated to Renasant board
TUPELO – Jill Deer of Birmingham, Ala., has been nominated to serve on the Renasant Corp. and Renasant Bank board of directors.
Deer serves as a principal of Bayer Properties LLC, a full service real estate company based in Birmingham that develops and manages commercial real estate. She joined Bayer in 1999 as executive officer and general counsel. Before joining Bayer, she was a Partner with Burr amp& Forman LLP, a large regional law firm in Birmingham, and practiced in the area of commercial real estate finance. She also serves as a member of the Renasant Bank of Alabama state board.
Deer received both her juris doctorate and bachelor of accounting from the University of Alabama.

Eurocopter marks contract milestone
COLUMBUS – American Eurocopter Corp. on Thursday delivered the 100th Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army.
The Army says the UH-72A helicopter will be put into service in Germany.
The delivery of the 100th helicopter came less than 40 months after the first one left the plant at AEC’s facility in Lowndes County.
The company reached the milestone less than four years after receiving a contract to build 322 of the aircraft.
The Lakota is based on Eurocopter’s EC-145 civilian aircraft.
The Army plans to acquire 345 Lakotas through 2016, and the service has ordered 182 of the helicopters so far, along with five H-72A versions for the Navy.
AEC is a division of EADS North America.