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Bruce Patel, owner of Fusion Hospitality, speaks with Robert Forster, left, the associate director of the Mississippi Small Business Development Center, on Thursday evening before the start of the Mississippi Small Business Awards at BancorpSouth Conference Center. Patel was awarded the Small Business Person of the Year.

Patel: ‘Only in America, only in Tupelo’

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Bruce Patel was named the Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year earlier this year, and was...

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Don Lewis, center from left, Zell Long and Melanie Cleveland take a look at the rendering of what the new Brooks Grocery will look like when it opens in 2015.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – It took more than six years, countless visits, traffic pattern studies and plenty of discussion, but west Tupelo finally is getting a large grocery store of its own. Iuka-based Brooks Grocery will open a 27,000-square-foot supermarket next spring in the densely populated and fast-growing area of the All-America […]

RIPLEY (AP) – Barefoot Carriers is expanding its operations in Ripley. Officials say in a news release Thursday that the project represents a $2 million corporate investment and will create 25 new jobs. The expansion involves the addition of 12 trucks and trailers, new equipment, and the extension of the company’s truck and trailer parking […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal A little more than a week before schools reopen, retailers and shoppers are gearing up for the fifth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday. Mississippi’s sales tax holiday starts Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ends Saturday at midnight. The sales tax break will help shoppers on clothing and shoes that are […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A federal lawsuit is asking that construction on Mississippi Silicon’s Burnsville plant be halted because a Brazilian company helping finance the project has allegedly engaged in unfair trade practices. The complaint was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Ohio-based Globe […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Bringing jobs back to the United States, also known as reshoring, makes economic sense for many companies. And the advantages emerge not only from an expense perspective. “According to a recent study, 78 percent of U.S. consumers in 2012 viewed ‘made in America’ products favorably, compared to 59 […]

Daily Journal The unemployment rate for Northeast Mississippi increased for the second consecutive month in June to its highest level since September. Nevertheless, the region recorded its 12th consecutive month with unemployment under 10 percent, the longest stretch since 2008, prior to the recession taking hold. Estimates provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security […]

Daily Journal CORINTH – Alcorn County will receive a 15 percent rate reduction in its Blue Cross Blue Shield employee health insurance premium cost for the 2015 fiscal year. The contract that begins Aug. 1 will have a monthly rate per employee that is $88.95 lower than the current premium, insurance broker Sammy Smith told […]


By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen Got a business idea? With the AdvoCare Entrepreneur Challenge, you can turn it into cash and some opportunities to get help growing it into reality. Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and AdvoCare, an international health and fitness products company, are teaming up to sponsor the Challenge. The rigorous competition is […]

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The Big Oaks Crossing shopping center on North Gloster Street is one of nine major retails centers in the Barnes Crossing Business District. The 348,236-square-foot development, which is anchored by Walmart, Sam's Club, and several smaller stores and restaurants, is the second-largest center behind The Mall at Barnes Crossing.

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – The Barnes Crossing area off North Gloster Street is a retailing mecca, with more than 3 million square feet of commercial real estate encompassing nine major shopping centers, dozens of restaurants and more than 200 retailers and restaurants. But, business owners insist, the area still has room to […]