Small businesses deal with effects of mandates to prevent COVID-19 spread

Some businesses in downtown Biloxi are struggling to stay open, like Mary Mahoney's, while others, like Lavish Salon, have had to shut their doors under the new mandate.

  Business owners and residents have mixed feelings about local 'shelter-in-place’ orders

  Local charter boat captain’s ready to go fishing

  Gym in Ocean Springs asks members to donate membership dues to charity

  Biloxi Farmers Market back open with restrictions

  Small businesses cope with extended social distancing guidelines

  Kiln whiskey distiller kicks up hand sanitizer production

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Seven total Ingalls employees test positive for COVID-19

  Grocery stores able to replenish shelves after business hour adjustments

  Crab industry taking a hit from coronavirus pandemic

Gautier mandates business changes as part of COVID-19 changes

Edgewater Mall temporarily closing due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Coast restaurants, lounges try to survive and upgrade through COVID-19

  Coast residents frustrated with unemployment filing system

Filing for unemployment with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has been a headache for many Gulf Coast residents as the system is overwhelmed with requests.

  Two more Ingalls employees test positive for COVID-19

Two more employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to four.

  Small businesses in South Mississippi are pulling out all the stops to keep the money coming in

Small businesses in South Mississippi are pulling out all the stops to keep the money coming in.

  Coronavirus leads to drop in travelers using Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

While flights are still coming in and out of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport daily, the number of travelers has decreased drastically.

  Casino workers making the best of uncertain situation

  National study says Coast economy will be hit hard by pandemic

  Fresh baked bread the clear breadwinner right now at local bakeries

  Banks helping small businessses with financial woes during virus outbreak

  Coast restaurants thinking outside of box to feed customers

HII CEO addresses employees in video statement, calls for questions and comments

  Gulfport restaurants adjusting to new regulations

At 11:59 Friday night, new regulations, which included closing bars, lounges and dining areas for restaurants, took effect to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Gulfport small businesses doing what they can to stay open

COVID-19 is hurting the economy, and small businesses are particularly struggling during the crisis.

‘There is no food shortage,’ Coast grocery stores see increased traffic amid virus outbreak

Grocery stores have seen a spike in customer visits as news of coronavirus hits closer to home. As cases rise in Mississippi, more restaurants and businesses close and people prepare for at least two weeks out of the office.

  Ocean Springs business reinvents itself in face of COVID-19

As many businesses are shutting down or simply finding it hard to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, one Ocean Springs business has recreated itself to the changing world.

SBA approves disaster aid for small businesses affected by COVID-19

Businesses are feeling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic more than ever. People are leaving their houses less, while social distancing is being practiced more.

  Another popular Coast eatery changes up operation in response to COVID-19

Like many of the favorite eateries on the Gulf Coast, it’s a rare occasion to see an empty dining room. However, working through adversity is nothing new for the folks at Burger Burger.

  Gulf Coast company provides fresh produce in place of regular Biloxi farmers markets

Knowing a demand has developed in recent days, Biloxi Mayor Gilich asked Gulf Coast Produce to set up and supply fruits and vegetables.

Winn-Dixie parent company to increase hiring, offer modified store hours

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of local Winn-Dixie stores, has announced immediate actions to better assist the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including modified store and pharmacy hours.

  More Coast stores close to prevent coronavirus from spreading

Many stores have posted signs on the front doors to alert shoppers they will be closed for the next two weeks or until further notice.

  Ocean Springs businesses downtown finding creative ways to still serve customers

Downtown Ocean Springs is usually filled with people on St. Patrick’s Day but as COVID-13 continues to spread, businesses there are finding new ways to serve customers.

  Casino guests sad but understanding as casinos across the Coast close

Guests at several casinos say the closures are an eye-opening moment for them, making them realize just how serious COVID-19 should be taken.

  Business owners, operators feeling pressure to prepare for COVID-19

Gulfport businesses are feeling the pressure of keeping up day-to-day operations while also trying to stay cautious with the spread of COVID-19.

  Biloxi pharmacy offers free prescription delivery during coronavirus outbreak

Polk’s Drugs in Biloxi is waiving the fee for prescription deliveries to make sure customers can get what they need without ever stepping foot inside the store.

  Biloxi financial advisor talks stock market drop as COVID-19 spreads

The stock market just endured its worst day in more than a decade, dropping 2,000 points. Experts are blaming COVID-19 and the declining crude oil prices.

  Early spring celebration includes building an herb garden

Courtney Farms in Ocean Springs is now offering gardening workshops for those advanced and those just starting out.

  MGCCC partnership with Halter Marine will create apprentice program

A new apprenticeship program between Halter Marine and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College creates that opportunity. The program will begin in the fall with 25 students in each of the five fields. Eventually, it will expand to 11 fields.

KISS members to attend ribbon cutting at new Rock & Brews in Biloxi

Do you ever want to rock and roll all night with a good brew in hand? If so, the perfect event for you may be in sight.

  Beach vendors open for business, hoping for a better season

Sunday was the first day that beach vendors were allowed to open for business, and they are anxious to put last year’s disastrous season behind them.

  Future brides get a taste of the latest wedding trends on the Gulf Coast

Wedding vendors such as photographers, videographers, florists and more set up at the White House Hotel in Biloxi. Future brides got the experience of everything in one setting on Sunday.

  Waveland city leaders hoping to bring life back to Coleman Avenue

There was a time when Coleman Avenue was bustling with life, but that was before Hurricane Katrina, and 15 years later, the street is still lined with empty lots and “For Sale” signs.

  Businesses near Mississippi Aquarium site ready for grand opening

We’re just about two months away from the scheduled opening of the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport. While construction work continues at that location, businesses near the aquarium site are also counting down the days until the $100 million facility opens.

  Coast tourism sees best January in four years

According to Coastal Mississippi, the increase is across the board in all important indicators of tourism success.

  Another U.S. Navy asset is being built in South Mississippi

The latest in autonomous vehicles is helping to boost jobs and the economy on the Gulf Coast.

Dozens come out to Harrah’s Gulf Coast for job fair

Summer is near, and Harrah’s Gulf Coast is searching for talent to fill open positions.

  Piece of South Mississippi going to nation’s capital

Dedeaux Furniture on Canal Road might be best known for being the home of one of the world’s largest rocking chairs.

  Latest Dept. of Defense budget could impact Jackson County shipbuilding

The latest budget from the Department of Defense shows that the U.S. Navy may have lower ship production than previously expected.

  Kratom sales once again targeted and advocates are fighting back

The herbal extract kratom is once again being targeted by some state lawmakers in hopes of banning its availability over the counter.

  Progress is slow but change is taking place at Gulf Hills

With a price tag over $1 million, new owners are certain that Gulf Hills will shine once again, but that’s not before the property gets some much needed TLC.

  DOT grant to fund new bridge over Hwy. 90, road infrastructure for improved access to Port of Gulfport

The infrastructure improvements include work on 1.2 miles of 30th Avenue, as well as a grade-separated bridge over Highway 90.

Biloxi bike shop the newest business to come to Howard Avenue

Another new business will be joining a revitalized Howard Avenue in Biloxi when Biloxi Bicycle Works opens in March.

  Long Beach bakeshop invited people out to pucker up with alpacas

Alpacas got lots of love today in Long Beach, offering people the chance to pucker up with an alpaca.

  Efforts to expand Port of Gulfport discussed at Chamber breakfast

The Gulfport Chamber of Commerce’s first quarterly connections breakfast of the year focused on what is on the horizon for the Port of Gulfport in 2020.

Want to learn a trade? Austal USA hiring for trainee program

Austal USA is recruiting for its aluminium fabrication team by offering paid positions in its training program.

  Crawfish, beer, and chants of ‘Who Dat’ kick off Super Bowl party in Ocean Springs

The smell of crawfish lingered in the air Sunday in downtown Ocean Springs as Super Bowl festivities kicked off.

  Coast restaurants, grocery stores cash in on Super Bowl Sunday

Americans eat a lot on Super Bowl Sunday. So regardless of who wins the big game, local restaurants and grocery stores count the day as a victory.

Happening Feb. 4th: IP Casino Resort Spa Job Fair

If a new job with benefits is on your radar, you may want to take a look at the IP Casino Resort Spa Job Fair happening on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

  Howard Avenue businesses hope the good times keep rolling

More cars, more business, and the potential for more activity are taking place in downtown Biloxi along Howard Avenue from Reynoir to Main streets.

  State of Biloxi event celebrates a vision that is becoming reality

Now, the Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce State of the City event is growing about as fast as the city, and the word is getting out.

  Hancock Co. opens second location for business owners to apply for disaster loans

Businesses impacted by the blue-green algae bloom now have a new Business Recovery Center in Hancock County to visit about receiving a disaster loan.

  City leaders in Ocean Springs looking to bring more development to the City of Discovery

Community leaders in Ocean Springs are attempting to come up with creative ways to lure developers to the City of Discovery.

  US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will have little impact on Mississippi ports, officials say

A positive impact of that will be felt across the Magnolia State, though less so at ports in South Mississippi.

  Retailers prepare for Mississippi’s first-ever Powerball, Mega Millions lotteries

On Thursday, people all across Mississippi will finally have the chance to try their luck to become the next millionaire.

  Push for wine with higher alcohol content in Mississippi grocery stores

Right now you can find bottles of wine fully stocked in grocery stores in 38 states.

Over 2,000 new jobs in 2019 mark monumental year of growth for Jackson Co.

Reflecting on 2019, business leaders from throughout the county gathered to hear how the year went and look ahead to 2020.

  Developer hopes to bring unique business opportunity to South Mississippi

It’s been a long process, but the renovation of the old Village Square at the corner of Ford Street and Pass Road is getting closer, and owner Jordan Nicaud couldn’t be more excited.

Blueprint Gulf Coast Initiative presents recommendations to improve Coast economy

New strategies are being discussed for business leaders to ramp-up the coast economy.

  VIDEO: Axe throwing bar opens in downtown Biloxi

Throwing back a few beers and throwing axes? Yes, it’s a thing. And now, you can do it on the Gulf Coast!

  Hospital Road construction frustrating business owners

The work on Hospital Road began back in August of last year, and local businesses aren’t satisfied with the progress they have seen.

  Hancock Chamber gets Bonnet Carré Spillway update from DMR director

Department of Marine Resources Director Joe Spraggins gave Hancock County Chamber members a complete look Thursday at where the Gulf Coast stands in the aftermath of the 2019 algae bloom in the Mississippi Sound.

  Biloxi Shuckers now hiring for the 2020 season

Love baseball? Need a job? Then you won’t want to miss the Biloxi Shuckers’ job fair Tuesday, January 28 at MGM Park.

  South Mississippi businesses affected by algae can now apply for disaster assistance

If you're a Mississippi business owner who was hurt by the blue-green algae outbreak in our waters last summer, you now have an opportunity to apply for disaster assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  Ocean Springs to carve out new economic development plan after consultation

Ocean Springs is looking to reel in more business owners with a new development plan. But at least for now, it won’t be with the private firm the city most recently partnered with.

Coast casinos shattered revenue records in 2019

In a recent report from the Mississippi Department of Revenue, coast casinos grossed over $1.3 billion dollars last year.

  ‘We’re open’: Gulf Hills hotel struggles after closing of golf club

Despite its storied past, the Ocean Springs hotel is now facing troubled times and an uncertain future, as it struggles to get the word out that it’s open for business.

Site approval to be considered for potential development of $600 million dollar casino

The Mississippi Gaming Commission will discuss the stretch of land that could potentially house a new casino resort.

  Snowbird season picking up in South Mississippi

Visitors from northern states are a common sight in South Mississippi this time of year. They’re affectionately known as snowbirds, and the seasonal residents give the Coast economy, especially the golf courses, a boost during what isn’t typically the peak of tourism season.

  Island View hopes to ink 10-year, $2 million sponsorship deal with Harbor Lights Winter Festival

The success of the Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival is sparking up a big investment by Island View Casino Resort.

SBA offering assistance to businesses affected by harmful algae bloom

Small businesses on the Gulf Coast negatively impacted by the blue-green algae bloom can now apply for disaster assistance loans.